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The Repossession Mambo

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  514 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Thanks to the technological miracle of artiforgs, now you can live virtually forever. Nearly indestructible artificial organs, these wonders of metal and plastic are far more reliable and efficient than the cancer-prone lungs and fallible kidneys you were born with—and the Credit Union will be delighted to work out an equitable payment plan. But, of course, if you fall del ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Harper (first published 2009)
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So let's talk about a genre of science fiction I like to call "Days of Future Past."

Recently Julia was planning an exhibit of science fiction novels at the library where she works. We were dividing scifi into sub-genres (dystopia, space opera, etcetera) and I said that there should be a sub-genre for "books that were written long enough in the past that the author's attempt to create an extrapolative near-future Earth has been contradicted by the reality of present day." The most obvious exampl
Tom Lucas
I was an angst-filled teenager who felt completely different from the world, self-absorbed with my emotions, unable to understand my place in the world, and a boatload of esteem issues.

You know, I was completely normal.

One thing I was obsessed with was my looks. I hated them. I wanted to look like just about anyone else, except for the really ugly kid in my class. Not him. If there was one thing I could use to comfort myself through those awkward years, was that I wasn’t nearly as ugly as that k
James Steele
This is one hell of a trip. What if artificial organs could be repossessed after someone falls behind on their payments, leaving the people dead on the floor? This book is the stream of consciousness story of a bio-repo man who rose to the top of the bio-repossession business, only to fall victim to the same business.

It outlines his time in the military, his marriages, various repossession jobs, the works! The first half of the book is almost entirely back story, and it’s so random. One section
Jul 13, 2015 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: RepoMen movie was a mess, wanted to read orig.
Why do interesting books become generic boring movies?
This book was almost nothing like the Jude Law flick, save for names of maybe 4 characters, and most barest of bones plot. Very very bare bones - artiforgs, Union, old school mate BFF. Oh, and unlike the movie the book actually has a competent female! (lets pretend movie-Beth never happened, k?)

The story jumps around as our "hero" types out his lil diary - he remembers Army days, ex-wives and previous Bio-Repo jobs. Good way of fleshing out
I wasn't really impressed. It was a good concept, but there was so much time-jumping that it really distracted from the story. I got bored quickly with the seemingly unrelated stories from the past, and I just couldn't click well with the author's style of writing. Obviously I wasn't the target audience for this book.
Joe Ohlenbusch
The Repossession Mambo... The premise of this book is awesome. I saw the movie first and absolutely loved it. When I found the book in the book section of my local Meijer market, I was thrilled. This book feels so real, it's like one of the repo men is just sitting down and talking to you and telling a cool story. Garcia really gives you time to get to know the character very well. At the end, it felt like I have known the guy for my whole life. The story is really more of an account of the past ...more
Good storytelling but an otherwise meh book that I spent about an hour in a fast read at a bookstore cafe to get out the mood of a previous superb book and be able to move to another such

The main problem of the book is that its subject bored me and I found it completely preposterous that such a system to enable repo men to pull organs out of people and essentially kill them for non-payment would be allowed to develop; you can argue that in a corporate dystopia all is possible but I just don't
In the near future (or the future of a different past), artificial replacement organs have become commonplace. They're sold by huge corporations under less than generous contracts for huge amounts of money, so when customers stop paying, it's the job of Bio Repo Men to break into their homes, taze them, and extract the organ so it can be sold to someone else. Since it's the "future" that means death for the customer, a cynical receipt is left on the body.

It's the story of one of the top repo men
Probably 3.5 stars. Interesting premise--artificial organs that work very well, but are very expensive. The loans that the manufacturers provide have interest rates in the 20-40% range, and if you can't make payments, those organs will be repossessed. This ends up with the unfortunate side effect of death for most of the people who default, but it's all legal.

Our narrator is a repo man who recovers those organs for the companies who hold the loans. Things are mostly peachy for him until he ends
Ismael Galvan
It's a rule: If you watch the movie, you must read the book (or vice versa).

This is one of the few times I'll say the book and film complemented each other. The two go in slightly different stylistic directions but are rooted in Eric Garcia's dystopian vision regarding organ failure and corporate policy. In the future artiforgs (artificial organs) are the new bling bling. Everyone wants one because everyone needs one. But fall beyond your billing's grace period, and the repomen are coming after
It's a story as old as mankind - an artificial organ repo man is on the run from the very company he used to extract them for.

It's a bit silly, and has some internal consistency issues, but is surprisingly entertaining.
Definately formed with a screenplay in mind, but what I'm keen to know is how this book ties in with 'Repo: The Genetic Opera'. Note to self - pick up another book by this author to see if he can actually write well or if this was a fluke.
Meagan Houle
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It being about repossessing organs from living human beings, I thought it would be a bit of a gore fest. Instead, it's more an exploration of the protagonist and his many failed marriages (five, to be exact). It's a tough book to review, because it's more nuanced than the plot would suggest. Yes, it's about the horrifying reality of artificial organs doled out for ridiculous prices. Yes, it's about the soul-destroying job of taking them back when folks ca ...more
I found this book quite slow, although that's probably just me. the ending was unexpected. Probably wouldn't read it again but it's definately interesting
Radu P
Sa fim cinstiti,oameni buni,o carte slabuta,o cu actiune ce se petrece cu viteza melcului,o intriga ce pare ca lipseste sau,in cel mai bun caz intarzaie-daca putem considera momentul întâlnirii cu Bonnie-intriga.Nu am gasit rostul prezentării povestilor celor 3 casnicii in plus,2 erau suficiente,primele n-au făcut altceva decât sa umple niste pagini cu litere ce mi-au intrat pe o ureche si au ieșit pe cealaltă-vorba vine!Câteva replici amuzante,ca si introducerea,de altfel si un final decent au ...more
Liviu Szoke
Un roman care se citește cu sufletul la gură, chiar dacă este fracturat în sute de fragmente, ce par puse alandala. Toate se încadrează perfect, sunt macabre, comice, tragice și delicioase și nu e de mirare că povestea a fost ecranizată într-un film cu buget și actori de prima mână. Un personaj central înfiorător, dar totuși inimos, care pare că i s-a potrivit lui Jude Law ca o mănușă. O surpriză extrem de plăcută ca pentru final de an, așa că voi viziona și filmul (știu, rușine, îl am de când a ...more
Nicole Pramik
[Taken from my blog: http://scififantasylitchick.wordpress...]

The Story: Repo Men, by Eric Garcia (or The Repossession Mambo, depending on who’s asking), relates the rise and fall of one of the Credit Union’s top Bio-repo men. After an accident on the job forces him into hiding, the hunter becomes the hunted as the Bio-repo man is forced to confront his own demons from the past and devils of the present. But will he end up escaping with his life or will it be reclaimed?

My Take:

Repo Men is sheer
The main character tries to come off as this normal, relateable guy, but instead is annoying, passive, and unwilling to take responsibility for his actions. With a better author this might have left some room for character development, but we see little change in his personality until the end of the story.

The end of the story is TERRIBLE, though. The reader is actually presented with a fairly decent possibility for an ending, but then it was almost like Garcia went "Nope, this ending could make
Keith Bowden
The Reposession Mambo is another winner for Eric Garcia. I've loved his work from the begining, with Anonymous Rex. His work is often silly, irreverent, funny, telling and always entertaining. With The Reposession Mambo, his timing was also inadvertantly impeccable; while not intended as economic commentary, the bank failures of the past several years and attempts at health care reform certainly add levels to the book that an earlier publication would have rendered... not subtle, exactly, but th ...more
May 27, 2011 Tez rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: to-swap
I remember adding Eric Garcia to my authorial wishlist. Karin Slaughter was at the Melbourne Writers Festival, and talked of how she was more nitpicky of the locations in the Vincent Rubio series, when really she should've questioned the realism of a dinosaur going undercover in contemporary America. Dinosaurs, crime and humour? I was hooked. Those three books have been long out of print, though, so I've never acquired them.

I have, however, read Matchstick Men (which is okay) and Cassandra Frenc
Jessica Strider
Pros: fascinating protagonist with very interesting life, great narrative style

Cons: some crass scenes, light world-building

The unnamed protagonist of Reposession Mambo (republished as Repo Men) is typing his memoirs on an old Underwood typewriter in an abandoned hotel. Once a level five repo man, charged with repossessing the artificial organs of those who stopped making payments, for the Credit Union (and others), he's now on the run, having his own artificial organ and unable to pay the extre
This book is a must-read for various reasons. For one, if you like the paranoia element in works by Philip K. Dick and Alfred Bester, then you will probably like this one as well. I would say it falls somewhat in the dystopian genre (the protagonist narrating in first person can be seen as a bit similar to Winston Smith), so if you like that, this work will appeal to you as well. Next, and this is a big reason why I tell this people to read this book: it is one hell of a commentary on why we nee ...more
Repo Men is one of those books that I enjoyed, but am having a difficult time putting my finger on why I enjoyed it.

The story is told in a very non-linear way, with a lot of flashbacks, which Garcia made me like even though I'm not a very big fan of non-linear storytelling. Can't complain about the writing, either, or the characters - they're all nice and fleshed out, well crafted if not particularly memorable.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that what made me like this book as mu
This book is pure entertainment, I have found myself laughing on many occasions and most of the time didn’t want to stop reading.

As in many cases I have seen the film first and when I learned that this was a book i felt like this should be an enjoyable read (and it was). The film ads up to only a portion of this book, so reading the whole story of the Bio-repo man with... a change of heart, was a pleasure.

However I have only one problem with this book, as much as I did love the story, all the
This book is amazing. I had the movie version "Repo Men" on my Netflix for a long time, and finally watched it. My advice is do not watch the movie first. Set just 20 years in the future, people no longer have to wait for organ donors, companies manufacture them and you put a down payment on them and then pay them off every month, like a car. The problems only arise when you can't pay for it, and they come and literally repossess the organ from you. Two buddies from the wars in Africa get into t ...more
When reading a book about repossessing organs once payment is defaulted, I can't help but think of our current health care debate. But this book is smart enough not to be a ham-fisted polemic and is instead smart science fiction in the spirit of Phillip K. Dick. I bring him up specifically because this story is like Minority Report done right (speaking of the movie only). It also deals with a man who is on the run from an organization of which he was a dedicated member. What keeps the story on t ...more
Nicole Bunge
Movie was on Sy-Fy again recently, and decided to pick up the book, thinking the movie was based on it. Turns out the author has a post-script explaining how they both came about, both based on the same short story, but the screenplay was finished and going through the Hollywood ringer before he ever completed the book, which was sort of a revisionist view of the plot.

It is both more satisfying and complicated and annoying than the movie. Remy has 5 ex-wives. Jake is mostly a background characte
Lacy K.
I loved this book. I have a tendency to balk at stories in first person, because they can be pretentious or poorly written, but I like the storytelling here, and the first person really makes it work. I love this sort of scifi, something that's not too far removed from reality. This could be where the world is going, as far as health care. And it's also a little dark, a little morbid, which makes it all the more fascinating to me.

The ending was a little odd - much different from the film. Good i
Interesting read.

It was fun to see how they differed from the movie, or more accurately, which things they chose to differently.

The differing ending was an interesting way to go about it as well. I enjoyed both endings, both the book and the movie version.
Heather Bode
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. The story structure is chopped up into distinct pieces, brilliantly reflecting the way the protagonist views life in general. And yet, Garcia manages to string them together in a way that makes the whole novel flow and captivate your attention. The premise of the story is intriguing and highly original, which is really refreshing, and the bits of dark humor scattered throughout are entertaining. Sometimes the dialogue felt a bit like stereotypical cop-type t ...more
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Eric Garcia grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended Cornell University and the University of Southern California, where he majored in creative writing and film. He lives outside Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and dachshund. He is also developing a series for the Sci Fi channel based on the Rex novels.
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