I love this book. I read an uncorrected publisher's proof, and I'm looking forward to reading it again, corrected/tweaked/expaSpoiler-Free Impressions
I love this book. I read an uncorrected publisher's proof, and I'm looking forward to reading it again, corrected/tweaked/expanded when the book is released.
Gwenda Bond definitely knows and gets Lois Lane. There are subtle nods to Lois in some prior media depictions, but not in a wink-wink nudge-nudge way (save one very sweet homage to Smallville), this Lois stands on her own, with friends, with purpose.
Furthermore, as an entry in the "YA genre" it's as thrilling as anything else but it's also a damn sight brighter than it's dystopian cousins that have the spotlights. I wanted to cheer out loud at the climax (but didn't, because I was in a restaurant).
I dearly hope this becomes but the first in a long line of Lois Lane novels....more
Well-developed characters and genuinely moving. Perhaps a little too happy an ending for everyone under the circumstances, considering the times, butWell-developed characters and genuinely moving. Perhaps a little too happy an ending for everyone under the circumstances, considering the times, but not so rosy as to ruin the book....more
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
The best part of the book was listening to Matt Dillon read/perform, although this is perhaps the shoddiest Harper Audio I've heard. (Several passagesThe best part of the book was listening to Matt Dillon read/perform, although this is perhaps the shoddiest Harper Audio I've heard. (Several passages needed to be redone, and there was one spot where Matt said offside "That's 4, right?")
Anyway, the book itself seems less than the reading. "Mexico... looked like Mexico." That's not writing, that's just typing! (As someone said, hahaha!)
The characters were all losers. They were listless, unfaithful, lazy, and seemed to hate most of their time on the road and together... so why did they keep doing it? I dunno. Dean (superbly performed), as the most interesting character, was simply annoying. Yes, yes....more
Great collection of stories about various relationships (not all the specific category of the title). Updike haAnother free book through Goodreads! :)
Great collection of stories about various relationships (not all the specific category of the title). Updike has a wonderful flair for characterization with an economy of words; you're engaged with, invested in the characters very quickly, without his resorting to stereotypes....more