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Amnesiascope by Steve Erickson

Amnesiascope (1996)

by Steve Erickson

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I devoured this book in 24 hours...
This was too good to be true and completely impossible to put down.
Let me start out by saying, if you are a fan of Kathe Koja, you should really check out Steve Erickson, and vice versa. You will thank me later, trust me!
They have a similar writing style, which I believe is referred to a "stream of consciousness". Erickson and Koja also have a secretive way of writing a GRITTY original story that begins to crawl around your brain like a venomous predator snake.
Please don't expect all your lose ends to be tied up into a pretty bow, also don't expect a superior plotline that has a start middle and end. No, perhaps there isn't an actual POINT to this book, this is more of a STYLE, a breath of fresh air, a glance at an illuminated world, you feel like you are submerging yourself in a dark tunnel and spit out into another planet.
THE IMAGERY!! The original characters that you just want to meet, and pick through their personal items and read their diaries and know them inside and out.
This is the sort of book that drops you flat on your back in the middle of a strange human's life and atmosphere... you feel naiive and perhaps a bit vulnerable and exposed to unknown elements. After you venture out a little bit and begin to feel comfortable, you are kicked right back into your NORMAL monotonous world.
Ok, the Joke is over, Lemme back in Erickson... :( ( )
  XoVictoryXo | Jun 28, 2017 |
Wanted to be post-apocalyptic but wasn't quite.
  JamesPaul977 | Apr 14, 2008 |
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Trivial or impure dreaming literally rots the fabric of the future. --Lawrence Durrell

I wish I never wanted then what I want now twice as much. --Mott the Hoople
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I'm moving up to the suit at the front of the hotel. Ever since the Quake I've been living in one of the single units, but now I'm making the move up to the suite.
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At once Erickson's funniest and most intensely confessional novel, Amnesiascope edges Los Angeles up against the next millennium and into a vortex of fire. Anarchic, relentlessly eroticized, and ravaged by cataclysm, it is an ecstatic landscape of floating time zones and time-capsule cemeteries, beachside bunkers and ghost airports, Persian domes and towering telescopes that refract memory - a landscape overrun by abducted strippers, nomadic artists, reluctant pornographers, subversive newspaper columnists, alienated movie critics, teenage hookers afraid of the rain, and legendary film-makers who may or may not exist. "I love the ashes," writes the narrator. "I love driving across one black ring after another all the way to the sea, through the charred palisades. In this particular epoch, when sex is the last subversive act, I'm a guerilla, spending my conscience in a white stream that douses no fires but its own.".… (more)

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