When I finished Dark Matter, I couldn't help but think, Thank you, Blake Crouch, for filling that gaping Michael-Crichton-shaped hole in my reading heWhen I finished Dark Matter, I couldn't help but think, Thank you, Blake Crouch, for filling that gaping Michael-Crichton-shaped hole in my reading heart.
So color me surprised yet not when the back matter in my version of the book included a reprint of "The Story Behind 'Dark Matter,'" an article Crouch wrote for Powells.com, where Crouch says,
"The hardest thing writers have to do is figure out for themselves who they are. What should they be writing about? What stories should they be telling? What does writing mean to them? I didn’t know the answers to those questions for a long, long time. What does writing mean to them? I didn’t know the answers to those questions for a long, long time.
"Then I discovered Michael Crichton."
So I wasn't just imagining the connections.
And, without giving anything away, this book is about connections in so many senses of that word.
Dark Matter had been on my reading radar for quite some time, and I certainly wish I would have paid attention earlier. And, while reading, I couldn't help but think, I'd really like to see this movie, so I was glad to read in the acknowledgments that a film version appears to be in the works.
If you're a Crichton fan, I can't see how you won't enjoy this mind-bending trip through quantum physics and the question that haunts us all: What if?
But that's just the me of this world talking....more
I wrestled with my rating for a number of reasons.
Borne may be the strangest book I've ever read. There's a giant flying bear. The amorphous titular cI wrestled with my rating for a number of reasons.
Borne may be the strangest book I've ever read. There's a giant flying bear. The amorphous titular character consumes all and emits nothing. And there's a Magician who seeks to dethrone the flying bear with the help of some absolutely terrifying children.
But VanderMeer's writing is top-notch.
There's a strange mix of desolation and hope throughout, but the desolation seems overwhelming.
The book is the most visceral thing I've ever read, which speaks volumes about VanderMeer's writing, but this visceral world was filled with sometimes disgusting post-apocalyptic biotech in a ravaged world on the brink of total chaos.
I almost gave up on the book halfway through. But if I get to at least the halfway point of a book, I'll usually finish it just to know how the story ends. I'm glad I did, but I don't think I'll ever take that journey again.
If you love The Road and other strange, post-apocalyptic sci-fi, Borne may be for you. But I consumed Borne and, well, all it produced from me was this review....more