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Living Next Door to the God of Love

by Justina Robson

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Series: Natural History (2)

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minus points for pronouns and underaged love interests ( )
  ansate | Jan 25, 2015 |
My contact with string theory is tenuous at best, and I don't understand it in the slightest.

Nevertheless it would be easy to describe this as an omnisexual romance about string theory. You could also easily describe it as a fantastical, multiversal investigation into the nature of deity and the relationship between deity and worshipper. You could also describe it as a quixotic fantasy in hard SF clothes.

There are flaws - many of the characters are ciphers and it's not really clear why they're there, except the author seemed to think it would be cool, but for all that, a thoroughly enjoyable read. ( )
1 vote lewispike | Oct 10, 2007 |
I think some people would consider this book genius. I am not one of them. I don't think it's bad either: Robson is a good, technical writer with some lovely poetry to her prose. But I really can't decide one way or the other how I feel about this book, and right now, I have more complaints than praises.

For a full review, which may or may not include spoilers, please click here: http://calico-reaction.livejournal.com/13106.html ( )
  devilwrites | Aug 24, 2007 |
Lovely writing and inventive plot. I didn't like it as much as Natural History and found it confusing at times, but it was an enjoyable ride. ( )
  jobbi | May 12, 2007 |
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For Freda Warrington Now, or never
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There's a kind of hush all over the world tonight: the sound of lovers in love.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553587420, Paperback)

Where do you run when a world is out to get you?

AIs, Forged beings, superheroes, angels, and worlds that change in the blink of an eye–here is a richly imagined tale of ordinary redemption in an extraordinary world from one of the most provocative writers working today.…

Francine is a young runaway looking to find a definition of love she can trust. In Sankhara, she finds a palace where rooms are made of bone, flowers, and the hearts of heroes. She finds a scientist mapping the territory of the human mind. She finds a boyfriend. And she finds Eros itself–incarnated in the androgynously irresistible form of Jalaeka.

But not everyone is in love with the god of love. Unity, for one, wants to assimilate Jalaeka along with every other soul in the universe. And contrary to what everyone always believes, love alone can’t save the day. It will take something both more and less powerful than the human heart to save the worlds upon worlds at risk when gods collide.

For Robson, world-building is a literary device like any other, useful for exposing buried fears and desires to the light of day, no matter how strange the sun.” –New York Times Book Review

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"Metropolis is a city of superheroes where you can become anyone you like, fighting all day, partying till dawn ... Sankhara is a universe where everything is remade by night, according to the inhabitants' deepest, darkest dreams ... Koker Ai exists in another time and space, where Intana, less favoured courtesan in the court of a decaying empire, has just discovered a warrior who cannot die ... Jalaeka has been many things in his short lifetime: a war captive, a prostitute, a pilgrim, a pirate, a physics student, and even a princess in a glass coffin. Now he's looking for someone to make him into something better, for the entity which created him is coming to take him back. It has consumed a million worlds, a billion lifeforms. Its power is unrivalled, its evolution relentless.""Francine is a fifteen-year-old runaway, out to find a definition of love she can believe in. She finds a palace whose rooms are made of bone, flowers and the hearts of heroes. She finds a scientist looking for the lost light of the universe. She finds herself at the centre of an unstoppable conflict which began long before she was born. And she finds a new boyfriend."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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