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, irreverenThe 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 the wit would certainly have been less sharp. The book (and film, Repo Men) was 12 years in development.
The central element of the story is this: artificial organs are readily available and people get them as life-saving procedures, status symbols, or simply elect to get them because they can (like elective cosmetic surgery today). They are axpensive and are usually acquired with the assistance of interest-heavy loans.
What happens when you default on a home or auto loan? It's repossessed. What happens if you default on a artiforg (artiicial organ) loan?
And what happens when a heart, lung, liver, etc., is removed from your body?
So here we have a moral conflict between economics and life, and concepts that spark much more thought than those simply surrounding the events of the book. And a book that promotes thought is a good book indeed.
The book and the screenplay (co-written by Garcia with Garrett Lerner) were developed alongside each other, but go in different directins, including having different resolutions; variant explorations for different media, each quite effective....more
Once again (for the last time?), Larsson ramped up the tension and complexity in the lives of Lisbeth, Mikael, etc. I'm going to miss the characters (Once again (for the last time?), Larsson ramped up the tension and complexity in the lives of Lisbeth, Mikael, etc. I'm going to miss the characters (hopefully we'll eventually get the final book).
From the first page I slipped back into my emotional state at the end of the previous book (it ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger). Great stuff.
Larsson's brother has come out confirming the existence of another manuscript, but in accordance with his ironic (and moronic) persecution of Larsson's girlfriend, calls it the "5th book", claiming that his brother said it was more fun to work on the 5th than the 4th.
Be that as it may, does this imply that notes for a book set between the final volume and the ms. exist? Maybe. But it seems more likely to me that this is the latest exercise in the surviving Larssons' plot to exclude Eva Gabrielsson from any money from the the estate of the man with whom she'd lived for more than 3 decades (Sweeden does not recognize common-law marriages) and with whom she worked on the "Millennium" series.
The unfinished manuscript is presumably in her possession and she wants to finish it. It seems that Larsson's brother and father don't want her to because she'd definitely earn real money from that. But by calling it a "5th" book, they could conceivably hire someone else to write a pastiche for the 4th volume while they continue to try to wrest the original property from her.
Apparently the other Larssons have learned nothing from Steig's work about the injustices and violence toward women... ...more
I liked the book, even as it turned from gentle and sweet with a touch of supernatural to bizarre and convoluted, up until the ridiculous and religiouI liked the book, even as it turned from gentle and sweet with a touch of supernatural to bizarre and convoluted, up until the ridiculous and religiously heavy-handed ending.