First Chapter Thoughts: One Hundred Years Of Solitude

It's been so long since I did one of these! I've been slacking on my reading this year (for, ah, fairly good reasons) but I've been meaning to read my magical realism classics for a while. I started House of the Spirits a while ago and promptly... put it down and forgot where it went. … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: One Hundred Years Of Solitude

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.┬áIn 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