Midnight noon

Richard Acosta: Midnight Noon

Midnight noon

Richard Acosta‘s first full length novel, Midnight Noon, that is set in the post cival war west is another mind scrambler.

A coming of age tale about the bearded man, whom of which is on a journey to right the wrongs of his past. We grow up with him as he thieves his way across the hellish enclave of the American West known as Diablo Canyon. As he is literally stealing away the prime of his youth, he forms an unusual friendship with the son of the only supply store in town. It is this friendship that serves to be the catalyst of sea change until he is forced to make a choice between friendship and death right up to very end of his short life. Midnight Noon is an interstitial allegory written under the guise of an old pulp western that challenges the reader to look deeper into what is merely written.

FROM THE AUTHOR: At first glance, the book is indeed a puzzlebox that has been slightly disassembled with a little bit of popcorn aesthetic thrown in for good measure. Just as I have before with my first novella, Reticent Rain, I am willing to give 7 clues as to how to assemble it for yourself. So here goes.

Pay Attention:
  1. Gnosis of the gates of folded earth– read closely who is bringing what to where, as this is the premise of the entire book.
  2. The Algorithm of the Serpent and of its Beloved– It will piss you off to no end trying to figure out that this is the key to another doorway to yet another 1000 word hidden story within the context of the main story. I have carefully constructed the hidden text in the book and had to mispell words, take words out of context, and write sentences that don’t even read well to make this algorithm work and yet it works flawlessly(Maybe someday I’ll post it as an easter egg).
  3. Overture, Intermission, Finale – There just might be a famous opera along the same lines that I pay homage to…most definately.
  4. The parable of the rats and the hawk serve a few purposes other than just simply being part of the food chain. They are the eyes, ears and interpretation of Diablo Canyon.
  5. Faro is more than just an artistic flourish, it is a metaphor for the order of Diablo Canyon.
  6. Pay attention to the actual names of characters and whom they represent.
  7. There are a tons of plays on words littered throughout the book. For example, Horus or Faro and how they interplay in the grand scheme of the book.
Good Luck! -R.A.

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