I stumbled upon this book by chance. My father mentioned it was mysterious horror very in line with my interests, then the cat woke me up with her mouse murders and I decided to read the first page, and then I ended up committed to reading the whole thing because there was no hope of falling asleep after that. I would highly recommend it.
The second book of the Southern Reach trilogy! Go read the first one.
This one is much less traditionally horror. (Though the moments it has are quite effective. I particularly hope someone makes a short movie out of the first expedition snippets.) When I began reading it, I was wondering if it’d actually make more sense to read this one first, since there’s a lot about the character trying to figure out what happened in the previous book so you already know and it’s harder to be anxious about. As things went on, though, that dramatic irony expanded to include that precious horror staple, the slow disaster that the main character is unaware of.
Also, after Dresden, it’s just so nice to have a main character who is a nice, pleasant person.
This one spins outward to encompass a wide range of characters, shifting POV and timeframe and place. We see old events from new eyes and new eyes on old characters, and we even spiral back all the way back to before it even began. (more…)