The Warren

The Warren X doesn t have a name He thought he had one or many but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him Or maybe he really is called X He s also not as human

  • Title: The Warren
  • Author: Brian Evenson
  • ISBN: 9780765393159
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • X doesn t have a name He thought he had one or many but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him Or maybe he really is called X.He s also not as human as he believes himself to be.But when he discovers the existence of another above ground, outside the protection of the Warren X must learn what it means to be human, or faX doesn t have a name He thought he had one or many but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him Or maybe he really is called X.He s also not as human as he believes himself to be.But when he discovers the existence of another above ground, outside the protection of the Warren X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species.

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    1. this quote from the book pretty much sums up my reading experience:At times, I become confused about the order in which things should be told. Parts of me know things that other parts do not, and sometimes I both know a thing and do not know it, or part of me knows something is true and another part knows it is not true, and there is nothing to allow me to negotiate between the two.i started off digging the premise and the intriguing vagueness of the opening, but i found myself floundering prett [...]

    2. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.The Warren is a short, suspenseful novella which delivers heaping doses of loneliness, mystery, and utter alienation. Brian Evenson skillfully turning confusion, weirdness, and schizophrenic leanings into an existential horror, where desperately seeking answers and not finding them is all part of the delicious fun.Simply put, this is a tale starring X — though X isn’t even sure if that is really his name. He has many memories from other people imprinted wit [...]

    3. Haunting and brilliant dystopian story telling with the kind of ending that makes you want to make everyone you know read it so you can all shout WTF? together.

    4. Well, this was terrifying in all sorts of unusual ways. A little short, maybe but heavy on the existential terror and alienation. This was my first Brian Evenson and I can't shake the feeling I've started with the wrong book, but I liked the hell out of it. The disembodied narration, the disorientation and loneliness of it were delightful if like me you're into this sort of thing. I haven't read or seen The Martian yet, but I suspect being left alone on a planet is a lot more like Brian Evenson [...]

    5. Ponderous. This reads sort’ve like an Asimov story, hearkening back to one of my favorite shorts of all-time, The Last Question, but, ya know, this is much WEIRDER. This novella poses serious questions with no easy answers, and for its brevity, it isn’t a light read. There’s a lot of thought gone into these pages, and a lot of reflection shining back off them. The Warren is an exploration of self in the abstract sense, science-fiction on the edge of a fever dream. I liked this book quite a [...]

    6. Another barren wasteland. Another amazing novel that probes deep into what it means to be human and whether what you think you are, and what you truly are, really makes that much difference in the long run.OK NOT READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY READ THIS BOOK AND IMMOBILITY. If I'm right, I'm about to spoil a whole bunch of shit for you. Ok, you've been warned!Soooo many parallels to Immobility here. In that novel, the human protag Horkai had been awakened from storage to go on a missio [...]

    7. I love the work of Brian Evenson, as it's truly unlike any other, composed of a quality and class that makes me proud to read and write horror. I think he's an important author who can and has been acting as a bridge between speculative fiction and that deemed more "literary," which has benefitted both camps that are crossing over into rival territory more and more each day, softening the dividing lines. Evenson gets respect outside of the horror scene, and rightfully so, receiving reviews from [...]

    8. Although The Warren is short – less than a hundred pages and compelling enough to read in a single sitting – I needed some time to digest its content and figure out what I wanted to say about it. Ultimately, I think the less said about it the better. (And I do mean this in all seriousness, and in the best way possible.)I went into this book blind, knowing very little about it other than it had a snazzy cover and was another release in Tor’s strong line of novellas. I think this is about al [...]

    9. The nitty-gritty: A strange and thought-provoking story about loneliness and what it means to be human.For me, memory is not only at times flawed and corrupted but also overlapped and confused, one personality hiding parts of another, blending too, so that the selves within my head sometimes seem many-headed and monstrous or deformed and impossible to comprehend.It’s been a while since I read a Tor novella, but every time I read one, I’m reminded of how much I love these small bites of scien [...]

    10. It makes sense that this is dedicated to Gene Wolfe, who I know is an influence of Evenson's going way back. It's sort of like a more phenomenological companion piece to Immobolity, with characters stranded in an unknowable, toxic wasteland full of barely functional technology, but this time rooted in the problem of multiple consciousnesses existing in one body. It's a familiar mode of storytelling for Evenson: to put his characters (who generally don't know who they are or where they came from) [...]

    11. Like a future Sartre would never have wanted to experience, this is identity confusion as sci-fi horror. A quick read full of disturbing moments of being trapped, both physically and mentally, there are images that will prowl your nightmares like Freddy Krueger on intergalactic steroids. Get ready, because you probably won't stop reading once you start.I especially enjoyed sections II and XIII.

    12. I've been meaning to check out Evenson for a while and this tor novella seems like a perfect introduction, though not very auspicious as far as introductions go. It's a scifi story that deals with the nature of being (what makes a person a person, what is the definition of person and so on) and it is an intriguing concept, but the execution left me utterly indifferent. It wasn't the writing per se, not sure why exactly, it just didn't engage. Subjects like ontology and metaphysics should optimal [...]

    13. Μια μικρή ιστορία, ας πούμε εκτενές διήγημα, ή νουβέλα για τους Αμερικάνους, από τον Έβενσον. Η αινιγματική του γραφή, σκοτεινή, αλλά με τους ήρωες εν μέσω ζόφου να δρουν καμιά φορά αδέξια, έχει χιούμορ, έχει χαρακτήρα και, τέλος πάντων, της έχω πλέξει τα εγκώμια στα παρελθόν σ [...]

    14. The Warren is another good example of Evenson's ability to play with our minds. If you enjoyed Immobility, then this piece is an absolute must-read: a companion piece of sorts that will have you asking a lot of questions about Immobility after you read it. Because these two stories are ostensibly happening in the same world, and they have so much in common but such opposite resolutions. There's a lot here about identity and perception of reality in such a short space. Almost to the point where I [...]

    15. Not sure of what to say about "The Warren" other than it’s going to be boiling in my head for a few days. It’s a challenging story, the protagonist is the final product of several minds poured into his –artificial- body. Sometimes he’s “me” and the next page he’s “us”, and then he suffers a memory loss that leaves the reader collecting some information that the guy –named X- no longer has. I prefer not to volunteer too many details on the plot. I have my own theory about the [...]

    16. An excellent, bizarre little book. Sparse prose, no word is wasted. Sparse, alien landscape. Like reading a book that makes the walls tighten in on you until you can't breathe.

    17. A brilliant and incredibly grim tale. I'm relatively new to Evenson's work, but after reading this I'll be chasing up more. A real mind fuck.

    18. This book will always be special to me and the San Diego horror community since this short 92 page novella was sold ten days before its official release from TOR books at Horrible Imaginings Film fest. 2016 was the first time HIFF included literature programming and when Anthony Trevino and I approached our first key note literature speaker Brian Evenson was the author we wanted. Not only did we get the joy of seeing him read his short story “Invisible Box” at a live campfire style read but [...]

    19. Quite the strange book. I enjoyed the fact that I was never quite sure what was going to happen next or how the story would end. The first person that popped into my head as X was Michael Fassbender. I will certainly try more by this author.

    20. Supremely strange and surprisingly short (which makes the conceit easier to swallow), this diminutive tale is clearly designed to delight the reader who enjoys confusion, making you work for the answers (as very few are given). It's ultimately an unknowable tale, and that's half the fun; the other half is Evenson's skill at evoking existential horror through shifting perspectives, words unsaid and tales untold, and a fairly stark approach to narrative minimalism. The dedication to Gene Wolfe is [...]

    21. 2.5 out of 5 stars -- see this review and others here.Summary: A mysterious being named 'X' grapples with his own existence and the questions behind what it means to be human.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.Review: I had heard that this one was weird, frustrating, and confounding. It certainly checked all three boxes.The most intriguing and also most beguiling part of this novella is something not mentioned in any plot synopsi [...]

    22. Brian Evenson's bewildering novella The Warren is the perfect antidote to spoon-fed genre fiction. X lives in an underground base, or shelter, on a planet that may be Earth post an awful apocalypse or may be the ruins of an alien world. X's function would appear to be to keep the Warren functioning. The problem is that the computer that's meant to assist is malfunctioning and X is alone - there's meant to be two of them servicing the Warren. More problematic is that X's memory is patchy at best, [...]

    23. The Warren is a "last man on earth" story with perverse complications. For one, it's not clear if the warren is of this world, only that the atmosphere outside the warren is toxic. Two, the narrator may not be a man; or, if he is, he may harbor more than one personality."There are parts of me ready to betray me, and I no longer have control over them, particularly when I sleep. If I'm not careful, I will fall asleep and when I wake up I will not be the self that is currently spread over the body [...]

    24. I'm not sure what to say about this novella. Did I like it? Yes, I'm pretty sure I did. Did I understand what happened? Possibly. The Warren is suspenseful, may or may not have different POVs and an unreliable narrator, and leans heavily on existential horror. It's ambiguous and leaves much to reader interpretation, so if you like your stories wrapped up in a neat package with a pretty bow on top, this probably isn't for you. If, however, you enjoy mulling over strange and bewildering tales, try [...]

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