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The Seep

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,329 ratings  ·  581 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
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by Titan Books (first published January 21st 2020)
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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)
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chai ♡
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The novel’s title, I think, is a perfect nod at the tale within: a story that, for the space of a few pages, fills the room like water, seeping into every corner, fluid enough to make its way into the minds and hearts of its readers through all sorts of different angles.

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 pick
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carol.
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
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Nataliya
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
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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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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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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
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Racheal
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
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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
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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
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Sarah
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Beige
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...


GIF artist and designer, Chantal Caduff
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Bee
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
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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
Dylan
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
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Heidi The Reader
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amanda
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i love this! it is so sad, weird, and beautiful!
Sabrina
Hauntingly relevant examination of grief and time, particularly in our current moment. Devoured this basically in one sitting.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
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
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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. 
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Justine
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I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free

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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Paperclippe
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
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Sage Agee
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jerrie (redwritinghood)
After a promising start, this book devolved into just random weirdness. I was intrigued by the concept of an invasion by an alien consciousness and the way in which we can lose someone we love when they change (in this case, it’s a physical change). Unfortunately, the last half of the book reads like a bad drug trip mixed with some pseudo-psychology.
Ashley Daviau
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t even know where to begin with reviewing this book because I loved it so much that any words I use will be inadequate. It just filled me with such a feeling of total awe, I couldn’t believe I was actually reading something so damn amazing. Because this book right here is EVERYTHING I’ve ever wanted from a book. It has aliens and love and loss and transgender and BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ representation and so much more so how could I not fall deeply and completely in love with this story? I real ...more
Arie
I picked up and read The Seep exactly a week before my country went into a complete pandemic lockdown. The final chapter (no spoilers, don't worry), a direct reflection of the first chapter, is titled

Tips for Attending a Dinner Party
When Your World Has Ended
and
Another World Is Just Beginning


Never mind that we cannot, in fact, actually have an actual dinner party except virtually over video calls. Even at the time, as everything spiralled faster and faster into uncertainty, these chapters f
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aphrodite
this is a very subjective 3 star read for me.

granted, all reviews are subjective, but I feel the need to empathize that here because this book really is special. it’s super abstract and weird and deals with SO much that you can unpack in less than 200 pages including grief, existence, love, death, legacy, purpose, etc etc etc. I mean I really could go on and on. I would honestly love to examine this book in a class setting because I really think it’s one that you could read over and over and fi
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: death, grief, alcoholism, and drug use

I've had this book on my mental TBR for a while, but a friend read it and thought I'd like it so I pushed it up a lot. So, this book is very different. It's kinda contemporary, but kinda sci-fi. An alien race called the seep come into this world and have a soft invasion. Aka, they get into the water system and dose everyone with themselves, which acts as kind of a drug. And from there they change the world to be more egalitarian. No more eating animals,
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Marie-Therese
4.5 stars

Brief, fluid, continuously surprising, I found this little novel impossible to put down once I started it and read it in one breathless sitting.

What initially seems like a slightly dystopian standard "aliens take over Earth" story quickly morphs into something entirely different and much better as Porter gradually (and quite skillfully) shifts the book's focus from world-building to character, particularly one character: Trina FastHorse Goldberg-Oneka, a Native-American trans woman, fo
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Kim Lockhart
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This intriguing novella is as great as you allow it to be. This is true for all weird fiction, but in this case, the reader must be open to sci-fi, weird fiction, utopian fiction, and speculative fiction.

Many themes are woven into this compact narrative: love, loss, companionship, grief, freedom, pain as catharsis (and lack of pain as lethargy), transformation, and the power of self-determination.

There's a beautiful analogy about allowing others their own identity, near the end of the story, and
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sarah
i have officially been SEEPED
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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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