Different, Not Damaged
by Andy Peloquin
Genre: Dark Fantasy Short Stories
Strength from Weakness
Disability becomes Power
Some call them disabilities, but for others they are gifts:
– A voiceless child painting visions of death.
– A killer with a deadly message plagued by a burden of guilt.
– A priestess divinely empowered to absorb others’ pain.
– A soldier fighting for courage in the face of fear.
– A broken warrior-priest on a mission of vengeance.
– A thief desperate to escape the burden of his memories.
Betrayed by mind or body, these people struggle to
survive in a grim world that takes no pity on the weak. Yet they will
discover that they are simply different, not damaged.
This collection of dark fantasy short stories will keep you turning the
page as you experience life through the eyes of the
Pick up this uniquely heart-wrenching
book today because you want to feel what it means to live with a
What Readers Are Saying:
This collection of stories keeps you engrossed right through to the end. –
These stories about people trying to overcome, or at least come to terms
with, the hardships of their lives. Worth the read! – T.E.
This is one of those books that leaves you wanting more. – S.S
I received a copy of Different, Not Damaged for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.
Aside from how wicked the cover is and the interesting title, I was grabbed the moment I saw this book is a fantasy look on different mental illnesses. Given the large percentage of people who have to deal with mental illness, it’s interesting that there isn’t as much a representation in the fantasy genre. I never realized that until now, to be honest.
This book is a series of short stories that give the reader an insight of another world and the people who live in it. We see a man with PTSD, a woman with depression, and many others. Each of the stories deal with a different mental health.
I personally found this anthology of short stories a good read. Yes, there was a slight trigger with the woman with depression, but the story was tasteful. All of the stories were tasteful. They don’t cheapen the mental health and yet, they provide enough emotion and truth that a person who doesn’t have a mental health issue could relate with these characters.
Another great part about this anthology is that there are also stories set in the same world, but without the mental health. So, if you are getting bogged down with the first set, the second set is more of the world with other characters, and just as well written. The world is rich and the culture is interesting. I would love to read more about this world.
I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my
palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the
darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes,
villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a
book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend
hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the
pages of fantasy novels.
Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane
problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It
transcends age, gender, religion,race, or lifestyle–it is our way of
believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and
discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand
new way. Fiction at its very best!
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