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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach…
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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) (udgave 2014)

af Jeff VanderMeer

Serier: The Southern Reach (1)

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5,9593451,579 (3.7)2 / 338
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)

Medlem:gonzobrarian
Titel:Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)
Forfattere:Jeff VanderMeer
Info:FSG Originals (2014), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 208 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Annihilation af Jeff VanderMeer

  1. 130
    Roadside Picnic af Arkady Strugatsky (Tuirgin, jeroenvandorp)
    Tuirgin: The Strugatsky Bros.' Roadside Picnic seems to be a touchstone of the Southern Reach Trilogy—and this continues with greater parallels in Authority. The styles of writing are entirely different, but the concept of Area X is a definite echo of the Zone. Roadside Picnic is a classic of European Science Fiction and well worth reading.… (mere)
  2. 90
    Solaris af Stanisław Lem (ShelfMonkey)
  3. 50
    Acceptance af Jeff VanderMeer (LiteraryReadaholic)
  4. 40
    Swamplandia! af Karen Russell (andomck)
    andomck: Swamps are crazy, man
  5. 40
    Mørkets venstre hånd af Ursula K. Le Guin (andomck)
    andomck: Scientists exploring an alien environment
  6. 30
    Verden under vand af J. G. Ballard (ShelfMonkey)
  7. 20
    Wool af Hugh Howey (thenothing)
    thenothing: dystopia, conspiracy
  8. 10
    Wilder Girls af Rory Power (bibliovermis)
  9. 10
    Nova Swing af M. John Harrison (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: The infection/mutation of characters and their ambivalent encounters with transcendent power are in both cases oriented toward a mysterious region of putatively non-human influence.
  10. 10
    The Gone-Away World af Nick Harkaway (hairball)
    hairball: Maybe it's the fuzzy cover of the one book, but they remind me of each other.
  11. 10
    Drivhuset af Brian W. Aldiss (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Classic SF that is all about its creepy, atmospheric setting.
  12. 10
    The Dream Archipelago af Christopher Priest (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both contain landscapes and people that play with with our sense of reality.
  13. 00
    The Last Letter (Conversation Pieces, Vol 31) af Fiona Lehn (psybre)
    psybre: Also set in an odd near-future (where an environmental disaster has made an entire island dangerous and soon to become uninhabitable).
  14. 11
    The Ruins af Scott Smith (BeckyJG)
  15. 00
    Kold hud : roman af Albert Sánchez Piñol (FFortuna)
  16. 11
    The Other Side of the Mountain af Michel Bernanos (marietherese)
  17. 00
    City of Saints and Madmen af Jeff VanderMeer (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: VanderMeer's earlier world-building venture, full of weird-ass fungus war and other monsters. It's lovely and grotesque.
  18. 00
    Evolution's Shore af Ian McDonald (Litrvixen)
    Litrvixen: A strange alien vegetation begins spreading across Africa and transforming everything and everyone it comes in contact with.
  19. 00
    Houses of Ravicka af Renee Gladman (DarthFisticuffs)
    DarthFisticuffs: Both novels are about the exploration of a place in which the place defies explanation, and the exploration is more into how the space defines the self. Both novels are also very similar in tone.
  20. 01
    The Hollow Places af T. Kingfisher (sturlington)

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Other reviewers have used most of the adjectives this book brings to mind...weird, strange, and so on. I think that what most suits it for me is "unsettling." I suspect this book will remain on my mind for a while. I'll resist the urge to go directly to the next book immediately - in part to let the story simmer, and in part because the reviews for book two are less enthusiastic and I want to savor my after-thoughts untainted.


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  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
The movie was meh but even that was better than this. ( )
  Emree | Aug 20, 2023 |
2.5

A vaguely interesting concept (very derivative of Roadside Picnic) is lazily explored through a poorly woven and pretentious narrative. It's strangely gripping and yet oddly boring at the same time - probably because you want to see what happens, but very little actually does happen. The ending also feels rather anticlimactic due to the narrator dropping a last minute exposition bomb for some things, and then shrugging thier shoulders at other elements in a sort of "Well, I guess we'll never know..." kind of way.

I understand this is the first of a trilogy, but nothing in this book gives me confidence that the author had a firm grasp of the concept in his mind when he began writing, and so I'm not sure if I'm willing to see if the other 2 books are any better.

Although still flawed, I feel the film did a better job of communicating some of these ideas. Neither the book nor the film are wholly satisfying, but if you're a bit of a sci-fi nerd like me then both are worth looking at (the film more so). If the weaknesses of both could be dropped and thier strengths combined, the result could be something mighty fine - but it's never as simple as that, is it? ( )
  TheScribblingMan | Jul 29, 2023 |
The language is horrible, the people are flatter than cardboard cut-outs, and every second use of a sciency word is wrong (I kept a mental list at first, intending to post it here, but it is just too overwhelming. Just assume that most sentences that contain words like "ecosystem", "eukaryot", or even "cells" are wrong). The plot is full of holes, but interesting. Which makes for an curious case of a book that is unbelievably badly written, but still fun to read, if you have time to do it within a day or two. ( )
  Arseny | Jul 3, 2023 |
It's rare when the simple act of reading a book makes you feel like you're losing your own grip on reality and causing you to question everything, both in and out of the story.

I will live the rest of my life wishing I could read this again for the first time. ( )
  sublunarie | May 13, 2023 |
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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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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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