Bold As Love was recommended by a friend, and I was doubtful. In my experience fantasy and sf writers tend to fall down badly when they tackle contemporary culture, and an award is no guarantee of readability: but this is different. Imagine an idealist rock festival scene,made up of punks and radical political hippies, and imagine the principal characters, the aspiring stars,looking on fairly cynically as this scene develops fangs and teeth in a near-future England...and then just as you wonder where the book could be going, all hell breaks loose. You soon realise that the ensemble characters are taking on the roles of fantasy, with rock and roll aristocracy replacing the usual fake-mediaeval princes and princesses, and alt.tech (mainly) replacing magic. It's a bold idea indeed, yet it works excellently. The disasters keep coming, the pace is gleeful and relentless to a daring finale, but Ax and Sage ands Fiorinda are the heart of the book, and their compelling relationship is the real drive. If you don't like rock music, you'd probably still get a lot out of this book, because there are many layers, if you do like music, prepare to spot lol references: Gwyneth Jones doesn't ram her knowledge of the scene down your throat but its always there. If your views are young conservative, don't touch this book, it will only make you hopping mad. Otherwise, I'd recommend it to anyone. Brilliant and unique. I wish other fantasy writers would follow this lead.