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 sci...more
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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".
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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
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and unbiased revie ...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
-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!!!
The Strange Bird is Jeff VanderMeer novella-length return to the post-apocalypitic world of his previous novel Borne. I was so-so on that effort, but at the time I predicted a return to Borne-world, and here it is. I like this one much better. The story operates as a kind of weird sci-fi fairy tale. It is told from the point of view of a beautiful created bird (a "made thing"), that is both machine and living creature. It has escaped, during some s ...more
Strange Bird is a bio-tech mash-up created by a lab similar to the Company, released into the wild as the world started to crumble. She's got a strong beacon inside of her, propelling her towards an unknown, mysterious destination. But her journey is complicated by run-ins with the scaven ...more
One gains an altogether new understanding of the Magician, her cruel mechanic actions ...more
Since Borne was one of my favorite reads last year, I grabbed this little book when I happened upon it in the library since it's set in the same world as Borne. And indeed, we do get to see a bit more of the characters from that first book - Rachel, Wick, the Magician, and just a mention of Borne. However, most of the book centers around the character of the Strange Bird, her escape from the lab in which she was created/altered, and her subsequent attempts at survival in this bleak and ...more
That aside, I'm feeling just a little broken right now. By the end of page 3 the commas weren't grabbing my attention anymore--I was hooked. For a story ostensibly about escaped biotech, it was immediately relatable. And then it stomped all over my heart.
The Strange Bird is phenomenal. Strange Bird escapes from the laboratory and is let loose into a world where she is the only one of her kind, drawn ever s ...more