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Veniss Underground

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    One of the Worst Books I've Read in a Long Time

    I picked up this book because I was unable to find another book by Jeff Vandermeer that came recommended. I really wish that I had gone with the original recommendation because this book was AWFUL! There were brief moments where I found myself interested in the characters, but the plot was actually rather predictable and boring. His writing style in this book was inconsistent and seemed intended to obscure the lack of substantive plot. The book contained language, sexual references, and graphic violence/gore that would probably lead it to be rated a strong R. I really can find nothing about this book to recommend and I will probably avoid any other books by this author.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

    Artistic Style

    If your tastes run to dread, decay, and decomposition, then this is your kind of book. Vandemeer's prose makes bile taste sweet - his poet's voice renders a bleak, surrealistic world inviting.

    The stories are connected in a dreamlike fashion. In one dream you may feel you battle the divine, but then you slip into a familiar scene of family, loss, or love - but the melancholic background remains the same.

    His style is wonderful - there were times I reread a passage for the wonderful delight it provided. And that's the rub. Style trumps substance in this wonderful world of woe, friends, love, doubt, and menace.

    I ultimately found I didn't care for any of the characters, but I did enjoy reading the passages that described them, their world, and their struggle.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exhilarating tale

    Way in the future, during a time when those living in the twenty-first century would be considered tame, perversion is so wide-spread it is the norm Living Artists create grotesque biological pieces of art. At the same time the genetically altered meerkats plan to either turn the lesser 'natural' humans into drudges or make them extinct, whichever proves easier................ In Veniss, Nicholas is a Living Artist, but lacks the skills necessary to become popular though he fantasizes otherwise while producing what some say is excrement. Perhaps it is from being raped in a chemical tub or just a bi-product of her relationship with her former lover sleazy Shadrach, but Nicholas¿ twin sister Nicola sees Veniss much clearer than her rose colored glassed brother does............... Someone breaks into Nicholas's apartment and steals his artisan tools. Desperate he asks Shadrach to introduce him to his employer Quin, the world's greatest Living Artist and the uncrowned ¿emperor¿ of iniquity. Shadrach provides directions, but Nicholas gets lost and begins a frightening but eye opening odyssey through the layers underneath Veniss............... Take Homer¿s rendering of the myths and put them in a future nightmarish landscape painted by Dante to get a feel for the horrific adventures awaiting Nicholas as he journeys through the underbellies of the dissolute city he calls home. The story line is filled with detail that brings to life loosely put humanoid like creatures that will shock the audience as much as it stuns the lead protagonist, who comes from an already depraved society (some will say so do we). A well written and thought provoking parable, VENISS UNDERGROUND is a fabulous novella (there are also three shorts included) that grips those brave enough to make the trek into the degenerate bizarre........ Harriet Klausner

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