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If you enjoyed Borne, just get it
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2017
As others have said, you'll need to read Borne first for this to mean anything. I'm glad I didn't read any of the other reviews here that spoil the plot.
That said, this is a beautiful and poetic tragedy that - if you enjoyed Borne - should not be missed. It is a sad story. Painfully so. But like Borne, It raises fascinating and timely questions about the nature of intelligence, technology and ultimately love, when the lines blur between all these things.
I should also add that the mere fact that Mr. VanderMeer chose to write and publish this postlude novella is really cool. In the digital age, writers can actually produce follow-up short-form work like this, and have it be (I hope!) commercially viable. I'm sure so many authors think of something after their book is published that augments the story they just told, in a way that ardent readers will love, and, importantly, can be released shortly after the original work, so it's still fresh on the reader's mind. I hope to see more writers publish works like this, if they feel moved to do so.