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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,318 ratings  ·  958 reviews
Trina Goldberg-Oneka is a trans woman whose life is irreversibly altered in the wake of a gentle—but nonetheless world-changing—invasion by an alien entity calling itself The Seep. Through The Seep, everything is connected. Capitalism falls, hierarchies and barriers are broken down; if something can be imagined, it is possible.

Trina and her wife, Deeba, live blissfully und
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Soho Press
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Eli Well if you can make those comparisons then there really isn't much "new ground" to break, eh? I would say your comment wraps it up well enough. It's …moreWell if you can make those comparisons then there really isn't much "new ground" to break, eh? I would say your comment wraps it up well enough. It's less about the alien invasion or sci-fi possibilities, and more about grief and identity; how a person can be defined by others or what they have lost. I personally loved it. It was a subtle and understated narrative that took some big swings and nailed most of them. (less)
Meghan Nothing explicit. There are mentions of sex and group sex, however.

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chai ♡
The novel’s title, I think, is perfect for the tale within: a story that, for the space of a few pages, fills the room like water, seeping into every corner, making its way into the minds and hearts of its readers through all sorts of invisible cracks.

Imagine that it were possible to take one step out of reality, into a place of pure pleasure, far from the familiar tin-can clatter of today’s misery. A place where hierarchies are picked apart, capitalism is collapsed, people can flow into differe
You probably read my book reviews to figure out whether or not a book should make it to your TBR list, and maybe even how soon you should read it. I'm solidly on the fence about The Seep, which reminds me of Annihilation, only less eerie, and about ten times more overt. So let me give you a touch of the first chapter (minus the bookend chapter) so you can get the flavor of the writing:

"When the aliens first made contact, Trina and her not-yet-wife, Deeba, threw one of their famous dinner parties
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
By all means, this *should* have been a perfect book for me. I mean, it’s essentially a fever dream, or at least one of those surreal dreams that happen right before waking and you keep remembering bits and pieces for days after. Or at least the pleasantly intoxicated dream of a tree-hugging pacifist hippie who turns the front lawn into a sustainable community garden*.
* Not quite me (because cynicism) but something I can relate to in literature. Usually.
Imagine an infiltration of the Earth with
I mostly picked this book up because of the gorgeous cover and the Jeff VanderMeer comparison in the blurb, both of which are A+ strategies for getting me interested in reading something.  I'm a total sucker for books that are generally a) strange or surreal in a WTF sort of way, b) have a supernatural premise, and c) are written in a vaguely literary style.

I'm starting to think that I need to stop getting lured in with that bait, though, because while this checks all my boxes on a superficial l
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
It’s interesting, I wasn’t really loving this book. I read the whole first half feeling somewhat uninterested and unsure of this world. It had more humor and less detailed writing than I expected. And then it had to gnaw at a very fresh wound: my grief.

I lost my grandpa only a couple of months ago. Sometimes reading about death doesn’t impact me, I feel a distance from the writing or the situation, but this wasn’t one of those times. After not feeling sure about this book I spent the last few c
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"People need to give each other space to make choices. We can't live solely for other people. Even if it hurts them. Even when it breaks your heart" (174).

I really enjoyed THE SEEP a lot! In some ways, it reminds me of a more sophisticated version of Stephenie Meyer's book, THE HOST. Set first in San Francisco, THE SEEP is about a "soft" alien invasion in which aliens, I guess in liquid form, infect the water supply and other host bodies
Bartleby, the co-op member who had been there the longest, loaned him books, weird books he had never heard of, that spoke of other realities, other times, stranger than this one. Joanna Russ, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler.

It helps having friends on Goodreads with weird reading interests. And when @Carol stated that “You probably read my book reviews to figure out whether or not a book should make it your TBR list” in her review of ‘The Seep’ by Chana Porter, she hits the nail on the head. I rea
Jessica Woodbury
One of my favorite subgenres is one I call "WTAF?!" It is the kind of book that gives you this response and it isn't a genre with a lot of rules except for the fact that there aren't any rules. The joy of it is not ever knowing what will happen, not quite ever getting oriented. It is also a pretty male-dominated genre, probably because it has its roots in another male-dominated genre: horror. So I welcome THE SEEP (which joins another female-authored WTAF?! book I've read recently, the eerily si ...more
Lark Benobi
This novella is stretched artificially to 202 pages by using a small-book format and near-double spacing, and the story itself feels artificially stretched, as well, like an outline of something that might have been good, with a little more of literally -anything- added to the pages: more event, more dialogue, more passion, more differentiation between characters, more of an idea of who these people are and why I should care about them.

It needed more editing, too. There is a lovely soft rhythm
K.J. Charles
May 02, 2021 added it
Shelves: trans, sf, novella
A strange read set when the alien invasion has colonised Earth with hippy shit.

Basically the Seep is aliens connecting minds and allowing people to be at one with others and the world. So you can feel the pain of others and connect with trees and reshape your own body. Trina, our heroine, veers between finding this useful (she's a doctor who can now make cancer go away using a Seep wand) and dreadful (her beloved wife leaves her to become a baby again, she discovers a white acquaintance has app
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Trina Goldberg-Oneka is a survivor of an alien invasion. But The Seep didn't kill everyone—it made them immortal and gave humanity a utopia. A world without poverty. Without war. Without scarcity. And everything is going well, until Trina's wife decides she wants to begin anew. She wants to restart her life as a baby. And everything Trina wanted in life vanished.

so your wife decided to be reborn as a baby...

This was a delightfully weird book that nevertheless was such a beautiful exploration of
Charlotte Kersten
“We sometimes like things even though they’re bad for us.”

So What’s It About?

Trina Goldberg-Oneka is a trans woman whose life is irreversibly altered in the wake of a gentle—but nonetheless world-changing—invasion by an alien entity calling itself The Seep. Through The Seep, everything is connected. Capitalism falls, hierarchies and barriers are broken down; if something can be imagined, it is possible.

Trina and her wife, Deeba, live blissfully under The Seep’s utopian influence—until Deeba begi
Edward Lorn
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is my subjective opinion/impression of the book. I understand fully that I may have missed the mark or simply not "gotten it", but this is my personal experience concerning what I read, and I will only ever be honest with you guys. I fully admit that this book could be intended as a parody.

Feel free to (respectfully) discuss below.

THE SEEP by Chana Porter reads like an extended SNL sketch parodying social-justice politics. With a character named Horizon Line, and a trans character becoming
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, edelweiss
The Seep is an interesting little book.  It’s about a transgender woman going through a painful… um.. divorce? (This is a question because what it actually is, is a spoiler.)  Aliens invade every aspect of Earth life, connecting us all to each other, making us all high on love.  They’re in the water.  They’re in your food.  They can make you into anything you ever wanted to be.

This was a fairly unique story.  I loved the idea of benevolent aliens who’ve come to “help.”  It’s not really an idea I
Jenny (Reading Envy)
A quick read about a benevolent (?) alien invasion that ends war, aging, environmental destruction and more...but a reminder that Utopia for some is inevitably dystopia for others. At times I thought it was satire about liberal politics but ultimately I decided it wasn't, but could have been. I felt the author could have done more with some themes and storylines, basically I wanted more than I got. ...more
My advice: If you want the full Seep experience, don't read the book blurb.

This is SciFi written by someone who doesn't know or follow the usual tropes and rules. The result is far more surreal and richer for it. It explores love, grief and identity. Oh and there are some very helpful aliens. Let Pam be your guide...

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May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come, but here's what you need to know in the meantime:

The Seep is a wonderfully weird book that presents us with a future mere decades from now where "the softest invasion" has already taken place. In this post-Seep world, there is no scarcity, no illness, no war. The story follows Trina, alone in the world after her wife chooses to change form with the power of The Seep- leaving Trina in the home they used to share to be reborn. The story follows Trina years later, still grievi
Heidi The Reader
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know if this is the end of life as we know it, or the beginning of a grand adventure, or perhaps both. All I have is my uncertainty. And really, that’s all I’ve ever had.

Earth is under new management, and it's called The Seep, a weird hivemind type alien entity that arrived and flipped the world on its head. Initially, humanity thought the world was ending and many people took their own lives, leaving a slightly reduced population behind to exist under The Seep. I'm not entirely sure how
Hauntingly relevant examination of grief and time, particularly in our current moment. Devoured this basically in one sitting.
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love this! it is so sad, weird, and beautiful!
4.5 Stars for The Seep (audiobook) by Chana Porter read by Shakina Nayfack.

I love science fiction from different perspectives. This is a alien invasion like you have never seen before. It’s a really unique look at humanity and our desires.
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
The Seep is one heck of a cerebral experience and sometimes reads like a fever dream. All in all, it's a fascinating story about identity post-benevolent-alien invasion and grief.

- Set in an utopian world following a benevolent alien invasion called The Seep, this story follows Trina, a Native-American trans woman, who loses her beloved wife who chooses to be reborn as a baby to live a better life -- and the grief that follows.
- I was really fascinated by the worldbuilding of this story; how a p
Man, I really really wanted to like this. A short, sci-fi novel with a Jewish trans woman main character about an alien invader that takes over everyone's brains and the societal repercussions of a so-called utopia. This has me written all over it.

And it tried, it really did, but I think that was kind of the problem. In a lot of places, it just tried way too hard. The subtlety was missing from a lot of things, and the in-your-face nature felt forced. At the same time, it made the reader take a l
Rep: Jewish Native American trans lesbian mc, Black Japanese gay mc, lesbian side characters, gay side characters, genderfluid side character

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It has been a few days now since I read The Seep and, in all honesty, I still don’t know exactly how I feel about it. It was a well-written book, and I did, in some part, like it (3 stars is a testament to that). But otherwise? I got nothing.

The Seep imagines an alien lifeforce called The Seep, which sort of invades earth, and re
4.5/5 Stars

I really don't know where to begin this review. This novella absolutely blew me away, Chana Porter has managed to capture so much of the human experience in such a small number of pages. The utopian world-building is honestly phenomenal, and I think if you're a fan of the Scythe series by Neal Schusterman and are looking for something similar but with more of a grown up feel, then this would be perfect for you. The only thing I disliked about this is that I'd have liked Trina and Aki'
Sage Agee
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a weird dream that I didn’t want to wake up from. The Seep is a sentient aliens life form that becomes a part of you, that gives you everything you want, until suffering is a thing of the old world. How are you supposed to deal with grief, in a reality that tells you you’ve transcended above negative emotions?

This is Chana’s debut novel and WOW, I’m already excited for her next one, please. This story will stick with me in that constant need to question everything, even/especially
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.5 Stars
This book was weird... really weird. I loved the initial setup to the story, but I can't say that I enjoyed it as a whole. I did appreciate the diverse elements of the story with a trans female character in a lesbian relationship. I just don't think weird science fiction is a subgenre for me. However, if you enjoy weird scifi, then you might want to try this one. 
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Seep is a weird and wonderful science fiction novel about the softest alien invasion ever, but brings up questions of consent, ethics, grief, free will, and what makes us human. I absolutely loved Trina as a character and really appreciated seeing her work through her grief over the loss of her wife and her clinging to the old da
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Chana Porter, writes the NY Times, “uses incongruity and exaggeration to suggest some midnight-dark truths about human life and endeavor.” She is an emerging playwright, speculative novelist, and education activist. Her plays have been developed or produced at The Flea Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Catastrophic Theatre, La MaMa, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Invisible Dog, ...more

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