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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Beginning and ending with death, Feminomaniacs: An Anthology is a collection of twenty equally disturbing, thought-provoking stories that reflect the state of the human psyche. In the title story Feminomaniacs, a woman challenges the purpose of being a female with a doctor who disagrees that childbearing is an honorable goal. Operator is the story of Freddy, whose fast-paced, goal-driven life comes to an end after an intense conversation with Hamp, the elevator operator in Freddy’s office building. Babylift is the most disturbing story I’ve read in a long time. Upon the death of her father, Merica becomes the charge of the Captain and joins in his life mission which will refurbish humanity. Greed intercedes, forcing the two characters to abandon a plane full of sleeping babies.
Neda Aria intertwines a magical plot variety full of vivid descriptions and often disturbing imagery. In The Tea Shop, the dark web is referenced when the main character admits to selling her used underwear. If I had to select a favorite, this story is it: Naughty, creepy, and sadly realistic. As the author explores an expansive list of themes, one thing these stories share is the lack of optimism. Science fiction, folklore, and fantasy work together in a cohesive anthology for the adult reader. While life lessons are evident in such stories as Seasonal Depression of a Confused Bonsai, Neda Aria's Feminomaniacs: An Anthology most definitely has explicit language and vivid (Did I say vivid?) descriptions.