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
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The errant effects and disputed origins of the drugs would have been more central; however such causal chains wer ...more
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 work for me. Maybe I missed s ...more
also, don't read this in one go, is my advice.
I was brought here after reading a review that stated if I enjoyed Kathe Koja's writing, that I would probably enjoy Erickson, they were absolutely right! But mind you: they are both unique to their own style and really shouldn't be compared. Honestly, I normally wouldn’t have reached for a novel of this genre, had it no ...more
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
Pluses: An (expected) dreamlike narrative, that structurally does some lovely limited POV hopping throughout the middle, as the story segues from one character to another, following them and their stories. The narrative flows right along in this way.
Minuses: So much of the sex stuff feels very problematic now, rapish ...more
I'M A FOUNTAIN OF BLOOD IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL.
In her off hours she writes her memoirs in a notebook, saying to herself, Well now Kristin, this is a little presumptuous, don't you think? To be writing your memoirs at age seventeen? But she concludes that, after all, the months since she left home have been interesting, and if she ...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
Look. I don't love this as much as I adore These Dreams of You. I don't think it's as well executed as Zeroville. Until I was about halfway through I had just about settled on no stars at all, my solution for I-have-no-idea-what-I'm-feeling, cause let me tell you, I was confused. I was unsettled, and I couldn't tell if it was good unsettled, unnecessary unsettled, or only vaguely unsettled.
But today I sat myself down and told mysel ...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.