Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, this book is fantastic

I'm a pretty structured person most of the time when it comes to my work schedule because, you know, if I don't make myself work, I don't get paid. Them's the breaks of working for yourself.

Recently, however, I found myself sneaking time out during the day to read the first book in Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation.

What a wonderful book. It's hard to describe really. It's vegative, much like what the story's biologist discovers in the mysterious Area X. What I felt while reading the book was a sense of density, of lushness and characters in a world that was alive. Annihilation reinforces the idea that we live in a glorious, strange and terrifyingly beautiful world, but that its the distance we enforce between ourselves and that world that robs us of our humanity.

This is the new book I'm recommending to everyone, replacing a good couple of years' run by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

The second and third books in the trilogy (Authority and Acceptance) will hit shelves later this year in May and September. I'm counting the days, seriously. Why do we have to wait? Why?

"We are looking for open-minded individuals passionate about pushing the boundaries of science. Have you got what it takes?

Well do you?