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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters [Paperback]

G.W. Dahlquist
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Book Description

3 Jan 2008

G.W. Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, the first in the series of adventures of Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang and Dr Svenson and followed by The Dark Volume and The Chemickal Marriage, is a rip-roaring tale like no other.

In The Glass Books of The Dream Eaters three most unlikely but nevertheless extraordinary heroes become inadvertently involved in the diabolical machinations of a cabal bent upon enslaving thousands through a devilish 'process':

Miss Temple is a feisty young woman with corkscrew curls who wishes to learn why her fiancé Roger broke off their engagement...

Cardinal Chang was asked to kill a man, but finding his quarry already dead he is determined to learn who beat him to it and why...

And Dr Svenson is chaperone to a dissolute Prince who has become involved with some most unsavoury individuals...

An adventure like no other, in a mysterious city few have travelled to, featuring a heroine and two heroes you will never forget.

Fantastic. Somewhere between Dickens, Sherlock Holmes and Rider Haggard. I was in seventh heaven - Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth

A page-turner, a rollicking ride. As stupendous as it is stupefying - Giles Foden, Guardian

An erotically charged, rip-roaring adventure for adults with scarcely a dull moment to be had, which defies its great length to keep the reader on the edge of his seat - Daily Mail

G.W. Dahlquist fell asleep when trapped by a snowstorm, and The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters came to him in his dreams. He is the author of the The Dark Volume and The Chemickal Marriage, the next books in the series.


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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Penguin Edition edition (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141027304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141027302
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fantastic. Somewhere between Dickens, Sherlock Holmes and Rider Haggard. I was in seventh heaven (Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth)

A page-turner, a rollicking ride. As stupendous as it is stupefying (Giles Foden Guardian)

An erotically charged, rip-roaring adventure for adults with scarcely a dull moment to be had, which defies its great length to keep the reader on the edge of his seat (Daily Mail)

About the Author

G.W. Dahlquist fell asleep when trapped by a snowstorm, and The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters came to him in his dreams. This is his first novel.

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally original 9 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover
Those reviewers who have slammed this novel based on their reading of one or three chapters really shouldn't be posting reviews here at all. This is a book of almmost 800 pages, and it moves at a fairly leisurely pace. The writing could be better (and could have been improved by professional editing), but the concept is so bizarre, the setting is so surreal, the characters are so odd (yet believable), that you would be missing a marvellous one-off tale by taking those one-star reviews too seriously.

One of the problems is the book's structure. Each of the first 3 chapters tells a lengthy part of the narrative from the point of view of a different character. These 3 characters don't meet up till chapter 4, and even then are soon separated again. But once we see them as a unit and begin to understand the forces they are fighting against, none of that matters. Dahlquist's imagination is disturbing, but I found the world he creates much more engaging than, say, Philip Pullman's second-hand universes. If you start to get sucked into this world--19th century, yet not 19th century, England, yet not England--you will start to find it hard to put down. You crave to know the truth behind the narrative. The prose style, though it needs work, is, on the whole, easy to follow. It has little elegance and quite a few errors ('off of' repeatedly, for example), but that doesn't get in the way of the narrative as it does in, say, Kate Mosse's very clumsily written bestseller Labyrinth. This story leaves you with a sense of strangeness that few others achieve. Read it for that alone.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it...your patience will be rewarded! 25 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover
Yes, it is long, yes it could've been shorter, considerably shorter, and yes the fact that the author clearly didn't know where the story was going is obvious. But, my goodness, what a book?!

If anything, the perambulatory nature of the plot is one of this books delights. Some books lose you because the plot unravels in your hand like paper in the rain. This plot slowly reveals itself. It teases you. It leaves you aching for more.

And I haven't mentioned the varied and colourful characters, or the city and it's environs. The environment itself is reminiscent of Hardy (in terms of the delight the author takes in laying the streets, fields and buildings before the reader), while the characters are beautifully conveyed and reminiscent of Dickens.

There is also something of Tolkein in the structure of the 'volumes' or chapters. While you see events unfold around one of the key characters you are desperate to know what is happening to the others. This is one of the reasons behind the "Just one more page" factor that this book has in spades.

This leads me to the timelessness of the book. Time seems to stand still on the page and around you in 'real world'. It should come with a health wanring: "Reading this book on a train could result in many missed stops!"

I am not surprised by the love it/hate it reviews so far. This book was never going to be scoring 2 or 3 stars. It takes risks, challenges literary norms and breaks all the acceptable rules. I hated it at first but was reassured that it would pay to keep going. Within five chapters I was in a sort of daze, finding myself drifting off during meetings to the streets and hotels of this imaginary world, wondering what was happening to my beloved characters.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn in need of severe editing 5 May 2007
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
[...]I enjoyed reading it and like many on these pages became quite intoxicated by the slowly unfurling nature of the plot but it's hard to escape the fact that the book is horrendously overwritten . It should have been edited by 100-150 pages and could have been easily with no loss to the narrative or characterisation .
For instance there are over two pages in this novel completely given over to someone eating a cream tea. It's not even as interesting as that makes it sound either. Like most of this novel it's beautifully written but boy is it tedious. I go for the maxim Elmore Leonard used that writers should cut out all the boring stuff , all the needless exposition and effuse descriptive passages and get to the nitty gritty. Unlike me in that last sentence for example. There is a great novel in here but it's half buried under uncalled for verbiage and meandering descriptions .
Three characters dominate this Victorian story of some strange process that alters peoples perceptions and the way they view the world and the creation of hypnotic books made of blue glass that seems to record moments in time .Celeste Temple travels to London to meet her fiancé only to find he has broken their engagement off .She decides to follow him one day in the hope she will discover some clue as to this sudden breakdown in their relationship. A protracted journey by train and coach leads her to a grand house where she witnesses some bizarre scientific experiment and barely escapes with her life.
On the train back she meets Cardinal Chang , by far the books most interesting character, a hired assassin sent to the house to kill a man only to find he is already dead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book you can really lose yourself in, though ...
A book you can really lose yourself in, though the plot has so many twists and turns that you may lose the thread. Re -reading helps. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Catslave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great start, love the descriptive lightning.
Published 20 days ago by mr l g coffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Different read
This is a different read. I enjoyed it mostly. Towards the end it seemed to lose its way and the last third was something of a chore for me.
Published 2 months ago by margo b
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story so far but an expensive way to buy a book
First off let me say I got this as a freebie on my kindle and on the strength of it bought the book as it is a cracking story and very well written, but a chapter at a time would... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. K. Talbot
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book; Kindle edition full of typos and misspellings
Great book; Kindle edition full of typos and misspellings

I highly recommend the book but Amazon must pull their socks up if they expect me to pay for more poorly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Donelson
5.0 out of 5 stars steampunk nirvana!
An exhausting book. The pace never let's up. But what a read! So many twists turns and cliff hangers and an ending that was both unpredictable and satisfying. Remarkable find.
Published 5 months ago by Steve Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, rewarding and original
I loved this book, it's a great mix of originality, daft heroism and cool ideas. It's a long book that takes a bit of patience but it is well worth it if you persevere. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR R J HALL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good hook
Great way to hook readers in to getting the whole book, haven't finished it yet as am reading something else but very good first chapter.
Published 6 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
Totally read this series if you want some fun and escape, its rambles and diverts in a fun way. I really enjoyed it. What a great title too.
Published 8 months ago by Jay Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe just not my thing
a quick read, a little disappointed to learn it was only a chapter of what looks like a long series. It was free to download.
Published 8 months ago by carol
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