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Hummingbird Salamander: A Novel por Jeff…

Hummingbird Salamander: A Novel (edición 2021)

por Jeff VanderMeer (Autor)

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Título:Hummingbird Salamander: A Novel
Autores:Jeff VanderMeer (Autor)
Info:MCD (2021), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
Colecciones:Lo he leído pero no lo tengo

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Hummingbird Salamander por Jeff VanderMeer


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After coming off the intense wild ride that is Annihilation, I was really excited to learn that I got a copy of Jeff Vandermeer's newest book, Hummingbird Salamander. With a plot just as unique as the title and as beautiful and bright cover, this book was very mysterious, and nothing like I expected. Eco terrorists, murderous strangers, clown stalkers and taxidermy with numbers behind their eyes, I can safely say that I've never read anything like this before.

Check out my full review here!

https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpress.com/2021/07/07/book-review-hummingbird-... ( )
  radioactivebookworm | Jul 7, 2021 |
Parts of this book are exceptional in that beautiful, weird way that I expect from this author. Conceptually it's clever with an ending that many will hate but I completely love. However, the pacing was ass, especially with the expectation set by a book clearly intended to be a thriller. Elegant but also terribly slow. Interesting but not surprising. Last but not least was the main characters motivation for becoming entangled in the whole thing. Even with the eventual explanation, it just didn't quite ring true. ( )
  Zoes_Human | May 31, 2021 |
This is the first book by Jeff VanderMeer I've read and it was quite a ride. Think of it as a Christopher Nolan script (not Batman, more Inception) narrated by Kathy Bates in Misery.
A mysterious and unreliable narrator tells how she was given a stuffed rare hummingbird by a dead woman named Silvina. The narrator, Jane/Jill as she calls herself, investigates to find out that Silvina is an eco-terrorist or maybe just an environmental activist. Jane/Jill follows incomprehensible clues (a random set of numbers happens to be the number of her childhood home) to find the truth about Silvina. Along the way, she's beaten up, shot, tortured, and manages to lose her job, her family, and associates, some literally. But Jane/Jill is obsessed and doesn't care about her daughter or others injured or killed by her actions. She's not a nice person.
I happen to like Nolan's movies and this was okay except it dragged on and on. The payoff at the end was meh, but the writing is very good. ( )
  N.W.Moors | May 27, 2021 |
What do you get when you combine equal parts noir with eco thriller? This book.

Let's start with what I liked. The writing was fantastic. The noir tone was so well crafted that I almost heard Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett calling from between the lines. And what a great character, the tough-as-nails Jane (Smith?, really?) leading us through her descent into some kind of controlled madness as she traces the clues backwards to figure out who, or what, Silvina was, starting with the titular Hummingbird. And the fact that as she followed these clues, pulled on these threads, she also gave us insights into her own life story and how inevitable her story and Silvina's overlapped. That was awesome. Parts of this story were edge-of-my-seat exciting.

Minor spoilers ahead, just be forewarned.

The inevitable downside to reading about a descent into madness, is you have to let go of any hope that her life, her normalcy as it was when the story began, can return. And the sooner you do that, the better off you're going to be. I spent the first half of the book hoping that she would work things out in such a way that a return to her home and her family would be possible. It would have been better (for me) if I'd let that go earlier on. The clues were there. For reasons that never get properly explained, Jane's insistence in pulling on those threads, causing the unraveling of her own life, left a scorched earth landscape behind her such that there was no going back. My advice to readers is to pay attention to the eco thriller aspects of the novel. The writing is clear on the proverbial walls. The landscape that Vandermeer is painting for us is bleak. Jane's story is a mirror of that.

Once I let go of those hopes, I realized how all the narrative paths lead to the same logical conclusion. And when Vandermeer took me there, I wasn't surprised, but I also wasn't disappointed. The ending is a little fantastic, but just a bit. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief and cling to the glimmer of optimism embedded in the finale.

Final thought: after struggling mightily (as I did) with Dead Astronauts, Vandermeer has completely redeemed himself. This book is another excellent example of his powers as a great writer. ( )
  invisiblelizard | May 12, 2021 |
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