Borne by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Review

BorneBorne by Jeff VanderMeer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made my brain explode with color. The post-apocalyptic world is alive with dreadful creatures, bubbling bio-chemical rivers and pools, and ruin. The heroine, Rachel, from what I gathered (she tells the story and mentions her appearance only briefly) appears to be a woman of color (African descent?), which is welcomed, as most science fiction has white characters and male protagonists.

The antagonist, Mord, is a 3-story tall, brown bear that flies. Yes, you read that correctly. The title of the book is the name Rachel gives the almost human, plant and cephalopod like, bio-tech that she adopts, teaches, and shares living space with. Then there is Wick, her boyfriend. He had been an employee of The Company, the corporate entity responsible for the destruction of the earth via bio-technology.

Everyday is a struggle for existence for all except Mord. Ridding the city of Mord is a challenge. Living with a growing multi-dimensional, bio-technical creature like Borne is another challenge. Then there are the secrets that Wick and Rachel keep from each other. What’s the outcome? That’s for you to find out.

Once I ventured into this world, I couldn’t put the book down. It’s easy to suspend disbelief and believe the unbelievable. And, as far as believing a company will destroy the earth – that’s completely conceivable.

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Join Other Avid Readers for the 2016 Reading Challenge

I joined a group of readers, who follow Modern Mrs. Darcy, participating in the 2016 Reading Challenge. Are you game?

Below are the challenges. There a few that I look forward to tackling, including: a book published before I was born and a book that intimidates me. I’ll look at The Books of the Century to find a book published before my birth date, and the book that intimidates me is David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I’m ready to get started. I want to increase my reading over that done in 2015. I’m very disappointed in having only completed 20 books last year. That is well below what I usually read in a year’s time. Life has been hectic and it will remain so, but I have to read more!

What will be your 2016 reading challenge? Are you selecting one or more? Leave me a comment and tell me your choices.

2016 Reading Challenge




Book Meme – 4 Sentences

Book MemeI’ve always enjoyed book memes. This is a fun one that you might enjoy.

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)

Here is what I selected: Beeing: Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honeybees by Rosanne Daryl Thomas.

This is a fabulous book! I’ve kept it at my desk because I’ve wanted to mention it in a post. I’m fascinated by bees and someday I hope to be a beekeeper.

2. Locate page 123. Find the first 5 sentences. On your blog, post the 4 sentences that follow those five. (You can edit down to 3 sentences if you prefer.)

Here are my 4 sentences:

He beckoned. I followed him down a row of wheelbarrows. “Here. The cart of your dreams.”

That one sentence is packed full of imagery, and there’s a promise in it too. One can imagine the recipient of the cart having many garden and beekeeping adventures.

3. If you like this meme, tag 3 people and ask them to share their books and sentences with you.

I’d like to learn what you’re reading! Post your sentences and books in the Comments section. Share a book meme with me too!

Additionally, I recommend the article Stung by Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction.

Also, take some time to learn what you can do in your garden to help the native bee population. Many garden stores provide plants that attract bees and butterflies. Google search for a list of conservation websites and publications that can advise you further.

Let’s save the bees!

By the way, if bees nest around your home, don’t call an insect extermination company to kill them. There are many beekeepers who can help you move a hive or stimulate bees, without insecticide, to leave a hive. Google search for bee keepers in your local area. Get their advice before taking drastic measures.