Animal and Nature Spotlight (4/7/21)

Today we look at animals, nature, and the world with a dark and speculative thriller about endangered species and eco-conspiracies + a deeply researched exploration of a world remade after human intervention.

HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER by Jeff VanderMeer

3 starred reviews!

“The prolific VanderMeer moves from fantasy into noir territory with this version of an eco-thriller…A daring change of genres, and an entertaining whirlwind at that.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Exquisite prose pulls the reader deep into the labyrinthine plot. VanderMeer reinforces his place as one of today’s most innovative writers.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“VanderMeer is a marvelous craftsman. Every word here feels carefully chosen; every sentence has a purpose; every plot point causes ripples felt through the rest of the story…The author’s devoted fans will flock to this novel, and they will be richly rewarded. Switching genres with aplomb, VanderMeer knocks his conspiracy thriller out of the park.”–Booklist, starred review

SECOND NATURE: Scenes from a World Remade by Nathaniel Rich

“Rich sees the present era as one of ‘terrible responsibility,’ and the stories he collects here of scientists, lawyers, community organizers, and ‘average people’ at the center of so many storms are composed to evoke concern while also presenting the ethical questions at the heart of our complex, in-flux times.”–Booklist

HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER by Jeff VanderMeer; 9780374173548; available now.
SECOND NATURE: Scenes from a World Remade by Nathaniel Rich; 9780374106034; available now.

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