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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publications (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978867688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978867683
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,978,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories are well written with a lot of surprises.
Danella E. Thomas
Each of the stories are different and unique, and most all of the stories balance a wonderful blend of science fiction and horror.
S. S. White
If you like SF, like short stories, or just like challenging, thought-provoking fiction, read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nelly on October 13, 2008
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I was intrigued by the themes and whole concept of the work. The cover is very stark and fitting. I thought the whole package-the art, the stories and ideas behind them, as well as the author's comments-really gave a first rate experience.

"For the Plague Thereof Was Exceeding Great" was one of my two favorites. It was disturbingly close to misconceptions of today and while it was sci fi, it also required little thought to make the leap. Replace AIDs with any unknown future virus, the rantings of the priests and doomsayers with those of today and it makes for a truly frightening picture. But it was so well done and so moving...a wonderful piece.

"Brushstrokes" was my other favorite. I loved the starcrossed lover approach but with a unique and modern twist. It too was so close to sentiments of today that it made me angry at the citizens of that world, as well as happy that someone has the courage to write about it. The tale was beautifully written and very poignant.

"Last Bus" was another I enjoyed, simply because it felt like a mid 20th century play. Sorrow and starkness combined (storytelling and plot-wise), but over all, hopeful.

"Immortal Sin" was fascinating. Maybe it's because I could understand how the man came to those assumptions being Catholic myself (seeing how people are able to twist words in the name of religion or how `guilt' feeds into a person's everyday thought process). Or maybe because I saw it, not so much as a sci-fi story, but as a thriller. Sane people find it hard to understand how anyone could make such a jump as the main character did with the waitress; reading as the character, though, it was obvious he was obsessive, off-kilter, and able to twist words and intentions in his own mind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Burstein on February 28, 2008
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Pelland is one of the most powerful writers crafting short fiction today. "Unwelcome Bodies" is a welcome addition to anyone's collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. S. White on March 4, 2008
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UNWELCOME BODIES is a short-story collection that focuses on a variety of issues: the environment, religion, and terrorism, and the one thing that unites these stories is the character's body image and how they fit into the world/society around them. Each of the stories are different and unique, and most all of the stories balance a wonderful blend of science fiction and horror. This collection is an easy one to recommend. Pelland has a smooth, clean writing style, and the ideas that fuel each story really make you sit up and take notice.
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One of the author's primary motifs is isolated environments. One of her primary themes is isolated souls. She handles both of these very well over the course of this collection. Whether looking at college-age and twentysomethings discovering the depths of their strange new worlds, or limning hopeful-but-precarious connections in desperate futures, the stories are generally very involving. "Captive Girl" fully earns its acclaim, and several other pieces here aren't too far behind.
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UNWELCOME BODIES is the perfect blend of science fiction and horror, a walk through futures alternately beautiful and hideous, with characters we can see, hear and yes, touch. Pelland's clear, concise style draws us in without distraction and twists on a single note. Much like its striking white cover, this collection is something far different than the usual fare. I will definitely be looking for more of Pelland's work in the future.

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This was a great little read with a bite challenging body image and social boundaries.
I love the way the author tackles sexuality seemingly able to write from every vantage point.
This is not hard core sci-fi in a traditional sense in my opinion but certainly is true enough to the genre to earn a place in my heart.
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By Danella E. Thomas on December 8, 2013
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The stories are well written with a lot of surprises. There were some unique plots and characters. Most of the stories had some dark or twisted element. I will look for more by this author.
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By edanrogo on September 2, 2013
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Jennifer Pelland is an extremely gifted writer. Her prose, her characters, her setting and the atmosphere she's able to create around each story are only comparable to masters of the genre like H.P. Lovecraft, Poe, King and Barker. She will make you laugh, cry and think and in the process give you nightmares :)
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