This World is Full of Monsters

This World is Full of Monsters

An alien invasion comes to one man?s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied....

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Title:This World is Full of Monsters
Author:Jeff VanderMeer
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Genres:Short Stories
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

This World is Full of Monsters Reviews

  • Terri
    Feb 22, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

  • karen
    Nov 11, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

  • Brandon Petry
    Nov 08, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

  • Tim Pendry
    Feb 25, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

  • L
    Apr 12, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

  • Jeremy Brooks
    Jan 15, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 28, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

  • Pam
    Jul 31, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

  • Jen
    Nov 18, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

  • Fiona
    Aug 09, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

  • Alex Sarll
    Nov 08, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

  • Gigi
    Dec 06, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes: 'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the...

  • Gabrielle
    Feb 25, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

  • Kat W
    Nov 14, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    Feb 16, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes: 'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the...

    Ever had a fever dream? I have had a few, and they have all been frightening in one way or another. Having had bad dreams is one reason I have never tried psychedelic mushrooms, or any other mind altering drug. I can't imagine that the trip I would go on would be a good one, so I don't...

    "The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs... The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It purred, and the purr grew louder and louder: a beautiful flower bud opening and opening unti...

    A kind of alien invasion comes to one man?s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth. Read it here: https://www.tor.com/2017/11/08/this-w... *** I heard the thrush and pull of the darkness, grown so mighty inside my head. Sho...

    I'm not sure anyone chooses each word with the care that VanderMeer does. I'm more certain that nobody does weirdness quite like VanderMeer does. This book plunges the reader directly into weirdness and it surges along, carrying the reader, probing for the boundary of ickiness and unfa...

    3.5 stars This is a strange sort of story, where a writer encounters a story-creature, which uses him to facilitate a sort of invasion, in which the entire world becomes one of the story-creatures' creation. And when the writer awakens a century later he is the only thing left of th...

    First of all, let us take a moment to admire that cover. Yeah? OK, so I connected really well with Borne and quickly established that Vandermeer seems to have a knack for the bizarre. This was no exception. If anything, it really takes the unnatural talent and showcases it. But with th...

  • A.M.
    Dec 05, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes: 'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the...

    Ever had a fever dream? I have had a few, and they have all been frightening in one way or another. Having had bad dreams is one reason I have never tried psychedelic mushrooms, or any other mind altering drug. I can't imagine that the trip I would go on would be a good one, so I don't...

    "The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs... The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It purred, and the purr grew louder and louder: a beautiful flower bud opening and opening unti...

    A kind of alien invasion comes to one man?s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth. Read it here: https://www.tor.com/2017/11/08/this-w... *** I heard the thrush and pull of the darkness, grown so mighty inside my head. Sho...

  • Hayley
    Jan 03, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

  • Marco
    Dec 01, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

  • Max
    Mar 05, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

  • Jon Hilty
    Jul 22, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

  • Amit
    Nov 15, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

  • Lukasz
    Jan 29, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

  • Claudia
    Feb 26, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

  • Juliana
    Dec 07, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Mook
    Nov 09, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes: 'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the...

    Ever had a fever dream? I have had a few, and they have all been frightening in one way or another. Having had bad dreams is one reason I have never tried psychedelic mushrooms, or any other mind altering drug. I can't imagine that the trip I would go on would be a good one, so I don't...

    "The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs... The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It purred, and the purr grew louder and louder: a beautiful flower bud opening and opening unti...

    A kind of alien invasion comes to one man?s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth. Read it here: https://www.tor.com/2017/11/08/this-w... *** I heard the thrush and pull of the darkness, grown so mighty inside my head. Sho...

    I'm not sure anyone chooses each word with the care that VanderMeer does. I'm more certain that nobody does weirdness quite like VanderMeer does. This book plunges the reader directly into weirdness and it surges along, carrying the reader, probing for the boundary of ickiness and unfa...

    3.5 stars This is a strange sort of story, where a writer encounters a story-creature, which uses him to facilitate a sort of invasion, in which the entire world becomes one of the story-creatures' creation. And when the writer awakens a century later he is the only thing left of th...

  • P.L. Winn
    Aug 24, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes: 'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the...

    Ever had a fever dream? I have had a few, and they have all been frightening in one way or another. Having had bad dreams is one reason I have never tried psychedelic mushrooms, or any other mind altering drug. I can't imagine that the trip I would go on would be a good one, so I don't...

    "The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs... The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It purred, and the purr grew louder and louder: a beautiful flower bud opening and opening unti...

    A kind of alien invasion comes to one man?s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth. Read it here: https://www.tor.com/2017/11/08/this-w... *** I heard the thrush and pull of the darkness, grown so mighty inside my head. Sho...

    I'm not sure anyone chooses each word with the care that VanderMeer does. I'm more certain that nobody does weirdness quite like VanderMeer does. This book plunges the reader directly into weirdness and it surges along, carrying the reader, probing for the boundary of ickiness and unfa...

  • Jenny
    Jan 15, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes: 'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the...

    Ever had a fever dream? I have had a few, and they have all been frightening in one way or another. Having had bad dreams is one reason I have never tried psychedelic mushrooms, or any other mind altering drug. I can't imagine that the trip I would go on would be a good one, so I don't...

  • Igrowastreesgrow
    Feb 21, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

  • Andrew Roberson
    Feb 12, 2018

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where...

    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all...

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, o...

    Can't settle on a rating for this. It started off well but ended up being a bit too vague and abstract for my liking. Maybe one day I'll finally give Annihilation a go... ...

    1. ?But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had...

    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And y...

    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way. It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it! ...

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud. ...

    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the ques...

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you c...

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes: 'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the...

    Ever had a fever dream? I have had a few, and they have all been frightening in one way or another. Having had bad dreams is one reason I have never tried psychedelic mushrooms, or any other mind altering drug. I can't imagine that the trip I would go on would be a good one, so I don't...

    "The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs... The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It purred, and the purr grew louder and louder: a beautiful flower bud opening and opening unti...

  • Rick
    Dec 11, 2017

    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren?t?I had not b...

    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with. Read it free her...

    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It pur...

    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed. The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try... This sh...

    Beyond boring. ...

    Wonderfully strange Such a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters. ...

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating. ...

    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural. ...

    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website. The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there?s not much plot here and it?s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the ...

    Damn I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible w...

    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of al...