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Old 07-14-2015, 12:08 PM
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Also, I will forever love this series for giving me the origin of Paul's avatar and title.

But I will also hate it for taking away what was previously a delightful, mysterious absurdity.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:03 PM
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Also, I will forever love this series for giving me the origin of Paul's avatar and title.

But I will also hate it for taking away what was previously a delightful, mysterious absurdity.
You are sadly mistaken.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:29 PM
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AND NOW BY A STRANGE TURN OF EVENTS I KNOW THE ORIGIN OF YOUR TITLE, AS WELL
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:53 PM
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Well, mine is simply a statement of fact.
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Old 07-20-2015, 05:01 AM
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I read Annihilation last year but didn't like it. Maybe I'll give it another shot and then try to follow it up with next two volumes. I want to talk about VanderMeer and love him but in my heart I know that of the 2.5 books of his that I've read, I've only enjoyed 1.0 (and even this is when I was much younger than I am now).
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:56 AM
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Finished the third book last night. I'm kind of disappointed in how different I found each book in the series. I LOVED Annihilation and it might be my favorite book of all time. Field Science Horror is a new thing to me and having a female scientist as a main character and seeing her writing is amazing.

But I found the second book was almost unreadable. I just didn't care about what was going on, and the payoff at the end with Whitby's weird attic and the border just wasn't worth the rest of the book.

The third book was crazy and disjointed but fine, and the biologists's final writings were as fantastic as everything was in the first book, but it's still just crazy.

What do you guys think happened in the bar? Saul clearly started emitting something, maybe the halo started forming?
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:59 AM
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That seems to be VanderMeer's thing. The Ambegris cycle books are all entirely different. First is a bunch of short stories, second is a meandering afterword to another book, and the last one is more of a noir book (not gotten to it yet but that's how it was pitched to me).
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:47 AM
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Yeah, considering how Annihilation is downright amazing (easily my favorite book of last year and one of my top ever), Authority really is just bad. Boring, over-long, anticlimactic, mediocre characters. Flashes of interesting stuff with Ghost Bird that take too long to play out and usually get stifled by the rest of the crap. It's just not fun to read. I do like Acceptance a lot; it's not Annihiliation-level but it comes close.

I like the difference in concept between books in theory, I just wish Authority wasn't such a flop.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:22 PM
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That seems to be VanderMeer's thing. The Ambegris cycle books are all entirely different. First is a bunch of short stories, second is a meandering afterword to another book, and the last one is more of a noir book (not gotten to it yet but that's how it was pitched to me).
Huh. I'll have to check those out!
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:45 PM
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Huh. I'll have to check those out!
Do - they're super awesome.

I don't get all this Authority hate. While I will freely admit that it's the weakest of the trilogy, I wouldn't say it's a bad book by any means.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:46 PM
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Right there with you.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:00 PM
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Honestly, Authority might have been a better book to have started with. All the off handed comments about weird stuff that has been happening in Area X would have worked as a good build up if Annihilation hadn't already been pretty up front about how dang weird the landscape inside is.

On its own merits, I liked it just fine, but it was far and away the weakest of the books.
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:28 AM
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Huh. I'll have to check those out!
The third book in the Ambergris Cycle is a Kindle Daily Deal right now. Not a bad price to pick it up at! I might buy it so I can read it on my Kindle rather than carrying around the book.
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I had no idea they were adapting The Southern Reach until I read the dust jacket on Borne today. While I'm down for another movie by the Ex Machina guy, this visuals in this look awfully blunt, tbh:

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Old 10-13-2017, 08:12 AM
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I am really excited for this, but also worried I am too much of a wuss for some of the more violent scenes.
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