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Jack Glass Kindle Edition
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For example, the genteel detective stories that inspired the book seem very far away from the opening instalment, in which a group of criminals work out their sentences excavating the guts of an otherwise uninhabited asteroid in order for it to become the habitation of the very rich. This section of the book is visceral, horrific and wholly unpredictable. The point of view character becomes ‘Jac’. Is he the titular Jack? He seems very passive, possibly because he has no legs and does not seem much of a threat to anyone. The convicts’ stories and personalities become clearer as they work, but it seems hopeless; the men are trapped for the duration of their eleven-year sentence with only the technology they have been left with to keep them alive. Despite this hopelessness, which is so well described you wonder what’s going to happen in the rest of the book, Jac appears to be working towards something… The denouement is as outrageous as it is unexpected but is pure SF.Read more ›
On a small planet elsewhere, two sisters are experiencing a spell in gravity in a sealed orbital habitat owned by their hyper rich family. There are themselves, and few personal staff, and 20 or so servants. Normal life is interrupted following the murder of one of the servants, and one of the sisters, Diana, takes over the investigation from the police allocated to the investigation. as she progresses thing are not what they seem, and the murder is a prompt to discover some of the greater questions and threats to the family.
I have read a couple of his before, the last one read I thought was not great at all so I wasn't looking forward to this much. I thought that it was an original story line, a bit gruesome and brutal at the beginning. I liked the way that the story unwrapped in layers, so you were never sure just what to expect next.
The characters were interesting, Jack Glass in particular as he was innovative and single minded. I couldn't warm to the two sisters, they came across as arrogant, and self interested, but that may have been the idea. The worlds that he has created didn't come across as fully plausible, but the integrated tech did. Overall ok, not are I would read another by him just yet.
So it's nice to be able to record that "Jack Glass", whilst an acknowledged pastiche of both Golden Age detective stories and Golden Age SF is actually a rattling good novel, with a highly ingenious plot and interesting characters. Indeed, "ingenious" isn't quite adequate as a word to describe the three interlinked novellas, especially the first, in which Jack somehow escapes from an isolated prison asteroid with no spacesuit and no means of propulsion. And the solution to the final murder mystery turns out to be based on that old SF warhorse, an FTL drive, but here used in an entirely unexpected way. A success therefore both as a pastiche and in its own terms as well.
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Dazzling doesn't begin to describe this horrifying and captivating romance. Beautifully written.Published 7 days ago by A. Duncan-Jones
First Impression of the Book: This book should really be called the legends of Jack Glass as though he is in this book throughout, he is not properly fleshed out as the story makes... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wasn't sure what to expect, i think i half anticipated something like an existentialist set of stories akin along vaguely similar lines to Paul auster's new York trilogy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by gimlet
The book is clever with three stories with very different plot lines and 'feel' to them. Only in the final section are the three brought together. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by Andrew Miller
Well written: very.
Thought provoking: somewhat.
Inventive: exceptionally. Read more
Excellent book defied expectations of the genre . Was gripped to the end . Almost read it in one sittingPublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by Lauren Stewart