Copyright 1992 by
I first read this in 1993.
In the near future, the technology for humanoid robots and androids has
advanced immeasurably. Of course the marketplace has ensured that these
be used primarily as sex-toys for men. Thus the demand for closer and
closer resemblance to human girls is overwhelming These creations are
life-like but not yet human. With the aid of a "quantum core" a measure
of self-awareness has been achieved. This self-awareness at a cost -
there are side-effects, The dolls are vampires, they infect humans and
human girls metamorphose at puberty into doll-like vampirellas, to be
imprisoned or slaughtered to prevent further infection and to salve the
Our protagonist is the teenage Ignatz escaping with his true-love,
Primavera, from the dark horrors of London to a faint hope of freedom in
A coming of age adventure, a romance and a sado-masochistic satirical
romp through the ruined streets of London and the backwaters of
Reading this by chance in the Nana Hotel was a magical experience.
Calder certainly caught the spirit of the times. Almost made me seek
something more than the Tequila. Heck, it did make me seek more than
just the Tequila. Admittedly the Nana Hotel was perhaps a more
respectable establishment than nowadays, and the Plaza was a quiet
backwater for relaxed entertainment.
Loaded on the 17th February 2002.