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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

por Gordon Dahlquist

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It begins with a simple note: Roger Bascombe wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. But Celeste, for all her lack of worldly experience, is determined to find out why her fiancé should have thrown her over so cruelly. Adopting a disguise, she follows her erstwhile lover to the forbidding Harschmort manor, where she discovers a world--by turns seductive and shocking--she could never have imagined, and a conspiracy so terrifying as to be almost beyond belief.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Een onwaarschijnlijk drietal bindt de strijd aan tegen de plannen van een aantal vooraanstaande mensen in het Victoriaanse Londen. Celeste Temple, een jonge vrouw die net in de stad is gearriveerd en gedumpt is door haar verloofde, 'Kardinaal' Chang, een huurmoordenaar en detective die ingehuurd is om iemand op te sporen en Dokter Svenson, de lijfarts van de kroonprins van Meckelenburg die over zijn gekomen voor de verloving van de kroonprins. Hun avonturen brengen hen naar een duister landhuis waar allerlei praktijken gaande zijn die met blauw glas te maken hebben. Dat blauwe glas is chemisch bewerkt en kan alle gevoelens, herinneringen en sentimenten van mensen in zich opnemen, zodat mensen gevoelloos worden. In het begin was het heel, heel vreemd, maar na een bladzijde of 100 had het me helemaal te pakken. Een enorm boek van 887 bladzijdes dat ik twee weken lang overal mee naar toe heb gesjouwd om niets te missen en geen leestijd te verliezen. ( )
  connie53 | Aug 23, 2019 |
In general, I was dissatisfied with this. It was both too long and too short (48 hours and 750 pages long), and both too Victorian and too anachronistic (the phrasing got in the way of comprehension more than once, and yet there were all sorts of happenings that would have attracted significantly more comment; the opening story point where our heroine's fiance breaks off the engagement without anyone apparently caring being the first and strongest example).

Not to mention that it isn't, actually, Victorian England - the city is never named as London, various geographical references mean it can't possibly be, and significant names are quite different. These alternate-universe elements never seem to form any coherent picture of the intended changes, however, leaving me with the peevish certainty that the author just wanted to write about Crowley and the Golden Dawn without having to do any research or, you know, be accurate. (And, for me, the lack of backdrop of overflowing spiritualism that characterised London in this era really reduced the depth of the book.)

I further peevishly assume that that was because he wanted to talk more about sex. Especially with the women (and look, I get that women's sexuality was especially a Thing in Victorian times and that therefore sexual liberation and confidence is actually an interesting point of exploration, but Celeste gets all kinds of sexually assaulted and quasi-lesbian stirrings, and the two male protags just plain don't, and it made me feel not-happy for the entirety of the book).

Style-wise, I found the lengthy point-of-view chapters to be a hindrance to the pace of the story - the same ground was gone over again and again as the characters crossed paths (and sometimes retold their stories more than once), and then it was a hundred-fifty pages since we'd last been with character A and I couldn't remember what cliffhanger we'd left him on. And, frankly, didn't much care. While I found Celeste Temple to be plucky, involved, interesting and developed (with still one moment of ear-smacking plot-required girlish stupidity), Doctor Svenson and Cardinal Chang were, frankly, tedious. Honestly, I was far more interested in the Contessa than anyone else. Why couldn't this have been her story?

Overall, I didn't enjoy this, and it was only being stuck without anything else to read in the most tedious patches that meant I persevered through to finishing this at all. I certainly shan't be picking up the sequel. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
In the end I found that I didn't like the book so much as I thought I would when I started reading it. ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
This being my 28th read of the year . . . ( )
  Claire-JaneChambers | Oct 22, 2018 |
I dislike most genre fiction as it too often ends up formulaic and bound primarily by the markers of genre instead of seeking first to be a good example of the written word. Happily Glass Books is one of the exceptions. It's certainly a steampunk novel with it's attendant zany technological whimsy but it is foremost a exciting and well written adventure story. Sure, there's a dirigible, but it isn't there to distract the reader from a host of other literary flaws. The plot is twisting and engaging, and the characters, while in Victorian style are all clearly heroes or villains, are well developed and unique, each drawing empathy, admiration, and ire in their own ways. Overall, the book was a little long, but lots of fun. It felt like reading [b:The Three Musketeers|7190|The Three Musketeers|Alexandre Dumas|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165607715s/7190.jpg|1263212] again. ( )
  dan4mayor | Jun 28, 2018 |
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The Glass Books... is a piece of steampunk, a strand of Industrial Revolution sci-fi with a hardcore following in genre fiction and anime - as well as, it should be said, more than a whiff of Games Workshop about it. The classic texts are probably William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine and, more recently, Alan Moore's immensely jolly League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics, and this novel is nakedly indebted to both titles. Fans of Moore, particularly, will find themselves subconsciously ticking boxes as Dahlquist's narrative progresses: mysterious character who wears "smoked-glass spectacles" all the time - yes; sinister operations undertaken by chaps in diving-bell helmets and leather gauntlets - yes; airships - yes; lots of airships - yes. The plot goes something like this: a cabal of sinister aristos has discovered a substance that allows them to download human personalities and experiences into blue glass, a process that has the side-effect of making the subject entirely biddable to their demands. Ranged against them is a trio of accidental adventurers: a capable ingenue, a lovelorn mercenary and a strait-laced doctor, each of whom has his or her own reasons for wanting to topple the conspiracy.
adicionada por simon_carr | editarThe Independent, Tim Martin (Jan 28, 2007)
 
Reading this book - and it is a page-turner - you become immersed, befogged, almost as if you had indeed been looking at one of the glass books. More than sex, what you're drugged by is fighting and pursuits: I've never seen violent physical action sustained over such a span in a novel. This intoxication is of a piece with the erotic thralldom the book projects, and it can become similarly cartoon-like: "The blow caught Starck squarely on the ear with a sickening, pumpkin-thwacking thud, dropping him like a stone."
adicionada por simon_carr | editarThe Guardian, Giles Foden (Jan 20, 2007)
 
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It begins with a simple note: Roger Bascombe wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. But Celeste, for all her lack of worldly experience, is determined to find out why her fiancé should have thrown her over so cruelly. Adopting a disguise, she follows her erstwhile lover to the forbidding Harschmort manor, where she discovers a world--by turns seductive and shocking--she could never have imagined, and a conspiracy so terrifying as to be almost beyond belief.--From publisher description.

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