Keeping It Real

by Justina Robson

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A half robot female agent with balls, attitude and an arsenal of weapons in a wonderful, sexy adventure.

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Keeping It Real Synopsis

The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe's different dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elven, elemental and demonic realms. Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology. Elves are exotic, erotic, dangerous and really bored with the constant Lord of the Rings references. Elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left well to themselves.


Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty but now she's not so sure.


Her body is now more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery. A machine she's barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation.


As for her heart . . . well ever since being drawn into a Game by the elven rockstar she's been assigned to protect, she's not even sure she can trust that anymore either.

Keeping It Real Press Reviews

"Justina infuses this yarn with humour, intelligence and, a little surprisingly for such a fun book, depth."  SFF WORLD

"This is by far the most entertaining book Robson has written, a novel packed with memorable characters and ideas but that doubles as holiday reading escapism. No mean balancing act."
Jonathan Wright SFX

"Keeping it Real provides a very enjoyable and diverting romp."  Sharon Gosling, DREAMWATCH

"Richly inventive. The work of a smart and sexy novelist having smart and sexy fun, and what's the problem with that?" LOCUS

"Fun and fast paced, but in behind the literary pyrotechnics are deeper themes about discrimination, sexual politics and identity." Dave Golder, BBC FOCUS

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ISBN: 9780575079076
Publication date: 09/11/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780575079076
Publication date: 9th November 2006
Author: Justina Robson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Genres: eBook Favourites, Science Fiction,

About Justina Robson

Justina Robson is an Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted author of ten SFF novels, including the highly regarded Quantum Gravity series, and was one of the first writers to win's Writer's Bursary in 2000. Based in Leeds, she's been shortlisted for multiple international awards and is a sought-after creative writing teacher who has taught at the Arvon Foundation. A graduate of the Clarion West workshops in Seattle (1996) she has been invited to teach there also, though she hasn't made it yet for various practical reasons. She acted as a judge for the Arthur C Clarke awards on behalf of ...

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