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The Sea Came in at Midnight by Steve Erickson
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Dec 09, 2011

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Read from January 26 to February 04, 2012

Well, it was good. It has some fantastically descriptive lovely passages, original and peculiar narratives and sub-plots, an over-abundances of coincidences and challenges of morality to make this a book worth reading. But alas, to me, the book falls short of being great. I found myself suspending my disbelief so often that, in the end -- even if it was going for a magical realism of sorts (a genre I'm not too keen on) -- it didn't redeem itself fully by making the coincidences and interconnecting characters real enough or, for that matter, magical enough. Some parts of the plot seemed contrived and uninteresting. And it didn't end in a brilliant way, either. It is good though, it is quality writing in so many ways, I think I had too many expectations to give it 4 or more stars.
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