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Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy Through Essays, Articles and Reviews

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An entertaining, eclectic chronicle of modern fantastical fiction, "Monstrous Creatures" delivers incisive commentary, reviews, and essays pertaining to permutations of the monstrous, whether it's other people's monsters, personal monsters, or monstrous thoughts. A two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, Jeff VanderMeer is one of speculative fiction's foremost voices. ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 11th 2011 by Guide Dog Books
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I have been accused of being well-read. If you've seen the number of books on my Goodreads shelves you might even believe it. Allow me to be honest: I am NOT well-read. Jeff VanderMeer is well-read. His non-fiction collection "Monstrous Creatures" proves that with each item inside its covers.

"Monstrous Creatures" is a selection of Mr. VanderMeer's many essays, forewords, articles, and reviews. While it might seem strange or even a bit incredulous the book does follow the titular theme of the "mo
This book was really refreshing because it reminded me of why I enjoy reading. But since I worked on it it seems more appropriate to quote another review:

"A selection of reflections, interrogations, and dialogues about the state and nature of fantastic literature from the perspective of one of fantastika's most discerning writer/editors. The collection puts forth not just VanderMeer's thoughts on making art, genre, and literature, but elaborates his idea of "the monstrous" and how it informs a v
I received this book for free in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Collecting an array of Jeff VanderMeer's non-fiction writing, Monstrous Creatures gathers essays on issues in modern fantasy, reviews of authors' and/or their individual works, and tops it off with a few interviews and personal memories.

The book is dominated by its middle sections concerning authors and their works. These reviews provide exciting glimpses of worlds for the reader to explore further and that's where the primary val
John Kenny
Monstrous Creatures is a collection of essays, articles and reviews Jeff VanderMeer has written over the last few years and published in various venues. Books of this nature can often be hit and miss affairs; one wonders sometimes at the reasoning in collecting disparate pieces of non-fiction by a particular writer. Very often there can be a real lack of focus in such collections. Not so with Monstrous Creatures. VanderMeer zeros in on aspects of modern fantasy with unerring sharpness and a real ...more
Since my interview with Jeff VanderMeer about my pet capybara Caplin Rous is in this book, I'm anxious to get started on it. Mine is interview #3. You'd think I wouldn't have to read that because I basically wrote it but it was the first thing I read anyway.
A great book, very literate and enjoyable to read. My full review is here:
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Jeff VanderMeer's most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), all released in 2014. The series has been acquired by publishers in 15 other countries and Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions have acquired the movie rights. His Wonderbook (Abrams Image), the world's first fully illustrated, full-color creative writing guide, won ...more
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Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) Authority (Southern Reach, #2) Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3) City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris, #1) Finch (Ambergris, #3)

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