First Chapter Thoughts: Authority by Jeff Vandermeer

I recently finished Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (read the review here), and while I've gotten mixed input from others about the rest of the trilogy, I can't help but be immensely curious. So I've picked up the second book, Authority, and we're already off to an interesting start. For starters, despite many of them being … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Authority by Jeff Vandermeer

The Gremlin’s Library: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Read my First Chapter Thoughts on Annihilation here! When I first read some of Annihilation (in the Nebula 2014 collection), I wasn't impressed. But now that I've read the whole thing, in its incandescently weird glory, I'm looking back at 2016 me and whispering, you silly prat. In my defense, Annihilation starts off slowly; it's almost … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

The Gremlin’s Library: Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

The first few pages of Midnight Robber feel like being dropped into a brand new language - and realistically, you are. If you know the language. you're fine. It takes a little readjustment, sure, but only the same amount of adjustment that a speaker of Received Pronounciation British English needs to do for the terms … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

The Gremlin’s Library: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

Well. WELL. WELL. I was confused, mildly curious and definitely tempted by the first chapter. I was not prepared. God fucking damn. Dead Astronauts is the literary equivalent of that one scene from Neon Genesis Evangelion - well, okay, there's multiple. But the one that I can't stop thinking about is the notorious "mind rape" scene … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

The Gremlin’s Library: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia previously impressed me with both Untamed Shore and Gods of Jade and Shadow, but I think her most recent release, Mexican Gothic, is my favourite of her work yet. Trigger warnings in place for this book include: rot/decay, eugenics, racism, gaslighting, drug overdose, sexual assault, premature/live burial, cannibalism, incest and implied suicide and CSA. Mexican Gothic follows Noemí Taboada as … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia