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Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
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Aug 19, 08

bookshelves: twss, 2008-reads, crime-mystery, the-big-letdown
Read in August, 2008

So far I am loving this book. The writing is sharp with teeth and edges. Strong female voice (Cass 'Scary' Neary). Always know a book is great when I get that sinking ball of jealousy in my lower abdomen as I secretly long to have written it myself. Heard about this book from this year's first ever Shirley Jackson Awards. This won best novel so how could I not read it?
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This book did not finish nearly as strong as it began. No doubt the writing is quite good and I will try something else by Hand. But here's the thing: the payoff was not enough for the long, mysterious set up. The plotting dragged in the middle and there was just way too much description of photography and photographic technique. Way too much ... especially since very little of the, at times excruciating detail, contributed anything to the story. Unfortunately, the uber action sequences at the end reminded me of a high end movie-of-the-week and the resolution was simply anti-climatic.
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