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Justina Robson

Autor(a) de Keeping It Real

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About the Author

Justina Robson was a teacher (2002,2006) at the Arvon Foundation in the UK.

Includes the name: Robson Justina

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Séries

Obras de Justina Robson

Keeping It Real (2006) 847 cópias
Natural History (2003) 493 cópias
Selling Out (2007) 459 cópias
Going Under (2008) 315 cópias
Mappa Mundi (2001) 239 cópias
Chasing the Dragon (2009) 237 cópias
Silver Screen (1999) 232 cópias
Down to the Bone (2011) 175 cópias
Glorious Angels (2015) 106 cópias
The Switch (2016) 30 cópias
Heliotrope (1834) 17 cópias
The tales of Catt & Fisher (2020) 14 cópias

Associated Works

Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contribuinte — 234 cópias
Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge (2007) — Contribuinte — 130 cópias
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures (2005) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets (2005) — Contribuinte — 94 cópias
Infinity's End (2018) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
When It Changed: Science into Fiction (2009) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
Letters to Tiptree (2015) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Space Opera (2007) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Fearsome Magics (2014) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon (2021) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Constellations (2005) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Myth-understandings (1996) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2019 Edition (2019) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Mother of Invention (2018) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
The 1000 Year Reich (2016) — Introdução — 17 cópias
Night, Rain, And Neon (2022) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 15: Worldcon 2008 Special (2008) — Contribuinte, algumas edições13 cópias
The Alsiso Project (2003) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Bio-Punk: Stories from the Far Side of Research (2012) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Legends 3: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (2019) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
The Reinvented Heart (2022) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 17 • October 2011 (2011) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Digital Dreams: A Decade of Science Fiction by Women (2016) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Elasticity: The Best of Elastic Press (2017) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Improbable Botany (2018) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias

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Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
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The 4 on the cover/title confused me, and I originally thought this was the fourth book in a series by the same author, but it turns out that this is the fourth book in a collection, where each book has a different female author, and each is a collection of short stories that, at least in this case, are science fiction, fantasy, or a mix of both.

I enjoyed most of the stories in this book, and found them interesting and easy to read, with characters that seemed realistic, though a few seem to have a currently-popular level of snark that didn't seem to fit them.

In particular, I liked the optimism of some of the stories, especially at the end.

The two Forged stories were very awkward to get into: lots of concepts that almost seem to make sense but didn't quite. I assume these are connected to other works of the author, and if I had read those other works, perhaps I would have liked these stories.

The sixth story was too short to have the same impact as many of the others - it just didn't work for me.

Better copyediting/proofreading would be good; I found a half a dozen errors.

Overall, this makes me want to read the other books in the series, and more by Justina Robson (but probably not more from her Forged universe.)
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danielskatz | Feb 11, 2024 |
I can honestly say it's hard to categorize Keeping It Real exactly. There is definitely the science fiction element to it--Lila is a cyborg after all, and the end of Earth as we know it was presumably caused by a scientic thing (the Quantum Bomb). Plus there's plenty of technospeak happening for the techie gurus out there. Then there is also the fantasy element--High Elves, Dark Elves, Dragons, Elementals, Demons as well as the mysterious 'Games' that are played because of Wild Magic. There's also romance, mystery, humor and a shade of the horrific as well.

It all wraps up into a not so easily defined bundle of fast-paced action, crazy hijinks and even some thrilling heroics for Lila.

At the very beginning is a recap of how Earth became Otopia in 2015 thanks to the Quantum Bomb. Something happened that caused Earth to become not quite like it used to be, though no one is exactly clear on how exactly Earth changed. Regardless thanks to the Q-bomb all those creatures of stories have become real, living flesh...and the elves really don't like being called Legolas.

The first chapter or two was a highly confusing mixture of information dumping and of Lila's own brand of 'what is going on here?' information gathering. Robson doesn't quite meld the two together, with the info about the new world order awkwardly outshining the emotional troubles Lila is having as well as the exact nature of Lila herself. She's more metal and synthetic material then human flesh--with both her legs and her arms being replaced by machinery as well as a goodly portion of her brain, but I found it hard to picture her.

Zal, an unheard of aberration of a Rock star Elf, is mysterious in his motives as well. Its clear that he is interested and intrigued with Lila, as she is with him (albeit reluctantly), and possibly initiated the 'Game' the two are currently entrenched in, but he holds many cards close to his chest. Slowly his secrets are revealed, but often they just breed more secrets that have yet to be revealed. His banter with Lila is easy and quick-witted, he enjoys setting her off balance, but also enjoys her intelligence and biting sharpness.

A source of real confusion for me, even after several lengthy explanations is the exact nature of the 'Game'. From what I gather is gambler's dream--the stakes are usually pretty high, the pay out is even higher and the cost of losing is extreme.

The Game that Lila and Zal enter into is tricky and dangerous. It's not clear who began it, but Zal welcomes and relishes it while Lila is terrified of it. Her past experiences with elves are what led her to current state of cyborgness. The elf who caused the trauma also seems intent on hunting down Zal, though this book taught me something important--appearances and perceptions are truly not to be taken for granted.

By the end of the book several people lay dead, Lila has yet something else causing her to worry and the Game they both play is far from being done with it. The second book, Selling Out, sounds thrilling as well and I look forward to the continuing adventures of Lila the cyborg and Zal the Elf Rocker.
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lexilewords | outras 32 resenhas | Dec 28, 2023 |
In Keeping it Real we met Lila, Miss Cyborg Protector of the Year and Zal, Mister Improbable Elf Rocker. Lila was to protect Zal, Zal just had to stay alive...it was pretty simple at first. So of course things had to go hairy real quick, causing all sorts of problems (not the least of which Lila reuniting with the Elf who messed up her body to begin with) and ending all sorts of problems.

Selling Out, the second book, at least grants the fact that Lila is getting a crappy job with little chance of real success and high probability of death, dismemberment and lack of back-up. Sent to Demonia to retrieve whatever information she could on Zal the half demon elf, Lila is ill-prepared for much of what awaits. Nothing new, since she was ill-prepared for most of Keeping it Real as well, but her ingenuity and stubbornness once again helps her to survive. Zal meanwhile is on a mission to protect her, since the Game they are both playing has not played it self out (well that's one of the reasons) and that's when things get really weird.

I can definitely say I read through this sequel with more reluctance than the first book. The first book was such a wonder and filled with such keen things that the fact I lost track of things on occasion didn't bother me overmuch. It bothered me more in this book. True, Robson does an outstanding job describing Demonia and its societal structuring (middle management really is hell), but its not enough to hold together some of the fragmented pieces of plot.

Between the abrupt shifts in narrative focus (Lila, Zal and even Malachi each have separate adventures that we follow), somewhat pointless nature too much of what happens to all three characters and lack of adequate bantering time for Lila and Zal, the book had me spending more time wondering when things would make sense then concentrating on the story itself. I will say this, I liked Malachi quite a bit in the first book and was sad by how little we saw him, Robson makes up for it twofold in this book. Sadly I'm not sure the screen-time he had was completely necessary.

As of this review there are two more books already out in the Quantum Gravity series Going Under (Book 3) and Chasing the Dragon (Book 4). It’s my assumption that what happened to each character will have more impact in the next novels, but that's just a guess on my part. While this was a fun ride, it was too often confusing and jumbled to be truly entertaining.
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lexilewords | outras 17 resenhas | Dec 28, 2023 |
Very poorly constructed and written novel. The worldbuilding is badly thought out and described, the internal logic inconsistent, the plot dismal and the protagonist has no depth whatsoever. The writing pretentious and unclear.
All in all an annoying waste of time.
½
 
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amberwitch | outras 32 resenhas | May 23, 2023 |

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