I just finished book 2 in this series. My sister got the first one after seeing previews for the movie coming out next month Annihilation, by
the same title as the first book. She urged me to read it, saying it had an Alien feel (which she knows I enjoy).
I’m not a big sci-fi reader, but these books sucked me in. I’m trying to avoid any spoilers, but book 2 would appeal to many here, in more ways
Jeff VanderMeer is the author. This is the only work of his that I have read. He’s a decent writer, but it’s obvious that his favorite word is
“banal”.... he also has a few others that pop up repeatedly. In all honesty, even though book 1 was a page turner and I didn’t put it down, I
was not impressed with it until the last 5-10 pages. Then I was all on board and knew I would read the rest of the series.
Anyone else read this series? I’m trying to pawn it off on whoever I can, to elicit conversation. My dad has read the first and I will be passing
the 2nd along to him as well.
Here is the preview, for anyone interested. Though, like most movies, looks much different than the book.
A book is always better than the movie.....the minds eye is the best director in the universe. I give you the Dark Tower Stephen King
fiasco.........The lead character Roland...was not a black man in the book. The movie tanked. The book is STILL great.
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I wouldn’t call the Dark Tower movie a fiasco, I’d call it an ABOMINATION. I really had no qualms with Roland as a black man. While I know his
race plays into the Detta/Odetta line, that animosity could be conjured up in different forms.
I am SO very glad that I read the books long before that shame was created. Initially I was excited at the casting of the Man in black, but he was the
worst actor. And I like him. There was so much wrong in that movie- it made me angry and sad and I want to burn every copy so that no one has that
story stained in their mind by that crap. I took my husband to see it..... he hasn’t read them. So I’m guilty of tainting how he will ever see the
tale of Roland Deschain.
I think King praising it was what really got me. How could he be pleased with it?! Why, when the writers had a phenomenal story already in front of
them, why did they butcher it and make it a bastardized hint of the original story? They had gold in their hands and traded it for tin.
The series definitely has that same vibe as Stranger Things- I’m thinking it’ll be lost some in the movie. I would strongly recommend reading it
prior to watching it. The images we create in our minds while reading almost always outstrips what we see on screen.
As a note, the movie is being released theatrically in the US and China, but will be released via Netflix for other countries.
I read the three books and I hated them (even while reading them).
the author goes on and on with lyrical aversions without telling us exactly what is going on. has a fever-dream quality that gets old.
I'm ex-military so maybe it's just my desire for the concrete and specific that makes me feel this way.
(spoiler: finally, late in book 3, are two or three paragraphs that explain what's happening)
I have been a fan of VanderMeers short fiction work, ever since I read City of Saints and Madmen. He is an author that is not afraid to push and
challenge his readers(which I love). He and his wife were two of the main people fueling the New Weird movement of the early 2000's. Some great books
came out of that sub genre/movement.
Having said that, I just could not get into the Southern Reach Trilogy. I forced my way through the first two books when they came out, but never got
around to reading the third. I felt like I was being strung along, and that the payoff was not going to be worth it, sort of like the TV show Lost.
Great moments along the journey, crappy payoff.
Maybe I am wrong, and the third book nicely wraps everything up and ties the whole thing together. But to my mind and tastes, its kind of like when
Stephen King describes a chair for 8 pages(Hyperbole!). I get it, but its a chair.
The Southern Reach Trilogy. I get it, but its The Thing(1982).
I really liked the Southern Reach Trilogy and I'm going to quote my own experience with the book. "While reading the first in the series,
"Annihilation", I started getting a feeling like this was a biological large hadron collider. During the second,"Authority", I felt like I was within
the accelerator...smashing against particles. Finally, in the third of the series, "Acceptance", I felt like I was watching positive and negative
particles do their dance on different quantum planes...the cosmic dance between the microcosm and macrocosm." So, for me the experience was more than
just a book, so to speak. I really liked his book "Borne". Really, Really, Really, Really. It was like an adorable post apocalyptic my little pony
world for adults. (without the ponies)
Is it the part where Saul and Gloria are sitting, watching the tide pool. Gloria said that the fish would shake her hand and be pleased to meet her
because she is so nice. Saul responds saying “you could hurt it in countless ways, even if it were unintentional.” (Not verbatim.)
There’s other stuff that stood out too- but that seemed to say a whole lot about the whole story.
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