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Keeping It Real Paperback – Mar 6 2007

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Strong Is the New Pretty

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  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (March 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591025397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025399
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #969,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Life is anything but real in this entertaining fusion of SF and fantasy spiced with sex, rockin' elves and drunk faeries, the first of a new series, from British author Robson (Mappa Mundi). In 2015, the quantum bomb at Texas's superconducting supercollider blew a hole in spacetime's fabric, revealing "a total of five other realities" unknown to the human inhabitants of Otopia (formerly Earth). One of these is Alfheim, a home to elves. By 2021, Alfheim extremists, who despise Otopian technologies (and Otopians), have targeted Zal, a rebel rocker elf and his band, the No Shows, for thriving in a human realm. Death threats prompt the Otopian security agency to assign Lila Black, a nuclear-powered cyborg still adapting to her AI abilities, to Zal as his undercover guard. After Zal is kidnapped, Black travels to Alfheim, where she meets an old foe and tangles with a wicked necromancer. Deft prose helps the reader accept what in lesser hands would be merely absurd. (Mar.)
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Robson lets loose and has fun with this tale, a rock 'n' roll saga including elves, magic, and cyborgs. After the Quantum Bomb of 2015, Earth proper has coexisted with alternate dimensions peopled by elves, demons, elementals, faeries, and the dead. Government agent Lila Black was nearly killed by elves while on a diplomatic mission, and now she is mostly machine. She has been assigned to guard the legendary band the No-Shows, especially lead singer Zal, who's precisely opposed to every elf stereotype out there, first and foremost in his music. Lila becomes trapped with him in a game caused by wild magic and, in the process of protecting him, discovers some of the complicated plots swirling just under the surface of Alfheim, the elves' dimension. Robson creates fascinating characters and worlds for them to inhabit, meanwhile sacrificing none of her other strengths and not once succumbing to the easy genre cliches, at least not without keen irony. Regina Schroeder
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 60 reviews
Michael and Julie
4.0 out of 5 starsA very good beginning to a very good series
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3.0 out of 5 starsRomance heavy, "meh" characters and plot
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5.0 out of 5 starsJustina Robson returns to form
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