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Fauna by Pablo Strauss, Christiane Vadnais

neg_g's review against another edition

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1.0

Quite boring.
It seems to me that the author has used every single metaphor and simile that came to her mind.
I expected to enjoy the nightmarish atmosphere and all the weird stuff, but I got so tired with the over the top writing and all the unnecessarily uncommon words (maybe a translation issue?)

zacko's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

sunhillow's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

Quick read which leaves you wanting more, but I the lack of continuity over such a short timespan left my confused about who was who and what was happening. Maybe this will change with a reread and it’s short enough that that’s not a chore. Wonderfully and terrifyingly imagined.

fihman's review against another edition

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4.0

Oneiric.

thebookishaustin's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious slow-paced

3.0

hailey_sar's review against another edition

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challenging mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

brontesmovingbooks's review against another edition

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dark mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated
Really fucking weird. 
Not what I was expecting, I think the blurb does it a great disservice. I went in thinking climate change, Annihilation vibes or maybe a children's bible. It wasn’t! 
I don’t think this book really worked the way I wanted it to either.  As i mentioned the blurb really doesn’t describe this book right and I think it’s a shame because I think it could really work for others!

ms_smith's review against another edition

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1.0

This book wanted to be sublime, but it was rather boring and shallow. Things were disgusting for the sake of disgust and nothing else, it was all deptless, which the narrator wasn't helping with her one dimensional tone. 
I was disappointed, I awaited this book to be similar to Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy and got this meaningless crap. 

taliaissmart's review against another edition

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1.0

Not for me! I can appreciate the dark atmosphere, but I thought the writing was over the top (could be the translation, idk) and the fragmented stories didn’t make much sense as standalones or as a collective novel.

rootedinbooks's review against another edition

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3.0

2.5 but rounded up

Maybe I'm just not ~deep~ enough to get this but.... this didn't work for me. Vaguely connected tableaus, no world building or character development to fall back on or use to make sense of what's going on, it just felt super disconnected and confusing and incoherent.