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Chasing the Dragon: Quantum Gravity Book Four [Paperback]

Justina Robson
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Lila Black returns in the fourth volume of high-octane, high-magic, high-tech adventures.

For ten years now mankind has lived in Otopia - our world, but our world changed. Ever since the Quantum Bomb our dimension and realms of faerie, demonia, of the elementals and of death have been intermingled. We live alongside creatures from our myths, dreams and nightmares.

Lila Black, half-robot, all attitude works for Otopia's secret service. In love with a half-elf, half-demon, and carrying the spirit of another elf inside her, her life is quite complicated enough already. But other complications, other loves, other fears, other deaths wait just around the next dimensional corner.

This is bright, fast moving and accessible SF that mixes in fantasy and a cool cult-lit sensibility to create a series that will appeal to all fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Peter Hamilton alike.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575085630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575085633
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justina Robson was one of the two first winners of the Writer's Bursary in 2000. She has written a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels and has been multiply shortlisted for various international awards including the Arthur C Clarke Award. She has taught creative writing at the Arvon Foundation and will be teaching Clarion West, the SF and Fantasy Masterclass programme in 2013.

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Lila Black, half-robot and all attitude. The acclaimed series of SF/fantasy adventures hits new heights. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Justina is from Leeds, a city in Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to write and always did. Other things sometimes got in the way and sometimes still do...but not too much.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your New Ontology 5 Dec 2009
By Diziet TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the fourth book in the Quantum Gravity series. You have to read the previous books ('Keeping It Real', 'Selling Out' and 'Going Under') to have any chance of making sense of this one.

It is fifty Otopian (Earth) years since the end of 'Going Under'. What in Faery would have been a year and a day, as Lila bargained, has wrought huge changes. Sarasilien has disappeared, Zal is nowhere to be found, only Teazle and Malachi, initially, seem to be pretty much as they were. Lila, although human, has been changed; metal elementals have broken down the boundary between her flesh and her cyborg implants. There is a lot to fix.

That's the start. From there, the whole novel turns into something pretty extraordinary. I have to say that I think this is far and away the best book of the series so far. It is dark, brooding, very well written with many powerful and evocative metaphors and classic one-liners. It almost defines its own genre.

Initially, the series seemed a bit 'The Lord of the Rings' meets 'Terminator' but slowly the books have evolved into a sort of exploration of alternate dimensions (the realms of Faery, Alfheim, Demonia and the rest) phase-shifts in reality, 'magic' that is based on manipulation of Superstrings and the Quantum Foam.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as great as the rest of the series 27 Nov 2009
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As a self professed "hard core" science fiction addict I've kept quiet about my enjoyment of this series from Justina Robson not through embarrassment or reserve just a view that others would be better reviewers. Of course that's not to say that this isn't just as hard core as stuff from Peter Hamilton or Alistair Reynolds but that the series has an overlay/spine of emotion, metaphor and whimsy which distinguishes it from many other works.

I've thoroughly enjoyed every book in the series; the world building, characterisation, plot and heart behind it are without compare and in her heroine, Lila Black, she has created one of the most interesting, compelling and basically sexy literary creations I've read in quite some time.

However I didn't enjoy this volume in the series quite as much as the others, as Lila's journey moves from the material world to those more and more radically different from "here'n'now" the narrative for me has lost its way somewhat. It's often said that the best books are those which deliver new insights to the reader upon each successive reading, and that was certainly true of the last volume, "Going Under", but for me the middle third of the book was a trifle too stuffed with metaphor and allusion to maintain the tight focus the previous books had.

In short this is a good volume in a great series; it's just not quite as good as those which came before it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 13 Oct 2010
I have noticed that Robson can go off on one and the sci-fi element can get a bit esoteric for me. However, although she does indeed get into some complicated fantasy sci-fi notions she hasn't strayed away from her story, and at the end of the book I was left eagerly awaiting the next one.

It helps that I like the characters and so I want to know what happens to them.

Robson is a brave writer, and one I respect. Looking forward to the next installment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing more than the Dragon: Quantum Gravity 3 May 2010
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Justina Robson has a mind like a top shell, endlessly coiled, with unexpected twists of smooth mother-of-pearl. A real delight.
You might not understand all the scientific details of the stories and i must confess, she left me standing more than a few times! i didn't have a regular schooling in sciences which puts me at a disadvantage on occasion but do not let this put you off this truly fascinating series - when the tale gets going, it's a rollercoaster.
Having created a world so similar to us, she immediately puts it on a tilt and makes it all her own. Her heroine is a gutsy, pretty normal woman who has atonishing things thrust upon her and how she copes with this, the people and creatures she meets is the meat of the tale. Becoming a virtual cyborg is not something any of us is likely to experience but we never loose touch with the essential woman.
The story works on so many levels, words fail me but i love the amazing beings who people her life. And how many of us could cope with life as half-machine, several husbands and demon hangers-on??
i love these books and would recommend them to every sex!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is Justina running out of steam? 2 Mar 2010
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I have read all the Quantum Gravity books. This is the first where I found the process of reading it laboured.

The story telling was not as sharp as the previous books and feel that this was a case of "there has to be a sequel", rather than "I have a great idea for the next instalment".

That said, I wouldn't put anyone off from reading it if they have read the rest of the series. I just found it a bit of a 2 to 3 star read rather than a 4 to 5 like the other 3 books. I'm rambling now... I'll stop there!
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