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In 1999 the world has gone to hell: global warming, AIDS, urban decay, environmental disasters, and, above it all, the Glimmering. The Glimmering is an accident of modern society, a phenomenon that is destroying the ozone layer and killing the earth. In these last days, Jack Finnegan, suffering from AIDS, has come home to his family's decaying Manhattan mansion to die. He will meet Trip Marlowe, a rock star hooked on the hallucinogenic IZE, and unknowingly play out a bizarre drama scripted by his former lover, the "sociocultural pathologist" Leonard Thrope. You won't be able to put down this engrossing tale.
After a March 1997 Antarctic ocean avalanche released methane to mix with bromotetrachloride in the atmosphere during a solar storm, strange charged particles began the glimmering in the ozone layer. HIV-positive magazine publisher Jack Finnegan awaits the millennium in his crumbling New York mansion. Hand's (Waking the Moon, HarperPrism: HarperCollins, 1995) bleak ecological disaster novel, which straddles sf and fantasy, belongs in most collections.
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I read this book around 2 years ago - having been a fan of previous books. What an extreme disappointment! Read morePublished on March 30 2000
This book started out pretty good. It had a cool framing tale, even believable, and the characters seem to be pretty well-developed, if not very deep. Read morePublished on March 2 2000 by Robert Tanory
Though it didn't disturb me quite as much as "Winterlong," this novel still set my teeth on edge. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 1999 by Stephanie Flatley
I FINISHED THE BOOK A FEW WEEKS AGO AND AM STILL HAUNTED BY IT. LIKE ONE OTHER REVIEWER WROTE: IS THE SCATTERED DRUG-INDUCED PLOT HER POINT, OR IS IT JUST THAT SHE HAS NO... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 1999 by VICTORIA
I read the phenominally good Waking the Moon in two sittings. Glimmering, however, took me two weeks due to my general impatience with the book and its plot (or lack thereof). Read morePublished on Aug. 31 1999
I'm a fan of Hand's writing, and when I found this book I was terribly excited. The plot looked great, and the reviews were good. But it was really a let-down. Read morePublished on April 1 1999 by email@example.com
I love almost everything by Elizabeth Hand - she is probably the most unique writer working today. I really didn't like this book, though. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 1999 by Peter F. Delaney
You may be entranced by the author's language. You may be fascinated by her view of the "future" (1999). You may enjoy her characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 1999
Eliabeth Hand has a way with words, but she's terrible with sustaining a narrative. Plot threads are introduced, only to unravel later as she gets distracted and pursues another... Read morePublished on Dec 1 1998