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Metallic Love (Silver Metal Lover #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  863 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
twelve years have passed since the end of the Silver Metal Lover. Silver - the robot with a soul whom Jane had fallen in love with - has been melted down, and Jane has moved on. Loren is a slum child, abandoned by her mother and raised by the religious cult, the Apocalytes. One day, she discovers an illegal copy of Jane's book - the story of Jane and Silver's love that has ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 30th 2005 by Voyager - AU (first published 2005)
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
FULL REVIEW!! Thank you so much for the buddy-read, my beauties ♥

Will sparks fly in this metallic sequel? Future-gurl and I shall find out (with Heatherdoll joining in for a re-read) on July 4th!!

If The Silver Metal Lover was, as it was to me, a candle flame; this is an inferno ♥

This is yet ANOTHER sequel which I loved when I did not love the first in the series.... who even am I this year??

5 Elovy-ee Stars

I feel like Metallic Love was almost designed by Lee to be the polar opposite to The Silve
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ by: Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
Think of your favorite thing.

Now imagine that thing being disassembled before your eyes and not knowing if you are ever going to be able to see, feel or experience your favorite thing ever again.

But then, think about what would happen if your favorite thing was demolished, then put back together to form something even better than it was before. Is it still your favorite thing? Or is it something more? Is your love for the original thing still true if you now like this newer, fresher thing bett
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
Buddy read with Karly and Future-girl scheduled for the first week of July!


Me: *standing next to people who are talking about a book* *jumps in* I'm reading a book about a robot.
Them: *interested noises*
Me: He's a robot built for pleasure.
Them: *polite awkward noises*
Me, reassuringly: He's a robot shaped like a man.
Them: *walk quietly away*

To make matters worse, the book they were discussing was a church group read on how to keep your marriage str
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
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
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
Carolyn F.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, sci-fi, sfr
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
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8) A romance written by an author who is dead.
Bert Zee
"I call myself Verlis, that's silver backwards, but not quite"

This quote is the perfect way to sum up Metallic's a lot like The Silver Metal Lover, yet not quite the same, there's something missing, I'm not sure what it is but there's definitely a missing ingredient in this sequel.

I read The Silver Metal Lover and absolutely fell head over heels in love with S.I.L.V.E.R and Jane and the wacky and wonderful world they lived in, I'd never read anything like it and was just in awe of the
Ash H.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Where do I start?

I start by saying that Tanith Lee will always be my favorite author. I discovered her as child of nine or ten (I was a very advanced reader) when my dear long-departed aunt gave me a copy of The Silver Metal Lover. In hindsight, this novel was one of the early YA novels but had yet to be placed into that category. Censorship would not have allowed it either. There is sex, drugs, and alternative lifestyles abounding in this book, along with cross-species mating. Not sure if cross
Mike Nemeth
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On May 24, 2015, Tanith Lee died after a long illness. NPR said she had undergone treatment for breast cancer twice. She was 67. She was also a prolific writer with about 90 novels, hundreds of short stories and film and television work. I'd seen her name on books in the fantasy section over the years but never purchased one. My plan back then was to read an entire selection by one author and move on. The obsessive behavior strikes again. So after hearing about Lee's departure from the real worl ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
24 years later, the sequel to The Silver Metal Lover was released, and here I am, reading them both for the first time, 12 years after that. You could say I'm a bit behind (honestly, I did not really know of their existence - or I did, but it never occurred to me that I could actually read them), but it's been interesting to get to them now, finally, one after another.

And what a difference those 24 years made. Metallic Love is, in ways, much like its predecessor, and at the same time they could
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3.5 stars from Rebecca, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

Disclaimer: just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishers

Metallic Love (2005) is technically a sequel to The Silver Metal Lover, but (despite the same premise and a few reappearing characters) is so drastically different in tone and content that it barely counts as a continuation of Tanith Lee‘s earlier unorthodox love story between a young woman and a silver android.

That said, it is preferable if
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tanith-lee
RIP Tanith Lee.

I was saddened to hear that Ms. Lee died a couple of months ago. Her prose was gorgeous and her stories in an orbit of their own. So I decided to pick up Metallic Love- the sequel to The Silver Metal Lover, which I read and reviewed a couple of years ago.

Silver is reborn twelve years after Jane's story ends, as Verlis. But he's not Silver, because he doesn't have Silver's soul. Loren has replaced this story as Jane as narrator. I found Loren more interesting than Jane. She has a
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
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, literature
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
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book: self-referential, good-paced and romantic. It is a sequel to "Silver Metal Lover". Although it has different main characters, it takes place in the same universe, explores similar themes and shares some characters with the previous one. (view spoiler) ...more
It entertained me and was easy to read. This one is more heavy-handed than the previous instalment, but provides a nice contrasting view to the other novel. Loren is fairly opposite to Jane, which would be more interesting if she didn't point it out herself.

Silver gets remade when someone buys out the company which was previously manufacturing the very human robots.

Loren, having read Jane's book, falls instantly in love with Verlis, the remade version of the robot. Her relationship is much more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up several of the books listed as an inspiration for an (imperfect) fanfiction I really enjoyed some number of years ago. Lee's The Silver Metal Lover was included on that list, and I enjoyed it enough to give the sequel here a try. Loren is nothing like Jane was, and she goes out of her way to make that clear. What I liked about this book was that Loren was so skeptical and distrusting, so the ending was unsatisfying because it didn't truly address her concerns. There was one bright mo ...more
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a bit confusing and not as romantic as Silver Metal Lover. Was not overly impressed.
Elizabeth Hopkinson
I disagree with readers who say this sequel "spoils" the original. (Although it might seem that way if you stop reading after the first section.) True, it doesn't have the emotional depth and complexity of the original, and is more of a mystery than a romance. But taken on its own merits, it's a highly readable novel. It certainly managed to take me by surprise once or twice with its twists and turns. And it does continue some of the original theme of souls and bodies, making the relationship be ...more
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote 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 wai
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