Our July Buddyread, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison, went deep into the lands of weird fiction. I’ve only read some Vandermeer books in this genre, so this is quite new to me.
The story follows Shaw and Victoria, who both meet very strange people. Shaw is employed by a conspiracy theorist in London, while Victoria tries to make sense of her new life and the past of her mother in a small town in the Midlands.
It was, indeed, very weird. I believe there is no point in the story where it is possible to really get what’s going on. You can figure something out, but it will always be an interpretation of the story. The dialogues are equally really weird, people speak to, and not with, each other, and complete parts of their meetings are left out.
The mood of the book was incredibly depressing. The author manages to set the mood perfectly, especially with this much water in the book. The prose is incredible, and the mood took some time to leave after I set the book down.
I really liked the book, mainly because of the incredible prose. But it is a very difficult read, even though it is short. I definitely recommend a walk in the warm sun after reading!