Tag Archive: Jeff VanderMeer

Jan 01

My Top 14 Books for 2015

This year I read 104 novel, 4 of which I didn’t finish.  My two favourite novels of the year – that is two books you should read immediately if you haven’t already, were: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (the book that won this year’s Man Booker Prize); and Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson …

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Aug 21

So, who should have won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Because you’ve forgotten, here were the nominees (with handy links to my reviews): Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Peripheral, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada) The winner was Ancillary Sword.  I …

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Aug 12

Book Review: Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer

What’s It About It’s the third and final book in the Southern Reach series.  Do I need to say more? Representative Paragraph The majesty of the natural world – the known and the unknown… Once, from this vantage, [Saul Evan’s had] seen something vast rippling through the water beyond the sandbars, a kind of shadow, …

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Aug 08

Book Review: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

What’s It About This is second novel in the Southern Reach trilogy and follows directly on from the events of Annihilation.  All you need to know is that a new head has been appointed to lead the Southern Reach (the pseudo government entity that keeps a check on Area X).  His name is John Rodriguez …

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Jul 13

And the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for best novel is…

… Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. While I’ve still only read two of the nominees on the ballot (I’ll be reading the other four sometime in August) I’m going to take a punt and say that this is was the correct choice from the judges.  The entire Southern Reach trilogy is fantastic, but Annihilation is a masterpiece …

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Jul 09

The World Fantasy Award shortlist for Best Novel has been announced…

… and it includes the following five books. Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor (Tor Books) Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs (Broadway Books/Jo Fletcher Books) David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (Random House/Sceptre UK) Jeff VanderMeer, Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Originals) Jo Walton, My Real Children (Tor Books US/Corsair UK) …

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Jun 28

And the best novel Locus Award winners are…

… for Best Science Fiction Novel – Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie For Best Fantasy Novel – The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison For Best Young Adult Book – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie For Best First Novel – The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert   The only category I’ve read in its entirety is Best Science Fiction novel, …

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Jun 25

Book Review: The Way Inn by Will Wiles

What’s It About A creepy and dark novel about reality bending motels and business conferences. Representative Paragraph The “conference surrogate” is probably the greatest idea ever invented in all of literature.  (Hyperbole intended!!!!) “I meant,” I said, “why are you here at the conference? Aren’t there places you would rather be? Back at the office, getting …

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Jun 22

Who Should Have Won the Nebula Awards’s Best Novel category…?

Here is a friendly reminder of who was nominated for the Best Novel category with links to my pithy reviews: The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor) Coming Home, Jack McDevitt …

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Jun 11

Book Review: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

What’s It About Imagine a near future where the European Union has been dissolved and the continent has splintered into hundred of tiny nations and polities and republics.  A Europe where three apartment buildings, ruled over by a gang, can call for nationhood.  A Europe where sovereignty and independence and geography is always in a …

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