The Southern Reach Trilogy: Stephen King and Vernon Reid Loving It; N.K. Jemisin Reviews It in the New York Times Book Review

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It’s been a busy week and I haven’t had time to post anything until now, but imagine my surprise Sunday afternoon when several friends told me Stephen King had tweeted that he was loving the Southern Reach trilogy, calling it “Creepy and fascinating.”

This was just a couple of days after I had my mind blown when Vernon Reid, founder of the band Living Color, tweeted that he’d finished Annihilation and Authority and loved them, writing, “”Truly visionary, epic, the best SF since Perdido Street Station…VanderMeer has done something extraordinary in the Southern Reach. Wild. Bizarre. Romantic. Evocative of Gibson, Lovecraft, Kafka. Thank you for creating something original in a world that’s referencing itself to death. It is refreshing.”

Honestly, consider my month and year made. And this was on top of N.K. Jemisin giving a great review to Authority in the New York Times Book Review’s summer reading issue.

In other news, I’ve just finished up some last tiny tweaks to the third novel, Acceptance, and also will post a tour schedule for the rest of the year. It includes awesome events with the likes of Charles Yu, Lev Grossman, and Lauren Beukes, among others.



  1. Neal Bell says

    I just finished reading AUTHORITY –
    and the ending was so stunningly beautiful,
    I burst into tears. I loved ANNIHILATION –
    read it twice, in fact… and at first i was
    bewildered – in AUTHORITY – by the very different ‘angle of
    attack’ on the mysteries of Area X. But a
    deeper mystery was unfolding in the
    second book – and the ending exploded
    and expanded the emotional grip of
    these books of exploration. I haven’t been as moved
    by a work of fiction in a very long
    time. So bravo for Mr. Van Der Meer –
    I cannot wait for the third and final book.

    Neal Bell
    Professor of the Practice of Playwriting
    Department of Theater Studies
    Duke University

  2. says

    Neal–thanks so much for that! I’m so glad the pivot in Authority worked for you. (And I actually spend two weeks each summer at Wofford College in Spartanburg, helping run a teen writing workshop.)

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