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Getting darker, and more interesting,
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This review is from: Selling Out: Quantum Gravity Book Two: Quantum Gravity Bk. 2 (Paperback)
O.k. - so this is book 2. You do need to read book 1 (Keeping It Real) in order to get up to speed. About the first five pages are given over to explaining the plot so far - which is not really enough (I don't want more - just read book 1).
The first book was a 'fun romp' through many cyber-punk/fantasy clichés and it was a good read. But now things are getting serious. The first book introduced us to the idea of the various 'realms' after the Quantum bomb had gone off (I kind of wonder if this'll happen when the Large Hadron Collider is switched on in Geneva in 2008 :-)). But now the whole thing gets darker, with Zal spending quite a lot of time in Zoomenon and Lila in Demonia and journeying through 'Hell'.
Some very strange (and occasionally very funny) characters are added to the set (for example, Thingumajig, the incredibly irritating bright red imp), but most characters from Book 1 are still there - now with more depth and rather more understandable motives.
As the characters gradually get rather more three dimensional, the plot gets increasingly convoluted. Someone points out near the beginning that our heroine, Lila, has serious emotional and mental issues that need sorting out - well, yes, I think most of us would have if we had been thoroughly mangled and scared by magic, and woke up to discover that all our limbs were missing and had been replaced with super-human prosthetics and our parents had been told that we were dead. But she just shrugs it off and gets on with beating up the next bad guy. But, as the book develops, and Lila's character also shows some signs of development, the mental landscape becomes rather more believable as crossings, double-crossings, betrayals and deceits add further layers to the story. The hints of yet another 'realm' that no-one from the known realms thinks the humans should know about yet add, not only a good excuse for another book, but further twists to the current plot.
Let's not go over the top now - it's a good read, whizzing along at a good pace and clearly there is more to come - and I'm looking forward to it :-)