Unlimited [Psychology Book] ☆ This World is Full of Monsters - by Jeff VanderMeer ✓

By Jeff VanderMeer | Comments: ( 724 ) | Date: ( Feb 26, 2020 )

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.


  • Title: This World is Full of Monsters
  • Author: Jeff VanderMeer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer s new novel is Borne, set for publication in late April of 2017 His most recent fiction is the NYT bestselling Southern Reach trilogy Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance , all released in 2014 The series won the Shirley Jackson Award and the Nebula Award, was shortlisted for several others, and has been acquired by publishers in 32 other countries Paramount Pictures Scott Rudin Productions will release a movie version in 2017 His nonfiction appears in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times VanderMeer has edited or coedited twelve fiction anthologies and serves as the co director of Shared Worlds, a unique teen SF fantasy writing camp located at Wofford College Other nonfiction titles include Booklife, Wonderbook, and The Steampunk Bible VanderMeer was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but spent much of his childhood in the Fiji Islands, where his parents worked for the Peace Corps This experience, and the resulting trip back to the United States through Asia, Africa, and Europe, deeply influenced him.Jeff is married to Ann VanderMeer, who is currently an acquiring editor at Tor and has won the Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award for her editing of magazines and anthologies They live in Tallahassee, Florida, with two cats and thousands of books.



Comments This World is Full of Monsters

  • karen

    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. But I would never understand. How could I? I had no [...]


  • Claudia

    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 mighty inside my head.I grew weary.The story of a st [...]


  • Gabrielle

    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 tryThis 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 world ends and his memories of his old life slowly fade.S [...]


  • Igrowastreesgrow

    Beyond boring.


  • Jen

    Just a short story, but couldn't finish it. I just didn't appreciate the style of writing. Too odd for me. No star rating.


  • Hayley

    Wonderfully strangeSuch a bizarre, wonderful story than requires more than one reading to fully appreciate the created worlds, beautiful language, and characters.


  • Tim Pendry

    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 the more natural force. Indeed, his alien worlds a [...]


  • Lukasz

    This short story is available for free on Tor 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 try hard enough and want to find them. The same is trut [...]


  • Brandon Petry

    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

    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 nature of my agony as I read it.


  • Marco

    People on 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, and I had an hard time to get to the end of it.


  • Alex Sarll

    Vandermeer's best work since Ambergris, or possibly ever; a fevered fugue of parasitism, transfiguration, memory, loss and solace. At times I understood it as a metaphor for the writer's life, or else for the slow corruption of our noosphere by processes we use without understanding, or maybe for heaven. More than any of them, I think it may be about that old standby, the cycle of life. But most of all, it's simply itself. If A Voyage to Arcturus gave less impression of being written in green bi [...]


  • Amit

    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 was. But I would never understand. How could I? I [...]


  • Juliana

    3.5 stars


  • Louize

    "A sweet and bitter relief.Better that I succumb to my purpose, Dead-Shell still maw-mawed into me. Better that I become what I mustbecome for a new life and a new journey, for this was the only way to preserve any semblance of the oldworld… "


  • Jeremy Brooks

    This is a story I will come back to over and over, I think. I want to hear it read out loud.


  • Terri

    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.


  • Kat W

    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 great thing about VanderMeer's style. There is som [...]


  • Gigi

    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 down at me and that they saw me. I did not like thi [...]


  • Jenny

    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 imagination of the writer. Mr. Vandermeer is one [...]


  • Max

    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 humanity start or end? How different is it if I sud [...]


  • Andrew Roberson

    "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 left for wonder. As I slept, the story gnawed its way i [...]


  • A.M.

    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:tor/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; takes over your life; erases your closest friends and family; and a hun [...]


  • Mook

    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 launched into a new world, a story-creature himself, re [...]


  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)

    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 still lies those hidden messages. The problem here, [...]


  • Indi

    Actual rating : 2,5/5This was so weird. I'm just confused ?I've only read Annihilation by VanderMeer but I remember having some difficulty to understand his writing. (I also started Borne but put it on hold because I need to be very focused to read it haha) I find VanderMeer's style quite rich and "heavy". And even though I don't understand all of it, I do enjoy reading it.This story was a wild trip and the end felt good and poetic (spoiler ahead):We could tumble forever and never die, and every [...]


  • K

    Dense with ideas (story creatures! Weird future world/dreamscape/acid trip land! Rewritten clone/brother! Talking Dead-Shell with living eyes!) but it failed to resonate with me. I think it is because I enjoy VanderMeer's weird stories better when there is more of a sense of character which makes them feel so surreally real (if that makes sense). This felt like a dream narrated by a cardboard cut-out who felt like nothing more than an idea himself. Semi-sensical ideas flow off the page but weave [...]


  • Andrea

    There were parts of this story that stand out to mee imagery, the beginning when he feels something expanding and about to explode through the top of his head, the body horror and transformations of the main character, and the ending few lines. But for the most part this story felt vague, too dream like and ambiguous, and lacking any discernible plot or real story besides one weird acid trip scene after another. I usually like bizarre and Jeff VanderMeer, but this missed the mark for me overall. [...]


  • Michael

    Brilliant, but if you don't read it in the right frame of mind, you'll be upset. It's not a story that goes and then and then and then, the end. It's more like a beautiful picture painted in words. The words create images in the reader's mind, the images tell a story of creation, destruction, the creation formed BY destruction… Read it without the expectation of good guys and bad guys, monsters with big red eyes and claws, and you'll see the art.


  • Toria

    I read it as a dreamlike allegory for the creative process (and what it does to your personal life), and its relationship to the context and culture than forms our thinking. Writers and artists may find some things to identify with, within the surreal narrative. I'd like to see the author grab on and expand these ideas into a coherent novel-length work, beyond what he's achieved with the Southern Reach trilogy and Borne.


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