I finished Annihilation and I wish I had preemptively bought Authority (I’m wiser now, I’ll be buying it and Acceptance at the same time).
I just love Jeff Vandermeer so much. I love New Weird so much. The writing is so crisp, clear and lush even when the subject is (intentionally) unknowable and terrifying. Vandermeer really has a knack for getting in his characters heads, I knew this especially after reading Shriek: An Afterword and falling in love with Janice and her narration that leaps off the page. We enjoy another intensely intimate ride along with the Biologist in Annihilation (the irony being her lack of intimacy with most everyone in her life). We see what she sees and feels what she feels, we flashback with her and learn of her closed off nature and lonely life. It’s this haunting and claustrophobic perspective that just clicks so well with Vandermeers writing lends itself to exploring the themes and concepts that permeate the books of this genre. and you can see he’s mastered his style in the years since “Veniss Underground” (A good book, but something about it felt like the story he was trying to tell was just slightly blurred. Maybe that’s a side effect of reading the book in travel delirium on airplanes and in airports.)
Man, ya’ll just need to read his stuff. His Ambergris series is still one of the most unique and engaging approaches to building a world that I’ve ever had the pleasure of indulging. I’m excited to continue into the Southern Reach books.
Also apparently he has a movie deal for the Southern reach trilogy? Neat!
Now let’s get started on those Bas-Lag
movies animated series.