Book Review: Exhale by Laxmi Hariharan ( A part of Uncommon Origins-A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature, and Science (UnCommon Anthology)

  • ISIN: 9781533322845)
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction
  • Publishers: Fighting Monkey Press
  • Price: Rs. 1364.56/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
UnCommon Origins presents 22 depictions of moments on the precipice, beginnings both beautiful and tragic. Fantastical stories of Creation, Feral Children, Gods and Goddesses (both holy and horrific), and possibilities you never dared imagine come to life. Including stories from some of the most talented Speculative Fiction and Magical Realism authors around, UnCommon Origins will revisit the oldest questions in the universe: Where did we come from? and What comes next?

The Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn by Rhoads Brazos
Aplanetary by Holly Heisey,
Author Glass Heart by Sacha
Hope Cultural Gleanings by Deanne Charlton
Fringling by J.D. Harpley - Astral Scribe
Poseidon's Tears by E.L. Johnson
The Curl of Emma Jean by Michele Tracy Berger
The Price by Samuel Peralta
Growing Simon by Jo West
The Terrible Discovery of Professor Charles Cooper by Jonathan Cromack
The Last Star by DL Orton
My Darlings by P.K. Tyler
The Tombstone Man and the Coming of the Tigress by Nillu Nasser Stelter
In The Periphery by Erica Ruhe
Exhale by Laxmi Hariharan
Ifrit by Brent Meske
Swim With The Beavers by Robert Allen Lupton
The Least Child by Daniel Arthur Smith
Consciousness by Zig Zag Claybourne
Her by Rebecca Poole
The Apple by Shebat Legion
Becoming Mage by Melanie Lamaga 

Behind the book

About the author  

A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write...She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of the Ruby Iyer Series. London is where she writes. Bombay is what fuels her imagination.

Me thinks

Having read and devoured her Many Lives series reading and enjoying this story was very obvious to me. I like the way she creates characters which are so close to live and yet manages to enthrall readers till the last page with her paced narration. I am in awe of her story telling skills. Written to act like a bridge between her Many Lives series and Ascension series the pivotal character Sophia in this story is as confused as one could get in real life when she is told she is not entirely a human being. The thrill of reading this story is the way she creates an entire universe in her words for you to wander and experience, without making you feel bogged down with the weight of details.

The beauty of this story is its grandeur in detailing and description. I have really enjoyed reading this story till the last word. Strongly recommended for all Laxmi Hariharan fans and ofcourse people who enjoy this genre!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like pineapple halwa - sweet, nutty, melts in the mouth and is filling in every morsel!