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Rubicon Beach by Steve Erickson
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Jun 07, 2011

it was amazing
Read in June, 2011

'Rubicon Beach' reminded me of those old point-and-click adventure games. Your character wakes up in his room and goes on to explore the world beyond, moving between the scenes- one more surreal than the other, chatting up pixelated characters rooted to their respective spots, programmed to look like they are doing anything but waiting there for you.

Even though following the first anemic sub-chapters is a relatively familiar storyline, the whole book maintains that air of digital two-dimensionality and dreamy artifice throughout. Having found some of the kafkaesque elements rather off-putting, I let myself get sucked into Erickson's game anyway, and I'm glad I did. I'm giving it 5 stars not because it was consistently brilliant- it's because it was the book I've been wanting to read for a long time. Can't wait to read more of his.
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