‘This World Is Full of Monsters’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 12/200

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‘This World Is Full of Monsters’ By Jeff VanderMeer

eBook Edition (free Tor.com ebook)

Finished on 12/12/2017

Goodreads

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.

Spoiler-tastic review

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.

Stay Sunny!

1 Comment

  1. “Reading this was like trying to juggle wet bars of soap, all slippery curves which my fingers just slid right off.” Hahaha! ~ I like that description…I am going to have to start using that.

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