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I needed a comfort read.

After 4 days of trudging thru the world’s most boring political thriller and finally DNFing it, I needed a comfort read. Something I knew I was going to like, something distracting and escapist, ideally something I’d read before and maybe forgotten the ending of.

So I picked up Borne, by Jeff Vandermeer, which I read  a few years ago, and loved.

My strong memories from the first time I read Borne were:

Rachel sleeps with her shoes on. I understand why, but that sucks.

Borne has major sensory overload (i think?). I get that.

I remembered some stuff that Rachel had a boyfriend, I remembered it was a post apocalyptic story where everyone is near starving, I remembered the “villain” was a flying psycho-bear.  I remembered thinking Vandermeer seems to have a thing for bears. And a thing for tidal pools.

Borne is a book about, among other things, living with discomfort.  When you’re just trying to survive another week, comfort is at the bottom of your priority list. In this burned out,  half blown up, shell of a post-apocalyptic city, everyone scavenges anything they can find.  Bugs and lizards are dinner, because that’s all there is. You’ll trade anything for the medications that keep you alive. Finding a new set of clothing is easy, there’s usually someone recently dead in the road who doesn’t need theirs anymore.  Rachel is so desperate for good scavenge, that she’s willing to climb on a sleeping bear.

No one in this book is comfortable.  No one knows how long they’ll be safe. Or loved. Or accepted. Or tolerated.

So why the hell would I read this as a comfort book?

Your guess is as good as mine, but I read it, zipped through it, couldn’t put it down.  Borne himself is just as amazing and glorious and curious and weird and alien as he was last time I saw him.  He’s naive, but not.  Rachel needs someone she can love, and Borne realizes he doesn’t want to disappoint her, he doesn’t want her to regret loving him.

And damn did I forget the ending to this book!  It’s going along nicely,  Rachel trying to balance raising Borne and trying to figure out what the hell he is, while at the same time keeping her boyfriend Wick at bay.  Wick and Borne, um, they don’t really get along, and only Wick knows why.

The letter Wick writes to Rachel at the end, holy crap.

The wall that Rachel sees in the building, near the end. Holy crap.

The things (that are hopefully dead), that are falling out of the boxes, in that room, holy crap.

What Borne means when he says “Rachel, I can’t stop”.  And Rachel lying to herself, that she doesn’t understand what he’s talking about.  And Wick, who can’t bring himself to tell Rachel anything about his past, for fear he’ll be found unworthy of her love.

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