Having finished Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer and The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer I felt it was finally time to make another book club post. In addition to these great books I am close to finishing the Andy Weir audiobook Artemis which is a very good read.
This book is a bizarre and fantastical read. It tackles the idea of alien life, humanity and identity. Taking you into the world of Area X all laws of science are thrown out of the window, refusing to comply with what we understand. One thing I love about this book is the lack of names, it makes the story so personal to the main character’s point of view, and the other characters always seem alien and distant. Without spoiling much, the science fiction elements to this book are bizarre to put it lightly and always leave you with one answer and ten more questions. As this is a trilogy of books, it doesn’t end as finally as I would have liked but I will read the next two books to see the entire story through.
Now the popular film Annihilation by Alex Garland is a film adaption of only the first book and was written before the second book came out. The film is a fantastic adaption of a very difficult book to transfer to film and stands on its own two legs as a great story. You can read more of what I thought about it here.
The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide
Jenna Fischer is an amazing actress and you only need to see her in her iconic role of Pam Beasley to know this. In this book, rather than make a typical celebrity memoir Jenna decided to write a guide on the life of an actor, using her life experiences as examples for each step of the way. An extremely insightful look into the life of both a struggling and working actor, this book takes you on Jenna Fischer’s journey whilst providing tips and advice on how to navigate the world that is an actor’s life. I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by Jenna herself, with a foreword by Steve Carrell narrated by Riann Wilson. As you can imagine, it’s a very good listen and even if you only want to read it I recommend the listen as Jenna adds humour to the stories with her voice and you can hear her recollecting memories as she narrates.
All in all, this book is a fantastic read for fans of Jenna Fischer but an essential read for aspiring, working and new actors alike.