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Annihilation

af Jeff VanderMeer

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Serier: The Southern Reach (1)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel ... it might be this awesome.

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist??the de facto leader??and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers??they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding??but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Cover artwork (c)Paramount Pictures. All Rights Re… (mere)

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 Science Fiction Fans: Annihilation - page-turner or soporific?17 ulæste / 17CloudHidden, maj 2023
 The Weird Tradition: The Southern Reach13 ulæste / 13paradoxosalpha, april 2018

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...meh... ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
2.5* really. This was not a good choice to read as an audiobook; the language was too poetic and intricate. I had to slow it down to .75x speed.

Jump scares don't work in text, and I don't mind body horror so much in text either, so it was perfect for me. I do not think I'd like the movie. The character portrait was good! Even though people being unhappy in bad marriages is one of my major dislikes, the remove we get from most of their conflicts and the way the Biologist and Husband are coming towards understanding and loving each other better over the course of the book made it work for me.

I'm a sucker for both earth biology and alien biology, so I expected to really enjoy those parts, but they fell a little flat for me. I don't think VanderMeer completely understands scientific awe, though I can see him reaching for it. The Biologist jumping to conclusions about how the ecosystem of the Tower works as a way for the author to infodump is one of the ways he punctures it, and ultimately falls short. It's narratively convenient to have only one biologist talking, but it makes it harder to do the amount of science the plot requires. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
To quote one of my favourite writers, Kurt Vonnegut, ‘What a crock of shit’.

I don’t understand. How does a work like this get into print? How does it even get made into this - an arty hardback priced at £10? (Thankfully I picked it up at a charity shop) Where is the quality control? Is this the new pulp fiction? Or, once an author has made a name for themselves, do publishers just rub their hands at the prospect of guaranteed sales and throw the critical process of judgement whether the work is good enough out the window?

To go back to Vonnegut, he once talked about an author blooming - a certain novel being the peak of their powers; saying, embodying, signifying everything they’ve got to say in the best way they are able to. And what after? Are they spent? Are their future books regurgitations of ideas? Can they actually say anything more about life without significantly changing their status quo and having new experiences? It makes me think about Murakami, are his newest novels as good or have I just read too many?

This book made me want my life back; made me seriously question my aim to finish books despite not liking them. What is the point? A question I also level at the writer and the work - what was the point? The plot was incredibly basic - as if it was the story of a child (or an author struggling for ideas) and the writing lacked skill and authenticity. It was painfully apparent that this was a guy trying to write about things he didn’t implicitly understand; words just cobbled together like an amateur, unconvincing and jarring.

Anyway, sorry to be a Debby Downer on Mr VandeMeer but I’m just a little flabbergasted that this made the shelves of national bookstores, no less. It’s the first of a trilogy but someone would have to pay me a hell of a lot of money to finish the other two - life is too short for bad literature! I hope it is a long time before something as terrible as this gets through my stringent book choosing criteria and onto my bookshelves, because if for nothing I need time to recover and rejoice once more in good writing! #annihilated ( )
  Dzaowan | Feb 15, 2024 |
What a wonderful short read. I do kind of wish it were longer…..maybe. There are so many layers to this intellectually built story. Each element was interesting and important to the growth. There could have been some tangents with the other characters as I think this could have just made the overall experience just as eerie and dreadful, but I guess if not and having been surgically to the point worked out fine. ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
Just weird, I think. I see that we were trying for a suspenseful atmosphere, an air of mystery, of the unknown. Without actual characters though, it felt hard to get into that mood. The characters don't have names here, which seems plot relevant but it's unlikely I'll make it to the rest of the trilogy to see if it actually is. Not having names means that the characters seem to end up being flat caricatures of what they are described as. I think it can be interesting to experiment with characters not having a whole bevy of choices or not really understanding their situation, but when we don't really know them to begin with it just feels like the story is not being told well rather than any supposedly mysterious or scary situation constraining their actions. I hope the film is better. ( )
  Zedseayou | Jan 30, 2024 |
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...strange, clever, off-putting, maddening, claustrophobic, occasionally beautiful, occasionally disturbing and altogether fantastic...Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerNPR, Jason Sheehan (Feb 7, 2014)
 
"Annihilation," in which the educated and analytical similarly meets up with the inhuman, is a clear triumph for Vandermeer, who after numerous works of genre fiction has suddenly transcended genre with a compelling, elegant and existential story of far broader appeal.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerLos Angeles Times, Lydia Millet (Jan 20, 2014)
 

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The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats. Beyond the marsh flats and the natural canals lies the ocean and, a little farther down the coast, a derelict lighthouse. All of this part of the country had been abandoned for decades, for reasons that are not easy to relate. Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors’ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.
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"Annihilation!" she shrieked at me, flailing in confusion.  "Annihilation! Annihilation!" The word seemed more meaningless the more she repeated it, like the cry of a bird with a broken wing.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel ... it might be this awesome.

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist??the de facto leader??and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers??they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding??but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Cover artwork (c)Paramount Pictures. All Rights Re

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