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Borne

von Jeff VanderMeer

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"'Am I a person?' Borne asks Rachel, in extremis. 'Yes, you are a person,' Rachel tells him. 'But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.' In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel makes her living as a scavenger. She finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic despotic bear that once prowled the corridors of a biotech firm, the Company, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly, and broke free. Made insane by the company's torture of him, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers. At first, Borne looks like nothing at all--just a green lump that might be a discard from the Company, which, although severely damaged, is rumored to still make creatures and send them to far-distant places that have not yet suffered collapse. Borne reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment that she resents: attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick--a special kind of dealer--not to render down Borne as raw genetic material for the drugs he sells. But nothing is quite the way it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. If Wick is hiding secrets, so is Rachel--and Borne most of all. What Rachel finds hidden deep within the Company will change everything and everyone. There, lost and forgotten things have lingered and grown. What they have grown into is mighty indeed"--"From the author of the Southern Reach Trilogy comes a story about two humans, and two creatures. The humans are Rachel and Wick - a scavenger and a drug dealer - both with too many secrets and fears, ready with traps to be set and sprung. The creatures are Mord and Borne - animal, perhaps plant, maybe company discard, biotech, cruel experiment, dinner, deity, or source of spare parts"--… (mehr)
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    The Strange Bird: A Borne Story von Jeff VanderMeer (arcanacoelestia)
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    arcanacoelestia: Vividly written, wildly imaginative and fascinating novel - set within a vast, labyrinthine, but eerily claustrophobic building in a surreal future. Classified as Bizarro Fiction but closer to the Science Fantasy genre, with protagonists (a teenage brother and sister) who are complex and deeply sympathetic. Like BORNE, QUICKSAND HOUSE is a post-apocalyptic vision that combines weird beauty, nightmarish horror, social insight, and emotional power. Highly recommended for those who enjoyed BORNE.… (mehr)
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When I bought this book at City Books in Brighton while being there on vacation the week before Easter, I was mainly attracted by (1) the very colourful and pleasing cover and (2) Jeff VanderMeer's name (I had read Annihilation last summer - coincidently also bought while on vacation in the UK).
I didn't really know what to expect.
What I found was a unique story of a kind of patchwork family in a post-apocalyptic city (not particularly novel) ruled by a giant flying bear (very unusual) and a Magician. Strange biotech everywhere.
Is this Fantasy, Science-Fiction, all of it? Does it matter?
The ending worked for me although it leaves some things unanswered - which somehow reminds me of Annihilation. I guess if you liked Annihilation's writing style, you will also like Borne.
This was my second book by Jeff and I read both in English - which I do with a lot of novels - but have to admit it was not always easy. This is no critism of the language used, I just felt I couldn't fully appreciate all the details of the prose. Maybe I need to reread this one as a German translation or grab a German copy of Jeff's next book - which I surely will be looking forward to. ( )
  codeeater | Apr 9, 2018 |
In Sachen fremder, intelligenter Lebensform hat VanderMeer mit „Borne“ den Olymp erklommen. Der Autor imaginiert Szenen zwischen dem Monster und seiner menschlichen Ziehmutter, die so andersartig und schön sind, dass man das eigene Kopfkino gern dazu nimmt beim Lesen.
 

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Jeff VanderMeerHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Žeželj, DanijelUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Kellner, MichaelÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Turpin, BahniErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt

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I found Borne on a sunny gunmetal day when the giant bear Mord came roving near our home.
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"'Am I a person?' Borne asks Rachel, in extremis. 'Yes, you are a person,' Rachel tells him. 'But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.' In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel makes her living as a scavenger. She finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic despotic bear that once prowled the corridors of a biotech firm, the Company, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly, and broke free. Made insane by the company's torture of him, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers. At first, Borne looks like nothing at all--just a green lump that might be a discard from the Company, which, although severely damaged, is rumored to still make creatures and send them to far-distant places that have not yet suffered collapse. Borne reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment that she resents: attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick--a special kind of dealer--not to render down Borne as raw genetic material for the drugs he sells. But nothing is quite the way it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. If Wick is hiding secrets, so is Rachel--and Borne most of all. What Rachel finds hidden deep within the Company will change everything and everyone. There, lost and forgotten things have lingered and grown. What they have grown into is mighty indeed"--"From the author of the Southern Reach Trilogy comes a story about two humans, and two creatures. The humans are Rachel and Wick - a scavenger and a drug dealer - both with too many secrets and fears, ready with traps to be set and sprung. The creatures are Mord and Borne - animal, perhaps plant, maybe company discard, biotech, cruel experiment, dinner, deity, or source of spare parts"--

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