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Glasshouse [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
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The sheer brio of invention and intellectual energy propel the reader towards a satisfying climax (GUARDIAN)

Stross's best book yet. Pick it up and discover it for yourself' (SFX (5 stars))

A genuinely unmissable page-turner . . . A genuine triumph of a tale that you can never quite tie down ((Five stars) STARBURST)

Stross's enthralling blend of action, extrapolation and analysis delivers surprise after surprise'' KIRKUS REVIEWS 'Stross is an author who anyone interested in SF should read and relish' SFX 'Darkly funny and crackling with high-bandwidth ideas' PAUL Mc

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GLASSHOUSE is a far-future helter-skelter ride through an experimental archaeology project gone horribly wrong.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00486U2U0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full time.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move in Now! 7 April 2007
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This is an excellent book. Yes you get the clever posthuman stuff, identity, politics, society and everything but the story here is just great. Characters to care about don't hurt and an insight into how future historians might view 1950 to 2000 really makes you think and provides a few laughs too. This is the author's best book to date and that's saying something.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi Mills & Boon? 28 Aug. 2014
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I never thought I'd be down-checking a Stross novel, but I'm afraid this one's not up to his usual standard.
It never does much more than state the basics of the story until around halfway through the book, and then it all happens at once.
Although you've guessed much of what's to come, at the end there's an accelerated bit of revelation and resolution that clears things up without being anywhere near as entertaining as it could have been.
As it's another one of those fashionable exotic-science-for-magic efforts with matter transmitters,body-hopping and universal assemblers, the fun is in showing our hero(ine)'s reaction to the limits on what they can do in the place they find themselves in. Unfortunately the gag soon wears thin, and you start to wish for a pick-up in pace that just doesn't happen soon enough.
The bridge crew of the Enterprise did it 45 years ago. In fact they kept on doing it because it was cheap! The Stepford Wives did some of it. It isn't really any better now. Only Mork from Ork got away with it as only the late great Mr Williams could.There's plenty of great techno-babble, and the slow revelation of what our hero really is comes over well, but for someone that can write "Accelerando" or the "Laundry Files" (more,more!) this just didn't play correctly. Too much time was spent in M&B land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His best work to date 15 May 2007
I enjoyed Singularity Sky and its sequel, and admired Accelerando for its brave attempt to describe the transition of humanity through the technological singularity, but I really feel that this is Stross's finest book so far.

I say this not only because of his excellent and original depiction of a far-future society, but also because of the rich storyline and characters, which will be enjoyed even by those who do not consider themselves hard sci-fi junkies.

The plot could be described as a futuristic retelling of The Stepford Wives, rewritten as a contemporary science fiction novel instead of a 70's schlock horror story.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... (A Book Swede Review) 2 Aug. 2007
By Christopher Halo VINE VOICE
It is the 27th century. Urth is now legend, all have fled it, fleeing not only from a series of holocausts, but from their own horrific memories. Some will go as far as having a mind that they might sleep again at night. Some will have no choice...

The result: billions living in artificial environments, undergoing psycho-therapy. It is a time of highly advanced technologies, where death is not always the end...alas...

The Glasshouse was once a prison. Robin, not knowing this, willing signs up to a programme that aimed to recreate life in the 20th century onwards. They are forced to take wives, attend church, etc--all in bodies, even sexes, not of their own, and with no memory of ever signing up. It soon becomes apparent that they are there for the long haul, with no way out, and the will to escape being gradually destroyed in cruelly psychological ways.

Wow. It has been said that reading Charles Stross' work is like being trapped in an ideas factory without a helmet. This is certainly true!

The first twenty or so pages were a bit slow and laden with too much technical information, but, the pace soon picked up, and the premise was certainly very interesting. I rarely read a book this though-provoking.

As well as the simple tale of the struggle of human life and, basically, a kidnapping where psychology is used against it's test subjects to create a realistic 'dark ages' environment (20th century onwards!) this book is also a potent comment on a vast array of subjects. In Glasshouse, Charles Stross talks of the severe danger we face from information loss, the dangers of immortality, and even advanced technology--somehow managing to make all this crucial to the story and page-turning!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars crazy rollercoaster mindtwisting stuff 23 Sept. 2008
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It is the 27th century and Robin is recovering from a voluntary memory removal procedure. Human society is now multi-stellar with space-habitats, planets and vast ships connected by T-gates (which are basically wormholes). A-gates on the other hand, can break down one's body and reassemble it, sometimes somewhat differently; rejuvenate and repair; assemble any artefact or object whose pattern is in storage, or backup one's entire body just in case one is killed.
Humanity is recovering from a war in which a tailored virus called Curious Yellow rewrites one's memories and loyalties - and therefore public history - and through its spread the Human Polity broke apart into quarantined republics which sought to guard its borders against Curious Yellow.
Robin, on the advice of his therapist, decides to sign up for an experimental project whereby he will be locked into a sealed environment, along with many other people, for a minimum of three years. He is keen to do this as, for one thing, someone is trying to kill him.
However, when he emerges from an A-gate backup he finds himself in the induction room of the project and also discovers that his body is now female.
The project is ostensibly a sociological one. The participants have to live in a stereotypical society of the Nineteen Fifties. They are divided up into groups and each group is awarded points based on whether the individuals are conforming to the social mores of the time.
However, things begin to get sinister and Robin (who is now known as Reeve) starts getting messages from her old self in her dreams, telling her that she has been placed there undercover to find out exactly what is going on in the project.
Stross seems to like his feisty female characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing and enjoyable
Stross has an excellent manner in his storytelling. Throughout Glasshouse I found myself constantly wanting to know more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars depressingly awesome
A great depiction of what happens to personalites under the magnifying glass... Parallels can be drawn to every walk of life!
Published 9 months ago by Mike Grice
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully odd book
An interesting novel about an ex soldier from the far future who has had 'surgery' to erase his memories and then discovers that his previous enemies are still after him so he... Read more
Published 9 months ago by W. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story with an unusual concept
Bit confusing at first - but it all comes clear.
Mind you it was confusing for the story hero - so that makes it more real. Read more
Published 19 months ago by CjW
5.0 out of 5 stars Glasshouse Cold Brilliance
Scary look at a future which is more similar to contemporary political machinations than is entirely comfortable. Read more
Published on 8 Nov. 2012 by back2backreader
4.0 out of 5 stars ...Yesterday's high crime leads to todays medical treatment...
It is the 27th century and humans are now simulations of themselves and virtually indestructible as long as you remember that a back-up self is advisable. Read more
Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by Eileen Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything scifi should be
Of all the Charles Stross novels this is my favourite.
It does more than just give you a great alternate universe with great ideas (although it does this in spades)
It... Read more
Published on 25 Sept. 2010 by Jack Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Glasshouse continues very loosely the world that Accelerando started (both books are written as stand alone books but share some of the same concepts) and is written the classic... Read more
Published on 1 Mar. 2009 by Jalepe
4.0 out of 5 stars People as data
we're used to having firewalls and anti-virus software for our PCs to protect us when we're sending emails etc. Read more
Published on 13 Aug. 2008 by Tony P
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor show from a decent author
I should preface this by saying that I usually rate this author. Not one of my favourites, but generally a good read and worth buying more of. However... Read more
Published on 10 April 2008 by Clavain
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