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Repo Men Mass Market Paperback – March 9, 2010
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Garcia, it seems, is one of those writers who can do pretty much whatever he puts his mind to. A novel about a con man with OCD? Sure, no problem: Matchstick Men. A spoof of chick lit? Piece of cake: Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys. A series about a dinosaur private eye? Child's play: Anonymous Rex and its sequels. A near-future story about guys who repossess artificial organs for a living? No trouble there, either. The Repossession Mambo, originally published in 2009 as a mass-market paperback, now has been reissued as Repo Men, to tie-in with the movie version, also written by Garcia. The novel is gritty and imaginative (and, consider yourself warned, occasionally the imagery is rather, um, visceral). Garcia tells a simple story: a repo man, unable to keep up the payments on his own artificial organ, goes on the run from his former colleagues. But the story is told with such gusto, such a keen sense of time and place—Garcia really makes you feel like you're part of this near-future world—that you're captivated by the sheer power of the narrative. Another excellent, offbeat, and unique novel from this very talented writer. --David Pitt --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Eric Garcia is the author of several novels, including Matchstick Men, which was made into a feature film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Nicolas Cage, and the Anonymous Rex series. A native of Miami, Florida, he now lives in Southern California with his wife, two daughters, and a dog.
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The characters were all alive in my mind, the story was developed in a manner that easily allowed me to suspend my disbelief about such a broken capitalist system being permissible in the future, and the references to futuristic technology were subtle enough to welcome me into the narrative Garcia developed without beating me over the head with details. Of course, the all-important artificial organs themselves developed by fancy corporations were often well described, but other aspects like military-grade 3D projection maps and laser pens were dropped in as if they were items of everyday speech, fully enveloping me in this world as if I were a part of it long before I read this novel.
I have not yet had a chance to reread this novel, as I would usually prefer to do before I fully judge it, but I think my second read will be just as enjoyable, if not more so, than the first. Though the story does feature a Garcia-typical turn of events, I do not believe knowing this information will degrade the story for me.
I heard the movie flopped, but I can't wait to see how Garcia and his co-writer (whose name I'm too lazy to look up) have developed this for the screen. Highly recommended novel.
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This is one of the few times I'll say the book and film complemented each other.Read more