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Borne: A Novel MP3 CD – Unabridged, April 25, 2017

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''Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it's a thorough marvel.'' --Colson Whitehead

''Supremely literary, distinctly unusual . . . VanderMeer's deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's
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Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America's American Fantastic Tales and in multiple anthologies. VanderMeer also writes for the Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times Book Review, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged MP3CD edition (April 25, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1504779762
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1504779760
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 0.81 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
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Called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker, NYT bestseller Jeff VanderMeer has been a published writer since age 14. His most recent fiction is the critically acclaimed novel BORNE, which has received raves from the NYTBR, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many more. Paramount Pictures has optioned BORNE for film.

VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy was one of the publishing events of 2014, the trilogy made more than thirty year’s best lists, including Entertainment Weekly’s top 10. Paramount Pictures has made a movie out of the first volume of the Southern Reach, Annihilation, slated for release in 2018 and starring Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic.com. VanderMeer also wrote the world’s first fully illustrated creative-writing guide, Wonderbook. With his wife, Ann VanderMeer, he has edited may iconic anthologies. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with two wonderful cats. His hobbies include hiking, reading, and bird watching.

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"The world is broken and I don't know how to fix it."

From over-consumption, capitalism without care for the consequences, climate change, isolation and the devolution of community, and over-dependence on the government to fix things and save us, it feels like the world is changing for the worse and that either we can't fix it or we won't fix it. We're confused about what to do and waiting on the next guy to figure it out. That's kind of this book in a nutshell. People barely surviving worsening conditions while fighting/avoiding/suspecting each other. Reading brings the confusion I mentioned to the forefront of one's mind, but there are several other relatable and thought-provoking explorations: what life deserves respect and at what level, what is sentience, what is moral and who decides, is there right and wrong at all and who decides, what line would you cross to survive, do we need each other, self-dependence or community dependence, and more! But I warn you, Jeff Vandermeer isn't trying to offer answers. You will exit this read still confused, but thinking.
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