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  • Title: Glasshouse
  • Author: Charles Stross Kevin R. Free
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  • Page: 200
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  • When people ask me what I did during the war, I tell them I used to be in a tank regiment Or maybe I was a counter intelligence agent I m not exactly sure my memory isn t what it used to be When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn t take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him It s the twenty seventh century, when When people ask me what I did during the war, I tell them I used to be in a tank regiment Or maybe I was a counter intelligence agent I m not exactly sure my memory isn t what it used to be When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn t take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him It s the twenty seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees personalities and target historians The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized, but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knew On the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a pre accelerated culture Participants are assigned anonymized identities It looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run But in this escape proof environment, Robin will undergo an even radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters and the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche.
    Glasshouse When people ask me what I did during the war I tell them I used to be in a tank regiment Or maybe I was a counter intelligence agent I m not exactly sure my memory isn t what it used to be When Robin

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    1. John Scalzi claims to be a gateway drug into science fiction literature, I suppose he may well be but I believe Charles Stross is almost the opposite of that Stross is deservedly one of the most popular active sci fi authors today but readers not familiar with the genre may find him a little bewildering His target readership seems to be those who are quite au fait with the common tropes of the genre and also some computer programming terms Those in the know love the science he puts in books like [...]

    2. This was the most intriguing new science fiction book I ve read in a long time The plot was kinda standard mystery but everything else was really new He took some modern technical paradigms, projected them into the future and created an amazingly well developed world In addition, the book takes place mostly in an anachronistic simulation of the 1990 s And since the main character is a participant in the experiment there s an interesting ethnographical aspect to the narrative eg he keeps referrin [...]

    3. Every time I begin a new Charles Stross novel, I feel the same excitement as when I first read William Gibson s Neuromancer in 1985 I m reading a work of science fiction that is so unique, so bleeding edge, that I can barely get my head around it.And then the excitement fades as I continue reading.This is Stross s best work to date because it is his most human his observations on groupthink, peer pressure, and the irrationality of modern life are insightful and funny But it is also inconsistent [...]

    4. I have had such a complicated relationships with Charles Stross books, in that I have often wanted to like them than I actually have A few of his most out there post human Singularity books I have enjoyed, while understanding very little of them The Atrocity Archives was the first book of his that I enjoyed, start to finish.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the [...]

    5. My full review of this book is larger than GoodReads word count limitations Find it at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter As I ve mentioned here before, although as an adult I try to maintain as varied a reading list as possible, I do naturally gravitate regularly towards the science fiction or SF genre on which I was raised, as well as the weird lit novels of our contemporary times that have been influenced by the genre And indeed, if you take a close look at the proj [...]

    6. If I had to pick one word for this book, it would be smug I don t have a lot of tolerance for smugness at the best of times, and Glasshouse did nothing to earn its attitude The worldbuilding was flimsy if your characters are going to be motivated to horrific acts in pursuit of money, you need to tell me what, in your post scarcity economy, money is for , the characterization shallow unsurprisingly so, I guess, when all the characters are suffering from various grades of amnesiac dissociative psy [...]

    7. It was really hard to get into at first For some reason Stross insists on using a different timescale even though their bear a slight linguistic resemblance to terms we use today It was frustrating and unnecessary Although it got off to a slow start, it did pick up after the first few chapters basically when the main character joins the experiment.I had some of the same problems with this book that I have with similar books where a person s consciousness is treated as though it were basically so [...]

    8. Shockingly, I like the first chapter I expect things will devolve from here That s the standard Stross formula.Well, with the exception of having a good first chapter And as it turns out, I loved this book I ve read several of his novels before, all the Hugo nominated ones, anyway, and this is by far the best It s also the best of the nominees this year and should win the award Stross does an excellent job of keeping the focus of the novel not only on the main character, but also in his her head [...]

    9. It s the far future Earth is a distant memory most people don t even live on planets any, but rather small habitats linked by wormhole gates And death s difficult to come by, because you can back yourself up as easily as taking a shower If you want, you can change your body plan or gender while you re at it But there are still wars, and in the wake of one, many people have chosen to wipe their memories and start fresh Some of these people, including Robin, an ex spy who may have a mission so sec [...]

    10. With this book, Charles Stross has established himself as one of my favourite authors Previously, I have read quite a few of his novels, including several of the Merchant Princes series, one of the Bob Howard Laundry books, Halting State and Saturn s Children With the exception of Saturn s Children and perhaps the first of the Merchant Princes novels, I ve had a hard time immersing myself in his stories and actually liking his characters I keep picking up his books, however, as I like his concep [...]

    11. Don t worry, this book might appear daunting as you begin to peruse the first chapter, but thankfully it doesn t maintain that level of borderline impenetrability throughout Yes, Charles Stross no, I have never read anything else by him , does enjoy in those early stages combining a bizarre mix of archaic language and technological gobbledygook Okay, that might sound fun to some in a challenging sort of way, but I always like my sci fi to welcome me, rather than try to baffle me at the outset wi [...]

    12. The one where Robin wakes up after having a full memory wipe which, for obvious reasons, he doesn t remember and comes to believe someone from his past is trying to kill him, and volunteers for an experiment re creating twentieth century lifeG, so boring I gave it my usual fifty pages, and sometimes I d look at the page number and I d still be on the same page Robin isn t really a character, and of course there s a good reason for this he s had his memory wiped But every time he shows some sign [...]

    13. This could have been really dull because there s really nothing new in it by way of SF ideas it relies on wormholes teleporting, nanobots, uploading your mind then downloading it to any body you fancy, editing your memories in the process, and not much else You can find all these elements in many other places The odd thing is that this doesn t necessarily matter Individual authors speculations about where these scientific or engineering advances might take humanity physically and culturally can [...]

    14. Oh Charlie Stross I forgive you for Accellerando.Seriously though, this is a fantastically well done sci fi novel Stross is not the first writer to try and tackle a story where characters aren t sure who they really are But he handles it with aplomb.Glasshouse takes place in a very distant future where human beings can change bodies, memories, even personalities in the blink of a few pages Who am I Am I really who I think I am Are my memories real or implanted Do I have free will at all These ar [...]

    15. Stross has always been adjacent to the books I m already reading, forever showing up on recommended lists So, I figured I d give him a try.I enjoyed the book, though it is clearly not for everyone Stross writes push the envelope science fiction The best way to describe it is as a cross between Neal Stephenson and Iain Banks.In Stross s future, the galaxy is really just a big routed network with people as very complex data packets Want to go 300 light years in that direction Just step into the A [...]

    16. It began with a date and moved to the bath I returned to this book this month because I was bogged down in Pynchon and wanted something lighter and fast paced to read After all, I m on vacation Plus I wanted a book that I wouldn t care about dropping into bubbles, and this was one of the few mass market paperbacks on my shelves not to be immediately traded away But still, mass market My brain has to fight to stay awake when faced with yellowing pages and fading print I m surprised I finished, ju [...]

    17. In the future, a group of people volunteer for a scientific experiment in which they agree to immerse themselves in a community mimicking long gone 20th Century life The protagonist, Robin, signs up to escape people who are trying to kill her I mean, him Technically Robin is a dude But he spends most of the book trapped in a female body, and he mostly just reads as a woman as an awesome, interesting heroine It s kind of sad that one of the few ways we get male SF F writers writing interesting wo [...]

    18. A story about a nanotech world where identity theft is a crime serious than murder But also a story about our own cultures and norms The protagonist flips among the dimensions of identity gender, beliefs, values, and family Stross does a brilliant job shifting these perspectives on you, and he is a clever neologist The book reminds me of Perdido Street Station a bit, but I would say the genre is singularity if that exists A couple things annoyed me in his writing I felt there were several redun [...]

    19. The first 30 pages are nigh on indigestible If you can make it past those, it gets much readable.It also gets much, much worse.I can t imagine someone saying gender is treated well in this universe, and yet here we are, with almost every review reacting glowingly.There was a paragraph talking about how gross periods are, wondering how women survived in the dark ages cause ICK Gosh I m sorry we have periods, Mr Author We would surely stop just for you if we could.She is constantly complaining ab [...]

    20. I started this particular book because it was sold to me as far future thriller wherein the protagonist enters a reenactment of 1900s Earth in order to elude his attackers, only to discover and sinister plot within the reenactment Taking 1900s to mean Victorian Edwardian period, I thought this book might be right up my alley I have a fondness for far future science fiction, and a fondness for Victoriana, and a fondness for thrillers in general How could this book possibly go wrong It turns out [...]

    21. Glasshouse is an intense and mindstretching mixture of hard SF and satire in a psychological puzzle centered around memory and identity Stross writes well but in a way that is often vague, confusing, and hard to understand The narrator describes things from the setting s future present day point of view with little explanation Additionally Stross only gives information every once in a while This keeps his extraordinary SF concepts and the plot just on the edge of comprehension most of the time [...]

    22. I am now officially a Charles Stross fan A theme in this book helps explain why What happens if you mix the beam me up thing from Star Trek with the notion in Neal Stephenson s Snow Crash of viruses crossing over from life to technology and back Stross gives some thought to how people would jump from one location to another without worrying about transportation, speed of light and so on He s thinking quite a bit in the future, yet with a current decade Internet technology mentality He imagines t [...]

    23. This is one of the most imaginative sci fi stories I have encountered Similar to Cory Doctorow, Stross knows no boundaries when it comes to imagining the future The book is about a 27th century war veteran named Robin, wearing a male body it is common to back yourself up and change bodies as desired To deal with his past in the war, he underwent memory surgery and is now not entirely sure who exactly he is But he soon finds out that his former self volunteered to take part in a glasshouse , a cl [...]

    24. Stross throws together a fast paced book that reads like a mix of the Prisonor,Philip K Dick, Moorcock s Dancers at the end of time, Stepford wives, and truman show pleasantville with quite few nods to Tiptree jr Alice Sheldon and Cordwainer Smith A mix of entertainment and ideas Stross has flaws but I was thinking ever couple of pages which makes this a good thing He is an idea writer like Kobo Abe and Borges but not really like them , who throws his ideas into genre exercises but it will blur [...]

    25. I found Glasshouse to be a slight bit too technically abstract for my tastes, but the main narrative was pretty cool specifically that future civilization is entirely digital and electronic Charles Stross explored a lot of thought provoking concepts over the course of this lightening fast paced narrative and I found myself thinking frequently about the future of technology and its potential impacts on society I am certainly looking forward to reading of Charles Stross s work in the future.

    26. Holy cowwwwwwww I want a sequel I want of this So much of this book was mind bendy, but it was still very understandable, which just made it cool I really enjoyed the universe of the book, and all of the history I loved their ideas about Urth I don t even want to say too much, because so much of the fun of this book is discovering the world and the setting It s also full of good thinking fuel, about identity and memory and Who We Are I think this one definitely earned it s five stars.

    27. Brilliant concept flawlessly executed THIS science fiction writing at its most imaginative What a lucky find And what fantastic food for thought Whatever you think of scifi aside, if you re remotely interested in philosophy of mind or theories of self identity, and could stand a breather from academese, check this out.

    28. This sci if book was not my favorite but there were parts that had me interested than others There were basically two settings going on and I could not connect with the supposed real world setting which was super weird in the future with nothing going on that made any sense But, then there was the experimental world where some bad guys were basically holding people hostage to make them live like the dark ages, which is what we are living in now, so that part made a lot sense A couple of the ch [...]

    29. Wellif you were hoping for a futuristic book exploring the past through psychological torture, with the added bonus of weird and uncomfortable sex scenes, then you ve picked up the right book The premise is interesting, the application outcome of said premise want feel uneasy and ask really Out loud to yourself multiple times a page If you answered no, then go read something else.

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