Glasshouse [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “ONE NIGHTMARISH PANOPTICON.” – The New York Times When Robin . This Glasshouse isn’t just glass. It’s a prism that Charles Stross uses to split his storytelling into all of its component narrative colors — suspense, action, satire. Perhaps we all live in a Glasshouse of our own making, Stross constantly hints, while offering up an account of those who, contrary to the old adage, respond by .

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It’s also full of good thinking fuel, about identity and memory and Who We Are. In my opinion most ‘conceptual’ art is rubbish IMO, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tried, any more than geographic explorers should stick to known routes. Shockingly, I like the first chapter.

For one thing, it’s a Panopticona Benthamite tool of universal surveillance. Open Preview See a Problem? I held it off for all of two weeks or so, until 8 April, when the compulsion to start writing became too strong to resist, and the first draft emerged in just three weeks of obsessive hour days. Mani Podcast read by: All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission. This person is real. But back to The Step ford Wives?

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So you don’t do that. Can the narrator’s possession of 30, ecus a sum that remains a cipher throughout be balanced against our never seeing him or anyone else pay for anything srtoss the story is set in the Invisible Republic, especially given that after he’s entered the game, which has a fake money-economy and pretend jobs, the narrator frequently mentions paying, buying, stdoss purchasing goods and services as he never did before he entered the game?


But being as how the most common complaint seems to be how hard the book was to follow this might not be the best direction to go in. Self-contained and self-sufficient, fitted with their own A-gates, they are fuelled by plasma piped-in by T-gate from nearby stars. There are some clues up above, but still, a plea to help the feebleminded: Well, to me it does.

I would not suggest it to someone who is a straight fantasy fan, it comes off a little Hard Sci-Fi at times. Retrieved 13 June But Glasshouse does nothing to push him toward the front of my to-read queue. The ending is kind of beautiful. Well, I guess our ideas of justice, rights etc. Three of my grandparents belonged to the Church of Marx, Scientist; the fourth was an anarchist.

The experiment is not what it seems, Robin is not who he thought he was I know, this is funny because no one knows who he is and Kay has her own trials. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.

The first draft of “Glasshouse” poured out in 21 days flat, ran to 91, words, and was terrible. Glassyouse even after reading the crib-sheet above, I don’t understand it. We’ll see an openly gay person in the White House before we ever see an atheist of any race or gender.

Crib Sheet: Glasshouse – Charlie’s Diary

Even if those axioms are in fact just conventions or postulates:. Sorry, too many years overthinking the plot. No new literary movements or genres in the past 20 or 30 years — unless you consider post-modernism to be a movement and zombies and vampires to be genres. What a fabulous book. It was fascinating to see who he became. Large spacecraft or mobile habitats which travel at slower-than-light speeds between the brown dwarf stars which most polities orbit.

Stross throws together cbarles fast paced book glaashouse reads like a mix of the Prisonor,Philip K. The plot was kinda standard mystery but everything else was really new. Humanity has spread throughout the galaxy using the wormhole technology copied from the alien routers, forming a plethora of societies and ‘polities’. However, some readers may struggle with Glasshouse as Stross gives very little that is direct or even reliable.


Gendered behavior is often a mix of training and biology, though it seems likely that much of it is produced through constant, largely unconscious performance that is self-reinforcing. I gave it my usual fifty pages, and sometimes I’d look at the page number and I’d still be on the same page. For some reason, the century that fascinates these people of the far future is the very one that readers are most familiar with; isn’t that convenient?

Similar to Cory Doctorow, Stross knows no boundaries when it comes to imagining the future.

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When it was gglasshouse proposed that “Glasshouse” may be tied to the “Accelerando” universe I felt the segue between the two was perfectly clean. Find it at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

Apr 17, Kaila rated it did not like it Shelves: Of course regularly readers of Charles Stross are probably not exactly looking for books that deal with feminist issues, I imagine the cool tech to be his main attraction.

Sep 14, Adam rated it it was amazing. Overall, this was a great read. Unless Glasshouse is a future where American conservatives won and imposed they vision on everyone. All of this made sense to me, but not sure if that’s everyone’s takeaway.