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Dead Astronauts

(Borne #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powe ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by MCD
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    Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019-read, usa
    Set in the postapocalyptic universe of Borne, "Dead Astronauts" tells the story of three characters caught up in an epic battle against the Company, a biotech enterprise that has produced bio-engineered creatures and organisms which subsequently changed the face of the earth forever: Not only has the environment been destroyed, time and space have lost their meaning, and the three "astronauts" travel through various versions of the world /the City while arriving at various stages of the Company's powe ...more
    Jul 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    action-cover makes my epilepsy come back. worth it!

    Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Like a dream, the pieces of Dead Astronauts fit together only loosely and often with a logic of their own making. Yet those pieces are exquisitely crafted, making it a joy to cobble together, although it is frequently an exhausting effort.

    A sequel or continuation to the magnificent Borne this is not, yet it goes deep into that world. While Borne was a story with some trippy elements, this feels like a hallucinogenic trip with some elements of story. Told from the perspective of many narra
    May 24, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    [9/21/2019] - this cover is... interesting fugly


    it's been fixed

    someone f*cked up the dates on this one.

    like, the audio was published last year... that paperback comes out next year.

    Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Jeff returns to the world of BORNE and goes full-weird, with a narrative that splinters across every level: the molecular, the sentence, the pagination, all of it. The density of this book is going to fuck up some people who have only read ANNIHILATION and BORNE, but I hope they fight through it. There is no clean narrative here, except for the one that Jeff has always delivered: that nature has more in it than we dream of in our philosophy, and that we must do more to be in harmony with the wor ...more
    Dead Astronauts is the second novel in Vandermeer's Borne World. For those of us who haven't previously stepped through the sticky portals into this treacherous world, it is an unnerving experience. And, our journey is not made any easier by the format which eschews traditional exposition and tangles with wondrous prose and sometimes devolves into things that there are few poetic licenses for. Don't expect all the answers or even a leveling off of your confusion. Just absorb the imagery and the ...more
    The Artisan Geek
    Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: bookcase

    Just finished Borne and loved it! Soooo ready to dive in!!

    A sincere thank you to MCDxFSG for sending me a copy of this book! I read Annihilation about two years ago and really enjoyed VanderMeer's writing so I'm really excited to read more of his work!! :D

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    Sarah Ames-Foley
    I don't know if this book and I were ever going to get along. I'm a huge Jeff VanderMeer fan, but didn't initially realize this was set in the Borne universe. Borne wasn't bad, but I just didn't end up loving it. From what I read, the connections seem pretty loose -- same universe, different characters. There is just so MUCH going on here that at 27% in I had no idea what I was reading. The prose was gorgeous, but I struggled to follow the plot. This book is going to make you work, and I cautiou ...more
    Jeff Vandermeer returns to his experimentally stylistic writing roots in this soft prequel to Borne. Quite a confident and ballsy move on his part, as it's sure to totally polarize readers and shock the hell out of his newer "Southern Reach" fanbase.

    Personally, I'm a fan of weird fiction. Bring on the bizarre, baby. Especially if it builds onto the world of the Company and the dead astronauts, and the strange manipulated creatures that haunt the tidal pools and holding ponds and desert lands.

    Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: fiction
    nothing. what a nothing you made out of the world you were given.
    jeff vandermeer's new novel, dead astronauts, is ethereal, atmospheric, nebulous, and transmogrifying. at once allusive and elusive, this curious, ambitious tale stretches boundaries of both storytelling and reality. vandermeer's prose is frequently enchanting, his images often vivid and striking, yet dead astronauts has perhaps too slack a tether.
    Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Until now my experience with Jeff VanderMeer has been restricted to reading Borne. I liked Borne so much, loved it even. So when I saw a new book of his come up on Netgalley, I requested it right away without even reading the plot…or finding out that it is, in fact, a sequel of sorts to Borne. That should have just been the added bonus, but thing is my memory being what it is and my reading being as prolific as it is, I didn’t remember the minute details of Borne’s plot, such as dead astronauts ...more
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Once upon a time, I spoke to three dead astronauts.

    If there is such a thing as environmental horror, this is it.

    But no, that's not quite right, because this isn't really horror. It's more like... despair. Is despair a genre?

    But no, that's not it either, because sprinkled in these pages of a ruined, poisoned world, is hope. Just a bit, but enough.

    I've been a fan of Jeff VanderMeer for a long time, ever since Annihilation made its way onto the scene. Since then I'
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Might round up a star on my eventual reread. This was daring and experimental and surprisingly beautiful.
    Zac Thompson
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    An experimental and mind-bending journey into the eco-horror abyss. Unlike anything, I've ever read and I'll be thinking about it for a long time.
    Jonathan Hawpe
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I gave this five stars because I thought it was totally original, enthralling, daring, strangely mournful, and very thought provoking. But it is also very not-for-everyone. I think this is Vandermeer's most challenging book. He pushes his style of allusive, poetic, and elliptical writing further than ever before. The reader has to put a lot of pieces together to make sense of it. He combines disparate parts and influences (I was feeling animal fables, environmental disaster, multiverse/time trav ...more
    J.D. DeHart
    Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It’s poetic, beautiful, and dark at the same time. Jeff VanderMeer combines the literary and perceptual to take science fiction (and readers) to new places. What I loved most about this book is the unique approach VanderMeer takes to storytelling.
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “Do you feel the salamanders falling?”
    I’ve enjoyed all the Jeff VanderMeer books, but “Dead Astronauts” blows them all away. Poetic, lyrical, lush, cryptic, strange, hopeful, despairing, critical, alliterative verse-prose, heart-breaking, passionate, horrifying: this book has all of this and more.
    VanderMeer takes a more powerful than ever environmental stance in “Dead Astronauts,” showing the active decay of the earth through the eyes of a quantum blue fox. At times the various narra
    Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: abandoned, geek, sci-fi
    VanderMeer takes a lot of chances on this one, and I think for many of his readers, the chances will pay off. Perhaps it's just me, and when/where/how I was reading this book (short snippets in line at the grocery story/doctor's office/etc, before going to bed at night, in parking lots while waiting for kids), but I was disoriented for the majority of the book. The prose was fragmented throughout, married with oft-short chapters jumping between completely different entities; the plot is hard to ...more
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads
    The author’s Southern Reach trilogy started with an approachable novel that became more and more complicated until it was hard to follow. Seems like the Borne series follows that pattern. Borne was a hard read, but I still was able to figure out the plot and get invested in the characters. If you paid attention it was possible to know what was happening. Dead Astronauts is so abstruse as to be almost illegible. Some parts are like a poem, others reminded me of The Little Prince (I assume it’s on ...more
    My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher/author for providing this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    If you're looking for a quick, easy, entertaining read, stop right here.

    This book is not that.

    The story forces you to slow down. Think. Reflect. Delve. Ponder. Scratch your head. Maybe wonder what the hell you've gotten yourself into.

    Some of it won't make sense. Until maybe it does. Or never will.

    Some of it is so beautifully written, you'll re-read the passa
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: sff-h
    I received a paperback copy via a Goodreads Giveaway.

    I enjoyed this overall. It's a very surreal read at times (I haven't read Borne, so I'm probably missing some context). Parts of it reminded me a bit of This is How You Lose the Time War. I do wish it spent a bit more time on Chen, Grayson, and Moss
    Galen Strickland
    What the heck did I just read? It's like a weird, incomprehensible dream, or a bad acid trip. It may be brilliant, and I may not be intelligent enough to figure it out.
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-in-2019
    Looking forward to rereading this one eventually! I think I’ll understand it better the second time around.
    Caleb Masters
    Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Set in the same world at his excellent 2017 Borne, Dead Astronauts finds VanderMeer again at the top of his game exploring a universe destroyed by the nefarious Company. Delightful strangeness abounds - a man disintegrating into hundreds of salamanders, an ancient giant fish called Leviathan, a large blue fox with a message to deliver across time - all these and more make Dead Astronauts one of VanderMeer’s most engagingly strange and beguiling novels. He continues to explore deeply environmental themes but uses such a u ...more
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    While this wasn't my favorite VanderMeer and I'm not entirely sure what I just read, I enjoyed it. Looking forward to discussing / theorizing once it's released.
    Tina Panik

    This was an ARC from the publisher.
    Andrea Wright
    Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: netgalley
    I read Borne and the Strange Bird and loved them both so was very excited for another book in this world. This was horribly difficult to read. I was confused most of the time and I'm not sure if it is just because it's a digital copy. I will check this out from the library and try again with the pages in my hands to see if it makes more sense. I just wanted to love this book more than I did.
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    NYT bestselling writer Jeff VanderMeer has been called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues. His most recent novel, the national bestseller Borne, received wide-spread critical acclaim and his prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance). Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, has been translat ...more

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