The Third Bear, my story collection, keeps chugging along, having now received a starred review in Library Journal to go with the one from PW:
“In the title story, a monster of seemingly supernatural powers threatens a small village, forcing its leader to find the only way to save his home, while in “Fixing Hanover,” a seaside salvage reconstructionist balks at repairing a mechanical device he fears will bring about his own doom. These 15 elegantly crafted stories ably demonstrate VanderMeer’s skill at telling tales of wonder in language that enhances the reading experience. VERDICT Fans of imaginative literature and true speculative fiction should appreciate this groundbreaking collection by a World Fantasy Award winner that calls to mind the works of Borges, Kafka, and Stanislaw Lem.”
I’ll be reading from “The Situation,” a workplace story in the collection at the Warehouse here in Tallahassee at 8pm on Tuesday, September 21st, as well as sharing ‘orrible real-life stories about workplaces and the terrible things I’ve been made to do. if you live in Tally, please come on down. It’s part of the university’s reading series and a nice venue.
So…the bear in the title story is meant to be visceral, scary, and inexplicable. I’ve got to go hibernate in a cave for a few days. In the meantime, why don’t you tell me about your most frightening encounter with “the third bear”–harrowing, hair-raising, quietly menacing, inexplicable encounters. Which means, generally some element of strangeness or even perhaps…supernatural…element. (Just getting the crap kicked out of you, while terrible, doesn’t count.)
Somebody’ll get a box of books from VanderCentral, culled from the massive piles in the livingroom.
See ya Monday-ish.