by Jeff Vandermeer
Paperback, 208 pages
Speaking of steampunk, we have recently read and enjoyed Annihilation, the initial volume of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. Four scientists are seeking to discover the nature of a creeping dystopia which is spreading from the borders of the so-called “Area X." They are only the latest expedition to undertake this task. The earlier expeditions fell victim to a variety of horrors ranging from suicide and homicide to deprogramming and madness. The characters are a little thin, but that’s not really the point. The story holds its own.