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Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1 (edition 2014)

by Jeff VanderMeer (Author), Carolyn McCormick (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)

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Title:Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Authors:Jeff VanderMeer (Author)
Other authors:Carolyn McCormick (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)
Info:Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2014)
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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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This shaggy-dog story is Lovecraft without the fun. It won the Nebula? I gotta stop looking for good science fiction if this is supposed to be it. ( )
1 vote timspalding | Oct 4, 2017 |
Very interesting, quick read. I suppose it's classified as science fiction, but it could be horror or fantasy as well. An expedition to explore the no man's land that is Area X finds more than they could ever have imagined.
This was the first of a trilogy and I would like to continue with this as I am curious as to where this could be going.
  ChelleBearss | Sep 23, 2017 |
Pretty weird, like it was a translation of a French novel from the 1960s. I understand it's part of a trilogy, so perhaps that'll bring it all together. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Aug 28, 2017 |
Just the right mix of mystery and action. Very clever. Looking forward to getting my teeth into book2 ( )
  CarolynDenman | Jul 21, 2017 |
Zona X: universul straniu dintre uman şi non-uman, plin de mistere şi indicii de neînţeles, un loc pentru toţi cei fascinaţi de Picnic la marginea drumului al fraţilor Strugaţki sau de serialul TV Lost. Povestea celei de-a douăsprezecea expediţii ştiinţifice într-o regiune interzisă accesului oamenilor.
  thebblack | Jun 23, 2017 |
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...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.
added by zhejw | editNPR, 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.
added by zhejw | editLos Angeles Times, Lydia Millet (Jan 20, 2014)

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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.
Desolation tries to colonize you.
"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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If J.J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel . . . it might be this awesome

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 our narrator, a biologist. 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.
     Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, which will be published throughout 2014: volume two (Authority) in June, and volume three (Acceptance) in September.

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Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes 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.… (more)

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