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UnCommon Lands: A Collection of Rising Tides, Outer Space, and Foreign Realms UnCommon Lands Presents 20 Unique Depictions Of Fantastic Places And Alien Landscapes These Stories Of The Human And Inhuman Experience Transcend Time And Place And Will Transport You To Worlds You Ve Never Imagined Including New And Veteran Voices, Our UnCommon Authors Bring You Stories Which Span Multiple Genres, But Hold Together On A Framework Of Quality Storytelling And A Solid Theme UnCommon Lands Reminds Us That Where We Are From Isn T As Important As Where We Are Going.

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    UnCommon Lands is a collection of 20 short stories from 20 different authors, each featuring a fantastical place or alien landscape This review is for the story Ecumenical Outpost 732 by P K Tyler, a story set in the Jakkattu world.Eleven year old T se is a blue eyed Mezna human hybrid who lives on Station Cassiopeia with her mother, father, and baby sister She spends her days staring out her window for a glimpse of Peritha, the red planet below, where the Jakkatu prisoners work the mines UnCommon Lands is a collection of 20 short stories from 20 different authors, each featuring a fantastical place or alien landscape This review is for the story Ecumenical Outpost 732 by P K Tyler, a story set in the Jakkattu world.Eleven year old T se is a blue eyed Mezna human hybrid who lives on Station Cassiopeia with her mother, father, and baby sister She spends her days staring out her window for a glimpse of Peritha, the red planet below, where the Jakkatu prisoners work the mines She dreams of living on a planet, and feeling the ground beneath her feet, but Peritha is not safe for women, as the Jakkattu prisoners are far too violent She also wonders about the Earth she has heard of in stories All she has to look forward to from the age of twelve is a shaven head and a life sorting the minerals mined on the planet below Until she meets a mysterious stowaway and begins questioning her life Ecumenical Outpost 732 further explores aspects of life in the Jakkattu world, introduced in earlier stories and the novel, The Jakkattu Vector The story highlights the persecution and discrimination that seem inherent in all societies This is a simple narrative of friendship with another heartbreaking ending, a skill the author has perfected.I received this book in return for an honest review.Full blog post 22 August

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    A solid anthology ranging from SciFi to AltHistory to good old fashioned dystopia, including an interesting biblical flood Promethean punishment mashup The whole thing is worth a read, but here are my favorites alphabetically by author Rakka Surprise by Bey Deckard SciFi It s all about the vibes, and the vibes on foreign planet Beto are about to make Captain Drayan s eyes bleed and derail his emissary mission to deliver a diplomatic gift to the locals His first mate Sitik, a Rakka, stays by A solid anthology ranging from SciFi to AltHistory to good old fashioned dystopia, including an interesting biblical flood Promethean punishment mashup The whole thing is worth a read, but here are my favorites alphabetically by author Rakka Surprise by Bey Deckard SciFi It s all about the vibes, and the vibes on foreign planet Beto are about to make Captain Drayan s eyes bleed and derail his emissary mission to deliver a diplomatic gift to the locals His first mate Sitik, a Rakka, stays by his side and helps him complete the mission but is Sitik merely being a good crew member, or is there another motivation Solid characterization, a splash of humor, and a snarky ship computer make for a read that has only one disappointment it ends.Anderson s Necessaries by Jon Etter Fantasy Whimsy A magic convenience shop and three generation family business inexplicably has what everyone needs When I first started reading it, I thought of Stephen King s story I Know What You Need , but this is practically the antithesis, and I m a sucker for a happy ending If you haven t yet read the King story go Do it now I ll wait here A Trap in Eshwar by E E Giorgi SciFi The tropes of interplanetary war and greed and rebel separatist factions have been around as long as SciFi Hyleesh defected from the people in power and anonymously sent classified information to rebel factions Now one of them has tracked him down, and he s too curious to resist a meeting invitation It feels like a vignette or an interlude in a larger piece rather than a self contained short, but it s very well written, and you get a lot of character and story in a small package.The Rite by Christopher Godsoe SciFi Touching on eugenics, free will, destructive tendencies of humanity, AI, and simulated reality, this short story follows Nyla through the most difficult decision of her life The Matrix backward what if you could escape your wretched reality Somewhere I Belong by Jeremy Rodden Fantasy Hybrid of Cool World and Who Framed Roger Rabbit with a twist of porn, which I appreciate, because apparently I have the sense of humor of a teenage boy Angel has landed in the wrong place in the Tooniverse Using quick wits and a flaming sword because what kind of angel doesn t have a flaming sword she works redefine herself to fit into a place that is not solouche Spanking good fun Or maybe groping Exhibit D Michael K Schaefer Dystopia I found this vaguely reminiscent of Slaughterhouse Five for some odd reason, except instead of being unstuck in time, our hero develops the capacity to be unstuck in space After being jailed for crimes against the state Dale finds himself isolated on the top of a tall stone pillar After days weeks of tedium, a man on a neighboring pillar gives him the beginning of a blueprint for escape I didn t really get a feel for Dale as a person, which can be a challenge when you try to pack a big idea into a short story, but this is a strong contribution

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    Review of Ecumenical Outpost 732 by P.K Tyler In this collection of stories that introduce different worlds from these twenty authors, and I m reviewing Ecumenical Outpost 732 by P.K.Tyler A story that functions as a prequel, of sorts, for her Jakkatu worlds introduced in The Jakkatu Vector We meet T se at age eleven, she s a Mezna human hybrid, with blue eyes, longing for adventures outside of the small window she spends her days at Living with her mother, father and sister, she wants to fe Review of Ecumenical Outpost 732 by P.K Tyler In this collection of stories that introduce different worlds from these twenty authors, and I m reviewing Ecumenical Outpost 732 by P.K.Tyler A story that functions as a prequel, of sorts, for her Jakkatu worlds introduced in The Jakkatu Vector We meet T se at age eleven, she s a Mezna human hybrid, with blue eyes, longing for adventures outside of the small window she spends her days at Living with her mother, father and sister, she wants to feel a planet beneath her feet, she wants adventure but the stories she is told about dangers, and her parents efforts to shelter her from the dangers to come See, at 12, she will be on Jakkatu, working in the mines with the others, destined to a life of toil And then, T se discovers a stowaway withlife experience who has seen many things, and her whole view of the way the world is and must be comes into question A friendship that tosses the conventional and accepted prejudices, preconceptions and social boundaries to the side, Tyler imbues the story with a sense of the disaffected yet open those who are willing to question the way things have always been in favor of what they see now two friends, sharing, developing a bond and questioning the world around them Tyler has done what I ve come to expect show the humanity and similarities between her characters, disputing the societal expectations in interactions, showing that when fear and obstacles are removed, very little is impossible Of course, in this story, nothing is easy but T se is given a slice of possible before the real world intervenes Tyler s writing is wonderful as always and manages to bring emotions to a reader, while allowing them to look around at their own situations with new eyes, never truly forgetting the story they just finished One of the few writers of Sci Fi Fantasy that I read and review, her stories are complex and nuanced, with something for everyone I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility

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    This is a review of CARCEREM by Daniel Arthur Smith.I love this short but captivation story.It takes place in a world which is full of different races of being, mortals being one of them I love stories with different species living in the same world Carcerem is a prison A plane from which there is no escapeor so everyone is told But a prisoner, who is an ex military officer, called Blitz, has the skills to fix a machine that can travel to between the planes But only if he can fix it The This is a review of CARCEREM by Daniel Arthur Smith.I love this short but captivation story.It takes place in a world which is full of different races of being, mortals being one of them I love stories with different species living in the same world Carcerem is a prison A plane from which there is no escapeor so everyone is told But a prisoner, who is an ex military officer, called Blitz, has the skills to fix a machine that can travel to between the planes But only if he can fix it The story is filled with a great description of Carcerem, giving so much life to it I love the whole idea of a world which is monochrome I also love the whole idea of different planes of existence and the creatures that inhabit them Blitz is a brilliant character and if you have read Spectral Shift you will understand why Everyone has what are called mods or modifications, this means that everyone gets to look like they want to This is a really awesome idea and one which could well be part of reality in the future in our world I love this story for its unique world and its cleverly used science mixed in with fantasy folklorish characters I found the story really interesting and exciting, especially right at the end I was disappointed when it endedI really wantedThe only thing I would say is a negative is that, if this was a stand alone read, it might be hard to understand the world that is being portrayed I have read Spectral Shift which is another in this series and therefore I understood this short story very well, but someone who has never read that book might find this hard to grasp Having said that, I am giving this story a well deserved 4 stars

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    Fiction offers a way to explore different worlds with humane viewpoints that respect and welcome difference Uncommon Lands features 18 speculative stories by new and published writers bravely testing cultural boundaries.Each story challenges the common view of what is real and possible Gators in Kansas and Other Hazards of Modern Farming, by Ralph Walker, describes a farm unlike any other It s part aquaculture and part conventional farm, where the fertile bottomland is literally the bottom Fiction offers a way to explore different worlds with humane viewpoints that respect and welcome difference Uncommon Lands features 18 speculative stories by new and published writers bravely testing cultural boundaries.Each story challenges the common view of what is real and possible Gators in Kansas and Other Hazards of Modern Farming, by Ralph Walker, describes a farm unlike any other It s part aquaculture and part conventional farm, where the fertile bottomland is literally the bottom of a broad, shallow body of water, and operators of the farm s machinery require a snorkel to plow the submerged fields The ancient drive to have a piece of land to call your own motivates protagonist Salvatore to work his stake, while species that never belonged in Kansas or anywhere else north of Oklahoma in the past 250 million years threaten lives and limbs Human dreams, however, arepowerful than invasive species and rising waters.Another story, Walker Between the Worlds, by Ashleigh Gauch, gets to the heart of why we need diverse voices in fiction Gauch is part of the Haida First Nation, a powerful tribal group on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia In her story, Shepherd Mercer, a trained Haida shaman, breaks a fundamental law by using his powers for personal gain, rather than community service After learning that the cost of his transgression is the soul of his beloved Aria, he undergoes a series of frightening trials to earn redemption, rejoin the community, and save the life of Aria Though most religions feature physical and spiritual tests on the path to redemption, readers rarely see how this plays out in indigenous cultures outside the monotheistic mainstream Walker Between the Worlds fills a portion of this gap

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    UnCommon Lands is a anthology with 20 unique depictions of fantastic places and alien landscapes, spanning multiple genres Today I would like to review the short story Rakka Surprise by the fabulous Bey Deckard The story begins with Captain Drayan landing on a foreign planet on his mission to deliver a welcome present to the population of Beto Unfortunately the planet messes with Drayan s primitive Earthling sensory system and his visit is off to a bad start Sitik, the big fuzzy Rakka, and UnCommon Lands is a anthology with 20 unique depictions of fantastic places and alien landscapes, spanning multiple genres Today I would like to review the short story Rakka Surprise by the fabulous Bey Deckard The story begins with Captain Drayan landing on a foreign planet on his mission to deliver a welcome present to the population of Beto Unfortunately the planet messes with Drayan s primitive Earthling sensory system and his visit is off to a bad start Sitik, the big fuzzy Rakka, and Drayan s first mate, was by his side to sort it all out and help things to go on as smoothly as possible with the odd Betoans With their mission accomplished, Drayan is left wondering if there isto his first mate than he d first thought Turns out, Sitik has a big Rakka surprise for him I had so much fun with this shortie Drayan is a great guy, someone I d gladly follow on manyadventures through space His interactions with Lala, his passiv agressive space ship, added a fun touch Sitik is absolutely adorable He s got that endearing accent thing going on and is just a big fuzzy sweetheart Despite being some kind of alien creature he seemed real and in a way relatable Once again Bey delivers fun and interesting characters, a unique settings and feels This shortie has everything to get you hooked from the first sentence, entertain you until the end and makes you want , , .As all UnCommon Lands stories, Bey Deckard s Rakka Surprise reminds us that where we are from isn t as important as where we are going

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    A good anthology full of stories that were all a bit different from each other Quite a few were new authors so this was a great way to try them all out I was never quite sure what would happen or what I would get when I started each story and that was half the fun Some made me laugh, some groan, and some made me think Great book for lunch time reading as most were not too long and a quick read Really liked that in the front was a quick blurb for each story so made it great to go back and re A good anthology full of stories that were all a bit different from each other Quite a few were new authors so this was a great way to try them all out I was never quite sure what would happen or what I would get when I started each story and that was half the fun Some made me laugh, some groan, and some made me think Great book for lunch time reading as most were not too long and a quick read Really liked that in the front was a quick blurb for each story so made it great to go back and re read a few My honest review is that I really liked this anthology A great way to try out authors and be entertained

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    If you want to take a journey to many different shores, UnCommon Lands is a great and fun read for you The twenty short and sometimes not so short stories of this anthology take the reader to many strange and fascinating places be they in the future, on other planets or in a parallel plane of existence The stories are diverse fast paced or slow, condensed or detailed, story or concept driven, gritty or tongue in cheek So not all will be to your liking, but you will probably find most o If you want to take a journey to many different shores, UnCommon Lands is a great and fun read for you The twenty short and sometimes not so short stories of this anthology take the reader to many strange and fascinating places be they in the future, on other planets or in a parallel plane of existence The stories are diverse fast paced or slow, condensed or detailed, story or concept driven, gritty or tongue in cheek So not all will be to your liking, but you will probably find most of them a worthy and some an even superb and thought provoking read.Among those stories The Creaser by Tom O Brien, leads us to a future England, mostly buried under the sea due to the melt decades ago In a strange new society, which O Brien gives a colorful shape with few sentences, The Diver, a woman driven away from home, looks for magic in order to pay her debts and go back Traveling between the few dry spots left, her thoughts show glimpses of the melt and a fragmented society, until she does encounter a magic bound to change herIn Rakka Surprise , Bey Deckard takes us to a strange foreign planet Just being there causes a sickness which threatens Captain Drayan s diplomatic mission, yet teaches him much about the alien crewmate he hired on a whimWhat would you do if a totalitarian regime imprisoned you on top of an incredibly high stone pillar you had no way of leaving Dale, the protagonist of Michael K Schaefer s Exhibit D , sees other inmates on other pillars succumb to despair and is close to doing the same when a strangely unconcerned new prisoner tells him about his hare brained way of getting out Ecumenical Outpost 732 is a space station above the mining planet Peritha, located in the middle of nowhere and in a future where Earth is only a myth The girl T se dreams of living on a planet, any planet, even Peritha, where the Jakkattu human slaves must work hard to atone for the crimes of their ancestors Then she encounters a young Jakkattu stowaway The Pillars of Theonasa hold the crumbling city the King of Wind Demons built Roslyn Cay creates a short, intense story somewhere between Prometheus and Lucifer.In the 22nd century, The Rite is something every 18 year old like Nyla has to undergo 24 hours in a perfect world, created by the AIs which have the task to re build the polluted Earth At the end of these 24 hours, she will have to choose between the hard, drab life in reality and her conciousness staying for eternity in the perfect world, where she won t consume precious ressources and be a burden on the planet All she ll have to do is leave her widowed mother behind and her own bodyI received an electronic advanced copy in exchange for an honest review A friend of mine had one of his stories published in the anthology, and I m glad the book turned out to be such a good read

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    What an excellent set of stories in UnCommon Lands There was not one single tale that I disliked or found fault with They were all very enjoyable, and so well written.They ranged from the aah, warm and fuzzy story, Anderson s Necessaries by Jon Etter, so beautifully written that I totally forgot the chocolate I had been eating, and it had melted by the time I had finished the story Nothing usually takes my attention away from chocolate to the wow, that was so different but makes you What an excellent set of stories in UnCommon Lands There was not one single tale that I disliked or found fault with They were all very enjoyable, and so well written.They ranged from the aah, warm and fuzzy story, Anderson s Necessaries by Jon Etter, so beautifully written that I totally forgot the chocolate I had been eating, and it had melted by the time I had finished the story Nothing usually takes my attention away from chocolate to the wow, that was so different but makes you think interesting stories, such as, Gators in Kansas and Other Hazards of Modern Farming by Ralph Walker, and Walker Between the Worlds by Ashleigh Gauch, the latter making me feel like I was taking the journey too and stories touching on all bits in between eg deep, experimental, fears, different kinds of war in real or unreal lands.I adored Ecumenical Outpost 732 by PK Tyler, a story which fits in beautifully to her Jakkattu series that I am enjoying Two children from opposing factions find friendship on a space station, both prejudiced in different ways by other people Tyler is so good at telling sentient life stories, whether it is human or non human.The rest of the UnCommon series of books are well worth reading too, and this volume certainly has not disappointed me at all An easily scored five stars

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    UnCommon Lands is a collection with something for everybody Fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, horror Sweet, eerie, poignant, frightening, weird Unfathomable heights, depths of all descriptions Soldiers, mothers, swimmers, robots, suckers, demons, prisoners, gators, toons, and .I read in most genres and found satisfaction for several of my tastes I appreciate the strange places the collection took me to, fretted over the choices some characters had to make, and am glad I brought UnCommon Lands is a collection with something for everybody Fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, horror Sweet, eerie, poignant, frightening, weird Unfathomable heights, depths of all descriptions Soldiers, mothers, swimmers, robots, suckers, demons, prisoners, gators, toons, and .I read in most genres and found satisfaction for several of my tastes I appreciate the strange places the collection took me to, fretted over the choices some characters had to make, and am glad I brought a serving spoon to the feast.Favorites this time around I ll probably add others when re reading Walker Between the Worlds last story read it first, or at least don t stop before you get to it Harrowing and fulfilling Galileo s Dog I think some part of me will always be up there with the pooch Gators in Kansas real characters made me contemplate a likely future Anderson s Necessaries just what I needed With individual stories worth the selling price, UnCommon Lands is a bargain for the mind

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