where lies the strangling fruit...Area X - The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

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i read through all three of these books a few weeks ago and they've stuck with me more than i expected, given that i didn't enjoy them particularly while i was reading them

elliptical, allusive storytelling about investigations of the unknowable is really hard to pull off and i think this trilogy largely fails - the questions raised and the absences deliberately left by roadside picnic and stalker are fascinating but they're also satisfying stories in their own right, but vandermeer's attempts to do the same are just frustrating imo

Roadside Picnic also does a very good and odd thing of Hard-Bitten Capitalism running up hard against the Ineffable, which Area X is not interested in.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 03:00 (two years ago) link

I've heard Vandermeer has been annoyed about the association and insisted on a whole other bunch of influences which he listed in the books?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 25 May 2018 19:06 (two years ago) link

have you got a link for that? i enjoyed the books, tho the first the most, which combined organic/psychic/linguistic fear (that last important) with mystery and inconclusiveness.

roadside picnic is obv wonderful but as JM says doing something different. v working class, v making use of new technologies in a commercial way. area x is an environmental threat and a biologically uncertain zone.

Fizzles, Friday, 25 May 2018 19:17 (two years ago) link

it feels odd that he shd get so antsy about it. that said, authors and stuff they’ve written. it’s a sensitive matter (and in fact i sympathise having gone off the deep end at someone who i felt had ripped me off. i mean i was right but i was rong)

Fizzles, Friday, 25 May 2018 19:18 (two years ago) link

I cant find what he said. Maybe it was on twitter

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 25 May 2018 19:41 (two years ago) link

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