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Selling Out by Justina Robson

Selling Out

by Justina Robson

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This book is exciting, romantic. This series is definitely worth a read.
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  Emmy_Gerard | Jun 3, 2016 |
It did not catch my interest as much as the first book, and I was sort of willing myself to get to the end.

Saying that though, I will read the next book!

A light, easy quick read :) ( )
  starwolvie | Jan 17, 2016 |
There is a phrase to describe this sci-fi slash fantasy read: bat-shit crazy. If I could still follow book #1, this one had a lot of infodumps and incredibly detailed complex worlds. My head was spinning, but I still enjoyed Lila and Co. adventures. She is a secret agent and a cyborg falling for a dark elf/demon. What's not to love? Add a loyal fae friend, different dimensions and incredible vicious beauty of demon realms, and you have one mesmerizing pain in the butt of a book. Similar reads: none. Maybe Fifth Element and Final Fantasy? ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
I really enjoyed the first in this series, which was a pleasant inter-genre affair with an interesting main character. Lila's attempts to survive politics, deadly mysteries and hot elf action were entertaining, and Robson presented her setting with a fair amount of subtlety.

This book was a big turnaround. Gone is most of the romance angle, with Lila's best boy stranded in a different dimension, so we can't enjoy their interactions. Both are also separated from Lila's buddies, which also cuts down on characterisation. Instead, the novel focuses on two things: dimensional politics, and the convoluted metaphysics of this multiverse. The problem here is that I really wasn't interested in these, and there's an awful lot of it. It doesn't help that every universe is somewhat arbitrary because of the mystical-magical thing that's going on, so not only is there a new fantasy culture and appearance to learn about, but the basic laws of the universe can differ. And I just don't particularly care about that. I don't mind learning this stuff as you go along, but I don't want it as the focus of the book.

From what I've heard, the rest of the series is even more focused on the metaverse stuff, so I'll give it a pass. I came for tongue-in-cheek technofantastical romance adventure, not a DM's guide. ( )
  Shimmin | Oct 18, 2014 |
Elves with tech
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
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A melding of science fiction and fantasy brought together in the figure of the dangerously lovely Lila Black, a 21-year-old secret agent who's had much of her body replaced with weapon-and-armor-heavy intelligent metal and who isn't sure where her mind ends and her installed AI begins. Lila's world is one where demons, elves, and elementals live alongside people. And somehow Lila and the other agents of the security agency have to provide security for all and stay alive themselves.… (more)

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