Down to the Bone

THE GAP BETWEEN THE WORLDS WAS SO THIN IN PLACES, YOU COULD ALMOST STEP ACROSS WITHOUT MEANING TOLila Black can still turn into a lethal war winning machine with the merest thought but she doesn t work for the agency any Problem is, she has no idea what to do next.Teazle is a demon who may have become Death s Angel.Zal is a has been elven musician without a bandHE GAP BETWEEN THE WORLDS WAS SO THIN IN PLACES, YOU COULD ALMOST STEP ACROSS WITHOUT MEANING TOLila Black can still turn into a lethal war winning machine with the merest thought but she doesn t work for the agency any Problem is, she has no idea what to do next.Teazle is a demon who may have become Death s Angel.Zal is a has been elven musician without a band.They don t add up to much and when they get together major stuff goes down.But the dead are walking, the veil between the worlds is tearing and if it fails altogether all bets are off.Someone has to do something and it looks like it s going to have to be Lila.Is attitude enough to get you through life and death Will it get you a happy ending
Down to the Bone THE GAP BETWEEN THE WORLDS WAS SO THIN IN PLACES YOU COULD ALMOST STEP ACROSS WITHOUT MEANING TOLila Black can still turn into a lethal war winning machine with the merest thought but she doesn t wor

  • Title: Down to the Bone
  • Author: Justina Robson
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  • Page: 287
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  • 1 thought on “Down to the Bone”

    1. I really wanted to like it, especially as the culmination of a five book series. But it kept getting more and more confusing. It was so long and each revelation just confused me more instead of being a cool ah-ha moment. As usual, there was way more tell me than show me, but it was really out of control this time, with long philosophical discussions both of real-world philosophy and issues specific to the story. it was just was too long and most of all, way too confusing. By the end I didn't car [...]

    2. First a warning (only slightly) no synopsis of previous events is included, so you might end up (like me) being a bit confused by everything that has gone before. Rather like trying to read the The Return of the King, without having read the previous books in the trilogy. That being said, it was worth the confusion (for me) to get through the first parts and pick up the cues that helped to fill in the back story. Former Rock gods, demons, elves (with tails!) cyborgs, dragons, golems, etc, etc.Fu [...]

    3. This is the fifth and final book in the Quantum Gravity series. This whole series has been crazy creative, a bit ambiguous at times, and lots of fun. This book tied things up nicely, but wasn’t an easy read at allrts of the book were downright confusing.Lila is back working for the Agency and is an unstoppable fighting machine. Zal is wandering around not sure what to do with himself but enjoying the time with Lila. Teazle is the Angel of Death and enjoys slaughtering massive amounts of demons [...]

    4. 3.5I'm sort of torn on this book.On one hand, I continue to feel that Lila is a relatable and likable character, and there were real moments of pathos and complexity going on. But, on the other, her constant self recriminations and doubts and everything else seem to bog down the story because despite everything that happens it seems like it's the same notes that get played over and over again. (I never felt bored, per se, but there were a few times where I did think we could move along already.) [...]

    5. What a long, strange trip it has been with flashes of humor, convulsing and convoluted mythology, treachery and loyalty twisting back on each other like snakes, and at long last, some measure of peace for a world that has lost none of its strangeness but just a bit of its peril. Robson does a good job bringing readers up to speed at the start of DOWN TO THE BONE (with prophetic, faery beer, of all things), but even with the bare bones of the conflict laid out, I can't say if new readers would be [...]

    6. Dammit, now I want to go back to the beginning and start again. I'd say these would be best experienced read closely together, it took me a while to remember who everyone was and what their relationship was to everyone. Lila Black is more integrated with her lethality, Zal is more shadow than person, an elven musician who has no band and his memories are very patchy. There's also Teazle, a demon who is becoming an angel and possibly Death's Angel, Lila has been married to both but isn't sure whi [...]

    7. 4 stars - purchased myself - a solid ending to an excellent saga. Lila Black, a fully integrated human/cyborg/other, continues her role as defender of the known realms alongside her "husbands" Zal, a shadow elf/demon hybrid and former rock star, and Teezle the "leader" of the demons by way of might makes right. The worlds are collapsing as a prophecy from the time before time comes true and the answers on what to do are not easily forthcoming. Lila must face some old friends head on and come to [...]

    8. What a long, strange trip it has been with flashes of humor, convulsing and convoluted mythology, treachery and loyalty twisting back on each other like snakes, and at long last, some measure of peace for a world that has lost none of its strangeness but just a bit of its peril. Robson does a good job bringing readers up to speed at the start of DOWN TO THE BONE (with prophetic, faerie beer, of all things), but even with the bare bones of the conflict laid out, I can't say if new readers would b [...]

    9. So, the story of Lila Black finally comes to an end. It has been a rather unusual ride.Describing any of these five books is a little difficult, and it is a fitting ending to an unusual series that is even more difficult to describe.The worlds are quite literally coming apart at the seams. Somethingor rather three somethings created long, long ago are returning and Lila, Zal, and Teazle are tasked with finding these three somethings and stopping them.The problem is that nothing can stop them, no [...]

    10. The Walking Dead meets Lila BlackThe Quantum Gravity worlds are close to disaster, the dead walks again and the veil between the worlds are so thin that you may pass on by mistake. Lila and her bike are back and so are her husbands, the demon Teazle has turned into the Angel of Dead and the Elven Zal is not quite the same after returning from the Sisters either.Lila Black is a feisty heroine half machine and half human but all attitude that makes these books so enjoyable to read. This is the fin [...]

    11. Originally reviewed at For Your Literary PleasureBecause my comments for the last three books in the series are similar I'm cheating and making them have one review - sue me. In all honesty, this series could have been shorter. There were many scenes that dragged on despite having one of the more intricate plots I've read in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. My drive to finish the series was pushed by my inability let characters go with no resolution - I NEEDED to know what happened to Lila, Zal and Teazle [...]

    12. Down to the Bone provided an excellent conclusion to the Quantum Gravity series. Some readers who don’t enjoy reading about characters emotional journeys and the complexity involved will not enjoy this book or the earlier ones. There is a fair amount of emotional exploration by the characters but there are good reasons for this based on the characters history and therefore not superficial reasons put in by the author. The scientific conversations within the fifth book can be complex and slow t [...]

    13. Phew! I'm so thrilled that the last book of this series was every bit (well almost) as good as the first one. It has been a roller coaster ride with everything possible and impossible happening. I think Zal being a floppy doll, barely stitched together, takes the prize as the weirdest plot I also think that Malachi and Sarasilien got very lucky that things actually worked out in the end, talk about playing a long game! I still don't get a lot of the twists and turns of the overall plot, but as l [...]

    14. THE GAP BETWEEN THE WORLDS WAS SO THIN IN PLACES, YOU COULD ALMOST STEP ACROSS WITHOUT MEANING TO Lila Black can still turn into a lethal war-winning machine with the merest thought but she doesn't work for the agency any more. Problem is, she has no idea what to do next. Teazle is a demon who may have become Death's Angel. Zal is a has-been elven musician without a band. They don't add up to much and when they get together major stuff goes down. But the dead are walking, the veil between the wo [...]

    15. I've enjoyed this series immensely, and I'm extremely happy to say that this (final) book is just as good - if not better - than the first! The books in between, while good, did sometimes get confusing. Not only was "Down To The Bone" easy to read, but it also tied up most of the loose ends that would normally leave you hanging.The dynamic between Lila/Zal/Teazle has been a fun read, and I definitely wasn't disappointed by the interaction in this book. I just wish I KNEW at the end - what was Te [...]

    16. As a whole, I enjoyed the series. Magic, elves, demons, faeries, there's a lot there. There are times when the books become a cacophony. It feels like trying to read through crashing cymbals because there's just so much going on. This feeling is amplified by the fact that the final book seems to have reached a point around 2/3 of the way in where the editor decided to phone it in and take vacation the rest of the month. Still, a very interesting story. It uses old tropes we know and love from fa [...]

    17. Couldn't make it thru. Sorry kids. It's been so long since I read the last book in the series that I couldn't connect all the references being made in the first chapters (no blaming the author for that--it's all on me), the characters in the beginning were moribund and depressing to the point of boredom, and overall I think that this series just went one book too far. I wish I'd liked the fourth book better so that I'd perhaps feel up to rereading it later and trying again, but I don't see that [...]

    18. Though I really enjoyed trading the previous books in this series, this one was immense work to get through. In fact one I got to the middle it was only a sense of loyalty or if the previous books that kept me reading. I found this book immensely confusing, as a result the study was not as enjoyable asit should be. I still love Lila, Zal and Teazle and their unusual relationship. I'm sad that this is the last book in the series and I didn't like the way it was told, but the way it ended worked o [...]

    19. While overall this series was a little patchy, this book, the finale, was just great and rounded the series off very well. The author is to be praised for having genuinely created an original mythos from the routine stuff of fantasy; elves, demons, and faeries; and cyborgs, angels and more. It's a curious blend of science and fantasy that, on the whole, works well and is certainly to be recommended. It's also rich with techy gamer in jokes.

    20. Seemed a bit of a copout.Pretty much every question regarding the overarching plot of what's going on for the past 5 books all gets wrapped up in a fairy tale style info dump right at the end :/At the same time thoughe characters were fairly vibrant, interesting relationship between Lila and friends kept things interesting and there was a strong, STRONG imagination on display. Sofuntimes.

    21. I was really excited to get to the end of this interesting and original series but really struggled to connect with the characters that I had previously devoured so readily. It almost felt as if it were something the author was obliged to write, and I didn't feel as if the smart, sexy author was having as much smart, sexy fun as she used to with these books.

    22. Grand finale of the series with all the familiar players popping their heads into the action. It's a busy book with lots going on and I don't think it'd make that much sense if you hadn't read the previous ones.

    23. A fun and fitting ending to the series. Took a little getting into as it had been a while since I read the previous books and the characters and customs took a while to get familiar with again. Very enjoyable and I'm glad of the way it ended. Not too sad, nor too mushy and clichéd either.

    24. Didn't find this book as consuming as the previous four - it was more difficult to get into I thought (but this will probably change when I reread it). However the ending really surprised me, turning a potentially 2-3 star book into a 4-5star book. Can now say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    25. While I love Justina Robson's writing, this series waned as it continued across 5 books. I found the action awkward to follow. On the flip side I think this series would translate very well onto the screen as movies or a mini-series.

    26. Not as good as the previous books, felt a little slapdash at times, but an enjoyable read and I'll miss the characters.

    27. Much better than the last book, for sure. A few things seemed a little too tidy, but overall I was pretty satisfied with the conclusion to this series.

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