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Metallic Love (Silver Metal Lover #2)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  655 ratings  ·  48 reviews
In her now-classic tale The Silver Metal Lover, award-winning author Tanith Lee told the spellbinding story of Jane and her forbidden love for a robot named Silver. In this stunning follow-up, the legend of their tragic romance lives on. But nothing is as it was–or as it seems.…

As an orphan growing up in the slums, Loren read her clandestine copy of Jane’s Story over and o
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Spectra (first published 2005)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 20, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Die Hard Tanith Lee Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Gerri's Gift
The book this is a sequel to, Silver Metal Lover, is a favorite, and I'm afraid Metallic Love suffered from the comparison, especially having reread Silver Metal Lover just before this one, and falling in love with it all over again. Tanith Lee is a favorite writer of mine--she tends to write lyrically and lushly, and several books, including this one, are written first person, usually from a very fresh, distinctive individual voice--the protagonist of Don't Bite the Sun, for instance, sounding ...more
Carolyn F.
I read the first book The Silver Metal Lover yesterday and just bawled my eyes out at the end of the book. I see there's Silver on the front of Metallic Love and think, "Yeah, it's about Silver and Jane!" Well, it's Silver but not really. And Jane's in the story but she can tell this isn't really Silver. He or his inventor anagrams his name to Verlis. Now there's Loren in the story who I'm not sure I like that much. Then about 3/4 of the way through I start understanding everything that's going ...more
A few words of advice: Get over the first book! MOVE ON. This is NOT the first book, it is not a sequel to the 2 characters we loved. Instead, this is an evolution. Okay, are you mentally adjusted, ready to begin? Good, then read Metallic Love. Be patient if you aren't liking Loren or missing that Verlis isn't your Silver. The conclusion makes up for it. You can love these characters too. And I love how these books make us contemplate what makes us human...what makes God...what's AI...what is lo ...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
I loved this book almost as much as the first one! In a lot of the reviews I've read I have found that many readers didn't like the character of Loren, in comparison to Jane, the heroine from 'Silver Metal Lover'. Not so, in my case. I happen to like her MUCH MORE than I liked Jane. Loren is street savy and hardened to a certain extent, which I feel makes her more relatable than fluffy Jane. The romance in this story is more dark and feral, and there are lots of twists and turns that I didn't ex ...more
Beautifully written and thoughtful discussions on what it means to be human or mechanical, alive or resurrected, with or without a soul. In that way, the book reminded me a lot of the movie Blade Runner. I agree with others who say one must enjoy Metallic Love as its own book and not as a sequel to The Silver Metal Lover. Characters reappear, but Metallic Love is really a story about Loren's coming of age. Loren is less sheltered and naive than Jane was at her age. She shows more initiative. If ...more
3 stars

My only other experience with Tanith Lee is a superb book of sci fi/ fantasy short stories based on fairy tales that she wrote back in the 80's – Red as Blood. I absolutely adore this collection and have read it many times over the years - it sits in a place of honor on my "read over and over again" shelf. My husband found this book for me in the book swap station of our local library. In the foyer, just before you go in, the library has set up these 2 carousels for paperback books. Peopl
Janice (Janicu)
This is the sequel to Silver Metal Lover, but you do not need to have read that book to enjoy this one. This is set 12 years after the first book and centers around entirely different characters - Loren and Verlis, and only lightly touches on previous characters. Tanith Lee explains things well enough that someone who hasn't read the first book understands who they are because the story of Silver and Jane is actually an underground book that Loren has read. In this book Loren is a young woman in ...more
Ash H.
So, where 'Silver Metal Lover' is a penchant cry of a love denied, almost otherworldly in it's purity, then 'Metallic Love' is a poignant, more modern, more cynical followup. A lot of sci-fi is involved here which I found distracting at times.
However, it is a fun read but the way the book begins, I think Tanith has nailed the feelings involved (for anyone) who has already read the Silver Metal Lover.....

"You're not going to like me.
I apologize for that.....
It was Jane; she was the one you like
Jayne Lamb
'The Silver Metal Lover' was apex of the very small teenage-girlcentric SF genre. Lee's description of Jane's world - her reality so fantastic, and her mental state so familiar - is everything her readers could have asked for. Lee's writing quality varies wildly from book to book and unfortunately 'Metallic Love' is one that comes into her 'don't bother' catergory. This wouldn't be so dissapointing if it weren't for the fact that so many readers passionately love the orginal story. Loren comes a ...more
I think anyone who reads this book ought to read Silver Metal Lover first. The first book is a gem. I can't remember how I came about picking it up and reading it in the first place. The title Silver Metal Love is so trite--- you might just all well have slapped a big "this is a romantic novel" sticker on it-- it didn't do the book any justice and may have turned potential readers away from it. (Spoilers from here on)

Silver Metal Lover was less about romance and more about the evolution from ado
It's a bit like Christmas here with my friend clearing out his bookshelves. So this is another one to add to my fantasy/scifi TBR pile.

It's the follow up to Lee's "Silver Metal Lover". I was easily lost in this sequel and enjoyed it but it was NOT Jane and Silver, but Loren and Verlis entirely different characters. Giving it 3 and half stars even though there seemed to be something missing towards the end - a trifle rushed perhaps in the conclusion.
What a delightful surprise Metallic Love turned out to be! In truth, it is quite a divergence from SML; however, a refreshing and much needed one. To follow a tragic love story with a second tragic love story would have been overkill. Instead, Lee offers us a delightful, alternative look at the robot/human love scenario.

Loren is a breath of fresh air in the wake of Jane, "the wailing woman". She is sensible, strong, independent, but vulnerable enough to admit the irrepressible pull that Verlis
Lu Balu
I haven't read the first book yet. After this one I will. Classic sci fi at its finest. Is it possible to love someone whose morals you despise or simply don't understand? I searched this book out after a recommendation from one of my favourite fantasy authors, Cecilia Dart Thornton and was really impressed. The title really doesn't do it justice!
Tenaya Jayne
I'm a new fan of Tanith Lee, but I am a fan! I was originally put off by the subject matter in this book but the writing was so good, I was quickly engrossed. I had no idea where the author would take the story from one page to the next. I love that! It's so rare.
This was a bit confusing and not as romantic as Silver Metal Lover. Was not overly impressed.
Here is the thing: a part of me likes the sequel and a part of me doesn't.

The part of me that didn't rated it three stars less. I wasn't a fan of Silver becoming the abusive guy. I know he was dealing with a lot of personal angst brought on by Silver's memories, but still, didn't need to treat Loren like crap half the time. And don't get me started on how Loren responded to it. That was depressingly sad.

Now, the reason why I gave it two stars is that besides the above problems, I thought it was
More disturbing, and in my mind much more interesting, than the original Silver Metal Lover. Jane's book was in many ways a simple, innocent love story set in a bizarre world; this novel presents a re-visioning of that love story by examining it through the lense of a second set of circumstances, a second love, and a new narrator.

The first half was terrific, and definitely merits five stars, but the second half let me down a little. As I read the original Silver Metal Lover, I felt distanced fro
I was skeptical at first. Here was the sequel to a book that needed no sequel. But Metallic Love was a pleasant surprise.

The story takes place eleven years after the conclusion of The Silver Metal Lover, and the story is darker and more sinister. Some of the characters from the earlier book appear, but they are not precisely as you remember them. The protagonist now is not Jane, but the poor and rough Loren, abandoned as an infant by a drug-addicted mother. She is caught in a web of lies and ha
N Oelle
For those fans of the first novel who want to read the sequel in hopes of a continuation of the sacred journey of the two main characters from book 1... I warn you that is not quite what you will find in this book. It is so far impossible for me to dislike Tanith Lee's writing - she has such a way with sculpting the imagination. However I did not find myself identifying with the struggles and concepts in this book nearly as much as any of her others that I have read so far. The first story in th ...more
I enjoyed this book and the twists and turns at the end but I was a bit disappointed that is didn't have more to do with Jane. As a stand alone book it is great and if I hadn't been looking for a sequel to Silver Metal Lover I would have rated this book as a 5 on it's own but as a continuation of the first book I felt it needed more of a direct connection to the first. I missed Jane with this one.
This is a difficult book to review. I loved the first book, which was sweet and romantic and told from the point of view of a sensitive, sheltered girl still coming of age. I hoped the sequel would be a similar love story, but it was quite different. The characters were not likeable this time, but I cannot blame the author because this was intentional. The main character is cold and hard, and she admits from the beginning that you will not like her because she is different from Jane, the charact ...more
I enjoyed this book for its fast-paced plot, but didn't feel it really matched "Silver Metal Lover". I found Lauren tough to like and tougher to sympathize with, and I don't really know what drew her to Verlis or him to her. It all seemed very, very contrived. Still, it was an entertaining read, and it's certainly a bit more intricate and complex than "Silver Metal Lover".
This sequel seemed forced to me, as though she was dragging it out to create a full-sized novel out of what might have been best kept as a novella. Towards the end, it just seemed like work.

This reminds me in some ways of Octavia Butler's Seed to Harvest series, in that the plot was interesting but the characters were somewhat flat and the writing not as fluid as in later works.
Dare I say I liked this one better than The Silver Metal Lover? No, perhaps, not. But I certainly didn't like it less. I get why people could feel disappointed by this one, but not really why they actually are after finishing it. It might not be about Jane and Silver, but The Silver Metal Lover was perfect the way it was, and one can always re-read it. To each their own, I guess. I love the fact that Metallic Love is so different - vaster in its scope, more gritty, a bit sinister. And to be hone ...more
This is the first Tanith Lee book I've read that I've given less than five stars to.

Basically, this story is more of a sci-fi drama and much less touching than The Silver Metal Lover. While not a bad story per se, at times I got that Lee was a bit, well, either whimsical or else careless with her writing, not that it's bad, just quite full of whimsy at times in places where it didn't need to be that way.

And yes, it's true, the character of Loren and Verlis, as you may have already heard or read,
A lovely sequel to "The Silver Metal Lover." I read this book last night, and I'm still trying to debate which one I liked better. The original was more emotionally raw, although the heroine of the sequel was more enjoyable to me. Unlike Jane of the first novel, who began as weepy, spoiled rich kid, Loren of this book is a streetwise pauper. The protagonist is the same, but different. Here Silver is Verlis, much stronger than the parent, retaining memories of his first life but having no emotion ...more
[3 1/2 stars]
A very solid follow-up to/reinvention of Lee's 'The Silver Metal Lover', in which she twists or at least some questions some of the first book's central premises. There was rather interesting use of literal echoes from the first book, from deliberately reusing certain scenarios to quite different effect, to peppering actual quotes from it throughout this new narrative. Lee's typically lush prose is relatively restrained here, though still beautiful, and filtered through her protagon
This story lacked the charm of the first. The Silver Metal Lover was a bit magical in the way it made the reader feel like he or she was falling in love. Now I realize that the point is that the characters in the second book are supposed to be unlike those in the first, but I honestly didn't even like Verlis. And parts of the story here and there were even a bit silly. Even robot sex couldn't save this one for me!
although a sequel for silver metal lover these two books have almost nothing in common. i adored sml, and still consider it one of my all-time favs, and that s why i had some doubts when starting metallic love. i kept telling myself not to have any expectations, and ended up quite enjoying the book. different yes, but metallic love is still very Lee, and i genuinely believe she is one of the greatest modern writers. for me, her name alone is the highest recommendation.
Interesting twist that I didn't see coming
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Tanith Lee is a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She is the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She has also written four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a
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