Thursday, December 3, 2015

UnTamed by Laxmi Hariharan

UnCommon Bodies
by Michael Harris Cohen

My rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press
Genre: Fantasy Anthologies
Print Length: 307 pages
Available from: Amazon

Step right up to the modern freakshow — We have mermaids, monsters, and more. You won't be disappointed, but you may not get out alive.

UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 20 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Together, the authors explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul. 
UnTamed by Laxmi Hariharan

UnCommon BodiesShort stories are just that, short. Sometimes authors just miss breathing their tale to life or they do not quite draw out the emotional tags. Laxmi Hariharan does both with each stroke of her pen. Follow along as we are taken into Ms. Harihan’s world of the Ruby Iyer Universe, a post-apocalyptic, dystopian place set in the streets of multicultural Bombay.

Leana is different than those around her. She is a hybrid, part human, part werewolf and she is struggling to come to terms with her inner monster. Does everyone know what she is? Do they fear her? Is she unlovable? Should she be destroyed? Her inner wolf scents the humanity and wants to devour it, forcing Leana to keep to herself. When tales of the Hugging Saint reach her, she must go on a quest to meet this being and understand what makes him special, while possibly receiving a deeply desired hug given with pure love. Is he a shyster or is there more to him than she believes? How could anyone truly love everyone, even monsters?

Ms. Hariharan blends, pain, hope and despair into a world gone mad, where anything can happen. Is it faith that brings peace and love? Will Leana find faith in herself or will she lose control as her inner beast takes over? Either way, she must learn to accept herself and move on. Truly a tale that delivers all of the meat of a longer tome, in and bite sized piece that will leave you both satisfied and wanting more!

I received a review copy of Laxmi Hariharan’s Untamed a mesmerizing tale and a powerful addition to this anthology. I definitely would love to read the entire anthology!


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