- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals (February 27, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374537925
- ISBN-13: 978-0374537920
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Strange Bird
"With hallucinatory imagery and expressive prose, this companion novella to Borne is beautiful and bleak, painful and rewarding in equal measure." --Booklist (starred)
"A lyrical if dark-hearted sidenote to VanderMeer’s wonderfully inventive dystopian novel Borne . . . VanderMeer writes circles around most fantasists at work today." --Kirkus
Praise for Borne
“The conceptual elements in VanderMeer’s fiction are so striking that the firmness with which he cinches them to his characters’ lives is often overlooked . . . Borne is VanderMeer’s trans-species rumination on the theme of parenting . . . [Borne] insists that to live in an age of gods and sorcerers is to know that you, a mere person, might be crushed by indifferent forces at a moment’s notice, then quickly forgotten. And that the best thing about human nature might just be its unwillingness to surrender to the worst side of itself.” --Laura Miller, The New Yorker
“Borne, Jeff VanderMeer’s lyrical and harrowing new novel, may be the most beautifully written, and believable, post-apocalyptic tale in recent memory . . . [VanderMeer] outdoes himself in this visionary novel shimmering with as much inventiveness and deliriously unlikely, post-human optimism as Borne himself.” --Elizabeth Hand, Los Angeles Times
“VanderMeer’s apocalyptic vision, with its mix of absurdity, horror, and grace, can’t be mistaken for that of anyone else. Inventive, engrossing, and heartbreaking, Borne finds [VanderMeer] at a high point of creative accomplishment.” --Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor, and the author of the national bestseller Borne and the Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year's-best anthologies. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.
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That said, this is a beautiful and poetic tragedy that - if you enjoyed Borne - should not be missed. It is a sad story. Painfully so. But like Borne, It raises fascinating and timely questions about the nature of intelligence, technology and ultimately love, when the lines blur between all these things.
I should also add that the mere fact that Mr. VanderMeer chose to write and publish this postlude novella is really cool. In the digital age, writers can actually produce follow-up short-form work like this, and have it be (I hope!) commercially viable. I'm sure so many authors think of something after their book is published that augments the story they just told, in a way that ardent readers will love, and, importantly, can be released shortly after the original work, so it's still fresh on the reader's mind. I hope to see more writers publish works like this, if they feel moved to do so.
In fact, I have a strong suspicion that this was included in Borne but Jeff’s editor probably made him cut it (which would be a shame, if that’s the case, because I do feel as though this story would fit and thus would’ve built up the character of The Magician—which is my only critique for Borne); or it very well could’ve been retrofitted.
Regardless, I’ve never cared so much for a protagonist as in The Strange Bird. It’s truly a powerful, short read that subtly builds the world of Borne. As mentioned earlier—but I’ll make the point clear right now and elaborate further—I only wish VanderMeer would’ve found a way to splice this novella into Borne. The Strange Bird was only very briefly mentioned in Borne—and I feel like it needed to be expanded upon.
fluff read it is not for you. Readers who want to get a sense of the darker directions our mismanagement of the environment and food chain are going to lead us in will relish this. This is not to say there is not redemption to be found within the pages; there is. Even Vandermeer cannot ignore the fact that at our most human- in whatever form that may be; even avian: hope springs eternal. Twisting a well worn phrase to my purpose:
Hope adds life.
It is better to have read "Borne" first as the book does rest firmly on this as a framework. Reading these two have sent me on a quest back to the
short fiction which is also quite wonderful.
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