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Preview — The Sea Came in at Midnight by Steve Erickson
The Sea Came in at Midnight
To my regret, although not great regret because I despised this book within the first ten pages, Steve Erickson is:
Seventeen year old girl Kristin is described as precocious...
The author just tells you that they are special.
Oh yeah, so point-misser, as she tells it is missing the point of the thing and this is distinguished from not being able to see that there's a picture at all. (Kristin is not a point-misser because she misses the view. I st ...more
i have always read a lot. in fact my mother tells people that when i was born, i came out reading a book. i have no idea how many books i've read, but it's definitely over 5000. i read mostly fiction, mostly novels. i like the vast majority of the books that i read, because i know what kinds o ...more
This is one that likely deserves to be read as a mystery of sorts, as it reveals itself slowly, over pages, so-and-so is actually so-and-so. And like all mysteries, it’s probably best accomplished in as few readings as possible. All the characters fit togethe...more
When you have several different narrators, they're usually different characters with distinct voices. In this, Erickson has three female narrators (Kristin, Angie, and Louise) who are all pretty similar: they're hardened, secretive, empowered loners who can take care of themselves except when there's literally any guy around. When there's a guy around, they all have a w ...more
Starts out great. The young protagonist starts talking to a recently deceased man, telling him about her past. She'd escaped from a doomsday cult, and ended up homeless and starving. A man takes her in, but he basically uses her as a sex toy while he creates a calendar counting down the end of the world.
Two damaged people often don't amount to happily ever after, but it just seemed a lot like randomness thrown onto the page, with rape thrown in. It just didn't wo ...more
also, don't read this in one go, is my advice.
This is one of those rare books that is short in pages but unending in its impact. It's a book that seems easy, until you realize it only seems that way because its more difficult ideas are so inaccessible to you that all your mind can do is try to avoid them, and then of course Erickson will not let you avoid them forever; a book that seems predictable, until you realize that you don't understand chaos, and then of course that you never can or will; a book that seems to be saying one thing ...more
The story begins with Kristen, who is working at a "memory hotel" in Tokyo, when her client dies. Waiting for the proper people to pick up the body, she begins to tell him her story, starting a year before, on December 31st, 1999. From her encounters with cults, crazy les ...more
”Like a midnight tide, abandonment rushed in…”
Erickson attempts to anchor core senses of identity that are adrift in his characters in a sea change of randomness of the new, and of everything in-flux. He does this through giving his post-modern, time-woven, apocalyptic ...more
In the year 999 ...more
I'm glad I read it, but not sure another Steve Erickson is in my immediate future.
First, my short term memory isn't what it was, like some days I don't remember what I ate for breakfast, and I did loose track of some of the characters as the story shifted from one to the other, and it was important to keep those relationships straight, as, in the long run, it mattered.
Which is ...more
There's a story I should like in The Sea Came in At Midnight: At the dawn of the new millennium, 2000 cult members are set to walk off a cliff. The problem is, number 2000 -- a teenage runaway named Kristin -- decides to turn back and instead connects with a man, the Occupant, who's trying to make sense of the world by creating a calendar based on tragic events.
Alas it gets garbled quickly: Erickson tells the stories of other people, but it neve ...more
Come gli altri due romanzi di Steve Erickson, Arc d’X e Zeroville, che credo siano la totalità dei libri pubblicati in Italia di questo autore, anche “Il mare arriva a mezzanotte” è un’opera a struttura labirintica caratterizzata da un complesso groviglio di rimandi, allusioni, coincidenze e simboli.
Ma mentre i due libri citati, Zeroville soprattutto, mantenevano un fulcro portante attorno al quale erano tessute le divagazioni e le deviazioni dal ...more
Began writing stories at age seven. Began publishing as a teen. Wrote first novel at seventeen.
Studied film and journalism at UCLA.
Received Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.