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[Ebook] Dead Astronauts By Jeff VanderMeer – Submitalink.info Released in the final moments of the teen years of this century, here s another essential of the Penultimate Decade Reading List, following Karen An hwei Lee s Maze of Transparencies, books that push through the present into the speculative technicalities of survival in the critical periods bearing down on us and beyond.Following the dissolving contemporary human world of the Southern Reach Trilogy, and the traumatic eking out of existence in a world spun out of our control because of our attem Released in the final moments of the teen years of this century, here s another essential of the Penultimate Decade Reading List, following Karen An hwei Lee s Maze of Transparencies, books that push through the present into the speculative technicalities of survival in the critical periods bearing down on us and beyond.Following the dissolving contemporary human world of the Southern Reach Trilogy, and the traumatic eking out of existence in a world spun out of our control because of our attempts at control in Borne, Vandermeer s next major work dissolves the floundering anthropocene further Here, the linear narratives humans impose on history have disintegrated into an inextricable tangle of contradictions and variations Here, narrative and viewpoint themselves have been wrested from anthropocentric control by others So has ideas of who, or what gets to tell the story This is a polyphony not of storylines but of storysystems The complexity of the world s demands it.Despite the of the moment data age relevance this has, it looks beyond Vandermeer s transhumanism is, very significantly, biological rather than digital or even technological Definitions of personhood and personal identity get very fuzzy, changeable, and permeable here, in a way that posits its own necessity for survival beyond the Anthropocene Humans are over, but is that a loss on a global scale We ve never been alone If we d only accept that we are not, there s a possible deliverance from our collapsing towers in seeing beyond ourselves The entirety of Dead Astronauts expresses this, not just as a formal structure, but as a moral position.In this, it frustrates expectations I ve heard the novel described as interlinked stories and novellas But it is very much a novel The threads do not, cannot survive in sequestration and isolation, as nothing can There s an intertextuality, within and in interaction with other recent Vandermeer, but it posits not discreet parts that communicate, but an entire thematic conceptual ecosystem The longest section here, The Three, seems at first to dominate it s an almost adventure story with recognizable central characters We re drawn to them, seeking to relate, even as incomplete information and experience pushes us away But it, and they, and their relatable qualities, are destined for failure, inevitable as the title It s the rest of the pieces here that gradually shade in weight and substance and meaning, even as they pull away and revealimportance beyond the story we cling to The most essential section, then, is that which mocks my own complacent human narrative needs Skewers my hope for human emotional relatability as a symptom of my killing anthropocentrism Refutes our collective position as humans, whatever it may be, entirely The shining success of this novel is that a vicious diatribe from a pinioned animal is the most directly devastating it has to offer, even amidst a shattered wasteland of loss Here, again, form bolsters content I turned a page and froze The promise of structure as content, elsewhere in these pages playful or cryptic, cuts directly to the bone.Welcome to the Penultimate Decade Soon we will reach the Ultimate, the last And then, if we re lucky, something else will carry on into some kind of worthy future, with or without what may remain of us Like a dream, the pieces of Dead Astronauts fit together only loosely and often with a logic of their own making Yet those pieces are exquisitely crafted, making it a joy to cobble together, although it is frequently an exhausting effort.A sequel or continuation to the magnificent Borne this is not, yet it goes deep into that world While Borne was a story with some trippy elements, this feels like a hallucinogenic trip with some elements of story Told from the perspective of many narrators an Like a dream, the pieces of Dead Astronauts fit together only loosely and often with a logic of their own making Yet those pieces are exquisitely crafted, making it a joy to cobble together, although it is frequently an exhausting effort.A sequel or continuation to the magnificent Borne this is not, yet it goes deep into that world While Borne was a story with some trippy elements, this feels like a hallucinogenic trip with some elements of story Told from the perspective of many narrators and timelines, and alternate realities, the identities and ordering of which often feel like a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, to quote Winston Churchill.It is fragmented, disjointed, ethereal and often confusing, with a style best described as experimental, often crossing into stream of consciousness More questions seem to arise than answers A saving grace is that VanderMeer kept it short Despite all the challenges, I find this post apocalyptic world of shattered alternate realities and runaway corporate biotech deeply compelling and evocative I received a copy of this book from the author publisher in exchange for an honest review A Messianic Blue Fox Who Slips Through Warrens Of Time And Space On A Mysterious Mission A Homeless Woman Haunted By A Demon Who Finds The Key To All Things In A Strange Journal A Giant Leviathan Of A Fish, Centuries Old, Who Hides A Secret, Remembering A Past That May Not Be Its Own Three Ragtag Rebels Waging An Endless War For The Fate Of The World Against An All Powerful Corporation A Raving Madman Who Wanders The Desert Lost In The Past, Haunted By His Own Creation An Invisible Monster Whose Name He Has Forgotten And Whose Purpose Remains HiddenJeff VanderMeer S Dead Astronauts Presents A City With No Name Of Its Own Where, In The Shadow Of The All Powerful Company, Lives Human And Otherwise Converge In Terrifying And Miraculous Ways At Stake The Fate Of The Future, The Fate Of Earth All The Earths 2 5starsthat is a GENGEROUS 2 star because I couldn t fathom giving one of my fave authors a 1I m sorry but this book is fucking NONSENSE Y all know how much I adore my weird literature and I have a VERY high tolerance for I have no clue what s happening, let s roll with it type of stories But this Was NONSENSE Jeff vandermeer s first book in this series Borne remains one of my fave novels of all time but this I swear he realized from borne and annihilation that we like weird and he 2 5starsthat is a GENGEROUS 2 star because I couldn t fathom giving one of my fave authors a 1I m sorry but this book is fucking NONSENSE Y all know how much I adore my weird literature and I have a VERY high tolerance for I have no clue what s happening, let s roll with it type of stories But this Was NONSENSE Jeff vandermeer s first book in this series Borne remains one of my fave novels of all time but this I swear he realized from borne and annihilation that we like weird and he went TOO far over to one side to nearly impossible to understand or enjoy While I normally describe murakami books as Dream like in a sense of not fully knowing what s going on, this is nightmare like with it making no sense, jumping between scenes without any pretense, characters making no sense and basically every single thing happening makes your head whirl I swear by 200 pages in I was clutching my head and just muttering what Over and over until the end.I wanted to love this, and I had some quotes I did really enjoy which is why it got 2 stars, but Jeff, please go back to Borne or annihilation esque weird, not this nonsense There is a story about James Joyce that s probably apocryphal, but it goes like this A journalist asked Joyce why he made Finnegan s Wake so freaking hard Joyce answered that he just wanted to give critics something to do for the next 300 years Which makes sense If you think of critics as cats, then Finnegan s Wake is basically a literary red laser pointer, keeping them and their pretentious, academic, gatekeeping ways occupied so they ll leave normal people alone to read what they please I There is a story about James Joyce that s probably apocryphal, but it goes like this A journalist asked Joyce why he made Finnegan s Wake so freaking hard Joyce answered that he just wanted to give critics something to do for the next 300 years Which makes sense If you think of critics as cats, then Finnegan s Wake is basically a literary red laser pointer, keeping them and their pretentious, academic, gatekeeping ways occupied so they ll leave normal people alone to read what they please I don t think any of that is true But it does raise a question about so called difficult books and whether or not they re challenging literary norms in an artistically valid way, or just presenting unnecessary roadblocks to their readers, when their themes could presumably beeffectively communicated by not making everyone wonder if they re just too stupid to get it.Consider me a staunch defender of difficult books I won t say each and every literary experiment is successful But without stories that push against convention and make an effort to expand our understanding of what narrative fiction can be as an art form, a lot of us would get bored being in our safe zones all the time, muchquickly than you might think.Which brings us to Jeff VanderMeer, whose status as perhaps the most successful purveyor of New Weird fiction is taken to the next level with Dead Astronauts, a story unlike anything even he has tackled before Sure, the Southern Reach trilogy achieved pure surrealism in its final volume, Acceptance But Borne was the most stylistically accessible work of Weird you re likely to find, a fable of an altered world told as a traditional three act adventure, even overtly including epic fantasy tropes only superficially altered for context Dead Astronauts is a new novel set in the Borne future, but one whose execution seeks to rewire your brain with nearly every page It s like dreaming wide awake VanderMeer s writing renders words sometimes as elegant brushstrokes, and other times, like Lego bricks haphazardly kludged together by a hyperactive yet brilliant child There are times the book felt like I was reading scriptural texts translated from stone carvings discovered on some version of Earth from a parallel universe There is prose that reads like poetry, and also actual poetry One moment you may find yourself questioning VanderMeer s sanity, or even your own, and then a rush of pure distilled emotion will simply steamroll right over you I don t think I ve ever quite experienced a novel that simultaneously did everything it could to defy my expectations and even my comprehension in such a focused way, yet still cast a hallucinatory spell all its own.Probably the only other book I could remotely compare it to might becontinued Once upon a time, I spoke to three dead astronauts.If there is such a thing as environmental horror, this is it.But no, that s not quite right, because this isn t really horror It slike despair Is despair a genre But no, that s not it either, because sprinkled in these pages of a ruined, poisoned world, is hope Just a bit, but enough.I ve been a fan of Jeff VanderMeer for a long time, ever since Annihilation made its way onto the scene Since then I ve made it my mission to absorb ev Once upon a time, I spoke to three dead astronauts.If there is such a thing as environmental horror, this is it.But no, that s not quite right, because this isn t really horror It slike despair Is despair a genre But no, that s not it either, because sprinkled in these pages of a ruined, poisoned world, is hope Just a bit, but enough.I ve been a fan of Jeff VanderMeer for a long time, ever since Annihilation made its way onto the scene Since then I ve made it my mission to absorb every single thing with the VanderMeer stamp on it, either Jeff s or Ann s, either written or edited, and I have yet to be disappointed Dead Astronauts is no exception Merging the strange climate horror of Area X with the disjointed narratives of Veniss Underground with the world building of Ambergris and you get something like Dead Astronauts There are no heroes, here, and there are no villains Everyone is good and everyone is evil and there is no such thing as either of those ideas There only are people And okay, weird animal hybrids And weird machine animal hybrids Okay there are a lot of weird things But none of them can be boiled down to archetypes even as they are literally boiled down.Dead Astronauts is a sequel to Borne only in the very loosest sense the set and setting are roughly the same, but in a story that ostensibly spans the multiverse, the idea of set and setting are too simple at best What it really is is an amalgamation of the way places and events can crystallize within one s mind, and the way that they can stick there like a bone in your throat What is really is is the story of the end of the world, and how even the end is a different kind of beginning What it really is is hard to say What it really is is painful, and beautiful, and the proof that those two things are very often the same, and that they for any two creatures, they are profoundly different Dead Astronauts is hard to read and important Gut wrenching and heart breaking Incoherent in a way that makes you hang on every word until suddenly it all makes sense It s a message It s a warning It s a fever dream of possibilities and the shape of the world to come But, in the end, joy cannot fend off evil Joy can only remind you why you fight. It s always the same with a VanderMeer I hear about it, I go meh and when I read it, I end up entranced and thoroughly enjoying the experience despite or exactly because of its weirdness.This book is labeled as Borne 2 but you don t have to have read Borne in order to understand Dead Astronauts.Yes, the suits of the three astronauts do make a really quick appearance in the first book and we are once again in a world full of the bio engineered creatures the Company first made and then unleash It s always the same with a VanderMeer I hear about it, I go meh and when I read it, I end up entranced and thoroughly enjoying the experience despite or exactly because of its weirdness.This book is labeled as Borne 2 but you don t have to have read Borne in order to understand Dead Astronauts.Yes, the suits of the three astronauts do make a really quick appearance in the first book and we are once again in a world full of the bio engineered creatures the Company first made and then unleashed on the planet, but those are the only connections.Moreover, it s not just the POVs of the three astronauts we re getting but that of the Company s creatures as well and those were evenenjoyable to me.Here s the thing VanderMeer has the almost unique ability to thoroughly describe a world yet being vague in a way that lets every reader make it their own Thus, I, personally, think that view spoiler the astronauts indeed came from three different timelines and were scouring yet other timelines for a version in which humanity wasn t dying or even dead already hide spoiler I also think that view spoiler the three somehow got taken from their timelines and put together like rats in a labyrinth and only if they stayed together could they access the next level timeline Otherwise they d be stuck hide spoiler And I believe that view spoiler humans as such no longer exist Or almost at least We re either already gone or as good as hide spoiler Moreover, the creatures view spoiler weren t set loose by the Company but by Charlie X, himself a bio engineered boy either just another creature in the arsenal with a slightly elevated status or indeed the son of a scientist who kept remaking him to keep him under control who broke free eventually It is possible that the creatures started the end of the world as we humans know it, but I highly doubt it after the blue fox s POV hide spoiler.Yes, it definitely is enough to give you a headache It is also a very clever way of saying what you mean while making it possible for each and every reader to interpret it in an entirely different way As such, it is one hell of a statement on our planet s current state as well as its possible future The theme VanderMeer seems to like working with the most is clear the natural world But in such a warped state that it s as if you were on a very bad trip lol Nevertheless, the tale is once again rich with imagery and metaphors, layers of intricate worldbuilding and weird characters both humanoid and animalistic and even if I hadn t enjoyed what I believe to be the author s story and message, I would love this for how much it makes me think and puzzle over it and talk it through with other bookworms about how they perceived it and for it being so different from most other books though I still don t love this as much as Area X I am a huge Jeff Vandermeer fan and have been for a long time He is definitely one of my favourite authors and though some of his books left a little to be desired see the last two Annhiliation books in the series this was just alienatingly frustratingI haven t read a book in a long time that has elicited audible groans or frustration for me This felt like an abstract art piece that I just wasn t here for.The writing style was the first thing that bothered me I didn t get it I di I am a huge Jeff Vandermeer fan and have been for a long time He is definitely one of my favourite authors and though some of his books left a little to be desired see the last two Annhiliation books in the series this was just alienatingly frustratingI haven t read a book in a long time that has elicited audible groans or frustration for me This felt like an abstract art piece that I just wasn t here for.The writing style was the first thing that bothered me I didn t get it I didn t feel like getting it Every page became increasinglyhard work for me to read, but without the pay off There was absolutely nothing or no one I felt connected to in this novel The fact is, after finishing the book, I had no fucking idea what I just read, what were the consequences, what happened, why anything happened I finally read the blurb and honestly the blurb of the book gave meinformation about the books contents than the entire novel itself.I get what the author was trying to do Highlighting different words, repeating pages of text, circular dialogue these techniques are meant to confuse, disgust, intrigue the reader but these techniques rely on the fact that the reader actually knows what s going on in the first place At first I tried to understand why the author would choose these moments in the novel, but after a while I started to becomeandelated to see the repeated text because it meant I could quickly skip those pages and get closer to the end of the book.I just I m sorry Jeff I loved your books so much and that was the only reason I finished this one I have abandoned other novels mid way for less I don t appreciate feeling like a fish faced idiot when I read a novel And this novel was so conceptual I feel only the author or someone that really wants to be an artiste would glean meaning from this book I have a very self deprecating sense of humor But trust me when I say it s no joke that I am neither intelligent enough or creative enough or abstract thinking enough to appreciate this book I don t want to trash it completely because I can appreciate this for the literary experiment that it is I just don t know that it s a literary experiment that works VanderMeer can string words together on a page better than most, but hot damn, this was a total slog for me It took me longer than I I have a very self deprecating sense of humor But trust me when I say it s no joke that I am neither intelligent enough or creative enough or abstract thinking enough to appreciate this book I don t want to trash it completely because I can appreciate this for the literary experiment that it is I just don t know that it s a literary experiment that works VanderMeer can string words together on a page better than most, but hot damn, this was a total slog for me It took me longer than I care to admit, to realize this is a non linear story, and on top of it s non linearness it s also very repetitive in parts We explore many different realities and alternative timelines in separate parts, never coming together to add up to anything I think this is supposed to be the story of Charlie X, the rise and fall of the Company introduced in Borne But if I m being honest, I don t remember Charlie X all that well from Borne, and I didn t think anything about the Company that was revealed really contributed any additional understanding I guess the questions I cared about, like what happened to humanity and what was the purpose of the Company, weren t explored enough in any detail to make me care We also don t get to spend enough time with any of the many characters to grow to care about them Astronaut dies Astronaut dies Astronaut dies again Blue fox sneaks in and says some clever foxy stuff I just don t know what the point was Maybe for some there doesn t need to be a point For me there needs to be a point If, like me, you were hoping forof Borne, if you were hoping for an origin story to the villain villain being the company or the sorceress , I think this is safe to skip If you re looking for something to bend your brain and make you work for it, by all means, pick this up The writing is beautiful Unfortunately that s the only thing to leave an impression on me Dead Astronauts releases on December 3, 2019 Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley who sent me an eARC in exchange for a review Good news, VanderMeer fans Just look at that cover and imagine, if you will, a book just like a massive acid trip filled with disjointed alternate realities, or reality versions, where men and hybrids, monsters, demons or daemons , foxes, Shrodinger s ducks, and spawning pools populate your colorful biotech apocalypse And then know that the real trip lies within these pages, not on the cover.I say good news for other reasons, however It s not merely a nightmare of continuity issues, melding Good news, VanderMeer fans Just look at that cover and imagine, if you will, a book just like a massive acid trip filled with disjointed alternate realities, or reality versions, where men and hybrids, monsters, demons or daemons , foxes, Shrodinger s ducks, and spawning pools populate your colorful biotech apocalypse And then know that the real trip lies within these pages, not on the cover.I say good news for other reasons, however It s not merely a nightmare of continuity issues, melding and morphing bodies, strained, molded, and transformed identities made from beasties, cold scientists, and long lived leviathans who have forgotten their own stories.The core of the text DOES have a major theme, if not anythingthan a remotely identifiable plot Of course, you might find one if you are a massive wall charter, handy with yarn, have access to revisionary transparent overlays, and you maintain a hearty respect for novels that triples as a prequel to Borne, a contemporary, and a sequel.I happen to love the theme By the end of the novel, I m rocking hard to it It s tragic, obvious, and it truly condemns the three reality hopping astronauts from the beginning of the tale The same dead three we see from Borne Or, of course, any prospective reader would do just as well to sit back and relax into the brilliant, wild, and totally freaky imagery Just trip balls Open your mind, man.I would love to see someone do a scholarly analysis of this s t

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