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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.TTHE 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 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?...

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ISBN : 19227843
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down to the bone Reviews

  • Cathy
    2019-03-24 00:07

    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 care about the reveals I just wanted to find out what happened and finish so I could move on to something more fun. Which is a shame, because I still like Lila and a lot of the elements. But the emotional nature of the characters never really manifested in any of the books so when the plot failed too she really lost me.

  • Alisa Hedden
    2019-03-19 07:24

    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.Fully populated worlds that overlap mix and mingle to provide a very interesting whole. And, always remember when traveling in strange worlds, the societal rules change. Worse than being American, going to India and trying to order a hamburger.There is no returning King here, but our heroes (?) have to defeat a would be dragon, and save all the worlds. Not to end up the rulers or great heroes, but to have a chance at the life they choose. Along the way there is loss, hardship, pain and betrayal.© Night Owl Reviews - http://www.NightOwlReviews.com

  • Karissa
    2019-03-01 02:25

    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 all...parts 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. When the world is once again threatened and on the edge of being torn asunder, these three will have to figure out how to destroy the Titans and save the world.I love, love, love the concept behind these books. The five worlds (or is it six now?) all running along side each other and entwined is awesomely creative and so interesting.I also enjoy the complex characters; they all have good attributes to their personalities but they are also all highly flawed characters as well. In this book you get to see even more of the interesting relationship Lila has with her two husbands, Zal and Teazle. It is kind of neat to watch how the three of them seem to bring out the best parts of each other.All that being said, Robson is not very forthcoming with any flashbacks or synopsis that remind us what the heck was going on in the last books. This is an incredibly complex world with a ton of characters...all of who have undergone very large changes throughout the series. I really struggled to remember all the inter-relationships and all of the small things that suddenly became significant. If you add to the above the fact that at times I have some trouble picturing exactly what Robson is trying to describe...well at times things are just very ambiguous and I was downright confused with what was going on here. You kind of gotta just sit back and go with all the craziness...not think too hard and just let the story take you where it will. The story is very dense and was a very slow read for me.Overall I think fans of the series will enjoy the conclusion. On the other hand unless you’ve read all the other books in the series very recently I think you will also be confused. This is not a series for those who like easy reading or hate ambiguity. It is an incredibly creative series that is super interesting and has some really wonderful flawed characters. Oh yeah and the characters totally kick ass. Recommended to fans of science fiction/urban fantasy who don’t mind a bit of ambiguity.

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2019-03-24 03:10

    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.)And then when things did move along they moved along very quickly, and I sometimes had a hard time following what was going on. Part of this is because there's been a 2 1/2 year gap since I read the last book and I'd forgotten a lot of the details. While Robson does a good job and slipping in little reminders of things that happened, I still felt like I was missing a lot of what I was supposed to know.And then more things kept getting added to the pile of things to keep straight. New characters and philosophies and revelations, oh my. (And there was some of that whole "it would all make so much more sense if the people who generally knew what was going on would actually explain in instead of playing all coy and mysterious", which I generally hate as a plot device, but I let some of it slide in the whole "well, it's in the nature of things elven and faerie to be mysterious bastards", but, still... )And then everything sort of happened at once and while I was ultimately satisfied with the conclusion (though I thought the epilogue was a bit hokey), I didn't feel as connected to the characters and the story as I did in the beginning.So it's like on one hand I'm walking away feeling a bit disappointed by the whole thing but, on the other hand, I kind of actually enjoyed it.Like I said - torn.One thing is for certain - I definitely want to read this whole series, back to front, at some point in the future. It'll probably be a few years or so before I get to it, but I do think it'll help me not feel so lost half the damn time and I think that could make the experience infinitely more enjoyable.

  • Julia
    2019-03-12 07:33

    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 able to catch up to the complex emotional lives of these characters. Even having read the whole series, I often felt ill-equipped to understand the manic passion and complexity of these creatures more than human.So much of what brings Lila, Teazle and Zal and their support crew to this end of days is as slippery and inevitable as a maelstrom, sucking everyone down and together into a cataclysmic confrontation. As deeply as Lila mourns and rages, so quickly can she come back to forgiveness. Robson manages to interweave the trickery of faerie into her story without tipping over into "arbitrary". Still, with so much drama and magic flying by, I feel like I absorbed a tenth of what Robson wrote over the course of this series. DOWN TO THE BONE brings all of the surface stories together, creating a satisfying resolution to the adventure portion of the story, even as I know I will still be piecing together the history and mythology of these worlds in the future.KEEPING IT REAL and DOWN TO THE BONE have the benefit of bracketing this almost overwhelming series, but I think they would remain my favorites regardless for the clear introduction and resolution each has to offer. Upon finishing this series, I feel a little dazed and completely wrung out, but definitely glad I followed this roller coaster from start to finish.Full review at All Things Urban Fantasy.Sexual Content: Several sex scenes, references to threesomes.

  • Deirdre
    2019-03-15 01:14

    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 which one she really wants to be with, or whether she has to make a choice.The dead are rising, walking through the world and no-one is sure why. The borders between the worlds is a mess and the three of them are pivotal to the survival of all worlds. There are times when it lags, and I should have read it sooner to reading the last, but it was a blast.

  • Sarabeth
    2019-03-04 23:17

    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 learn the truth about her sister and the being who have returned from the dead. Teezle must face the only thing he fears he may not come back from and Zal is forced to fight for his homeland while carrying around a demon compunction that could get him killed. The action and writing up to the "standoff" at the end are spot on and hold up to the intelligent prose we are used to from the author, but the ending was a bit of a let down for me. Yes most, if not all, of the plot lines are resolved but I felt there was something lacking in the end. There was no "ahhh" and the angels sing moment after the dust had settled and I thought that was too bad. Of course that is not to say that I didn't enjoy it and far from that, but I did expect a bit more from the final volume in the series. But as I said the writing was still smart and funny and here are a couple quotes."It was like he was made of something different altogether, something that was pretending to be a solid body very successfully, but wasn't good on the details. As there was no obvious data to confirm this notion with what she could consider factual evidence, it had gone straight under the mental rug where she swept everything she couldn't confirm. There was a lot under that rug."Lila: "She forced herself to exhale. 'I don't actually have to breathe.'"Zal: "'Yes,' he said. 'You do. It's important. Only machines and the undead don't breathe and look what happens to them.'"Lila: "What happens to them?"Zal: "Nobody asks them to parties..."

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-03-01 05:13

    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 be able to catch up to the complex emotional lives of these characters without starting at the beginning. So much of what brings Lila, Teazle and Zal and their support crew to this end of days is as slippery and inevitable as a maelstrom, sucking everyone down and together into a cataclysmic confrontation. As changeable as these characters are, there are intimate moments of humor and pathos that completely won me over. Robson does a wonderful job interweaving the trickery of her paranormal creatures into the story without tipping over into "arbitrary”. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book with so much complexity and forgiveness worked in to the plot, in the most interesting and believable way. DOWN TO THE BONE brings all of the surface stories together, creating a satisfying resolution to the adventure portion of the story, even as I know I will still be piecing together the mythology of these worlds in the future.KEEPING IT REAL and DOWN TO THE BONE have the benefit of bracketing this almost overwhelming series, and I think they would remain my favorites for the clear introduction and resolution each has to offer. Upon finishing the Quantum Gravity series I feel a little dazed and completely wrung out, but definitely glad I followed this roller coaster from start to finish.Sexual Content: Several sex scenes, references to threesomes.

  • Rollie Reid
    2019-03-20 03:12

    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. Something...or 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, not even our three plucky heroes (yes, that was sarcasm).And that is where the story falls short for me. Each of the three ends up wearing/being possessed by (in this case it means the same thing) one of the three somethings and brings them to the final big party. Unfortunately, at that point the final denouement happens with no input from the heroes we have come top care about. They bring the three to the right place and then basically do nothing to solve the problem. It is solved without them.Personally, I prefer my heroes to be intimately involved in the finale. I want them to be catalysts, players, movers, not audience.***SPOILER ALERT*** Two of the three die during the final encounter, and not through any heroics of there own...okay, one of them is relatively heroic, but it isn't Lila, though she is one of two that dies. They are just in the way, as forces greater than themselves act out the final scene. This is especially true for Lila and it really left a bad taste in my mouth. And then....yes, there's more...the one survivor is basically a wish and his wish is that the other two be brought back to life.So, my overall all review of the Quantum Gravity series is that are pretty good books, but with a disappointing ending.

  • Ove
    2019-03-04 00:22

    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 final book in the Quantum Gravity series so you expect a lot of answers and Down to the Bone delivers. I certainly enjoyed that we got down to so much of the lore and unveiled the real play while keeping a pretty fast pace. We also get to see the story from the point of view of Zal and Teazle beside Lila a bit more than in the previous books.One thing that attracts me as a reader science fiction to these stories is the coherent science of the universe. There is magic but it follows rules much like science does. The worlds are all different and each world has their own powers and natures all following ‘scientific’ rules.This was a great read with good pacing that becomes breathtaking towards the end. I warmly recommend this read.

  • Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
    2019-03-19 07:19

    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. I was disappointed Teazle always got the short end of the stick and we never truly explored his dynamic with Zal and Lila. He was my favourite character, especially after Zal had his accident because Zal never quite returned to the quirky guy I adored. The final book was paced faster than any of the others and despite reading ALL of the books over 3 days I still managed to lose track of what was going on. I ended up reading the last chapters of the last book multiple times just to get the plot threads straight... Argh. My overall conclusion is that while I enjoyed the series overall it was a challenge that wasn't always entertaining.xxx Literary GeorgeFollow me on Facebook

  • Samantha
    2019-03-13 05:03

    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 the reading down when the reader tries to make sense of the conversations, however, it is not so bad that I would not say that it makes the book unmemorable. I was very happy that the author did not take a cheap and easy way out with any story line development. Basically the author found ways to develop the main story arc and character development while satisfyingly wrapping up the story.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-13 03:14

    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 long as I got to read about Lila, Zal and Teazle, I had fun. I do think that the series has unrealized potential and that with less well, I guess I would call it aether physics, it could have had more impact.

  • Tal
    2019-03-18 23:15

    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 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?

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-25 07:33

    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 Teazle's geas? But Ms. Robson does as any good writer would do - leaves it JUST vague enough that you think you know.. but not really. Or I could be missing something. What a shame, I'll have to re-read it!All in all - if you were a fan of the first book, you'll definitely be a fan of the last.

  • Jen Lamoureux
    2019-03-24 03:13

    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 fantasy, but often turns them on their heads a bit. At some point, I'd like to read through the series another time because I have a feeling there are a lot of things I missed on the first go-round.

  • Rich
    2019-03-18 00:04

    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 happening. On the whole, I really like what I've read of Justina Robson so far, and I think I'll have better luck with her stand alone novels in the future.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-03 00:31

    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 okay for me.

  • Dave
    2019-03-08 03:32

    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.

  • Perry
    2019-03-15 05:14

    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 though...the characters were fairly vibrant, interesting relationship between Lila and friends kept things interesting and there was a strong, STRONG imagination on display. So...funtimes.

  • Jasmyn
    2019-03-04 04:17

    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.

  • Maria Longley
    2019-03-26 23:09

    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.

  • Emily
    2019-03-18 07:08

    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.

  • Sophie
    2019-03-24 00:18

    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.

  • Tegan
    2019-03-15 04:28

    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.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-26 04:13

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

  • Steve
    2019-02-27 01:16

    Most enjoyable finale to a great series.

  • Tim Reynolds
    2019-03-14 02:26

    Great ending to the series!

  • Larry Kenney
    2019-03-09 04:13

    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.

  • Joe Collier
    2019-03-03 06:16

    Final book in the series, went out kind of weak. Love the series though.