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: 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

First Chapter Thoughts: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

I'm somebody who enjoys both books and movies equally, and am often in the unenviable position of enjoying both a book and its adaptation. This is funny enough with things like Lord of the Rings, where at least the nerdboy contingent is balanced out by widespread cultural love. Annihilation, however, is an amusing case where … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

First Chapter Thoughts: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

I loved Borne, and I've been slowly falling in love with Vandermeer's prose through his short stories elsewhere, but I have to admit. I'm not sure what to make of this one. Dead Astronauts is set in the same universe as Borne, with different characters, but while it has some of the familiar strangeness, it's … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

The Gremlin’s Library: An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon

I've heard plenty about An Unkindness of Ghosts, although very little on its actual subject matter; it's a book that is recommended a lot especially by people who love diverse books. I don't blame them - An Unkindness of Ghosts is an incredible book that I will probably only ever read once. Because, damn. Rivers Solomon is a Black, … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon