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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Number of Pages:32 pages pages

This World is Full of Monsters Reviews

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Toria
    Nov 30, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the aut...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

  • Louize
    Jan 07, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

  • Jason
    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the aut...

    Bizarre, surreal, original, with some really interesting ideas woven in (the creature school was my favorite) - this brief story fits right into VanderMeer's oeuvre. For different reasons this story reminded of two others you should check out, short and long, respectively: ~ "The W...

    Harrowing Besuty This is a wonderful book, in that it?s wild narrative relentlessly depicts horrific events and moments as strangely and thrillingly beautiful., convincingly... and evoking deep resonant themes of the nature of nature/ life, history/ timeline, and what is truly hum...

    I usually like stories that have me all confused for a bigger part of of it but while this had a really good start, it completely lost me along the way and when it suddenly reminded me of an awful book I had to read back in school it was over for the two of us. ...

    Not sure what I just read While wrote in a very poetic style this short story is not poetry and not short enough. Reading this sci fiction short was agonizing and confusing. A waste of time immersed in a weird unexciting alien-ish transformation story. ...

    Wow Jeff Vandermeer remains the master of the beautifully worded, unsettling, thematically rich fever dream of a story that I always feel like I might manage to understand slightly more if I just paid better attention ...

    A strange fantastical journey. A story of loss, transformation, acceptance and ultimately joy. I really enjoyed the journey. If you like weird and wonderful Sci Fi then this is for you. ...

  • Michael
    Dec 30, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

  • 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...

    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. ...

  • Crini
    Nov 22, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the aut...

    Bizarre, surreal, original, with some really interesting ideas woven in (the creature school was my favorite) - this brief story fits right into VanderMeer's oeuvre. For different reasons this story reminded of two others you should check out, short and long, respectively: ~ "The W...

    Harrowing Besuty This is a wonderful book, in that it?s wild narrative relentlessly depicts horrific events and moments as strangely and thrillingly beautiful., convincingly... and evoking deep resonant themes of the nature of nature/ life, history/ timeline, and what is truly hum...

    I usually like stories that have me all confused for a bigger part of of it but while this had a really good start, it completely lost me along the way and when it suddenly reminded me of an awful book I had to read back in school it was over for the two of us. ...

  • Andrea
    Jan 01, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Charles Baker
    Nov 16, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the aut...

    Bizarre, surreal, original, with some really interesting ideas woven in (the creature school was my favorite) - this brief story fits right into VanderMeer's oeuvre. For different reasons this story reminded of two others you should check out, short and long, respectively: ~ "The W...

    Harrowing Besuty This is a wonderful book, in that it?s wild narrative relentlessly depicts horrific events and moments as strangely and thrillingly beautiful., convincingly... and evoking deep resonant themes of the nature of nature/ life, history/ timeline, and what is truly hum...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Indi
    Jan 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

  • S
    Oct 25, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the aut...

    Bizarre, surreal, original, with some really interesting ideas woven in (the creature school was my favorite) - this brief story fits right into VanderMeer's oeuvre. For different reasons this story reminded of two others you should check out, short and long, respectively: ~ "The W...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

  • K
    Jan 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

  • Beth
    Jan 02, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the aut...

    Bizarre, surreal, original, with some really interesting ideas woven in (the creature school was my favorite) - this brief story fits right into VanderMeer's oeuvre. For different reasons this story reminded of two others you should check out, short and long, respectively: ~ "The W...

    Harrowing Besuty This is a wonderful book, in that it?s wild narrative relentlessly depicts horrific events and moments as strangely and thrillingly beautiful., convincingly... and evoking deep resonant themes of the nature of nature/ life, history/ timeline, and what is truly hum...

    I usually like stories that have me all confused for a bigger part of of it but while this had a really good start, it completely lost me along the way and when it suddenly reminded me of an awful book I had to read back in school it was over for the two of us. ...

    Not sure what I just read While wrote in a very poetic style this short story is not poetry and not short enough. Reading this sci fiction short was agonizing and confusing. A waste of time immersed in a weird unexciting alien-ish transformation story. ...

    Wow Jeff Vandermeer remains the master of the beautifully worded, unsettling, thematically rich fever dream of a story that I always feel like I might manage to understand slightly more if I just paid better attention ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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 Bregitzer
    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars ...

    "A sweet and bitter relief. Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I must become for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the old world? " ...

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

    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...

    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...

    Actual rating : 2,5/5 This was so weird. I'm just confused ? I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's st...

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character ...

    There were parts of this story that stand out to me...the imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story fel...

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation,...

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the aut...

    Bizarre, surreal, original, with some really interesting ideas woven in (the creature school was my favorite) - this brief story fits right into VanderMeer's oeuvre. For different reasons this story reminded of two others you should check out, short and long, respectively: ~ "The W...

    Harrowing Besuty This is a wonderful book, in that it?s wild narrative relentlessly depicts horrific events and moments as strangely and thrillingly beautiful., convincingly... and evoking deep resonant themes of the nature of nature/ life, history/ timeline, and what is truly hum...

    I usually like stories that have me all confused for a bigger part of of it but while this had a really good start, it completely lost me along the way and when it suddenly reminded me of an awful book I had to read back in school it was over for the two of us. ...

    Not sure what I just read While wrote in a very poetic style this short story is not poetry and not short enough. Reading this sci fiction short was agonizing and confusing. A waste of time immersed in a weird unexciting alien-ish transformation story. ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...