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Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith in this mesmerizing literary thriller.
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By RB on 01-31-12
Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith
What made the experience of listening to Generation Loss the most enjoyable?
It was very dark.
What did you like best about this story?
It was unexpectedly atmospheric.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I came by this book quite by chance; while reading a review for Available Dark, the next book in Hand's Cass Neery series, I became intrigued with the first title so I decided to order it from Audible.com. I listened to it over a long weekend and I'm glad that I gave it a chance. (And I really wish that I'd been the first to post a review.)
Cass Neery, a washed up post-survivor of NYC's punk era is an edgy photographer whose book of photographs was a mild sensation, is given a chance to interview a famous photographer who has become a legendary recluse on a Maine island. Once there, she's mystified by posters of people who have gone missing, all without any clue as to why or how.
I'll admit that Cass is unlikable. She's a loser, she's selfish, she's caustic and rude, and seemingly without morals. But there is something about her that is broken and it seems that deep down she knows this to be true. Her armor of disdain, powered by drugs and alcohol, doesn't seem to be working for her as well as it used to.
Generation Loss is dark and edgy, and it's disturbing which makes you want to avert your gaze. Yet at the same it's painful and powerfully atmospheric, and there's something about it that keeps you peering in.
I really liked Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand and found the narrator to be perfect for this novel and I highly urge you to give it a try. But do stay away if you're looking for the traditional mystery that has likeable characters, where the good guys always win and the bad guys get what they deserve.
Facts: Booklist and Publishers Weekly gave Generation Loss starred reviews; Elizabeth Hand is an awarding winning author of science fiction and contributes to The Washington Post Book World and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
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By Sherri on 05-04-12
Edgy and enthralling.
What did you like about this audiobook?
This book features my favourite combination of a great original character in an interesting, beautifully described location. Cass Neery is almost an anti-heroine, you find yourself questioning her motives a lot of the time but she's gutsy and fascinating.
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
It certainly made the state of Maine sound as if it would be a very interesting place to visit. The way the author brought the location to life was integral to my enjoyment of this book.
I also loved the in-depth (to me anyway) analysis of photography. Made me drag out some of my old photography books.
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
Yes and yes again. How does she achieve this? By being an exceptionally talented writer would be my guess.
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
The narrator is one of the best I've heard.
Do you have any additional comments?
I fell into this book from the beginning. Cass Neery is a wonderful character who kept me a bit unbalanced while wanting to know more and more about her. I wouldn't let her anywhere near my medicine cabinet but would like to share a drink with her now and then.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful