The book containing your favourite scene
I struggled with this one – most of my favourite scenes are in books I’ve already mentioned. Though I must say I loved the house decorating scenes in The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee and they pop into my head whenever decoration is mentioned. However the fact that the rest of the book was, er, dubious could explain why that bit stands out.
Summary (from GoodReads):
Love is made of more than mere flesh and blood….
Tanith Lee is one of the most thought-provoking and imaginative authors of our time. In this unforgettably poignant novel, Lee has created a classic tale—a beautiful, tragic, erotic, and ultimately triumphant love story of the future.
For sixteen-year-old Jane, life is a mystery she despairs of ever mastering. She and her friends are the idle, pampered children of the privileged class, living in luxury on an Earth remade by natural disaster. Until Jane’s life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a robot minstrel with auburn hair and silver skin, whose songs ignite in her a desperate and inexplicable passion.
Jane is certain that Silver is more than just a machine built to please. And she will give up everything to prove it. So she escapes into the city’s violent, decaying slums to embrace a love bordering on madness. Or is it something more? Has Jane glimpsed in Silver something no one else has dared to see—not even the robot or his creators? A love so perfect it must be destroyed, for no human could ever compete?
(Yeah. Robot porn. Classy. This out-of-print ‘classic’ was another set text at university. We read some good stuff…)