This World is Full of Monsters by Jeff VanderMeer

This World is Full of Monsters

An alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied....

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  • Brandon Petry

    I loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible ways right under your feet. I know that feeling.

  • Alex Sarll

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, or maybe for heaven. More than any of them, I think it may be about that old standby, the cycle of life. But most of all, it's simply itself. If

    gave less impression of being written in green bi

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, or maybe for heaven. More than any of them, I think it may be about that old standby, the cycle of life. But most of all, it's simply itself. If

    gave less impression of being written in green biro, it would be this haunting and compelling. And on top of all that, it's free on Tor.com.

  • Kat W

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you can straight up label this story sci-fi or a person losing themselves to their writing or madness or all of the above. It's open to interpretation, which is another great thing about VanderMeer's style. There is som

    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you can straight up label this story sci-fi or a person losing themselves to their writing or madness or all of the above. It's open to interpretation, which is another great thing about VanderMeer's style. There is something about the cadence and tone of the writing that is absolutely hypnotic and as beautiful as it is strange.

    This story could have taken place within the Annihilation universe or in the mind of the narrator. (Area X's effect on the world?) Maybe it did, maybe it's both. Either way, the strangeness follows along the same vein as Annihilation and the alien "entity" theme, except closer to a stream of consciousness, which isn't to say the Annihilation trilogy wasn't full of its own set of streams of consciousness (boy that series got weird fast). Fortunately, this stream of consciousness has a path and sticks to it, though you'll likely wonder where the narrator is going and WTF is happening more often than not. The descriptions are amazing and the journey this tale takes you through is surreal and thoroughly creepy.

    One downside to my experience, I was never very emotionally attached to what was happening, just in awe and trying to make sense of what was going on. Still, I have to give this story 4.5 stars if it is leaving such an impact on me. It was a lot like reading poetry at times. Loved it!

  • karen

    i have no idea what i just read, and it made me feel a little dumb, yet i enjoyed it.

    review to come (?)

    read it for yourself here:

  • Amit

    Strangest and Weirdest tale that I ever read in recent time. In speaking honestly I really don’t know what to make out with it still though I really enjoyed the read...

    It starts with a story that itself invaded a man who was a writer. Who loved to write. Anyway the story took hold of him. At first it (the story) capture in tiny space and then it grows gradually. I don’t know but the way the author wrote make me read it more...

    Still now while writing this review I just could make up my mind about what to write! Anyway the story became of his part, it took his body. At first he did know that what’s happening to him but he didn’t stop it and let it grow. The story consume his whole self. His mind, his brain everything. It was because of this ‘story’ that he finally find out later that he has a brother, has a family, wife and daughter. But they disappear while he was asleep for 100 years. Well there’s more incident to come after then. Where he felt guilty, but the ‘story’ didn’t give him a chance to re-emerge. In the end it take his life away...

    From me 5 out of 5...

  • Jen

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating.

  • Marco

    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where at least the plot is a little bit easier to see and follow. Some other readers saw deep allegories and hidden meaning in what was happening, but I failed to do so, and I had an hard time to get to the end of it.

  • A.M.

    A kind of alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth.

    Read it here:

    ***

    Should that be ‘thrust’?

    Oops. I’m editing. That’s not good.

    Maybe it’s something endemic to writers - to imagine a feral story creature that takes root in your head; takes over your life; erases your closest friends and family; an

    A kind of alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth.

    Read it here:

    ***

    Should that be ‘thrust’?

    Oops. I’m editing. That’s not good.

    Maybe it’s something endemic to writers - to imagine a feral story creature that takes root in your head; takes over your life; erases your closest friends and family; and a hundred years later when you pull out of your story funk, everything is changed.

    But somehow you draw yourself back into the world.

    Reads like an acid trip, or a nightmare, but it kind of lost me somewhere. [scrolling down to see how much more was left - not a good sign]

    Definitely fits the great Tor images file, though.

    3 stars

  • Gigi

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience.

    'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the stars that fell touched me.'

    'This troubled me greatly, more than most of my situation, and the way too that the clouds seemed to be something now, that they were looking down at me and that they saw me. I did not like thi

    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience.

    'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the stars that fell touched me.'

    'This troubled me greatly, more than most of my situation, and the way too that the clouds seemed to be something now, that they were looking down at me and that they saw me. I did not like this, and this fact was how I came to know that the past was irretrievable.'

    'I floated on the black-and-green surface of the lake, with pools of clearest blue embedded in that thickness, and I reflected on my situation. I reflected and refracted my situation, my memories continuing to be absorbed through the epidermis and then into my brain, as if the entire world but me already knew my past. There was nothing else to do, nothing to occupy me, for the lake was slow to travel across, the current glacial.

    But then the dead shell that was my boat grew a mouth and began to talk to me, for it too still had a role to fulfill in my life in this world.'

    'I was so fluid in my shell that I could not at times distinguish the water from my self. I could not distinguish a wave from my thoughts. Extinguish me, become me. '

  • Juliana

    3.5 stars

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