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review 2018-01-22 19:07
Annihilation
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

I don't get it.

 

This seems to be a book people either love or they don't. I read it mostly at work, which maybe contributed to my 'eh' reaction. If I had read it all at once I might have appreciated the writing more?

 

I kind of wish the book hadn't been framed as the biologist's notebook. There was one moment that made me like the idea, but the rest of the time it didn't really work for me.

 

I was intrigued enough by the story to start Authority, and I already like it better than I liked Annihilation. I mostly read this book because the movie is coming out soon. It looks like the film is going in a very different direction which I'm pretty excited about.

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review 2018-01-16 18:11
Annihilation
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

I first picked up this book last year, after I saw the trailer for the movie. I was very intrigued. The movie looked really great. 

 

But when I first picked it up, I could not get into it. I got about 40 pages in and gave up. But I decided to give it another chance this week, since the movie comes out next month and I wanted to know what to expect going in.

 

But the truth is, even after reading the book, I’m still not sure what to expect. I feel like so much of the book is left to the readers’ imagination that I don’t know how it’s going to translate to film. But that’s not important.

 

I really overall enjoyed Annihilation. Slow at first, but after about the first third of the book, I got really interested in it. But I wish it would’ve given more answers. So much was left open-ended. Too much, in my opinion. I really don’t know much more about Area X than I did when I began reading the book. Maybe that was purposeful. Sure, I know the biologist’s thoughts and theories about what she saw, but that gives the reader no solid truths about Area X and what’s really happening there. (I do NOT understand the Crawler at all and was very confused about the descriptions of it and what it was doing, even though I feel like those were very important to the story.)

 

Maybe the other two books in the series continue to explain things better, so I guess I’ll have to read those to really grasp what went down in this book.

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review 2018-01-10 00:55
Okay, I'm hooked
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
I've always been luke warm about Vandermeer. On one hand, I love what short stories of his I have read. He also wrote one of the best essays in the world on Angela Carter, and for that, I will forgive him much. But the one longer work of his I read City of Saints and Madmen, I didn't really care for. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't for me, even with the octupus.

So I basically read this because I think I want to see the movie, but being a reader, I need to read the book first.

Oh my, this is good. 

I mean, okay, on the surface, it is short and compact. But there is such atmosphere in this novel. And then you are trying to figure out things - like what is really happening, what is really society or a system. Everything is so well done and there is not a wasted word. 

Totally engrossing.
 
 

 

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review 2017-12-27 02:32
Annihilation
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

Yeah, this was a weird one. Don't even know how to sum it up. But I wanted to read it because I've seen it around the library quite a bit and am very excited for the movie coming out since it looks awesome. Just so y'all now, I think the movie is gonna be really different from the book.

 

I enjoyed this book, though it's definitely a slow burn and not what I expected. It was hard to get into in the beginning and it's definitely a dense book. There were quite a few points where I got lost in the text and not necessarily in a good way. But the more I read, the more into the story I became and in the end, I think I'd read it again if only because it's so deep. 

 

One thing I'll say of the book that I think is important, I wouldn't call it a horror novel. I've seen a few reviewers explain it as a "scifi horror" or "scifi thriller", but really it's just scifi. There are creepy parts in it, to be sure, but that creepy factor isn't present enough for me to consider it a member of the horror genre. The movie might be, but the book is not. 

 

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars. It's basically a really intense and strange episode of Planet Earth. Imagine Morgan Freeman narrating it. 

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review 2017-10-21 23:29
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer: Mini Review
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

This was pretty much a meh for me. I don't really feel like the author got the tone right, but am also on a lot of cold medication right now, and it is entirely possible that I missed something. I want to give the author the benefit of the doubt because he clearly knows how to write, but the dry narration in counterpoint to the fantastical environment wasn't really working for me. I think that's more a disconnect between my expectations and the author's intent...I was just expecting the book to be something it never really advertised itself as, and so, couldn't deliver. I'm still looking forward to the movie. I think Alex Garland can make something pretty great out of it. If nothing else it will be visually stunning. I still like the concept, very much, I guess I'm just not crazy about the execution. 

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