Living Next Door to the God of Love.

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***1/2

Living Next Door to the God of Love By Justina Robson Love, androgynous style.

Like most teenagers, Francine is ready to untie the apron strings. In her case, it's a matter of cutting the connection to a subdermal microchip and jetting off to another universe. There she runs into Jalaeka, "an androgynous, magnetic blend of Jesus Christ and David Bowie, who might be the god Eros in corporeal form" (New York Times Book Review). Jalaeka and Francine fall in love, and are forced to fight the godlike Unity and its factotum Theodore. Chock-full of stuff that can take any form, as well as genetic modifications and time and universe hopping, Living Next Door is a modern fairy tale set in a mind-bending future.

Spectra. 464 pages. $13. ISBN: 0553587420

NY Times Book Review ****

"The first thing a reader notices about her work is the exquisite precision and thoughtfulness of her writing. There is simply no moment too small, no interaction too seemingly insignificant for her to resist putting her distinctive signature on it." DAVE ITZKOFF

SFSite.com ****

"The theme of competing aspects of love sets the novel apart, while the setting and occasional hints of mathematics and cosmology leave no doubt that this is a science fiction novel, one in which literary values, philosophical inquiry, and those elements unique to science fiction add up to form a much greater whole." GREG L. JOHNSON

StrangeHorizons.com ****

"She handles her characters' voices with confidence and wit, weaving together multiple stories to produce an elaborate whole that's somehow, finally, compacted into a simple seed, a timeless myth of death and resurrection." TANYA BROWN

San Diego Union-Tribune **1/2

"The writing is quite tasty (I noted half-a-dozen striking samples) and the characters are worth caring about until four-fifths of the way through the book, when something--some...

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