After reading Jeff VanderMeer’s strange science fiction novel Annihilation, I decided to jump into another of his strange sci-fi books: Borne.
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Bahni Turpin, which helped me finish it quickly as I was able to put my commute to good use. It’s definitely longer than Annihilation, and in many ways the world-building is much stronger here because so much time is paid to it.
And really, that’s what this book is all about: not so much a riveting story, but the world the author creates and the feelings that world inspires.
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The past couple of weeks, I caught up on the first season of FX horror series The Strain. Based on the vampire horror novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the show is a unique mix of forensic drama and scares. Interestingly, the story was initially conceived by del Toro as a television series, but he ended up turning it into books with Hogan when that didn’t pan out as expected. It makes for gripping TV now, anyway.
First, let me say that I am not a big fan of the horror genre — or gore. The Strain has plenty of both, but the story is so good and the blend of genre elements so offbeat that I can’t help but watch it anyway.
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