31. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

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β€œI found Borne on a sunny gunmetal day when the giant bear Mord came roving near our home.” So begins the latest novel from VanderMeer, whose β€œSouthern Reach” trilogy is getting the Hollywood treatment.

Borne has all the quintessential qualities that fans of the author will love: an unexplainable natural phenomenon, a fraught relationship, a story that reels you in from its first sentence.

-MC

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