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A journey into the familiar,
This review is from: Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy) (Hardcover)
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I wish I could be more positive about Jeff VanderMeeer's Annihilation but unfortunately I found it rather slow going. One problem is that an old premise is not given that new a twist. The premise is that there is a part of the country that has been mysteriously transformed and those who go into it meet disaster in one form or another. The style and symbolism reminds me rather of Poe and Lovecraft in a derivative rather than a refreshing way. Also, the characters are not easy to sympathise with, being abstract types rather than real people. Much has been made about this being the first part of a trilogy, with all the parts being published within a few months of each other. The truth is Annihiliation is not that long and all three books could have been put into one volume comfortably.