What Are We Reading: Seep, J. Eric Laing
5/5 Mysterious Growths
Something I liked right away about Seep were the number of aged protagonists. Recent literature often supposes that excitement only strikes within a magic age bracket (usually the most hormonal one), and given the age distribution of humanity this clearly can't be the case. Especial kudos goes to how various characters are introduced. Disaster-scenario stories often try to crank up the pathos with a smorgasboard of perspectives; but if your subsequent character isn't every bit as engaging as the one you opened with it can be a great way to lose your audience. This is an age of digital samples which can be scanned and discarded rapidly without purchase, so those like Laing who know what they're doing clearly stand out from the pack. Recommended to those who like something a little different.