Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

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    Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

    I had high expectations for this series (The Southern Reach trilogy) but barely made it through book 1. I found the characters lifeless, the plot obtuse, and the writing banal. The one thing VanderMeer did well was echoing his protagonist's psyche with his writing style. This emotionally distant character was reflected in his flat, flavorless style throughout the first part of the book. Then, as the Biologist (no name given) began to feel the effects of area 'X' the writing became more descriptive and life-like. Never enough, however, to rescue the book.
    “Fools” said I, “You do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
    But my words like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence : Simon & Garfunkel

    Those who enjoy stirring the chamber-pot should be required to lick the spoon.

    Our job as writers is to make readers dream, to infiltrate their minds with our words and create a new reality; a reality not theirs, and not ours, but a new, unique combination of both.

    Visit Amazon and the Kindle Store to check out Reflections in a Black Mirror, and Chase

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    Polarizing series. I loved the first one and found that my enjoyment waned as I went along. Strongly obtuse and full of suggestion rather than realization. BORNE, his next novel, is much more interesting and fun. I really enjoyed the movie and I must say that Jeff is a pretty good guy who does great work for sf in general. He was integral to the recent revival of David Bunch's work and his anthologies are awesome.
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    "From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it." - Groucho Marx


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