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Heliotrope
Heliotrope
by Justina Robson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and varied collection, 2 Jun 2011
This review is from: Heliotrope (Paperback)
Justina Robson's sf/fantasy novels stand in an exceptional category entirely on their own, unique. No one has a voice like hers.

In this collection we get that voice in little microcosms - some of which refer back to her novels like the amazing LIVING NEXT DOOR TO THE GOD OF LOVE, and also (in the excellent pure fantasy story 'An Unremarkable Man')the Quantum Gravity series, but always in her imimitable voice. My own favourite is THE GIRL HERO's MIRROR SAYS HE'S NOT THE ONE, which does a typical Robson thing: it takes a universal sf/fantasy dream--come-true convention(to be a superhero) and looks at it from the inside, from the real life lived instead of the concept - where of course it's the normal, maybe even the boring life, in fact all the other considered possible lives the superhero could be living out there that look so very vivid, and the girl hero is not satisfied. In fact, that reaching out for the perfect life, trying to figure it out, needing to mix reality and imagination to have any chance of being fulfilled, is a wonderful thread running through this collection. As Robson herself puts it in her (all too brief) notes appended to the final story 'Regardless of prgoress in technology human beings have yet to deal with the real problems that have always driven them - the tensions created by their existence as individuals and animals of limited powers but powerful imaginations, for whom biology is still destiny and that destiny is death.' In this collection, Robson looks at this and much else with power and a lot of humour too.

Adam Roberts introuction is also very good, a serious, indeed almost academic assessment of her work, which is the very least this remarkable writer deserves.


Going Under: Quantum Gravity Book Three
Going Under: Quantum Gravity Book Three
by Justina Robson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.69

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly superb writing, 31 Jan 2010
This series is quite simply one of the most unique, absorbing and most well-written sc-fi/fantasy cross breed set of novels around. Justina Robson has an extraordinary imagination, matched by a breathtaking ability to get right to the heart of diverse characters. She writes men equally well as women, feckless faeries equally well as monsters, and has a rare capacity to give both a convincingly tender and steel edge to both, depending on the situation. But it is also her use of language that soars: the depiction of the world of Faery in the last hundred pages of this novel, in it winter aspect with Jack in control, and within that the conjuring moment by moment of characters as intriguing as Gulfolyle, is pure lucid invention at its most stunning. I've been left on holiday having finished this book in a place I can't buy Chasing the Dragon for at least a week, and I can't decide whether that's bad because I can't read it or good because after I have finish it what then? Many of the finest writers alive focus on the sc-fi, fantasy and horror genres these days, but no one brings a personal vision to it more alluringly attractive than Justina Robson.


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