The Third Bear
By Jeff VanderMeer
(Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781892391988, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 15, 2010
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The award-winning short fictions in this collection highlight the voice of an inventive contemporary fantasist who has been compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka. In addition to highlights such as The Situation,” in which a beleaguered office worker creates a child-swallowing manta ray to be used for educational purposes and Errata,” which follows an oddly familiar writer who has marshaled a penguin, a shaman, and two pearl-handled pistols with which to plot the end of the world, this volume contains two never-before-published stories. Chimerical and hypnotic, this compilation leads readers through the postmodern into what is emerging into a new literature of the imagination.
Jeff VanderMeer is a columnist, a publisher, the author of several books, including Booklife, City of Saints & Madmen, Finch, Shriek: An Afterword, and Veniss Underground. He is the editor of Fast Ships, Black Sails; The New Weird; Steampunk; and The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. He is the founder and editor for Ministry of Whimsy Press and is a regular contributor to Barnes & Noble Review, the Huffington Post, the New York Times Book Review, Omnivoracious, the Washington Post Book World, and Wired. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
"A fine introduction to one of our very best contemporary practitioners of the fantastic." Publishers Weekly
"These 15 elegantly crafted stories ably demonstrate VanderMeer's skill . . . calls to mind the works of Borges, Kafka, and Lem." Library Journal, Starred Review
"VanderMeer proves again why he is so essential and why everybody should be reading him." Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
One of the things that sets VanderMeer apart is his embrace of technology and media. His online presence is considerable and includes a number of web sites, frequent blogging, a short film adaptation of his novel Shriek (including collaboration with pop rock band The Church), his Alien Baby photo project and even a project involving animation via Sony Playstation.” Wired.com
"Jeff Vandermeer is not to be trusted. He hypnotizes with shiny objects, bizarrely beautiful shapes and phrases, then (more often than not) gently drifts you into very dark places. You won't know where you're going till you get there and then, of course, it's too late." Mike Mignola, creator, Hellboy
"In the hands of a brilliant writer like Jeff VanderMeer, writing fantasy can be a means of serious artistic expression. . . . It is also playful, poignant, and utterly, wildly imaginative." Peter Straub, author, The Talisman
"Fascinating . . . the harmonics between the stories cross all sorts of boundaries." Locus Magazine
"Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer . . . passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying." Tamar Yellin, author, The Genizah at the House of Shepher