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Annihilation
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
Eleven secret government expeditions and few have returned unscathed-the first book in VanderMeer's exciting new Southern Reach Trilogy and soon to be a major motion pictureArea X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization, and the government is involved in sending secret missions to explore Area X. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.Annihilation opens with the twelfth expedition. The group is composed of four women, including our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all of their observations, scientific and otherwise; and, above all, to avoid succumbing to the unpredictable effects of Area X itself.What they discover shocks them: first, a massive topographic anomaly that does not appear on any map; and second, life forms beyond anything they're equipped to understand. But it's the surprises that came across the border with them that change everything-the secrets of the expedition members themselves, including our narrator. What do they really know about Area X-and each other?
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Jari-chan
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This wad a reread in German after I listened to the audio book im English. Now I could take in all the Lovecraftian vibes this book emits. But the audio book had more atmosphere. Therefore, I'm happy to know them both, became it's a great book in both languages 😁

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Ladygodiva7
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Book 38 of 2021.

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Mavey
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4thhouseontheleft And my TBR just got longer! 🤣🎃 2mo
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steph_phanie
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Quick review: I quite enjoyed this approach to dystopian literature even though at times it was difficult to wrap my head and my imagination around what was happening. However, after reading reviews and polling my friends about the rest of the trilogy, I have decided to leave it here. The resounding message was that books 2 and 3 are unsatisfying and not worth my time. Guess I'll Google what the hell was going on. ⭐⭐⭐½ - still a Pick on its own.

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vlwelser
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I definitely liked this but I don't feel compelled to read the rest of the series. It works well as an #audiobook.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I felt the same. Can‘t put my finger on it, but I had enough with the first one. 3mo
Hooked_on_books This is the best of the series, so you‘re wise to stop now. 3mo
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DarkMina
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Klou I loved this movie and own the books, though I haven't read them yet. This is one of my favourite movies with her in! 5mo
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The_Penniless_Author
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The first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy, and to my mind by far the best. The unreliable narrator is used to great effect here, putting the reader right there with the research team and creating a sense of creeping dread as they explore deeper into Area X. Unfortunately, a bit like the series Lost, the later books' attempts to provide answers to what's really happening fall short of the build up, at least for me.

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The_Penniless_Author
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

1. Hmm, plenty of second reads, not sure about third. Maybe Slaughterhouse Five. And probably the Westing Game, since I read it to my daughter, too.
2. Sometimes, especially if I'm browsing a used bookstore for something new
3. Tagged

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📚☺️🌿 7mo
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Layali926
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More than halfway though this audio and it is so fascinating . I am actually hearing it then I am reading it on kindle. This is a book to be read slowly and be enjoyed.

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SpaceCowboyBooks
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I'm a little late getting to read this one, but better late then never. Typically I try to read the book before seeing the film, so I'm going about this one backwards.

SnowFlower This book was absolutely amazing! And I enjoyed the film very much !😊😊 the 2nd and 3rd book in the series are just as good! 9mo
SpaceCowboyBooks @SnowFlower Should I read all 3 or does the 1st one stand-alone? 9mo
SnowFlower @SpaceCowboyBooks the first one does stand alone - but read the other 2 because they go in depth on Area X, 9mo
akaGingerK And now I‘ve been reminded that I still need to finish this series. Excellent picture! 9mo
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underground_bks
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I put off reading this because I was scared of being scared, but after loving Mexican Gothic, it was time! I found the narrator‘s interior journey of understanding, both of Area X and her life before, very satisfying, and I loved how deliciously disturbing it was, how unlikeable and unreliable its narrator was, and how it left me with more questions than answers—probably the reasons some don‘t like it! Read for Jan. #Bookland, horror: ugly cover.

BillBlume Such an amazing brain-bender of a book. 10mo
batsy I loved it for all of those reasons, too! And agreed @BillBlume "brain-bender" describes it perfectly. 10mo
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Puredragonstar
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I actually listened to this on audio, and I fell right into the story. I followed this scientist deeper into Area X, not knowing what to expect. This book is a mystery within a mystery. I enjoyed the descriptions and the back and forth between the past and present. I would recommend this book to any sci-fi lovers out there. I also watched the movie, which deviated so much from the original that I didn‘t enjoy it as much. Further thoughts:👇🏻

Puredragonstar Also, I read some so-so reviews because not a lot of answers are given in the first book. I think this is important to note. I have read this author‘s other book: Borne, it also left a million loose ends. I plan to read the next two in this series to see if answers are forthcoming but if not I wouldn‘t be surprised especially how he writes. 11mo
Godpants I love the Area X books 11mo
Puredragonstar @Godpants yay! I can‘t wait to continue them! 😍 11mo
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shortsarahrose I devoured these books when I read them. They are so immersive. Borne still is on my tbr. 11mo
batsy I loved the trilogy! There are no answers, as such, but that's part of what it made it such a disturbing and unique experience imo. 11mo
Cathythoughts I loved this series too 👍🏻 11mo
Puredragonstar @batsy thank you that‘s good to know and I figured. But I kinda love books like that, life isn‘t always about answers, it‘s about experience and his books give you an experience! ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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TheEllieMo
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Mehso-so

Finished this month‘s #DoubleSpin ☺️

I want to say this wasn‘t quite what I expected it to be, but at the same time I don‘t really know what I expected! In some ways, it reminded me of the quest type computer games my ex played; it also felt like some of the Covid vaccine conspiracy theories, though this is slightly less bizarre than them!

It‘s well written but the lack of a proper ending, or indeed any “answers”, frustrated me

TheAromaofBooks Open-ended endings always aggravate me!! 12mo
The_Penniless_Author I really liked Annihilation, but was definitely "so-so" on the next two books. 12mo
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sistersolaris
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took me a while to be able to get into it but once i did get into it, it literally sucked me in and i did kinda loved it in the end due to all the kookiness going on in it. i also loved that the biologist isn‘t precisely likeable at all. 4/5

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shadowspeak17
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#3books that have been made into movies

Shutter Island- I really liked the book but only saw bits and pieces of the movie. I want to do a reread and then actually watch the whole movie.

Dune- Just finished reading the book with my friends. We all thought it was okay, but we‘re looking forward to the new movie. I haven‘t seen the old one.

Annihilation- Loved the book. Kind of meh about the movie.

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shadowspeak17
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My boyfriend got me new books for our anniversary ❤️ I loved both of these and have been trying to convince my boyfriend to read Annihilation for years. Him deciding to buy it seems like a good sign, even if it is technically for me. Maybe I‘ll actually be able to get him to read it now. 😂

Texreader Books are the best anniversary gift ever! 1y
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TheEllieMo
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 1y
batsy Well played! 1y
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swynn
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#20Series20Days Day 19 Area X

Late to the party, I just discovered this series earlier this year. I have one more volume to go, and hope it's delicious as the first two.

Ruthiella Nice! An excellent inclusion for the 20 Series ... I think the third book is as good as the first two. Totally trippy but also full of portent. 1y
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Thndrstd
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I was tagged by @Eggs a week ago and never did this. Whoops! Remedying that.

1. I don‘t watch much TV but my wife got sucked into The Masked Singer and I got sucked in too.
2. I‘m grateful that my family is healthy and we have secure jobs we can do from home.

@Cosmos_Moon

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

This book reminded me of the old school adventure games I used to play as a student. Walking around in a surreal landscape, meeting weird people and asking questions to solve riddles and puzzles and get to a next level. I don‘t think I will take this series to the next level though. I liked reading it but there are so many questions and I‘m not especially eager to find out the answers.

#SummerFun #GenreYouUsuallyAvoid

ONH Have you seen the movie?? It was enough for me to add the book to my reading list. Very interesting and exciting if you like thrillers and action movies. 1y
readordierachel I felt the same. 1y
BarbaraBB @ONH I haven‘t seen the movie but I think I should, I do like thrillers. 1y
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batsy Ah, sorry it wasn't a more exciting read for you! 1y
arubabookwoman I had same reaction. And reviews on Amazon said the next 2 books in the trilogy are the same and don‘t provide any answers. So I decided not to read them. 1y
BarbaraBB @batsy Don‘t be, I love reading out of my comfortzone! #livingontheedge 😂😘 (edited) 1y
Ruthiella I liked this one a lot just for how weird it was but for sure it has a lot of blank spaces. 1y
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 27/20

I am reading Valentine af the moment and have these two lined up for next week. The tagged one because it‘s an all time favorite of @batsy , The Bridge on the River Drna because @squirrelbrain recommended it for #ReadingEurope2020 and it‘s on the list of #1001books. Also I am still listening to Sister Carrie on audio and hope to finish it later this week too.

Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts on Valentine .... I have it on kindle 1y
batsy I truly hope you enjoy Annihilation! :) 1y
squirrelbrain I loved Valentine - and I hope you like ‘Bridge‘. (It‘s a bit grim near the start so be warned...) 1y
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Cinfhen Excited to hear your thoughts about Valentine/ I LOVED the audio 😊 1y
Liz_M I liked Bridge -- vignettes of a specific place over decades/centuries. 1y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That is good to know! 1y
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen Halfway through Valentine and I‘m not sure what to think yet. Characters are great, story a bit slow. But I am preparing to read the rest of the day so I‘ll probably get the hang of it! 1y
Cinfhen I did the audio/ which was multi cast so every woman had a very distinct voice that I really loved!!! I hope the book produces the same magic ✨ 1y
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reading_rainbow
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i loved this book. it was very different from the film adaption and there was a couple times in the book were i was feeling dread for the protagonist but also a personal feeling of dread for myself because i was so nervous. creepy cool little read 🌿unnerving, strange, hallucinogenic at times

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reading_rainbow
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🌳Prompt 4• read a book with your element•
•Earth•🍃🌿🌱🌳🌲🌾
#readyoursign ♉️

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LiterallyLiterary
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Have to say that I was super-excited to read this book!
That being said...it was hard for me to get into and I found myself distracted by other books. I‘m going to set it down for awhile and when I have the time to focus on it, it will be back in the spotlight.

#takingabreak

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KendallHershey
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I zoomed through this read, I really liked it!

swynn I read that earlier this year and also loved it! I have the second in a pile... 2y
shortsarahrose I read the whole trilogy a couple years ago. I definitely stayed up late to keep reading - I just couldn‘t put them down! 2y
Ladygodiva7 I want to read this! 2y
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Books4Ever Love this trilogy 😊 2y
PSreads73 I‘ve planned to buy Annihilation the movie. Now that I know it was first a book, I‘ll be buying both the book and the movie. (edited) 2y
KendallHershey @PSreads73 yess buy all three books in the series - I read them all in like 3 days. So good. I really liked the movie too! 2y
Powered_By_Plants Ahh I‘m sad I saw the movie first , I had no idea it was a book! Always prefer to read before I watch 📚 2y
KendallHershey @Powered_By_Plants same! But I saw the movie and then read and still really enjoyed both 🤗 2y
Powered_By_Plants @KendallHershey oh really! I will add it to my stack, thank you ☺️. I watched it a while ago but never forget that ending! It was quite hard hitting and so very true . Have they crammed all three books into the one movie? 2y
KendallHershey @Powered_By_Plants definitely not! I‘d say the plots are a little different, but the later books expand. 2y
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BoldCityBooks
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Started reading this book this morning. It has quite the ominous feeling to it. Beautiful prose yet disturbing. Going to be great!

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LiterallyLiterary
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Next book (which just arrived today!!) is Jeff Vandermeer‘s Annihilation. I absolutely loved the movie and I‘m excited to read the book.

#readalongwithme

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rrkreads
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Mehso-so
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Jari-chan
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I've heard so many good things about this series and I was getting more and more curious about it. Well, I don't need to add anything more to all the positive voices, because they're right. At least in my opinion.

I loved the thick atmosphere, the constant feeling of dread that's almost dripping from this book. Can't wait to get into the next volume.

batsy This book blew my mind 🙌🏽 2y
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swynn
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📕Annihilation
✍️ Poul Anderson
🍿Aguirre, the Wrath of God
🤘AC/DC
🎵Augen Auf (Oomph!)

#ManicMonday #LetterA @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💕 2y
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Books4Ever
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Wow 😳 this book is insane. What a weird, wonderful experience. I‘m starting the second book right away. The author creates a beautiful landscape of mystery and just enough eeriness to keep you on the edge of your seat. I couldn‘t put it down. Highly recommend and so does Gus the pup 😁

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Books4Ever
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“The tower was a living creature of some sort. We were descending into an organism. “

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Books4Ever
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Just about to dig in 😊 while puppy is sleeping 🐶

batsy 😍 2y
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bibliobard
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These are all books I have had on my shelf for some time and really should read instead of collecting dust. So I figured #WomenReading would be the time to do it! I started the tagged book, but need to push to get back into it lol. Thoughts?

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BeansPage I vote for Little Bee 2y
blank Annihilation 2y
jessinikkip I haven't read any of them and they all sound good to me 2y
Melismatic I haven‘t read any so they all sound good to me! 2y
Geenie 💖 Alexander McCall Smith. 2y
Julie548 Little Bee 2y
WriterAtHeart LittleBee 2y
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swynn
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Oh my goodness, why did I not read this when it first came out five years ago? Everything about this -- the lush setting, the flawed characters, the coy narrator, the rich language, the ambiguous plot and all that wonderful weird -- was delicious, and I consumed it in a single slow feast til well past my bedtime. Must find the next.

#bookspin

Cathythoughts Sooooo good 2y
batsy Great review! That's how I felt about it, too 💚 2y
swynn @Cathythoughts @batsy Hooray for Annihilation love! It is brilliant. 2y
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swynn
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The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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thebookhunter
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A thrilling and quick page turner that leaves the reader wanting more. It‘s not the best sci-fi out there, but it is definitely enjoyable! #scifi #weird #sciencefiction

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REDx05
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“Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors‘ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.”

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BreakingRad1977
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Panpan

Wow! What a big, fat book of nothing! Does not want to make me continue this series.

pilardib I watched the movie and hated it. Such a shame that the book is probably as bad. 2y
BreakingRad1977 @pilardib I wanted to see the movie. But after reading the book, I haven't been able to bring myself to watch it. 2y
UnidragonFrag Yeah, I couldn't really get into this one. The movie, as far as I can tell, is all 3 books mashed together but idk. Vandermeer wrote another one called Borne that I really loved but I had a hard time getting into the sequel (Dead Astronauts) and have set it aside. Maybe I'll pick it up again? 2y
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AshleyKorinE
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https://youtu.be/tbbJUlRQ12M

My Sword and Stars Reading Challenge plans!

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Twocougs
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I gave this a pick because if you‘re into dystopia/sci-fi you‘ll be glad you read it. It‘s a bit of a mind f$!k and part of me is still not sure what I read. Fascinating ideas though and Vandermeer‘s writing is a treat. Not sure if I‘ll read the whole series though.

DimeryRene It only gets more confusing!!! 2y
Twocougs @DimeryRene that‘s what I was afraid of. 2y
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sebrittainclark
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1. The Silent Sea by Erin Morgenstern and The Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

2. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

3. A lot of aloes and a couple of desk succulents plus all my husbands plants

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Twainy
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🎧 It‘s short, narrator was passable, it‘s interesting & I‘ll definitely get book 2 just to see where the heck it‘s going. There was no payoff ... maybe it‘s in book 2. Area X takes up half the continent & has been cut off from civilization for decades. A husband comes back from Area X ... changed. Wife decides to join expedition 12 to see if she can determine what happened to him & what‘s going on there. I better eventually find out! 😝 ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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mariaku21
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To be honest this was a bit of a mind trip but one that once I started really reading found to have a lot of the sci-fi elements that captivated me into the genre.

Still not sure what I read as the book did so many twists and turns into the last quarter of the book but that‘s part of the magic as I‘m going to keep thinking about it until I can read the next book.

Cathythoughts I loved this whole trio 👍🏻❤️ 2y
mariaku21 @Cathythoughts Ooh good to know 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I think this is the only book I‘ve read considered to be #weirdscience / weird fiction / science fiction, about an ill-fated scientific exploration in an area known as Area X - where strange properties of ecosystems and unknown alien influence is taking place.
#NamasteNovember

Eggs I‘m intrigued !! 2y
Cathythoughts Great pic. This is so good !! @batsy recommended this one ( a year or two ago 🤔) so glad she did 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 2y
batsy @Cathythoughts Glad you loved it as much as I did, Cathy. And can't believe how time has flown! 2y
Cathythoughts @batsy I did love it and it was 2 years ago 😳 2y
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reading_rainbow
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Annihilation // Book 1 of The Southern Reach Trilogy

this book is pretty.. 🌿🍃🌱🦗🕷🦑🐋🦚🌾🍃🌿🌱🌴🌳🌳🌲🌿🌿🍃🌴🌲🌿🌱🍂🍁🦝🦚🦚

britt_brooke Beautiful! I love these covers so much! 2y
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BergerInParadise
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Does anyone else put off finishing a book cause they don‘t want it to end?

batsy Yup! This one in particular. 2y
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Amandajoy
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Have you read Annihilation? This creeping plant reminded me of the Crawler in that book. Not sure why, but I managed to freak myself out about it a little bit. Then a largish spider decided to join me for lunch. Not a very calming lunch to read about meditation.

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shadowspeak17
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ju.ca.no Love these!! 2y
britt_brooke I LOVE these covers so much!! The artist who created them makes really cool stuff. His name escapes me right now, but I think he‘s Swedish. 2y
batsy These covers are so good! 2y
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EmilyM
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Mehso-so

This book had a great premise but it fell flat for me by the end. I was captivated by it in the beginning, but as I continued to read I just lost interest and I had a really hard time picturing the ending, which was frustrating. I don't know that I will read the rest of the series. ⭐⭐⭐/5