I was so freaked out by this book that I refused to read any of Elizabeth Hand's other books for years. Fortunately someone eventually made me read Waking the Moon
, and I got over my Handiphobia, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.
Cold, cruel, manipulative, sadistic - yeah, the real world is enough of those that I don't need to have my nose rubbed in it. I'll admit that portions are beautifully written, but it seriously put me off.