Rrow it because I m worldly now and am curious about what happens in a VanderMeer Predator novelThe first thing you ll probably note here is it introduces a ton f characters from the top so the first couple chapters take a bit longer to read as you re trying to keep everyone s name and criminal background straight After this adjustment period it s a great ride for about 200 pages I like the way it crosscuts between characters and from past to future and from dialogue to internal thoughts and the Predator even recalls fighting reptilian and mushroom species n ther planets which is where VanderMeer inserts most I Met Someone of his weirdnessThe Predator movies are uniue in combining heavy duty action with slasher movie tropes which this book understands and runs with There are a lotf descriptions Quantum (Captain Chase of automatic weapons here too if that s your fetish It s in the long climactic battle where the book which frankly could have used another run through by a copy editor feels a bit disinterested It s in the way mood and atmosphere meet human frailty where the writing excels It s alsof interest because in many ways it feels like a dry run for the setting and themes VanderMeer would explore in the Southern Reach Trilogy If you have a friend who s loaded and buys this because he s a fan The Other Islam of Predatorr Jeff VanderMeer you should borrow it imo A fun and exciting predator story with a very high body count I for the most part enjoyed this book but it does have a couple drawbacks Last Man Standing onef them being a subplot about a female pirate captain that doesn t really seem to add too much to the story There are a few Light, Gesture, and Color others that are a bitn the spoiler side that I won t get into it but you ll notice when you are reading itThis book did have some fluff that could have definitely been removed Overall the story doesn t really bring anything new to the predator mythos but if you re looking for an enjoyable book to pass a weekend by with I do recommend this 35 starsOn a sidenote I realize this book is ut f print and I do not recommend spending 90 to get a hold f this I was able to find a copy f it at my local library and I recommend you you do the same Fun book but not 90 300 fun Wha. Ed as the prizes in a challenge Canada of human against nature The hunters come from all walksf life Each has come to the island for personal reasons some secret some deadly But when the encampment's wner ex Khmer Rouge Colonel Rath Preap finds the fences cut
A colourful cast f characters in a story that keeps you turning the pages to see how it ll all work Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, out with enough VanderMeer weirdness to make this taken the Predator universe wholly uniue and engaging Very slight criticisms the cast might be a bit DogFace overstuffed with some characters interchangeable I m thinking Tau and thether guyuh Non Tau and plot threads that make little impact because Vandermeer must ve either lost the thread What You Owe Me or was setting up a seuel Without getting too specific what appears at first to be an important character ends up not getting involved in the plot until nearly the endf the book and even then it s literally and figuratively Buffalo Woman Comes Singing on the periphery There s also a climactic moment that happens waaaaay too uickly and for a book pretty rife with backstory lacks any explanationr context And last but not least there is the EXTREMELY Southern Reach fate f ne character that would ve been nice to see explored a bit especially since it seems to be a first for the Predator franchise but if my unrealized seuel theory is correct that likely would ve happened had a VanderMeer penned follow up ever come to passRegardless A effort and it really is too bad that we probably won t ever see Predator stuff from VanderMeer in the future given his success with his wn IP This was a great book I was torn between giving this book 3 r 4 stars and ended up giving it 3 Shining City only because I felt it was a just a little too drawnut The pirate character was not as pivotal as I assumed she would be if you took her and her entourage ut f the book it would ve been almost the same Once the climax war happened towards the end I thought it got a little confusing trying to visualize everything the author was trying to convey Some A Boy and A Bear in a Boat of the characters didn t die as I thought they would Still I enjoyed it it kept me engaged and wanting to read Almost 4 stars but not uite Nice setup with secluded island and reason for everyone to be armed At the time this cameut I was heavily into Jeff VanderMeer s books but I just wasn t someone who read Predator novels so I skipped it A friend SOS of mine recently purchased this it s OOP for a chunkf money and I wanted to bo. On a remote South China Sea island a deadly hunt is underway but not the kind St. Johns Wort of expedition the participants expected In this remote jungle covered island somewhere between Thailand and Indonesia somef the most exotic animals in the world have been gather.
T s this Arsty Jeff Vandemeer writing a movie tie in The result is really fun to be read in the same freewhelling spirit it was writtenspoilersGrace notes are the scene where the Predator sits asleep in his ship snoring The weird interglactic disease that The Roman Family overcomesne Hirvenmetsästäjä of the characters and the lovely haiku Vandemeer uses to describe a character committing suicideRaised the gun to his head Pulled the trigger Opened a window in his head and fled through it Because everyone needs to read something utterly schlocky sometimes I assume that the author wrote it for the experience and the dollars rather than a lovef Hollywood Walk of Fame: 2000 Sensational Stars, Star Makers and Legends or belief in the franchise uite simply put this is what a Predator film should be like I love the first film and this novel takes the foundations laid there and move themn to another level Excellent characterisation technology and story a plus A Christmas Miscellany on all fronts and can be enjoyed be fa uick chapters and a tough castf characters make this novel stand Too Bad to Die out among the Predator canon Author Vandermeer wisely works the series formula keeping in mind that the best Predator stories feature a castf hard core killers being picked ff ne by Resist (Wicked Ways Book 1) one The little details like the crocodile Pol Pot and the idiosyncrasiesf the Russian ice ueen Marikova the scene where she watches the Predator sink all the boats is an eerie moment makes this Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan, one uite captivating in its imagination Humor creeps its way into the book too especially through Horia with his never ending listf ld Romanian sayings The Predator s gripping siege upon temple ruins showcases some terrifying tactics n the alien hunter s part When the Predator starts playing back the voices Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, of the dead and throwing their severed headsver the wall its uite chilling to read With the finale The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, of the book Vandermeer manages to give us a twistn the typical Predator ending yes we do get someone self destructing but extra touches Reasoning and the Logic of Things of something truly alien as well with the strange fatef Nikoai and the unexpected with Maxim and Marikova Only the sub story with the pirates seemed a bit like filler but in the end serves some purpose This is by far the best predator book Would love another by the same pen. Nd his security men missing it's clear that the game has turned And as the hunters battle for survival they discover there is another creature The Holcroft Covenant / The Rhinemann Exchange out for blood an adversary that has faced deathn a thousand worlds a Predator with an unstoppable lust for conue.
NYT bestselling writer Jeff VanderMeer has been called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues His most recent novel the national bestseller Borne received wide spread critical acclaim and his prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy Annihilation Authority and Acceptance Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards has been translat