Annihilation



✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Annihilation By Jeff VanderMeer ✸ – E17streets4all.co.uk Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape t Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third 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 weeks, all had died of cancer In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer s Southern Reach Trilogy, we join the twelfth expeditionThe group is made up of four women an anthropologist a surveyor a psychologist, the de facto leader and our narrator, a biologist Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itselfThey arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers 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.Annihilation

NYT bestselling writer Jeff VanderMeer has been called the weird Thoreau by the New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues His most recent novel, the national bestseller Borne, received wide spread critical acclaim and his prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, has been translated into languages, and was made into a film from Paramount Pictures directed by Alex Garland His nonfiction has appeared in New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and the Washington Post He has coedited several iconic anthologies with his wife, the Hugo Award winning editor Other titles include Wonderbook, the world s first fully illustrated creative writing guide VanderMeer served as the Trias Writer in Residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges He has spoken at the Guggenheim, the Library of Congress, and the Arthur C Clarke Center for the Human Imagination VanderMeer was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but spent much of his childhood in the Fiji Islands, where his parents worked for the Peace Corps This experience, and the resulting trip back to the United States through Asia, Africa, and Europe, deeply influenced himJeff is married to Ann VanderMeer, who is currently an acquiring editor at Tor and has won the Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award for her editing of magazines and anthologies They live in Tallahassee, Florida, with two cats and thousands of books.

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  • Paperback
  • 195 pages
  • Annihilation
  • Jeff VanderMeer
  • English
  • 07 November 2019
  • 0374104093

10 thoughts on “Annihilation

  1. says:

    I am sure that it will shock to many readers my low rating of this popular novel, but sadly I think that it s the best way to express my own personal reading experience with the book And I prefer to be honest than just giving a high rating if I don t believe on it.First of all, I don t hate the author and I am not looking for affecting the average rating of this novel.Basically, I had to balance the meaning of each rating here on Goodreads against what I thought about my reading experience with I am sure that it will shock to many readers my low rating of this popular novel, but sadly I think that it s the best way to express my own personal reading experience with the book And I prefer to be honest than just giving a high rating if I don t believe on it.First of all, I don t hate the author and I am not looking for affecting the average rating of this novel.Basically, I had to balance the meaning of each rating here on Goodreads against what I thought about my reading experience with the novel, and I realized that I wasn t confortable even thinking on the book that I like it which it would imply a 3 stars rating, so at the end, I opted to give it a 2 star rating, but I don t enjoy to do it.Maybe I am not the ideal reader for this kind of stories Maybe, while I am huge fan of science fiction, I am not ready to read weird fiction that it s the closest way to genre the novel It wasn t the surreal elements since I am used to read and watch surreal material like Alan Moore s comic books or Luis Bu uel s films.I think that my frustration with this particular novel was the inconclusive ending along with the knowledge that maybe some of the information on the story can be false and most of all, the lack of any single explanation of what the heck is going on.I understand that it s a trilogy, I get that it s a mystery, so the author can t explain all on the very first book, but I think that any novel has to bring some kind of closure on itself Also, some explanations could be appreaciated You don t have to explain everything but at least something when you see beauty in desolation, it changes something in you.That s a quote from the book, and analyzing my general impression of the book, sadly I think that the novel was like a desolation to me No explanations, unreliable facts and an abrupt ending So, I suppose that I am still the same, since I didn t change and I still don t find beauty on desolation.What I can appraise is the great writing style along with the smart and mature tone of the story.Please, if you are curious about the novel, read it, just like I did it I really do hope that you can enjoy to the fullest this novel No two people read the same book So, while I couldn t find it as a possitive reading experience, maybe for you will be different and that it can be just awesome

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    but whether it decays under the earth or above on green fields, or out to sea or in the very air, all shall come to revelation, and to revel, in the knowledge of the strangling fruit and the hand of the sinner shall rejoice, for there is no sin in shadow or in light that the seeds of the dead cannot forgive An Anthropologist, a Surveyor, a Psychologist, and a Biologist, all female, make up the 12th expedition to AREA X The expeditions that have come to this region before have n but whether it decays under the earth or above on green fields, or out to sea or in the very air, all shall come to revelation, and to revel, in the knowledge of the strangling fruit and the hand of the sinner shall rejoice, for there is no sin in shadow or in light that the seeds of the dead cannot forgive An Anthropologist, a Surveyor, a Psychologist, and a Biologist, all female, make up the 12th expedition to AREA X The expeditions that have come to this region before have not fared well They have disappeared They have come home mere shells of themselves and died of cancer They have turned on one another and killed each other There is a reason why the expedition members are only known by their field of expertiseI had not seen a name or heard a name spoken aloud for months, and seeing one now bothered me deeply It seemed wrong, as if it did not belong to AREA X A name was a dangerous luxury here Sacrifice didn t need names People who served a function didn t need to be named In all ways, the name was a further an unwanted confusion to me, a dark space that kept growing and growing in my mindIt does make you wonder why someone would volunteer knowing the outcomes of the previous missions The problem is AREA X keeps expanding and there is a growing concern that it will continue to encroach on the rest of the world The expeditions, though unsuccessful, must be achieving something Our narrator is the Biologist We find out as the story continues that her husband had volunteered to go on the previous expedition He had returned like the others with something essential missing inside A part of her believes, as crazy as it seems, that the segment of him that is missing is still in AREA X somewhere The area is also filled with unlikely plants, insects, and as it turns out one species that doesn t belong anywhereAs I adjusted to the light, the Crawler kept changing at a lightning pace, as if to mock my ability to comprehend it It was a figure within a series of refracted panes of glass It was a series of layers in the shape of an archway It was a great sluglike monster ringed by satellites of even odder creatures It was a glistening star My eyes kept glancing off of it as if an optic nerve was not enough What do you do when nothing makes sense What do you do when the most basic sensory parts of yourself are not functioning properly You process information andgaps come up than explanations of something you desperately need to understandWhat can you do when your five senses are not enough Because I still couldn t truly see it here, anythan I had seen it under the microscope, and that s what scared me the most Why couldn t I see it She can feel the area changing her She calls it the brightness She isn t sure what it is doing to her She just knows she feels differentThere shall be a fire that knows your name, and in the presence of the strangling fruit, its dark flame shall acquire every part of youThere is a tower or is there a tunnel The expedition members disagree about what to call it A bit of a mind bend because one is decidedly different than the other There is a lighthouse and signs of the previous expeditions are etched in the red splatter on the walls and the bullet holes in barricades The Biologist finds evidence that the information they had been told was not just lies, but epic untruths As the expedition gets smaller she becomesanddesperate to understand why AREA X existsWe all live in a kind of continuous dream, I told him her husband When we wake, it is because something, some event, some pinprick even, disturbs the edges of what we ve taken as reality She needs a pinprick, a slice of reality, a garden variety truth that will realign her thoughts and allow her to understand something, anything I ve read several Jeff Vandermeer books and been blown away each and every time His vision is so unique and his ability, as he does in this book, to have me holding my breath with each new revelation is startlingly, unnervingly, brilliant He conceives the inconceivable and totally convinces you that it can exist You shudder and shake for a few days and then after a few interesting nightmares you start to recover your equilibrium Your mind has been permanently altered.You might feel a brightness You might start a journal, logging all these unusual thoughts that keep buzzing around in your head.like spores sliding down the slopes of your brain You might even decide you need to volunteer for Expedition 13 as The Reader If you 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  3. says:

    Really good books Very different Very atmospheric and different than anything else I ve ever read.I read part of this trilogy off the page and listened to some of it on audiobook And looking back, I wish I d read the entire thing off the page I think it would have been a better overall experience that way.Highly recommended.

  4. says:

    FINE, FINE, FINE, I m buying book 2.

  5. says:

    Well it seems like Annihilation has divided the SF community into two, lovers and meh ers I m pretty sure I m one of the latter I have been trying to think why a novel with a blurb that instantly sparked my curiousity was just so bleh There are parts here that I love I think the whole novel was under a cloud of boring, grey fungus spores While you have this wonderful premise of an expedition to a remote Area X where the world is not quite right after some mysterious intervention from out Well it seems like Annihilation has divided the SF community into two, lovers and meh ers I m pretty sure I m one of the latter I have been trying to think why a novel with a blurb that instantly sparked my curiousity was just so bleh There are parts here that I love I think the whole novel was under a cloud of boring, grey fungus spores While you have this wonderful premise of an expedition to a remote Area X where the world is not quite right after some mysterious intervention from outside, you also have this mystery clouded over by characters that are puppets, have no personality, are deliberately obfuscate and are entirely unreliable What you end up with is what I liken to a biologist having a particularly vivid dream And that is possibly one explanation for the story, but dreams are dreams and stories are better than dreams for a reason This book is adorned in dream like logic, with little attempt to try and convince the reader of any sense of a reality You cannot anchor yourself to the situation or the characters All are as frustratingly grey as each other.I think a great analogy of this reading experience is to compare it to the TV series Lost In a way on the surface they both share some similarities in their premises But I d say for those who do know the series is that this novel is awfully like the last season of Lost Too much namby pamby, no explanation weirdness that does not lead anywhere and is frustratingly obscure for what seems like the hell of it.OK I did find some redeeming features in here and I did find some parts great I did give it two stars because of this There is some great imagination here There is some wonderful imagery here I just wish it wasconnected and there was even one little ounce of effort to try and make it make sense.I have the second volume from the library also I don t know if I ll carry on

  6. says:

    I am not sure how I feel about this It was good but not really.

  7. says:

    I was expectingfrom this book I will read the next one at some point, mainly because I know there is a next book If I didn t know there was one, I don t think I would have been left expectingThe book did not really draw me in and I found it to be somewhat repetitious All this was disappointing considering the hype I have heard about it.But, since there are two others in the series, and the series as a whole is critically acclaimed perhaps I will find somethingas the story I was expectingfrom this book I will read the next one at some point, mainly because I know there is a next book If I didn t know there was one, I don t think I would have been left expectingThe book did not really draw me in and I found it to be somewhat repetitious All this was disappointing considering the hype I have heard about it.But, since there are two others in the series, and the series as a whole is critically acclaimed perhaps I will find somethingas the story continues.After rethinking I changed this from 3 to 2 stars on 3 4 2016 and I will probably not be reading anyof the series.Update 10 7 2017 I see this is coming out as a movie Usually when movies come out for books I didn t like, I can at least say It s not for me, but I am sure it is a movie others will love With Annihilation, I cannot picture this as a movie of any interest at all They must end up changing it a lot and that would be a good thing in this case

  8. says:

    Really a waste of time The book seems to be going for the eerie each man is every man type of feeling that you got from Cormac McCarthy s The Road, in which none of the characters have names Here we have a small group of women, among them the psychologist, the surveyor, and the biolgist our narrator exploring Area X, a supernatural type district that borders our own mundane world I found myself completely uninvolved and not at all scared or disturbed by the team s discoveries It Really a waste of time The book seems to be going for the eerie each man is every man type of feeling that you got from Cormac McCarthy s The Road, in which none of the characters have names Here we have a small group of women, among them the psychologist, the surveyor, and the biolgist our narrator exploring Area X, a supernatural type district that borders our own mundane world I found myself completely uninvolved and not at all scared or disturbed by the team s discoveries It was far too cryptic While less is oftenMichael Chabon are you listening , less is also often less And so it is here I was hoping for something gripping that would draw me into this mystery, but none of the hooks worked While our protagonist does learn something about herself in the course of the thankfully short novel, her realizations leave no emotional impact I will not be reading the sequels even tho they are being released by the publisher on an accelerated schedule NYT recently reported on this new publishing phenomenon of quick releasing of series And this series is being published by FSG, usually known for quality books Don t get it

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    Silence creates its own violence My initial reaction BUT WHAT DOES IT MEANAnd I m still sitting here, wondering and pondering This novel was spectacular in every aspect The best books are those that keep their secrets to themselves Those, that don t tell you everything, that make you desperate for information that you will not receive It s the mystery that keeps one interested, the depths that you want to explore They make your fingers tremble because you want to touch everything, know tSilence creates its own violence My initial reaction BUT WHAT DOES IT MEANAnd I m still sitting here, wondering and pondering This novel was spectacular in every aspect The best books are those that keep their secrets to themselves Those, that don t tell you everything, that make you desperate for information that you will not receive It s the mystery that keeps one interested, the depths that you want to explore They make your fingers tremble because you want to touch everything, know the answer to every question You want the silver platter, a glass filled with red wine and a bowl with all the unaswered riddles But the author would rather let you die of thirst than serve them to you.That s what I live for Stories that leave me breathless There are fantastic books out there But those that tell me all their secrets will fade from memory Now that I know, how else will you keep me interested Findof my books on Instagram

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    Blown away by Jeff VanderMeer s Annihilation Southern Reach 1 An expedition made up of four women known only by their profession anthropologist, surveyor, psychologist and our narrator, the biologist, investigates a mysterious netherworld which has been cut off from their continent Area X This is the twelfth such expedition All previous expeditions have ended in failure and death This story is somewhat creepy and very mysterious We have scant clues to figure out what happened on previ Blown away by Jeff VanderMeer s Annihilation Southern Reach 1 An expedition made up of four women known only by their profession anthropologist, surveyor, psychologist and our narrator, the biologist, investigates a mysterious netherworld which has been cut off from their continent Area X This is the twelfth such expedition All previous expeditions have ended in failure and death This story is somewhat creepy and very mysterious We have scant clues to figure out what happened on previous missions and why the current mission isn t going so well either On top of that our biologist is an unreliable narrator We know she is changing, but how Is she simply losing her mind or is theregoing on than can be rationally explained The idea of crossing boundaries is huge in this story so much so that the psychologist must hypnotize other team members so they can safely cross the border into Area X This made me think of Blake Crouch s Dark Matter where a drug is used to allow our mind to drop the barriers and see the dimensions that are all around us Is something like that going on here I don t know, but it was an interesting touch The last section was a bit too reflective, but otherwise this worked for me Before Annihilation, the only other work by VanderMeer I d read was Borne I liked Borne, but I didn t think it lived up to its potential For me, Annihilation delivers 4.5 stars

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