This World is Full of Monsters by Jeff VanderMeer

This World is Full of Monsters

An alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Details This World is Full of Monsters

TitleThis World is Full of Monsters
ISBN9781250165718
Author
Release DateNov 8th, 2017
PublisherTor Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror
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Reviews This World is Full of Monsters

  • karen
    2017-11-11
    But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren’t…I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. B...
  • Fiona
    2018-08-09
    I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really was. But I would never understand. How could I? I had not understood the story to begin with.Read it free here: https://www.tor.com/2017/11/08/this-w...
  • Claudia
    2018-02-26
    The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs. It fit in the palm of my hand. I stared at the story for a long time, trying to understand. The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It purred, and the purr grew louder and louder: a beautiful flower bud opening and opening until I was filled up. I heard the thrush and pull of the darkness, grown so mi...
  • Gabrielle
    2018-02-25
    Probably my least favorite of any work by VanderMeer I've read so far. I'm disappointed.The prose is gorgeous and poetic and I am sure that with a little digging a lot of metaphors and deep meanings could be unearth, but to be honest, I just don't feel inclined to try...This short story is the inner monologue of a human who gets attacked and taken over by some unknown entity that causes him to mutate and transform over and over again, as the worl...
  • Igrowastreesgrow
    2018-02-21
    Beyond boring.
  • Hayley
    2018-01-03
    Wonderfully strangeSuch a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters.
  • Tim Pendry
    2018-02-25
    Jeff Vandermeer is quite definitely a writer of the weird. This is one of those cases where I admire the writer greatly while not being 'simpatico' with the underlying thought processes for Vandermeer is very much a child of his time, worrying about the anthropocene and the natural.This work (which I experienced alongside the equally remarkable 'Secret Life') positions, like 'Secret Life', the human in the context of the alien where the alien is ...
  • Lukasz
    2018-01-29
    This short story is available for free on Tor.com website.The story is written in poetic and a bit flowery way. VanderMeer imagination is awe-inspiring. On the other hand, there’s not much plot here and it’s a problem I had with Borne as well. While it was pleasant to read the story and try to imagine all the weird stuff, I can’t help but notice it feels a bit empty inside. Sure, deep allegories and hidden meaning can be found here if you t...
  • Brandon Petry
    2017-11-08
    DamnI loved this. So much going on that I felt I understood on a deep and strange level that's hard to articulate. Certainly open to interpretation and probably not gonna be for everyone. Still, wow. Trying to makes sense of a world as it changes in grotesque and incomprehensible ways right under your feet. I know that feeling.
  • Rick
    2017-12-11
    The poetic, somewhat flowery, way in which this SciFi short-story is written may find better use should the author change gears and actually become a poet. As it stands the dream-like, poet-like narration is just an empty device that hovers in and around a not-even-mediocre story of alien/intelligent plant possession and cloning. Even though I was aware that this was a short story I couldn't help but to want it to be even shorter - such was the n...
  • Marco
    2017-12-01
    People on goodreads seems to like this story quite a lot... but it really did not work for me. I am not a big fan of oneiric stories with a very thin and hard to follow plot, where things happen almost at random. I had a similar reaction when I read Lovecraft's dreamland stories, where at least the plot is a little bit easier to see and follow. Some other readers saw deep allegories and hidden meaning in what was happening, but I failed to do so,...
  • Terri
    2018-02-22
    A writer finds a letter on his doorstep which is the beginning of an invasion by otherwordly creatures starting with a story-creature. Filled with evocative images and a very strong sense of surrealism and wonder. It is life and death and transformation and becoming and growing and all sorts of wonderful and terrifying things.
  • Amit
    2017-11-15
    1. “But still the story-creature revealed Itself to me, until I understood that now It covered every surface, every space, and even though I thought I had been alone down in the basement among the rat-things and the other things I wanted very much to be rats and weren’t…I had not been alone. The story-creature had always been there, silent beside me, breathing beneath me, waiting for me to wake to its presence, to understand where I really ...
  • L
    2018-04-12
    This is a strange one, for sure! I put it on my sci-fi shelf, because it involves an alien invasion. But that doesn't feel right. Yes, there is an invasion of sorts. Well, major. The world is totally changed. But it's also sort of mystical. The earth is no longer familiar at all. And yet. And yet, the story is so hopeful. It seems that those who appear as monsters might be simply very, very different.
  • Pam
    2018-07-31
    This sure was a collection of words strung together in a pretty way.It took the ideas from the Southern Reach Trilogy, of humans and all other species becoming something else, but was written in an even more inscrutable way.
  • Juliana
    2017-12-07
    3.5 stars
  • Jon Hilty
    2018-07-22
    A quick read with an interesting narrative, the titular monsters were pretty cool. I liked it!
  • Jeremy Brooks
    2018-01-15
    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud.
  • Max
    2018-03-05
    This short story messed me up. Seriously, I couldn't sleep last night. While I felt the post-humanism of the thing is presented as positive and even sublime, it filled me with a lot of dread. As with a lot of the trippy "New Weird" genre works, this story made my mind dwell on the questionable reliability of my own senses and consciousness, and how so much of my sense of self is part of a delicate, easily warped biological process.Where does my h...
  • Kat W
    2017-11-14
    I have to admit, every time I read a Jeff VanderMeer book or story I am always left with the feeling, "What did I just read?" It's part of what makes his stories wonderful if you're in the mood for some speculative fiction and very beautiful, creative writing. I'm not always sure you can straight up label this story sci-fi or a person losing themselves to their writing or madness or all of the above. It's open to interpretation, which is another ...
  • Gigi
    2017-12-06
    Strange but a lovely read. I am quite content that I didn't really understand what was going on, I just enjoyed the experience. Quotes:'I was shooting through an empty sky with the stars all fallen to the ground, and every star cut whatever it touched, including me, and all the stars that fell touched me.''This troubled me greatly, more than most of my situation, and the way too that the clouds seemed to be something now, that they were looking d...
  • Jenny
    2018-01-15
    Ever had a fever dream? I have had a few, and they have all been frightening in one way or another. Having had bad dreams is one reason I have never tried psychedelic mushrooms, or any other mind altering drug. I can't imagine that the trip I would go on would be a good one, so I don't board that train. At all. This story is beautiful. And ugly. And very like a fever dream. Whenever I read something entirely new, I wonder about the brain, and the...
  • Andrew Roberson
    2018-02-12
    "The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on its legs... The story had large eyes that could see in the dark, and sharp teeth. It purred, and the purr grew louder and louder: a beautiful flower bud opening and opening until I was filled up.I grew weary and I fell asleep on the couch holding the story, wondering what it might be and who had delivered it to me. But there was no time le...
  • A.M.
    2017-12-05
    A kind of alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth.Read it here:https://www.tor.com/2017/11/08/this-w...***I heard the thrush and pull of the darkness, grown so mighty inside my head.Should that be ‘thrust’?Oops. I’m editing. That’s not good.Maybe it’s something endemic to writers - to imagine a feral story creature that takes root in your head; ta...
  • P.L. Winn
    2018-08-24
    I'm not sure anyone chooses each word with the care that VanderMeer does. I'm more certain that nobody does weirdness quite like VanderMeer does. This book plunges the reader directly into weirdness and it surges along, carrying the reader, probing for the boundary of ickiness and unfamiliarity, questing with a tongue that's not a tongue, seeking a taste that's not a taste but a mood, a set of thoughts and feelings stirred up like a thick stew of...
  • Mook
    2017-11-09
    3.5 starsThis is a strange sort of story, where a writer encounters a story-creature, which uses him to facilitate a sort of invasion, in which the entire world becomes one of the story-creatures' creation. And when the writer awakens a century later he is the only thing left of the old world, except not, for he has been changed in body and mind and memory. And as he travels through this new world he changes further, until he is ready to be launc...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    2018-02-16
    First of all, let us take a moment to admire that cover. Yeah? OK, so I connected really well with Borne and quickly established that Vandermeer seems to have a knack for the bizarre. This was no exception. If anything, it really takes the unnatural talent and showcases it. But with that being said, for such a short read, it requires a bit of effort. The writing is superfluous at times, drawing out more than I felt necessary. Yet tucked within st...