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The Repossession Mambo

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  102 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
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Kelly
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Tom Lucas
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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Nicole Pramik
Repo Men is sheer awesomeness. It really is. Why? Well, allow me to explain...

First, the world-building, while not new in concept, it still solid. It takes a modernized healthcare system and morphs it into a capitalistic entity. The premise goes like this: imagine if you could replace every organ in your body with an artificial counterpart. You could own a new liver, lungs, even a larynx that could never succumb to aging or disease. Sounds good, right? Well...only if you keep up with the payment
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Sinisa Mikasinovic
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The promise of a higher quality of life for the people with damaged organs sounds too good to be true. All you need is a loan from the Credit Union, and your new heart/kidney/eye?/tongue?!/anything! will work better, faster and stronger for the new healthier you.
Even if there's nothing wrong with your body, you can seek to augment it. Move faster, see farther, remember... everything.
But better keep a close eye on your bank status, because as much as a bounced check can very quickly show you the
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Gareth Howells
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Didn't get on with this one. There was a machismo running through it that grated and a frequent digression that distracted the reader from the lack of a plot.
James Steele
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Anna
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anna by: RepoMen movie was a mess, wanted to read orig.
Shelves: movie-vs-book
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
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Joe Ohlenbusch
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Renee
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Liviu
Jun 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Eric
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Mars
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Antonia
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Deyth Banger
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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by Eric Garcia
3.73 · Rating details · 716 ratings · 96 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 deli
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Dave Carroll
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A job's a job

I decided I had to give this book a shot after noticing it referenced in the Jude Law movie "Repo Men." This was the end result of the manuscript he was typing throughout the film. After looking up the book I discovered that this was a convoluted project by Eric Garcia who penned both the screenplay and this book as a literary device. His intention was to create two unique works that reinforce but don't necessarily mirror one another.

Like the movie, the story centers on Remy, a mast
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Andreea
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book actually surprised me. It was waaaaay better than the movie, but I had Jude Law in mind while reading it, so there was something good out of that one.

The book presents an almost dystopian world, where few people die of natural causes. Most of them die because of other people, of these repo men that reposses the artificial organs from those who can't afford to pay them anymore. It was such an easy read, with past memories from the protagonist and action pacted scenes from the present. T
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Maruluna
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main protagonist's cynical attitude with his job gets in the way of making him feel like a genuine character. Sometimes, it's difficult to reconcile his lack of empathy, especially with his detachment to his humanity when performing his repossessions, with his sober, conscious, and "type-writing" demeanor in the aftermath of his accident. I suppose that's how it is. So it goes, he did end up having a soul.

Overall, it's an enjoyable read. The narrative is non-linear and it can cause some conf
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Daniel
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a book that needed an editor. The story about a repo man who rips out artificial organs whose owners are behind in payment is all over the place, jumping around in time, pursuing a variety of subplots that go nowhere, and all in service to a protagonist who isn't especially sympathetic. In an afterword the author makes clear that this was what he intended (and that the movie connected with the book, "Repo Men," was developed at the same time). So he got what he wanted, but it wasn't ver ...more
Mark
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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Roger
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun in the snarky way I like. Surprised by the depth of character development in an otherwise breezy, throwaway style. Not a better story than the movie, given how the two were developed in parallel, just different. This one ended on a more upbeat note.
Zed
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story. The books are almost always better than the films, though. This is the same, but the film and book are different, do seeing the film won't spoil your read.
Bonjour
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This man needs to get over his 5 ex-wives.
Robert
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the movie, the book was good. Non-remarkable action.
Mickey
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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Jessica Strider
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Angel
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science_fiction
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
Guillermo Galvan
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brad
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, sci-fi, z-2014
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
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Tez
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-swap, arc
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
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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
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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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