He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be.
But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or fa ...more
At times, I become confused about the order in which things should be told. Parts of me know things that other parts do not, and sometimes I both know a thing and do not know it, or part of me knows something is true and another part knows it is not true, and there is nothing to allow me to negotiate between the two.
i started off digging the premise and the intriguing vagueness of the opening, but i found myself floundering prett ...more
The Warren is a short, suspenseful novella which delivers heaping doses of loneliness, mystery, and utter alienation. Brian Evenson skillfully turning confusion, weirdness, and schizophrenic leanings into an existential horror, where desperately seeking answers and not finding them is all part of the delicious fun.
Simply put, this is a tale starring X — though X isn’t even sure if that is really his name. He has many memories from other people imprinted within ...more
Another barren wasteland. Another amazing novel that probes deep into what it means to be human and whether what you think you are, and what you truly are, really makes that much difference in the long run.
OK....DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY READ THIS BOOK AND IMMOBILITY.
If I'm right, I'm about to spoil a whole bunch of shit for you.
Ok, you've been warned!
Soooo many parallels to Immobility here. In that novel, the human protag Horkai had been awakened from storage to go on a ...more
I went into this book blind, knowing very little about it other than it had a snazzy cover and was another release in Tor’s strong line of novellas. I think this is about all you ...more
The nitty-gritty: A strange and thought-provoking story about loneliness and what it means to be human.
For me, memory is not only at times flawed and corrupted but also overlapped and confused, one personality hiding parts of another, blending too, so that the selves within my head sometimes seem many-headed and monstrous or deformed and impossible to comprehend.
It’s been a while since I read a Tor.com novella, but every time I read one, I’m reminded of how much I love these small bites of s...more
I especially enjoyed sections II and XIII.
Another part of this--the main part, I should say, revolved around the person called X. Written in first person, Evenson pulls you through the thoughts of someone who is piecing together their own existence without ...more
This book will always be special to me and the San Diego horror community since this short 92 page novella was sold ten days before its official release from TOR books at Horrible Imaginings Film fest. 2016 was the first time HIFF included literature programming and when Anthony Trevino and I approached our first key note literature speaker Brian Evenson was the author we wanted. No ...more
The first person that popped into my head as X was Michael Fassbender.
I will certainly try more by this author.
Summary: A mysterious being named 'X' grapples with his own existence and the questions behind what it means to be human.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Review: I had heard that this one was weird, frustrating, and confounding. It certainly checked all three boxes.
The most intriguing and also most beguiling part of this novella is something not mentioned in any plot synopsi ...more