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Borne By Jeff VanderMeer Borne In a ruined nameless city of the future a woman named Rachel who makes her living as a scavenger finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord a gigantic despotic bear Mord once

  • Title: Borne
  • Author: Jeff VanderMeer
  • ISBN: 9780374115241
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Borne By Jeff VanderMeer In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly anIn a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free Driven insane by his torture at the Company, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers like Rachel.At first, Borne looks like nothing at all just a green lump that might be a Company discard The Company, although severely damaged, is rumoured to still make creatures and send them to distant places that have not yet suffered Collapse.Borne somehow reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas She feels an attachment she resents attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, the Balcony Cliffs, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick, not to render Borne down to raw genetic material for the drugs he sells she cannot break that bond.Wick is a special kind of supplier, because the drug dealers in the city don t sell the usual things They sell tiny creatures that can be swallowed or stuck in the ear, and that release powerful memories of other people s happier times or pull out forgotten memories from th
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    1. karen on said:

      We all just want to be people, and none of us know what that really means.oh, jeff vandermeer to my shame, i have yet to read the southern reach trilogy, although i own all three, and have owned them for a good long time now and while we re on the subject of my many personal failings, i actually own a TON of his books, including three copies of city of saints and madmen, in at least two different versions many of these are in storage right now, after bedbug overreaction 2015 sent so many books o [...]

    2. Kevin Kelsey on said:

      Posted at Heradas ReviewVanderMeer s writing is engaging, difficult, and worth the effort required to read It takes me a little longer to finish his novels than I feel like it should It s the kind of writing that makes me a better reader It s challenging and uncomfortable Something about his prose makes me have to go back and reread sentences to make sure I understood what was being said It reminds me of William Gibson s writing in that way Of course, VanderMeer and Gibson write in entirely diff [...]

    3. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      The closer I approached, the Borne rose up through Mord s fur, became like a hybrid sea anemone and squid a sleep vase with rippling colors that strayed from purple toward deep blues and sea greens Four vertical ridges slid up the sides of its warm and pulsating skin The texture was as smooth as waterworn stone, if a bit rubbery It smelled of beach reeds on lazy summer afternoons and, beneath the sea salt, of passionflowers Much later, I realized it would have smelled different to someone else [...]

    4. Hannah on said:

      Pros ProseImagery Imagination World buildingBackstory Cons Pacing.I absolutely adored many things about this book but I think ultimately I admire Jeff VanderMeer s craft than I enjoyed reading it He has a brilliant way with words and the pictures he paints are vivid, frightening, sad, and scary I enjoy the fact that he is not only clever but ultimately trusts the reader to be clever, too He lets you fill in the blanks yourself, he doesn t dumb down the story and he knows you will follow him whe [...]

    5. Bradley on said:

      This is probably going to be one of those times where I rail against the universe and popularity norms because this novel is an exemplary piece of imaginative fiction that goes well above and beyond the call of any duty to amaze, wonder, and offer up a meal of monstrously epic proportions.First, I should say that no matter how much I loved the weirdness and the atmosphere of VanderMeer s previous trilogy, nothing quite prepared me for just how good this was going to be In fact, if I didn t alrea [...]

    6. Adina on said:

      I ve wanted to read VanderMeer for some time and my plan was to start with the Southern Reach trilogy, his most known work up to date Then Borne came along and, after consulting with GR friends, I decided that the most recent novel would be the better place to start my incursion in the author s oeuvre as it is a standalone story Borne has many of the usual dystopian elements a post apocalyptic world, characters fighting for survival, raw behavior feelings and, a nostalgia for the former times, e [...]

    7. Nnedi on said:

      Gloriously bizarre The world building is incredible Within the first night I started reading this, I had nightmares There s an icky flying bear that is sort of a GMO cautionary tale The biotech is wicked heehee, there s a pun in there, but you have to read the book to get it This novel grows as you read it, just like it s titular character Borne.

    8. Hannah Greendale on said:

      Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

    9. William on said:

      Ask not for whom the bell tolls It tolls for thee.Exquisite and extraordinary prose A poignant and terrible vision, an astounding dystopia, so plausible, so actually probable This is a book you LIVE, not just read Note I do not recommend this book to those without a strong emotional constitution.All through this extraordinary and wonderful book, I found myself nearly in tears as I watched Rachel my grand daughter in this story suffer and struggle in the wreck of a world we are creating for her n [...]

    10. Philip on said:

      4.5ish stars Post apocalypse but instead of zombies or raiders or corrupt governments, this is full on wackiness Gigantic flying bear, Mord, is Lord of the city and has a brood of regular terrifying bears that act as proxies for carrying out his royal bearship s horrific rule Little kids with bee eyes and wings and all sorts of other gruesome modifications run around maiming and killing for fun The city has been wasted of its natural resources and survival is only possible by scavenging through [...]

    11. Jessica Woodbury on said:

      I really enjoyed ANNIHILATION, the first of the Southern Reach books, but found my interest waned after that for reasons I could never quite put my finger on VanderMeer is great at mood but I felt like there was something I needed that was missing, particularly in the later books So I was very interested to read BORNE while also approaching it with a little trepidationRNE was a really satisfying read and also helped me pinpoint the thing that I d been missing in the Southern Reach novels an emot [...]

    12. Matthew Quann on said:

      Five Forms of Jeff Vandermeer s Borne1 The Imaginative DystopiaBorne is set in a dystopian world unlike anything else I ve read except, perhaps, other Vandermeer Rachel, our lead, is a scavenger who hunts for food and supplies in a surreal landscape in order to keep her and her romantic partner alive There are feral children with wasps that allow them to see flying about in their eye sockets In a world where biologically engineered organisms biotech have been allowed to run wild, every encounter [...]

    13. Lata on said:

      3.5 stars Dreamy, weird, curious, slow, meditative, amusing, beautiful, violent.Borne is all this, and a lot of tentacles Definitely reminiscent of the author s Southern Reach trilogy in terms of the dystopia, environmental concerns, strange creatures, and the brutality coupled with the quiet, wistful, and almost remote and distanced feel of the narration.

    14. Book Riot Community on said:

      Trust me you are going to be hearing about this book for the rest of the year It s one of the best Sci Fi Dystopian hybrids to come out in years Fans of VanderMeer s The Southern Reach trilogy are going to eat this up The book follows a scavenger named Rachel during the recent apocalypse She and her fellow survivor Wick are threatened by Mord an impossibly large flying bear who destroys everything in his wake One day, Rachel finds a strange creature embedded in Mord s fur She becomes obsessed wi [...]

    15. Maryam on said:

      Since Annihilation I became a fan of Vandermeer His writing is not easy, to me it really requires effort to read but I think it really worth it I found myself reading a paragraph two or three times so I can absorb the meaning It s for sure an above average reading experience.Borne happens in a post apocalyptic world The world as we know is ruined, rivers are poisoned, genetically engineered creatures roam the cities, even govern them and people are just trying to survive every day Same as Southe [...]

    16. Andreas on said:

      There comes a moment when you witness events so epic you don t know how to place them in the cosmos or in relation to the normal workings of a day Worse, when these events recur, at an ever greater magnitude, in a cascade of what you have never seen before and do not know how to classify Troubling because each time you acclimate, you move on, and, if this continues, there is a mundane grandeur to the scale that renders certain events beyond rebuke or judgment, horror or wonder, or even the grasp [...]

    17. Ace on said:

      Finally a Vandermeer novel that I not only enjoyed reading, but understood It has a start, middle and an end It s not a part of a trilogy pretending to be a complete book It s a full story, a great yarn and a scary look at a possible future for us.For the first time, I am gripped by a JV novel, glued to the pages and the spine chilling story Those in the know will know what I mean when she walks into the pool room and Wick is talking to Rachel Even though I knew it was coming, it still sent a gi [...]

    18. Lark Benobi on said:

      Little dollops of pleasure from the writing and small flashes of imagination and imagery now and then kept me hoping, and kept me reading, but for the most part this was a flaccid tease of a book that went nowhere and that meant nothing, and that even made me think back in doubt about my love of the Southern Reach trilogy, like, maybe he was pulling a fast one on me there too The plot felt so very familiar and then I realized I was reading a retread of Old Yeller, complete with death match betwe [...]

    19. Dannii Elle on said:

      Two beautiful book editions, a renowned author, and a unique sounding plot all culminated in my anticipating great things from this Unfortunately, I think this may have been a case of expectations too highly placed.Whilst not at all a horrible book, there was something about the writing quality that perpetually kept me at a distance from feeling anything about this book or for its characters The actual bones of the plot were individual enough to keep me intrigued but I can t say that I was ever [...]

    20. Kaitlin on said:

      You know what Sometimes I start a book and I m sure it s not for me, this is one of those times, but yet there was some niggling feeling that I should give this a fair chance, and keep reading, and I am really glad I did Although this book falls into the New Weird category very aptly it s completely a weird read I found it grew much better as it went, and I ended up really quite enjoying the characters and their story I will say, this is never going to be a book that works for everyone, in fact [...]

    21. Rachel (Kalanadi) on said:

      This book has a godzilla sized flying bear and a gigantic shapeshifting inverted squid being and a lot of heartbreak and love.

    22. Gary on said:

      The dystopian reality of Jeff Vandermeer s Borne is occupied by an enraged, giant flying bear named Mord that hunts and slaughters feral, sociopathic children in a post apocalyptic urban wasteland Imagine what it would take under those circumstances to come across something truly bewildering When Rachel, the novel s protagonist and narrator, discovers the being she names Borne while salvaging through the forest of fur on Mord s sleeping body, she is unsure if it is a plant or animal or anything [...]

    23. Melanie on said:

      2.5 This one is hard for me to rate I am certainly an outlier here The average rating is pretty high at 3.93 It took me quite a while to feel like I knew what the hell was going on in this I think post apocolyptic world This is the 2nd book by VanDerMeer that s made me feel this way so I m not sure if I m just a dip or it s his writing style I would have liked back story as to why the world was in the state it was I never felt very connected with the characters either Maybe VanDerMeer wants it [...]

    24. Jason Lundberg on said:

      I was up last night until 1 a.m reading the last 90 pages of this novel, and this morning its images and events still haunt me The strange family of Rachel, Wick and Borne, the murderous rage of Mord and his proxies, the machinations of the Magician, and the blasted surreal landscape they all inhabit There are similarities to Area X here, in the weirdness of the biologically altered creatures and the resilience of the natural world, but I prefer to see them as separate works that examine the aut [...]

    25. ashley c on said:

      Partially filled the Southern Reach shaped hole in my heart This is VanderMeer in his element, very Area X esque a scavenger working and co surviving with her lover in a desolate, abandoned city full of trash and things reminiscent of a society, now only to be scavenged VanderMeer masterfully builds his world such that we know what it now looked like, dark and grimy, and also what it used to be, and I could see that it was once shiny and futuristic I do love them alcohol minnows The star of the [...]

    26. Lindsey on said:

      2 and a half stars Maybe 3 I m not sure how to express my feelings on this book On the one hand, it s fascinating and well written with interesting characters, creatures and world On the other hand, I wish that had been revealed sooner and just There are still too many secrets built into pretty language Just tell me something Answer a question or two It s almost plot less as well in a weird way The reveals aren t really built up, and if the main character doesn t much care why should we I almo [...]

    27. Lane Williams on said:

      This book s strength lays in the prose as much as the plot, but than anything it reminds me of a beautiful collage of concepts salvaged from popular science fiction and apocalyptic literature, then mapped out with an intensity and intricacy that most novels don t have the means to match It s the first book to inspire me to recommend a series of movies to watch before reading it Wall E, Blade Runner, Escape from New York, any Godzilla movie, and The Edge, starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwi [...]

    28. Danger on said:

      A profoundly weird story about survival and intersecting definitions of humanity, set against the backdrop of a kaiju apocalypse The writing is vivid and atmosphere trumps action, which sometimes causes sections of the book to drag but only for a moment It builds slowly, and methodically, the author as precise in his characterizations as he was with is word choice The ending was satisfying, the beginning had tons of promise, the middle waxes and wanes in terms of demanding my attention but overa [...]

    29. Doug on said:

      Although there was much to like in this VERY different novel I d call it sui generis, but apparently all of VanderMeer s oeuvre follows a similar path , in the end, because it took me an unconscionably long time to plow my way through it 10 days for a book that normally should have taken me only 2 3 and many times I almost abandoned it , plus the fact that I found much of it repetitious, I can t see giving it than 3 stars VanderMeer s prose is often quite lovely and astonishing, and if one were [...]

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