The Strange Bird: A Borne Story
The Strange Bird—from New York Times bestselling novelist Jeff VanderMeer—is a digital original that expands and weaves deeply into the world of his “thorough marvel”* of a novel, Borne.
The Strange Bird is a new kind of creature, built in a laboratory—she is part bird, part human, part many other things. But now the lab in which she was created is under siege and the s...more
-There are tons of spoilers for Borne in this novella but no spoilers for …moreI think the experience is better to go from Borne to Strange Bird, because:
-There are tons of spoilers for Borne in this novella but no spoilers for this novella in Borne
-Borne gives you more context for where the creature "the Strange Bird" comes from and what, exactly, she is.
-There's something shown to the reader casually in The Strange Bird that actually packed a huge punch in Borne (a plot twist in Borne, but just regular plot in The Strange Bird). Knowing the plot twist before reading Borne will deflate a bit of the story(less)
I don't want to give too much away about this story because it would lessen its impact, but I was definitely crying by the end. I will say th ...more
However, I made the mistake to read it right after Borne, who is still in my heart, with no room left for another from this universe for now. That's why I did not root for the Strange Bird as I know I would have had I read it any other time.
Leaving aside this quirk of mine, the story is exquisite: beautiful writing, compelling story (despite being slowly built bu ...more
The Strange Bird has lived in a lab all her life, enduring experiments that may have invaded her manufactured body, but not her spirit. Her resilience was due in part to a special bit of DNA in her unique make up and from something extra and very purposeful added to ...more
She sang for joy. Not because she had not suffered or been reduced. But because she was finally free and the world could not be saved, but nor would it be destroyed....more
I am blown away by how beautiful and atmospheric this was. I truly felt the despair and it makes you venture into the madness with this bird-seriously had left me feeling anxious multiple times throughout the book.
This is a little side story to Jeff VanderMeer's story Borne. We follow The Strange Bird in this novella; however, past characters like The Magician and Wick show up as well. I will say, I truly despise the Magician even more than before, and absolutely love Wick. When you read thi ...more
Set in the same world as the post apocalyptic Borne, the novella would struggle to resonate with readers not familiar with its predecessor, even though the events span a timeli ...more
"She spoke to the Strange Bird more and more, not knowing that the Strange Bird betrayed her now just by living."
Shocking, sickening, terrible, haunting, beautiful, sad*—ephemeral.
Not exactly what one might typically look for in a book but at the same time, utterly enchanting AND under 100 pages of tight prose.
The follow up to Borne, this one was the perfect "1.5" segue before the much anticipated Dead Astronauts.
"Yet what did it matter. For what are bodies? W ...more
The Strange Bird is a piece of biotech, escaped from the lab of the Company. I would not recommend reading it prior to reading Borne as it would not make much sense.
I did enjoy seeing some of the old characters again, although there was no Borne who was my favorite character from the original book.
I did guess very early on what the Strange Bird's purpose was, but I didn' ...more
Exquisite heart, exquisite prose. A small masterpiece.
A small miracle of light and joy and pain and, in the end, of love and life.
VanderMeer once again transports us to his dystopian world of "Borne".
Notes and quotes:
And even then she did not know that the sky was blue or what the sun was, because she had flown out into the cool night air and all her wonder resided in the points of light that blazed through the darkness above. But then the joy of flying overtook her and she we ...more
A phantasmagorical novella, set in a post-apocalyptic planet, crammed full with discarded biotech, much of it sentient, regarding the trials and travails of a preternatural bird cast up in a hostile world it doesn't understand.
this was a BEAUTIFUL little short story from the "Borne" universe - but honestly it's pretty wonderful even on it's own. This story is crude, a bit gruesome, but also wonderful much in the same way "Borne" was. I'll never get enough of this world or VanderMeer's writing. ...more
I appreciated the nod to The Blue Fox, that was a lovely surprise. This novella had a similar, almost abstract feel to it.
It's worth mentioning that VanderMeer really cranked up the visceral elements throughout this story. Some of the descriptions were difficult to read, but they also managed to be morbidly thrilling at the same time. As twisted as it may sound, the level of cruelty happening to the main character kept the suspense levels high for me. I read this in one sitting, so tha ...more
Only VanderMeer has the ability to make me connect with, and feel sorry for, so far: a dolphin with 'strangely human eyes' (which, by the way, precedes my favourite line in the book. Also has anyone watched the movie? It was completely different from the book but it was amazing too. Heart-wrenching. Also I can't believe I never wrote a review for the book - going to re-read it soon), a blob of ...more
The Strange Bird follows a creature that is the result of experimentation combining human and bird genetic material after she manages to escape the laboratory she was created in. We get to experience this strange world from the perspective of a creature who is completely alone and trying t ...more
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and unbiased revie ...more
The wonderful bird with bright multi-colored plumage escapes the lab and has an urge to get to some place she is unaware of. She has strange dreams of her creators (?), two women from the lab. On the way to her goal she is captured by different persons, including one from the novel.
A nice companion read to the nov ...more
-Impressive and touching story,
-Good and engaging characters - some of them were also present in Borne- ,
-Solid and unexpecting ending,
-After finishing it you really feel that the Borne Universe could have and needs other great stories like this one.
And I do hope that the writer will return very soon to it!!!
But, this was actually really good, and is a really strong parallel text to Borne. I probably even enjoyed this a bit more than Borne ...more