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Eden Green

(Gothic #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Warning: Contains body horror, contamination, implied eternal suffering, gun use, needles, and spiders.

In a single drop of contaminated blood, there writhe millions of needle-shaped cells. When introduced to a host, they spread — healing wounds, replenishing fluids, patching bone. The host becomes unstoppable; even complete destruction of its brain isn’t necessarily the
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published July 31st 2015
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Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, 2016-shelf
This one is a rather quick and furious read, starting in the middle of some hardcore action, fighting monsters, and then a twist that sends our MC Eden Green down the rabbit hole of altered body and the more subtle horror of altered identity that only gets worse when held up as a mirror against her best friend Ron and the man who names himself Tedrin, both of whom are just as infected as she.

Things are very much centered on Eden's PoV and her relationship with her best friend and the nearly psy
Do you faint at the sight of needles coming at you in the hands of the nurse who says,”You will feel a little poke,” ? Now, imagine one tiny drop of contaminated blood seething with millions of needle-like cells coming in contact with a person. They could get sick, or they could become the host to these “creatures” who can heal wounds and mend bones. Sounds okay so far, but, what if they overtook your body with these needles…yep, coming out of your skin, stitching and mending. Gross, painful, bu ...more
Daniel Casey
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre
Eden Green is an excellent character. She is a hero that is at once relatable and confounding, surprising and predictable. Van Dahl’s novel is solid and I find myself liking Eden Green as much as I loathe the other characters around her. Getting that sort of reaction of a reader is a skill and van Dahl deserves praise.

I could call van Dahl’s book sci-fi, speculative fiction, urban fantasy, or even new adult. Are there aliens? Yes. A virus or symbiotic organism that grants the main characters of
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Eden Green is a blend of sci-fi and horror by Fiona Van Dahl. It begins with the concept of a parasite, one which will merge with and regenerate its host. Functional immortality and heroic endurance are perks. Of course, these things come with a price. There’s also the question of where the parasite came from, and what this means to both the protagonist and to humanity as a whole.
There’s some really interesting ideas in Eden Green. The idea of a symbiont that works to regenerate its host is intr
Richard Bunning
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't often say this, but this is a novel has a plot with real originality, although that is obviously only based on my own mix of 'have read'. Yes, even with the millions of English language books pouring out of a million authors liberated from the stranglehold of the old literary mafia, I feel that Dahl has delivered some brand new plot details. She delivers a fresh feeling story backed by an interestingly individualistic and totally weird look at the psychology of survival and its darkest r ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What do you get if you throw in a blender a stand up comediant and a serial criminal? Blood, lots of blood. Kinda like Eden Green, blood and jokes and gore and drama all spinning around a central axis- the young, badass, always with a punch line Eden Green.
This book has so many faces and they are changing so fast, you will always be caught by surprise! To be honest, i was expecting a chiky adventure with strange encounter. I was wrong. For me Eden Green reached far above that, it sucked me insi
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
First off: I received a copy of this book from the author, with the request that I write a review. So here we are.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I think that with the help of a good editor, there might be some fun genre fiction buried in here somewhere, but it will take a lot of digging to find in any case. The two most pressing issues here for me were the characterization and the pacing, or rather, the lack thereof.

If a story's main questions concern what makes a person human, and w
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-reread
Eden Green is a brilliant novel. Just absolutely brilliant. Read this book.

Do you want to scream in existential terror as you wonder what it means to change and become something you're not? Read this book!

Do you want to fall in love with the protagonist, and to feel joy at every success? To mourn every failure? Read this book!

Do you want to read about an intelligent protagonist whose every decision actually makes sense? Read this book!

Do you want to read about a slew of (Well, really only two be
Ingrid Tamm
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Yada yada, free copy on promise of honest review.

I think people will enjoy this book if they like thrillers. I don't seek out thrillers, so it wasn't really my cup of tea. I would read for a half hour or so, and then be a bit exhausted. The pacing is good if you're used to thrillers, although it could have done with more chapter breaks instead of just paragraph breaks. The prose is very plain, but there's no real issue with it, and the spacing which is occasionally used as a tool is quite effec
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a hard one for me to really score. I felt like parts of it worked very well while others fell completely flat. Having a hard time organizing my thoughts right now (how fitting), so I'm just gonna spit them out in bullet point:

- I like the concept of applying the Argo Dilemma to the human consciousness, and it was handled well here.
- On that note, the creatures were also interesting and appropriately alien.
- The bits of introspection that showed up were good, and the writing felt the most
It's a fast paced and fairly light read with elements of body horror and science fiction.

Picking up the pieces of her best friend's bad decisions is a recurring pattern for Eden Green but when the latest call for help results in her being infected with a parasitic alien organism that starts replacing her cell by cell... She is faced with some hard truths and harder choices.

The characters, while relate-able, are quickly drawn with broad strokes to the point of being teen trope caricatures. The fa
Sara Leigh
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of Eden Green from the author for an honest review.

Overall, I liked it. A combination of sci-fi and horror, but not too horrific for me. I was intrigued by the premise, which had echoes of vampirism in that a person is infected by the blood of an alien creature and receives a sort of immortality along with superhuman abilities. You're dropped into the action immediately, and the story moves along at a good pace. Of the three characters, I really only liked Eden, the narrator. T
Westward Woess
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very quick read for the most part. I found I barrelled through the first third of the book in about an hour. There were some issues with pacing, which can happen when the books kicks off into high gear right from the get go, and then slows down in the middle. (There were a few stops and starts that felt jarring, but there were lots of exciting fight scenes.)

The setting of liminal and abandoned places were
May 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Sadly, this one wasn't for me. The book jumps right in to the action, but I had a hard time liking the characters and being able to root for any of them. I think some of the sci-fi elements were intriguing, but they weren't as much the focus as I would have liked. The writing style was a bit difficult for me as I felt like I would be missing things that I think were implied, or maybe they just weren't clicking for me. Either way, I woul
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received an electronic version of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There's lots of good things to say about this book. The Sci-Fi world and mechanics are thought out well. The first person voice reminded me a bit of the Sandman Slim novels. The work shows an author with lots of promise, but still needs work on subtleties. For example, I felt like the story needed more framing to make the world compelling. In addition, characters changed on a dime. This was inherent to
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book for a first time writer. Gritty, dark, sarcastic humour always gets me. The internal musings of the protagonist were fun to read. Interesting new fantasy world and rules. Also the tentative exploration of what makes a person a person. I would very much like to see a sequel to this book, showing the new fantasy world more and explain, or at least bring out theories what it might be. And even more existential exploration of if you are still you after all that happened in this book.

Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The author sent me an electronic copy of this book for a honest review. Here is my review! (Thanks, Fiona, for the book!)

I have mixed feelings about Eden Green. There's a lot I liked, there's a lot I was unsure about. First of all, though, I'm excited that women are writing books about women, and writing fun, scary, nerdy, gory, scary, kooky books about women. This genre has the tendency to be a "boy's club", so I was excited about this book in general. Also, like reading a book about women, sin
Shane Moore
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can you handle some super creepy action? I'm not a big fan of horror, so I was surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. It has a lot of unconventional writing (including crazy formatting stuff) and assorted weirdness that kept me off-kilter throughout, and the fights stay fresh all the way up to the end.

Note: I received this book for free from the author with a request for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: prose
This was a particularly interesting read for me, as I felt like I was enjoying the novel for things the author didn't meant me to enjoy. The main character's big fear, being infected with alien bio-machinery and slowly changed into something inhuman, was something I felt completely disconnected from. I did enjoy the bio-machinery, the strange and weird transformation Eden and her two associates went through, but this felt less like a source of genuine body horror (which I think was the intention ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
I received an audio version of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start with the good bits. Firstly, I loved the world and the creatures that van Dahl created in this book. Her needle creatures and the way the creatures' blood effected Eden, Ron, and Tedren was rather ingenious and clever. I loved how it was so very different from your classic "monsters", and gave us another type of apocalypse to fear. :)
I also really appreciated that the characters, for the most
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given the book by the author for free.

Eden Green works from an interesting premise. Take an alien contact and horrible parasite plot, but make the main character approach it with reason instead of emotion. Add to that characters that are as media and culture aware as I feel, characters being messy humans who make messy decisions, a bit of aliens being quite alien, mysteries being mysterious. Sounds right up my alley, but somehow it never seems to really connect. Maybe it's the way it never
Mike Garrigan
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
When author Fiona Van Dahl asked me if I would be willing to review her book Eden Green, I was delighted. This semester’s 90-minute round-trip daily commute has afforded me much time to enjoy audiobooks and music. I’ve looked forward to taking risks on books that I didn’t know much about, like John Dies in the End and Brave New World. Horror fiction, like Eden Green, by an author I had never read before was a welcome addition to my commuting queue.

Published in July 2015, Eden Green is available
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
If you're interested in a sci-fi/horror thriller with a personal touch, Eden Green might just be what you are looking for.

It is an excellent effort for a debut novel. Bizarre events that unfold in the book are, well, bizarre is probably too mild of a word for an invasion of needle-symbiont-infested fauna from another dimension. The first person, limited perspective narration from a rational narrator adds to the sense of mystery and sheer strangeness.

The book focuses on three characters, Eden Gre
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am giving this book huge props for being unique. It is a real challenge, with such a wealth of books to choose from, to find anything that is truly original in any form, whether it is the story line, the character point of view or a new take on an old subject. This story has it all. The premise of the story is alien invasion but in a more subtle manner than anything you will have read previously. It is told from the perspective of the main character, who you will know right from the start, is ...more
The Angry Lawn Gnome
I received a copy of this book at no cost in return for an an honest review.

Summary: Decent but not quite ready for prime time, sadly.

Note This review may contain spoilers, none of which I'm going to hide. Because I'm just a meanie beanie.

I honestly cannot remember the last time I read a work of genre fiction with no chapters breaks, something close to a stream of consciousness narration and such a collection of unlikable characters. In an odd way -- a very odd way -- think David Markson's Vanis
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I'd actually give this book 3 1/2 stars. Eden Green is a sci-fi thrill ride with an interesting concept - a needle-like parasite infects the host and provides healing abilities, leading to what seems like immortality. The titular character, Eden Green, is infected against her will. She also discovers there are monsters lurking in her world. As a scientist, she's interested in what this all means and how to stop i
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you like parasite-caused superpowers, monster fighting and complicated friendship coupled with a shotgun? Then you might like this one!

After breezing through the 220 pages in two days I must say, this one is a keeper.

The premise is simply: Some people discover they have super powers and soon they are embroiled in fierce battle with mysterious enemies, desperately trying to get to the bottom of the mystery that is the source of their superpowers. Okay, let me be honest here: You will not get e
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Eden Green is a pretty impressive debut novel, narrated by the author. It is good when occasionally you come across something that feels new, but in the ideas in the story, and the execution. More so that this was a contained novel, a done-in-one, not the start of some perpetual series to be metered out over the next ten years. The story felt pretty fresh to me, with some interesting concepts, and good character development. I must say, Veronica would be the worst excuse of a friend you could ho ...more
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Fiona van Dahl is a novelist who lives with her three black cats in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She likes disturbing fiction that delivers a frisson of truth. In her spare time, she enjoys critiquing and fan-editing movies, and reading and writing fanfiction, getting extra inspiration from psychedelics, and hiking and camping.

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