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  • Title: Jack Glass
  • Author: Adam Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780575127647
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel, from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia Jack Glass is the murderer we know this from the start Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds, readers will be astonished to discover how he committed the murders and by the end of the book, their sympathies fGolden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel, from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia Jack Glass is the murderer we know this from the start Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds, readers will be astonished to discover how he committed the murders and by the end of the book, their sympathies for the killer will be fully engaged Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction the country house murder, the locked room mystery and imbued with the feel of golden age SF, this is another bravura performance from Roberts Whatever games he plays with the genre, whatever questions he asks of the reader, Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain Filled with wonderfully gruesome moments and liberal doses of sly humor, this novel is built around three gripping HowDunnits that challenge notions of crime, punishment, power, and freedom.
    Jack Glass Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel from the author of Swiftly New Model Army and Yellow Blue Tibia Jack Glass is the murderer we know t

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    1. Beautiful cover, but not at all reflective of the tone or content of the book What you re getting is a dark, rather nasty series of interlocked stories set in a future of corporate dictatorships, widespread poverty, and minimal concern for human rights So, um, kind of like now, actually, only with advanced technology and drugs Because I read the blurb and some reviews, I wasn t expected a fun, optimistic tale a la the early days of science fiction, but I was hoping for at least some nods in tha [...]

    2. A quantity of blood is spilled in this story, I m sorry to say and a good many people die and there is some politics too There is danger and fear Accordingly I have told his tale in the form of a murder mystery or to be precise and at all costs we must be precise three, connected murder mysteries.But I intend to play fair with you, reader, right from the start, or I m no true Watson So let me tell everything now, at the beginning, before the story gets going Such a promising beginning a sly nar [...]

    3. This is still the best book I ve read this year I know it s only April, and I read this in February, and there s still a lot of time But I bloody loved it And I haven t even got to lend my copy out yet, which is a travesty.I found it in a way that usually turns up a lot of dross but has actually done me quite proud in the last few months, which is to say in the comments section of a Guardian Online article, this time on locked room mysteries Every so often, I discover that someone has written a [...]

    4. What a wonderful thing this book is Roberts himself describes it as arising from a desire to collide together some of the conventions of Golden Age science fiction and Golden Age detective fiction He does that beautifully, but he does so much .Does the book satisfy as a mystery One hundred per cent, I d say Of course there are three mysteries, and each of them articulates in a different way And each of them pays off beautifully But it s not even scratching the surface of the novel to say that wh [...]

    5. Roberts books are truly difficult to rate, because there isn t anything else like them in the modern SF genre He writes beautifully, really beautifully the kind of image dense, well crafted sentences that you have to read three times just to savour the feel of them sliding through your neurons His ideas are magical, and he s no imaginative slouch each novel he writes sports a new and freshly minted world of wondrous veracity.Set in a future where humans thickly clot the space between the worlds [...]

    6. Prologue Dear readers, I fear I have to convey a terrible, terrible tragedy to you The fifth rating star was murdered and now lies dead in front of you But the strangest thing is that we already know who did the killing It was a collarboration of the remaining four stars, who have fled into this review It s like in the novel Jack Glass , where we are told who is the murderer in all three cases within the book right upfront in the prologue So, follow me into this murder mystery review and help me [...]

    7. 2,5 5Jack Glass, by Adam Roberts is a book that tries too much to be many things but ultimately fails in most, if not all of them Here s my personal view and opinion why this is so and why I was disappointed As usual, I will avoid going into too much detail describing what this book is about, you can read the synopsis up there Instead, I will go straight into my review Be wary, this review will probably contain light spoilers but nothing too revealing Quick summary A book with a very ambitious p [...]

    8. Jack Glass is one of those cannot read anything else until finished books and despite the occasional gruesomeness inside, I thought it had the same combination of inventiveness and exuberance that made Land of the Headless one of my most favorite sff books Stone, Splinter and By Light Alone are also comparable in quality all being among the top tier books I ve read though darker and arguably denser and less accessible to casual readers however much i tend to dislike this expression, sometimes it [...]

    9. Jack Glass is an impossible book I ve had this on my radar ever since it came out but it wasn t until it won the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel this year that I decided to read it.Jack Glass is ostensibly a blend of Golden Age Science Fiction and Golden Age Crime to which point this is a homage or subversion is up for discussion I feel it s both The opening like is one of the best opening lines I have ever read This narrative, which I hereby doctorwatson for your benefit, o reader, [...]

    10. This is the third Roberts novel I ve read, after Swiftly and By Light Alone It shares a number of qualities with those two books division into several interlinked but tonally dissimilar sections, cold and not conventionally likable characters who nonetheless grow on the reader, flashy science fiction concepts that don t dominate the story the way one might expect them to, incessant reminders of extreme economic inequality, strange pacing with lurches and changes of focus, etc I would rank it abo [...]

    11. Another great novel by Adam Roberts, Jack Glass is a very exciting to read blend between Golden Age science fiction and Golden Age detective fiction Roberts doesn t try to make these genres something they are not, but he shows us what extraordinary things were done with this kind of fiction in the past, that Golden Age SF can still kick a punch or two and reminds us why we fell in love with SF.

    12. Holy wow, I loved this book The book is in three sections, and the first just sucked me in I was obsessed with the world Roberts created within nine pages Roberts s writing is marvelous tender yet precise, dancing in rhythms then breaking out of step, like a flaneur s pause The world he created is compelling and vast and utterly believable The second and third sections had a different focalizing character, and so I couldn t relate to them as easily And then there is a plot development in section [...]

    13. What a splendid thing this book is Inside and outside Full disclosure I bought this book ONLY because I loved its cover I didn t read anything about the content or the author, I carefully avoided reading the cover blurb, and jumped into it in complete ignorance I have a very visual imagination and I ve loved many book covers before, but I ve never bought a book just because of its cover, this was the very first time for me A complete gamble And I m glad it paid off so well.So, just for a second, [...]

    14. OK, I ll stick a caveat on this review Adam Roberts has been very nice about my books, which I suppose leaves me very well disposed to his However, if I didn t like the book I would just probably lie and tell him I liked it and not bother to review it There are mild spoilers in this review, though I ve done my best to be vague.This book is a take on the classic locked room mystery However, it is a Russian doll of a novel, locked rooms inside locked rooms inside locked rooms varying in size from [...]

    15. Excellent blend of classic whodunnits and classic sci fi Three scenarios prison escape, country house murder mystery and locked room murder form the framework for perfectly paced revelations about a fascinating hero , most unusual heroine , and consistent, believable Solar System with corrupt political system There have been comments in other reviews that the book ended abruptly, but in my view the author has revealed answers to all the mysteries and we appropriately leave the protagonists to co [...]

    16. Par o gr matu es uzzin ju tikai tad, kad t izn ca krievu valod Man nudien vajadz tu izstr d t k du labu zin tnisk s fantastikas gr matu atpaz anas sist mu Cit di san k visnota skumji, tik laba gr mata, bet es vi u izlasu tikai etrus gadus p c izn k anas Traki Iesp jams vajadz s daudz vair k laika velt t da du nomin to un apbalvoto gr matu sarakstiem.D eks Glass ir slepkava Tas ir fakts, par kuru las t js tiek inform ts jau no pa a s kuma Gr mata sast v no tr s st stiem, no kuriem pirmais ir b g [...]

    17. I found this snippet of a review in my e mail drafts folder apparently, I was typing a review in an e mail window back in 2013 and forgot about it all these years impressive, no and thought I d put it in its proper home Here it is This book hit all of my sweet spots Antihero Noble assassin Gory deaths Murder mystery Thoughtful world building Novel space travel It s tricky, intellectual, and a little weird.The structure is set up as a three part puzzle, with a frame tale that gives you, up front, [...]

    18. I wanted to write a substantial review, but other stuff is piling up, so here s a quick impression V v slight spoilers ahead.This is something of a concept novel, pursued with much acuity and panache Roberts claims to be braiding together the two so called Golden Ages of genre fiction the Golden Age of crime fiction roughly the interwar period and the Golden Age of science fiction roughly just afterwards The Golden Ages are here to inspire, not to invigilate Jack Glass does contain much which w [...]

    19. Didn t like this much, I think because I didn t connect to engage with any of the characters It felt very like the Golden Age mysteries Roberts is riffing off, in that it was three cleverly constructed puzzles and the people were basically puzzle pieces moved to fit Basically rather cold and hard with pages of dialogue about equations and physics and some really deathly dream sequences I don t want to hear lengthy accounts of people s dreams in real life still less do I need five pages at a time [...]

    20. This book started off well, if rather gruesomely I enjoyed the world, enjoyed Jack Glass and then Diana Argent when we met her All was well up until the end of the book it wouldn t have been my favorite book of the year, but it probably would have been a solid four The first two sections the books is divided up into 3 distinct but interrelated stories , worked well The third one was working well.First, Jack Glass becomes a very different character from the one we ve been learning about we learn [...]

    21. It s so much easier to rant about a bad book than to describe why exactly you truly fell in love with a good book There s just something inexplicable about why a certain book nuzzles its way into your heart Now it sounds as if I m going to go on to describe a romance novel or a cozy mystery I m so, so sorry, but no Jack Glass is one of those books that gave me lovey dovey feelings and I m finding those feelings hard to quantify The story is rock solid That I can say I loved the combo of mystery [...]

    22. Adam Roberts is one of the most consistently interesting sci fi writers that I ve come across His novels tend to contain a strikingly bizarre central concept, the implications of which are then spun out My favourite example of this is Land of the Headless, probably the only novel you will ever read in which the main characters have been decapitated before the story begins In Jack Glass , the central conceit is stylistic the reader is told of three murder mysteries and that the eponymous anti her [...]

    23. This is the first case I encounter where a book s marketing golden age SF and golden age detective this sounds so good that it got obsessively repeated by every reviewer pre chewed thoughts for everyone , a book s cover and it s prologue are the best parts of a book Actually, they are the only good parts about it.First story starts slow, couldn t care less about the characters, a lot of nothing happens, get the feeling that maybe the writer was payed by the number of pages Solution there is A LO [...]

    24. Jack Glass is an exceptional science fiction novel While I often find science fiction both tedious and difficult to read, I really enjoyed this book.The only downside to this novel was that, for me, it got progressively weaker.The book is separated into three sections The introduction was by far the most compelling one I ve ever read and I absolutely adored the first section I found the characterisations absolutely stunning and, above all, interesting The descriptions were wonderfully done and w [...]

    25. On the science fiction front I have to confess that pretty well every author I like I already liked in the 1970s I really haven t picked up anyone new But I was blown away by Jack Glass by Adam Roberts I suspect what made this for me is that Roberts consciously was setting out to write a book that took on some of the conventions of the golden ages of science fiction and crime writing both favourites for me It is a new book It is a modern book However it encompasses the best of the old And the re [...]

    26. Roberts writes wonderfully flawed sci fi This book is a mashup of dystopian scifi with the duh duh duh mystery short story, except we always know who did it Jack Glass , but the challenge is to figure out how This is introduced to us by a narrator, presumably to let us prepare for the convoluted explanations that abound in these sorts of books and indeed a character in one story even pokes fun at this tendency in murder mysteries The first story is great, and unfortunately the best I was still c [...]

    27. Foarte rar dau peste o carte ca aceasta, care in prima parte aproape ca ma plictiseste, pentru ca apoi sa devina interesanta, iar de la jumatate incolo si mai interesanta Mistere politiste de moda veche se suprapun peste certitudini ale fizicii actuale, pe fundalul unui viitor posibil al omenirii in sistemul solar Probabil ca ar fi meritat cinci stele, daca nu ar fi trebuit sa trag de mine ca sa trec de prima parte.

    28. This has been one of the most difficult novels to give a rating to It has a 3 part structure and the first part is considerably different from the rest It s hard to get your head around the change in tone from gritty prisoners to self entitled teenagers and, for me, the ending completely ruins the whole experience.

    29. Replete with both the charm and chaff of golden age fiction, Roberts crafts a series of Hard Scifi murder mysteries to stump the reader, while drawing on the tropiest tropishness of tropocity Space bubbles

    30. Roberts novel is an ingenious combination of sf and old fashioned locked room mysteries I didn t understand my growing lack of engagement with the story until I remembered about half way through it that I have never cared for locked room mysteries But is is very well done.

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