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Annihilation

av Jeff VanderMeer

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Serier: The Southern Reach Trilogy (1)

MedlemmarRecensionerPopularitetGenomsnittligt betygDiskussioner / Omnämnanden
4,0562662,150 (3.7)1 / 304
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist--the de facto leader--and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens, to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers--they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding--but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.… (mer)
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I wasn't too sure about this book when I started it. It seemed destined to be a sort of gonzo sci-fi, which isn't my general preferred cup of tea. But it quickly really grabbed ahold of me and held my interest. It's so weird, so richly imagined, so plainly told in a voice unsettlingly at peace with the strange events that unfold. Mostly the story is about the science fiction, I believe, but it at times meditates on madness, communication, solitude, and regret, and this to me helped make the book something more than pulpy science fiction. I made a note at one point that it's Heart of Darkness meets House of Leaves meets LOST, and that seems about right still, though I would maybe add that it's set somewhere not too different from the concavity/convexity described in Infinite Jest. The book is the first in a trilogy, and I'm sorely tempted to pick up the next two books. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Actual rating closer to 2.5 stars. This is really though to rate or review. I don't know how I felt about it or whether I even liked it. It was very well written; the entire book felt intense, eerie, claustrophobic, unsettling, ad nauseum. Perfectly described to make feel like I was in the story. However, I felt dense reading it; when all was said and done, I didn't get it at all. Maybe the next two books will explain everything or maybe i was be just as confused. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
the book was haunting and a bit surreal, but that's about all I took away. there was almost no point that wasn't indulgent introspection on the narrators part. I feel that the environment and the obstacles were superficially created to let the author write a book of only internal dialog. don't think I'd recommend unless I knew someone liked this style and horror ( )
  morgan.goose | Dec 14, 2020 |
This is a fail for me. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Fascinating and strange, this is a real genre-bender, encompassing thriller, mystery, horror, and science fiction. The movie has so much source material upon which to draw, yet this is tightly crafted. ( )
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Atemberaubend!
 
...strange, clever, off-putting, maddening, claustrophobic, occasionally beautiful, occasionally disturbing and altogether fantastic...Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.
tillagd av zhejw | ändraNPR, Jason Sheehan (Feb 7, 2014)
 
"Annihilation," in which the educated and analytical similarly meets up with the inhuman, is a clear triumph for Vandermeer, who after numerous works of genre fiction has suddenly transcended genre with a compelling, elegant and existential story of far broader appeal.
tillagd av zhejw | ändraLos Angeles Times, Lydia Millet (Jan 20, 2014)
 

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Aula, NikoÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats. Beyond the marsh flats and the natural canals lies the ocean and, a little farther down the coast, a derelict lighthouse. All of this part of the country had been abandoned for decades, for reasons that are not easy to relate. Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors’ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.
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"Annihilation!" she shrieked at me, flailing in confusion.  "Annihilation! Annihilation!" The word seemed more meaningless the more she repeated it, like the cry of a bird with a broken wing.
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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist--the de facto leader--and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens, to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers--they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding--but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

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