Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 12/200
‘This World Is Full of Monsters’ By Jeff VanderMeer
eBook Edition (free Tor.com ebook)
Finished on 12/12/2017
Description: An alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth.
Genres: Short Story, SciFi, Fantasy, Aliens, Horror
Death. Rebirth. Evolution. Story.
This short story was a bit too much for me. Written by the author of the Southern Reach Trilogy (which is coming to theaters near you soon), ‘This World Is Full of Monsters’ is a trippy story about an author who reads a letter one day and is permanently transformed by it.
Lacking anything in the way of characterization or plot, this is a Lovecraftian plot of change and growth and death. I didn’t like it. Reading this was like trying to juggle wet bars of soap, all slippery curves which my fingers just slid right off. Told in a stream-of-consciousness style, the narrator describes the transformation his body succumbs to after aliens invade. And as his brain is transformed, so does the sense and rhythm of the text.
I have a hard time describing this short story because by its very nature it defies explanation- and I suspect that’s the point. It is Lovecraftian, after all. It was well written to be sure, but wasn’t my jazz.