- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (12 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575085630
- ISBN-13: 978-0575085633
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chasing the Dragon: Quantum Gravity Book Four Paperback – 12 Aug 2010
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Lila Black, half-robot and all attitude. The acclaimed series of SF/fantasy adventures from Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author Justina Robson hits new heights.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
However if you've missed them, it will make this one nigh impossible to get the most out of alongside understanding the twists and turns without becoming incredibly confused which would be a shame as the world created by Justina is pretty extensive and a real joy to visit. Whilst this is still several notched above a variety of other authors out there its is perhaps her weakest book to date in my opinion which is a shame as it partly feels that she's running out of steam for the world and characters, however I hope to be proved wrong in the future.
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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... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2010 by K. Brailsford
I don't understand why Justina Robson's awesome series Quantum Gravity is not on the bestseller list. I cannot recommend her highly enough!! Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2010 by Amazon Customer
I have read all the Quantum Gravity books. This is the first where I found the process of reading it laboured. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2010 by PJ Online