I finished this one last week, but to be honest I'm still not quite sure how I feel. It's definitely a unique, wild ride through the evolution of Borne; however, I'm still left wondering what the point was in all of it.
VanderMeer paints very vivid pictures with his words and Borne is a character I will not soon forget.
#Letter V #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia
I have to confess: the news every day is affecting what I read. Started this, and just could not connect.Dystopian future narrative too depressing right now for me; feels like it‘s already upon us. Extremely well written and brings up important questions about what makes us human but will need to come back to read again to do it justice. Will give proper review when I can. Besides, giant flying bear and sentient something deserves respectful read!
Story of the perils and adventures of adopting an eldritch anemone child. People who love each other but don't always know how. POC characters, including the badass, tender MC herself! Finished at 1 a.m. FEELINGS.
Sex present but not explicit, so the only real warning here is some language, plus creature/human violence like you'd expect in a post-apocalytic biopunk wasteland.
#VioletaLopiz illustration reminds me of Borne. From book Velocity of Being https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/11/20/a-velocity-of-being-letters-to-a-young-...
Does this look right? I'm trying to decide if it's a typo or an alternate spelling that I'm just unfamiliar with. Is it a Canadian vs American spelling? I'm used to seeing it spelled #mannequin. #ExcuseMyIgnorance #AskingLitsy #LittensKnowBest
New book in from the library. Hoping maybe this one will do the trick for my current reading drought. I'm just not feeling inspired to pick up a book and read lately.
On the bright side, baby boy turned a year old today. The year has just blown by!
I chose this image because it shows you what the character of Borne looks like (some of the time, because he changes). The actual cover of the book is different. This is a weirdly good apocalyptic novel, the first in the series. Very interesting but odd.
This is based around Rachel, and her relationship with Wick, an ex employee at the Company & how they‘re surviving in a ruined city controlled by a deformed creature named Mord, a biotech mishap created by The Company. Rachel then meets Borne, an ever growing, shape shifting creature who learns how to speak. When their territory is threatened and livelihood, Borne does everything he can to protect Rachel and Wick, including risking his own life.
I am off to a GREAT start this month with book reading! Here is all that I‘ve read so far:
Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Annihilation - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2.
The Other Side of Everything - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
2 Degrees - ⭐️ (I almost DNF this one)
Exit West - ⭐️⭐️
Borne - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2.
I will post up some reviews when I have time!
Anyone else having a good reading month so far???
It was a dead night tonight at work so I was thankful for the chance to finally finish my book.
*art found on Google*
Very creative, and I loved the character Borne, but there was something about the way this book was written that just didn‘t work for me. I never felt truly invested in the story. It just felt like it was missing something. 🤷🏽♀️
#catsoflitsy #Ember #Phoenix
1. I don't watch many films so I'll go with Avengers: Infinity War. Didn't love it but it was better than the last few. Plus, Edinburgh setting!
2. Bail? 😬🙃
3. Borne. I'll probably go back to it at some point
Read because it was nominated for some SFF awards.
Wavering between pick and so-so.
The goal seems to be to explore philosophical issues and people's relationships with each other (via interestingly weird monsters and technology) , but it's on a very shallow underdeveloped level and doesn't raise enough questions.
Thought Borne was the least interesting character in the book.
I really enjoyed this bizarre novel. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next, and that kept me reading. I was also curious about Borne, and although part of the magic is not knowing, I wish we‘d known more at the end. I do want to read more of the authors other works now though!
A gigantic, flying, psychotic bear. That really hooked me in. But this is a book that rather defies a short explanation so I won't even try. It was cruel, weird, gently humorous, heartbreaking. The only thing I was sort of iffy about was the ending, but we can't have everything.
"You are a person. But like a person, you can be a weapon, too."
This novel was crazy imaginative. I loved the character of Borne and found myself rushing through the book to see what would happen with him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pfeffers Flamboyant #Cuttlefish reminds me of Borne.
#ProjectFi marketing reminds me of Borne.
"Borne was offering up so many approximations, so many near misses on what he meant that might have meant other things. Much later, when I realized this, i went back over our conversations in my memory, to see if i could translate them into some other meaning. But it was too late. They are what they are. They mean what they meant."
I'm rereading the whole book. Even if nothing changes *sniffle* I still want to understand these people better.?
“Names of people, of places, meant so little, and so we had stopped burdening others by seeking them. The map of the old horizon was like being haunted by a grotesque fairy tale, something that when voiced came out not as words but as sounds in the aftermath of an atrocity. Anonymity amongst all the wreckage of the Earth, this was what I sought. [...] These things became blissful; how could names have power next to that?”
New book purchase! After reading Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, I desperately wanted to revisit the world of the Southern Reach. Borne is a slow-burn wade through a world thoroughly desecrated by artificial life forms. If you loved Annihilation or any of the Southern Reach books, you‘ll probably enjoy Borne just as much.
So for Independent Bookstore Day they were giving away maps of all the indie shops in the Midwest of the United States! I‘m definitely interested in checking them all off my list! I also got some free bookmarks and a pin that says booked for the weekend!
#indie #mapsoflitsy #bookhaul #mpls #twincities
The book Borne is, "as terrible and beautiful and sad and sweet as life itself." (p. 7) This quote is actually Rachel speaking of the drug (memory beetles) that her companion Wick sells. But I think it's an accurate description of each of the three main characters and the strange family they comprise.
It is also a meditation on what a person is and how trust, distrust, secrets, love, and forgiveness mingle in our lives, and where hope comes from.
I'm absolutely loving this so far! The writing was a bit jarring for the first 20ish pages til I got used to it.
Do you ever wish you were at the end of a book because you so desperately want to know what happens now? And just can't wait to get there? That's where I am with this book.