Reading ➷ Dead Astronauts Author Jeff VanderMeer – Moi-sosedi.info

Dead Astronauts A Messianic Blue Fox Who Slips Through Warrens Of Time And Space On A Mysterious Mission A Homeless Woman Haunted By A Demon Who Finds The Key To All Things In A Strange Journal A Giant Leviathan Of A Fish, Centuries Old, Who Hides A Secret, Remembering A Past That May Not Be Its Own Three Ragtag Rebels Waging An Endless War For The Fate Of The World Against An All Powerful Corporation A Raving Madman Who Wanders The Desert Lost In The Past, Haunted By His Own Creation An Invisible Monster Whose Name He Has Forgotten And Whose Purpose Remains HiddenJeff VanderMeer S Dead Astronauts Presents A City With No Name Of Its Own Where, In The Shadow Of The All Powerful Company, Lives Human And Otherwise Converge In Terrifying And Miraculous Ways At Stake The Fate Of The Future, The Fate Of Earth All The Earths Released in the final moments of the teen years of this century, here s another essential of the Penultimate Decade Reading List, following Karen An hwei Lee s Maze of Transparencies, books that push through the present into the speculative technicalities of survival in the critical periods bearing down on us and beyond.Following the dissolving contemporary human world of the Southern Reach Trilogy, and the traumatic eking out of existence in a world spun out of our control because of our attem Released in the final moments of the teen years of this century, here s another essential of the Penultimate Decade Reading List, following Karen An hwei Lee s Maze of Transparencies, books that push through the present into the speculative technicalities of survival in the critical periods bearing down on us and beyond.Following the dissolving contemporary human world of the Southern Reach Trilogy, and the traumatic eking out of existence in a world spun out of our control because of our attempts at control in Borne, Vandermeer s next major work dissolves the floundering anthropocene further Here, the linear narratives humans impose on history have disintegrated into an inextricable tangle of contradictions and variations Here, narrative and viewpoint themselves have been wrested from anthropocentric control by others So has ideas of who, or what gets to tell the story This is a polyphony not of storylines but of storysystems The complexity of the world s demands it.Despite the of the moment data age relevance this has, it looks beyond Vandermeer s transhumanism is, very significantly, biological rather than digital or even technological Definitions of personhood and personal identity get very fuzzy, changeable, and permeable here, in a way that posits its own necessity for survival beyond the Anthropocene Humans are over, but is that a loss on a global scale We ve never been alone If we d only accept that we are not, there s a possible deliverance from our collapsing towers in seeing beyond ourselves The entirety of Dead Astronauts expresses this, not just as a formal structure, but as a moral position.In this, it frustrates expectations I ve heard the novel described as interlinked stories and novellas But it is very much a novel The threads do not, cannot survive in sequestration and isolation, as nothing can There s an intertextuality, within and in interaction with other recent Vandermeer, but it posits not discreet parts that communicate, but an entire thematic conceptual ecosystem The longest section here, The Three, seems at first to dominate it s an almost adventure story with recognizable central characters We re drawn to them, seeking to relate, even as incomplete information and experience pushes us away But it, and they, and their relatable qualities, are destined for failure, inevitable as the title It s the rest of the pieces here that gradually shade in weight and substance and meaning, even as they pull away and revealimportance beyond the story we cling to The most essential section, then, is that which mocks my own complacent human narrative needs Skewers my hope for human emotional relatability as a symptom of my killing anthropocentrism Refutes our collective position as humans, whatever it may be, entirely The shining success of this novel is that a vicious diatribe from a pinioned animal is the most directly devastating it has to offer, even amidst a shattered wasteland of loss Here, again, form bolsters content I turned a page and froze The promise of structure as content, elsewhere in these pages playful or cryptic, cuts directly to the bone.Welcome to the Penultimate Decade Soon we will reach the Ultimate, the last And then, if we re lucky, something else will carry on into some kind of worthy future, with or without what may remain of us Set in the postapocalyptic universe of Borne, Dead Astronauts tells the story of three characters caught up in an epic battle against the Company, a biotech enterprise that has produced bio engineered creatures and organisms which subsequently changed the face of the earth forever Not only has the environment been destroyed, time and space have lost their meaning, and the three astronauts travel through various versions of the world the City while arriving at various stages of the Company Set in the postapocalyptic universe of Borne, Dead Astronauts tells the story of three characters caught up in an epic battle against the Company, a biotech enterprise that has produced bio engineered creatures and organisms which subsequently changed the face of the earth forever Not only has the environment been destroyed, time and space have lost their meaning, and the three astronauts travel through various versions of the world the City while arriving at various stages of the Company s power Yes, these are Schr dinger s astronauts, both dead and alive, and the terrain they explore is like a m bius strip if you look for a breezy read, look elsewhere, but if you look for something unusual and original, you came to the right place, my friend Although with around 250 pages, this is a rather short ish novel, it took me quite some time to finish it, as the entrancing, sprawling sentences require close attention There are so many worlds within the individual paragraphs, so many singular images, so many colors, sounds, and smells When I started out reading, I was frequently confused, but then I realized that the book presents a story and then ventures into the perspectives of different characters, thus explaining what the story we just heard was all about We hear the backstories of the three astronauts one of them a tall black woman of indeterminate age named Grayson one of them a shapeshifter named Moss who consists ofoh yes, you guessed it and one of them a heavyset man named Chen with a guilty conscience , we learn about the motivations of the enigmatic traumatized villain Charlie X and of the bio engineered creatures our protagonists encounter, like the duck with the broken wing, the behemoth, the salamanders, and, my favorite, the blue fox.In order to make sense of this daring book, it is instructive to search for clues in all narrative strands In fact, VanderMeer turns his readers into dead astronauts as well and sends them on a mission While on the one hand, this is your classic po mo extravagaza where we are expected to re establish narrative cohesion by connecting the dots of the different storylines angles, it soon becomes apparent that this rabbit hole of a text also forces us to travel to the sources of the apocalypse, the human impulses that lead to the state of the world we are experiencing in the book The perspective offered by the blue fox, an animal formerly tortured by scientists working for the Company, is particularly harrowing to read, and this chapter exudes a relentless vibe that shares a strange kinship with Darren Aronofsky s disturbing movie Mother.This book will certainly divide opinion, as it operates with a disparate structure that reflects the shattered state of the world depicted , makes the reader work pretty hard and although there are multiple worlds, astronauts et al radiates a grim, claustrophobic feel that goes hand in hand with its message about the Faustian will to play God and humanity s penchant for cruelty IMHO, it pays off to take this dangerous trip and look into VanderMeer s narrative abyss Yes, the abyss will look back into you, but sometimes, you need to muster your courage and prepare for some punches in order to experience something new, smart, and fascinating I have a very self deprecating sense of humor But trust me when I say it s no joke that I am neither intelligent enough or creative enough or abstract thinking enough to appreciate this book I don t want to trash it completely because I can appreciate this for the literary experiment that it is I just don t know that it s a literary experiment that works VanderMeer can string words together on a page better than most, but hot damn, this was a total slog for me It took me longer than I I have a very self deprecating sense of humor But trust me when I say it s no joke that I am neither intelligent enough or creative enough or abstract thinking enough to appreciate this book I don t want to trash it completely because I can appreciate this for the literary experiment that it is I just don t know that it s a literary experiment that works VanderMeer can string words together on a page better than most, but hot damn, this was a total slog for me It took me longer than I care to admit, to realize this is a non linear story, and on top of it s non linearness it s also very repetitive in parts We explore many different realities and alternative timelines in separate parts, never coming together to add up to anything I think this is supposed to be the story of Charlie X, the rise and fall of the Company introduced in Borne But if I m being honest, I don t remember Charlie X all that well from Borne, and I didn t think anything about the Company that was revealed really contributed any additional understanding I guess the questions I cared about, like what happened to humanity and what was the purpose of the Company, weren t explored enough in any detail to make me care We also don t get to spend enough time with any of the many characters to grow to care about them Astronaut dies Astronaut dies Astronaut dies again Blue fox sneaks in and says some clever foxy stuff I just don t know what the point was Maybe for some there doesn t need to be a point For me there needs to be a point If, like me, you were hoping forof Borne, if you were hoping for an origin story to the villain villain being the company or the sorceress , I think this is safe to skip If you re looking for something to bend your brain and make you work for it, by all means, pick this up The writing is beautiful Unfortunately that s the only thing to leave an impression on me Dead Astronauts releases on December 3, 2019 Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley who sent me an eARC in exchange for a review Good news, VanderMeer fans Just look at that cover and imagine, if you will, a book just like a massive acid trip filled with disjointed alternate realities, or reality versions, where men and hybrids, monsters, demons or daemons , foxes, Shrodinger s ducks, and spawning pools populate your colorful biotech apocalypse And then know that the real trip lies within these pages, not on the cover.I say good news for other reasons, however It s not merely a nightmare of continuity issues, melding Good news, VanderMeer fans Just look at that cover and imagine, if you will, a book just like a massive acid trip filled with disjointed alternate realities, or reality versions, where men and hybrids, monsters, demons or daemons , foxes, Shrodinger s ducks, and spawning pools populate your colorful biotech apocalypse And then know that the real trip lies within these pages, not on the cover.I say good news for other reasons, however It s not merely a nightmare of continuity issues, melding and morphing bodies, strained, molded, and transformed identities made from beasties, cold scientists, and long lived leviathans who have forgotten their own stories.The core of the text DOES have a major theme, if not anythingthan a remotely identifiable plot Of course, you might find one if you are a massive wall charter, handy with yarn, have access to revisionary transparent overlays, and you maintain a hearty respect for novels that triples as a prequel to Borne, a contemporary, and a sequel.I happen to love the theme By the end of the novel, I m rocking hard to it It s tragic, obvious, and it truly condemns the three reality hopping astronauts from the beginning of the tale The same dead three we see from Borne Or, of course, any prospective reader would do just as well to sit back and relax into the brilliant, wild, and totally freaky imagery Just trip balls Open your mind, man.I would love to see someone do a scholarly analysis of this s t

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