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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670921637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670921638
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Characters return for a second outing of faux Victoriana, rip-roaring adventures and gorgeous-looking design. The stories are undeniably moreish ... curl up with this under a rug The London Paper on The Dark Volume Fantastic. Somewhere between Dickens, Sherlock Holmes and Rider Haggard. I was in seventh heaven. Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth on The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

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G. W. Dahlquist is a novelist and playwright. When he fell asleep during a snowstorm, his first book The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters came to him in a dream. This is his third novel. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he now lives in New York.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2012
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Well they certainly sneaked this one past me! The last book in Dahlquist's trilogy, I've been excitedly awaiting this volume for quite some time. And yet despite regularly searching Amazon with crossed fingers, I only spotted it by chance on a shelf under authors beginning with 'D' in a high street bookshop. It wasn't even on their 'new releases' display shelf. This lack of publicity demonstrates that the publishers have far less faith in Dahlquist's work flying off the shelves than when they initially paid him an advance of $2,000,000 for his first book in this series, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.

Such a large advance is powerful testament to how incredibly well written & entertaining these books are - The Glass Books was a rollicking Victorian adventure story which had me on the edge of my seat for almost 800 pages. Its sequel - The Dark Volume - was 500 pages of the same. That they didn't get the mass audience they so thoroughly deserved is a tragedy.

The ongoing story in all 3 books revolves around 3 adventurous misfits battling a shadowy cabal. The dastardly cabal are looking to secure untold wealth & influence by coercing those in positions of power via their mysterious glass books - the alchemical technology of a mad genius which can steal memories & replay them exactly. In The Chemickal Marriage, said genius has discovered several sinister new applications for his invention, so once again our intrepid threesome & their new allies run around by the seat of their pants & get into all manner of scrapes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jezza on 20 Nov. 2013
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I liked the first book, tolerated the second (barely), but was tempted by this. I forced myself to finish it, only for the meagre pleasure of writing this review. It is shapeless and confusing. The main characters do spend all their time running about, believing each other to be dead, hiding implausibly, and so on. Too many new characters who are hard to distinguish from each other. The suggestion that this is a standalone book, which could be read separately from the others in the series, is laughable.

And yet Dalquist is a good writer with a powerful imagination, and I do love the original scenario and the alternative world he has created. This feels like a contractual obligation, right down to the padding for length. I hope he will get on and write something else good now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2013
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I find myself firmly on the fence here. I enjoyed this book, as I did it's predecessor, but both were not really as good as the first in the series, and felt in many ways like those serial adventures where the 'hero' ends each episode in a fix, and starts the next miraculously escaping.
Perhaps that's the point - if so, it's done well.
This episode is a bit repetitive, if entirely readable and enjoyable, and I was a bit fed of people almost dying (again) by the end. But, it would be churlish to say I'd not enjoyed this and the series as a whole, and so for that, it moves to a four star review from me.
Would you like it? Try the first one The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and if you like that move onto the second. And only if you like that try this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EedyB on 15 July 2012
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This is the latest, (but not necessarily final?), instalment in The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters trilogy.

It follows directly on from the second book - The Dark Volume - and despite the prologue of the book stating that much of the narrative can stand alone; in all honesty it cannot be read without knowledge of the first two books.

So to the story (which is difficult to detail without spoilers) ... Miss Temple hires Cardinal-lite villains in revenge for the apparent murder of her allies, whilst struggling with the effects of the two glass books that she has looked into. Whilst a significant number of the cabal have fallen in the first two novels, the deliciously evil Contessa Lacquer-Sforza survives to cause mayhem and confusion.

Overall there is slightly less heedless running about than in the first two novels, and certainly less vomiting - both of these developments are to be welcomed! The main characters are written with more depth and emotional capacity than previously, in particular Cardinal Chang (a personal favourite of mine!).

The ending allows another possible foray, although I'm not sure whether this should or will happen. Either way - thank you Mr. Dahlquist for a fantastic journey of adventure, esoteric secrets and Victorian porn - I've loved every minute of it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kara-karina (Nocturnal Book Reviews) on 12 Aug. 2012
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Beautiful book, complex, engrossing. You can't read it fast, as you really need some time to digest the information you are given. I've missed out on a book two as well, but the prologue in the beginning will actually give you a brief description of what happened in previous two books so you won't feel lost when the action starts right where it left in book #2.

You won't find repetition in Gordon's writing, so you have to stay sharp. He also describes the same situation from three points of view - Miss Temple's, Dr Svenson and Cardinal Chang which gives you very deep understanding of each big scene, it becomes truly three-dimensional.

The Chemickal Marriage is pure alchemy, exquisite flight of fantasy and so much more. I'm awed by Mr. Dahlquist imagination and such deep world-building.

Cardinal Chang is by far my favorite character, although Dr Svenson and Celeste Temple are superbly written as well.

I can't even describe any of the plot to you because it's way too complex, I also think that it's very steampunkish and at times unexpectedly erotic. Overall, great series, and much recommended.
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