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Zeroville by Steve Erickson
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Jul 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Zeroville is easy to love: the historical viewing experiences of the main cineauture/character echo my own by only a few years (plus his appreciation of Iggy Pop and the band X). I have enjoyed a number of Erickson's previous novels and enjoyed his sense of existential panic, but have never seen him as focused on a particular existential drama nor as locked into the tradition of the Hollywood novel (as practiced by the criminally ignored Gavin Lambert, Nathaniel West, Raymond Chandler, et al), but have been waiting for him to reach a level of artistic mastery. This very well could be his launch point.

For me: excellent subject matter, good observations, and a ridiculously unrealistic setting. If you create and play in myths, you must either overwhelm the reader with your power, or hew closer to some semblance of reality.

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