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Negative Space
Title : Negative Space
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ISBN : 9781620073148
Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 169

Negative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. The secret to his work's haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a "home in his work." This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people hNegative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. The secret to his work's haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a "home in his work." This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people he knew growing up, including his father. Then, one day, someone recognizes a face in one of his paintings, and he is suddenly thrust into a journey as surreal as anything from his brush, a journey into his past that will determine irrevocably his future."What a page turner!...[Robinson is] a fine writer." --- Kitty Burns Florey, Author, Solos, The Writing Master


Negative Space Reviews

  • Katy

    Book Info: Genre: Dark fictionReading Level: AdultRecommended for: Those more interested in the journey than the destination, those who are more interested in the characters than the plotTrigger Warnings: stalking, murderMy Thoughts: This is a very odd little book. I'll tell you right away that if you like a fast-paced plot with lots of action, you'll probably dislike this book intensely. Most of the book consists of naval-gazing and searching for meaning, with a subtle tension running through t [...]

  • Hope Sloper

    Read full reviewThis novel was much improved from the last. All aspects of it. The characters are more likable, all easy to relate to and love - even through their complexities.

  • Vicki Trask

    Cliffnotes version: This story follows several characters: Max, Karen, Dwayne, Charles, and James on their journeys through Los Angeles during the Rodney King Trial and the less than glamorous world of art in the 1990s.Max, our protagonist, is a damaged artist with a dark past who teams up with a dominatrix and a conspiracy theorist to find his father all the while finding inspiration in missing persons pictures. If I used that sentence to describe any other book it would sound ridiculous but be [...]

  • Eustacia Tan

    One fine day, I got an email from the Curiosity Quills team, inviting me to read and review Negative Space and the next book, Waking Gods. Feeling curious as to what book it was, I went to look at the first book, and lo and behold, I gave it a really good rating. Five stars, in fact. So obviously I said yes and accepted the ebooks.At first, I was a bit afraid that having more or less forgotten the first book, I wouldn't have been able to follow the second, but it was totally not the case. As far [...]

  • Paula

    I received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press, Netgalley, and Mike Robinson.Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.I've thought a lot about how I'm going to review this book. The plot was very different from what I expected. From reading the book summary, I was under the impression that this was going to be a mystery or suspense that focused on finding some of the missing people who have been incorporated into Max's paintings. Instead, I was taken on [...]

  • Jeff Soyer

    Sometimes I just never know what to expect from a book. It can be a great, or good, or not so good read. Usually, I at least know the genre of it. Not so with Negative Space, by Mike Robinson. Let me state at the outset that this is a good read.Negative Space is not science fiction or horror, nor ‘literary fiction.’ I like my reviews to be as helpful as possible so let’s call this an intriguing mix of mystery, a dash of supranatural (yes it is, too, a word; look it up!) and a splash of tha [...]

  • Chanzie

    Rating 2.5 / 5 starsI had such hopes for this book. I read the write up and was so excited as the story line sounded so inviting and was so different to the norm. The opening scene/prologue is very confusing when I was trying to connect to the story/characters. It took me a while to adapt to Mike's writing style, connect to the story and warm up to the characters. By the end of Chapter One I was very intrigued. I like the way Mike incorporated the meaning of the title of the book into the story. [...]

  • Liz Barnsley

    Negative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. The secret to his work's haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a "home in his work."Hmm. Well, not what I was expecting thats for sure. A slightly odd one this, in a good way - I think. Where I was expecting a mystery based on missing people I instead got a story about Max, h [...]

  • David Watson

    I recently read Negative Space by Mike Robinson. The story follows a painter named Max Higgins who is starting to become popular by collecting photos of missing people and putting them in his paintings. He feels he is giving these lost people a home in his art. His impulse to do this comes from dealing with people disappearing from his life as a kid. Among them was his father. One day someone recognizes a face from one of his paintings and he has to look into his past to find out why his father [...]

  • Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes Continuing the Twilight Falls series with Negative Space.And, frankly, at the start it felt like I was reading something completely different. The premise of this book was even better than the last. A promising LA artist uses the faces of missing persons in his paintings, as to give them some kind of place. However, when he recognizes one of 'his' faces in the street, things are about to change.It started of really good, but soon it got crowded with l [...]

  • Shane

    disclosure - i received an e-galley of this novel from curiosity quills press in exchange for an honest review.los angeles painter max higgins has a secret for his work: every painting contains the face of a missing person. he captures these faces and provides them with a new life, lived through his painting, and one day one of the faces is recognized. this premise sets the stage for mike robinson's negative spacescribed as a mystery/thriller and/or sci-fi/fantasy, the initial promise of this no [...]

  • Daniel

    I received an electronic copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.Unfortunately this novel thoroughly disappointed me. Its description gave me high hopes that it would be a lovely piece of oddball, cult, B-grade fiction, but instead it was just a general mess.The writing was inconsistent. In rare moments when the story became its most philosophical in discussing art and humanity it would shine. But for the most part the writing style is awkward and forced, filled with cringe worthy similes [...]

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    3.5*Book source ~ Many thanks to Curiosity Quills for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.It’s 1992 and Max Higgins is a painter in L.A. He finds the inspiration for his paintings from missing people. After he is interviewed for an art magazine his whole life is turned upside down. For better or worse? Only Max knows.The story itself about Max and his life is interesting, but all the art talk was beyond me. Everything that every character said about art went right over my [...]

  • Shawna

    ARC provided by NetGalley:I had high hopes for this book based on the premise. Max Higgins is an up and coming artist whose paintings include pictures of missing persons. When he is reunited with a sister he didn't know existed, he begins a journey that leads the reader to believe that something sinister is on the horizon. Sadly, the suspenseful lead is never fully developed. I kept waiting for something big to happen but it never really did. The addition of "extras" just lead to my confusion ab [...]

  • Judy

    The first chapter of this book frightened me. Not because of the terrifying scenario in which young Max found himself, but because of the overuse of overstyled metaphors. I was prepared to give up, but found the first half of the book much more interesting, and minus the metaphors!However, the story fell apart; did not give up what it promised; and the story just petered out. What I thought was promised was not delivered. It is a shame because the story could have been interesting and the writin [...]

  • C. Purtill

    More like 3.5 stars. I love Robinson's turns of phrase, his evocative descriptions and his unusual characters and their life stories. This novel about an artist, his long lost sister and a private investigator is reminiscent of a strange drug trip: heady and moody. (NB: I was provided with an e-book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Keyreads

    I received this book via NetGalley for review. I don't have much to say about this book other than it could have been better. I felt there was so much other stuff happening in the book that I forgot all about the mystery. sci fi. Overall I give it 3/5 stars.

  • Matthew Graybosch

    I preferred Mike's previous works, The Green-Eyed Monster and The Prince of Earth. A good novel while it lasted, Negative Space seemed to end very abruptly, in the same fashion as Neal Stephenson: minimal denouement after the climax.

  • Matthew Barnes

    Possibly the best book individually in the trilogy, although still confused!booksmjb/2016/01/the-eni

  • Andrew Buckley

    A chilling and wonderful read! I can't wait to see what Robinson comes up with next.