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Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel from the author of Swiftly New Model Army and Yellow Blue Tibia Jack Glass is the murderer we know this from the start Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds readers will be astonished to discover how. Beautiful cover but not at all reflective of the tone or content of the book What you re getting is a dark rather nasty series of interlocked stories set in a future of corporate dictatorships widespread poverty and minimal concern for human rights So um kind of like now actually only with advanced technology and drugs Because I read the blurb and some reviews I wasn t expected a fun optimistic tale a la the early days of science fiction but I was hoping for at least some nods in that direction You know maybe a rocket ship made of glass rather than a space vessel made of view spoilerthe butchered bodies of murdered convicts hide spoiler

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Jack Glass

He plays with the genre whatever uestions he asks of the reader Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain Filled with wonderfully gruesome moments and liberal doses of sly humor this novel is built around three gripping HowDunnits that challenge notions of crime punishment power and freedom. Roberts books are truly difficult to rate because there isn t anything else like them in the modern SF genre He writes beautifully really beautifully the kind of image dense well crafted sentences that you have to read three times just to savour the feel of them sliding through your neurons His ideas are magical and he s no imaginative slouch each novel he writes sports a new and freshly minted world of wondrous veracitySet in a future where humans thickly clot the space between the worlds of the Solar System and are ruled most oppressively Jack Glass is a story about a kind of cosmic terrorist but presented as a series of three murder mysteries the literary conceit here being Roberts take on the old country house Agatha Christie style whodunnit To a point this is what we have but the detective angle proves a surface gloss to SF world buildery The murders take back seat and we re soon hip deep in Roberts usual concern of the unworthy swain courting the unobtainable damsel Who are we to complain All authors have their literary drums to beat but with the gruesome first installment of Jack Glass it appears at first that we have escaped this particular obsession and it s something of a surprise and disappointment to be presented with it againGlass himself is a confident capable man much sure of himself than many of Roberts earlier protagonists Part of the book s draw is the slow revelation of the various layers to his character and the discovery of the romantic flaw in Glass is well judged if slightly disappointing by which I mean it fits this story perfectly but anyway see above The dividing up of the story into three undoes the pacing and the contrast between the first taut superbly claustrophic tale and the languid tone of the latter two unseats the reader There s a little too much time spent detailing the inner thoughts of teenage girls something Roberts already tackled brilliantly in By Light Alone He does it well admittedly but too much hereAlthough this is not his strongest work overall Jack Glass contains some of Roberts most artful writing and the first part of the book is among the best SF stories from one of today s finest British SF writers Let Sleeping Dogs Lie you have to read three times just to savour the feel of them sliding through Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose your neurons His ideas are magical and he s no imaginative slouch each novel he writes sports a new and freshly minted world of wondrous veracitySet in a future where humans thickly clot the space between the worlds of the Solar System and are ruled most oppressively Jack Glass is a story about a kind of cosmic terrorist but presented as a series of three murder mysteries the literary conceit here being Roberts take on the old country house Agatha Christie style whodunnit To a point this is what we have but the detective angle proves a surface gloss to SF world buildery The murders take back seat and we re soon hip deep in Roberts usual concern of the unworthy swain courting the unobtainable damsel Who are we to complain All authors have their literary drums to beat but with the gruesome first installment of Jack Glass it appears at first that we have escaped this particular obsession and it s something of a surprise and disappointment to be presented with it againGlass himself is a confident capable man much sure of himself than many of Roberts earlier protagonists Part of the book s draw is the slow revelation of the various layers to his character and the discovery of the romantic flaw in Glass is well judged if slightly disappointing by which I mean it fits this story perfectly but anyway see above The dividing up of the story into three undoes the pacing and the contrast between the first taut superbly claustrophic tale and the languid tone of the latter two unseats the reader There s a little too much time spent detailing the inner thoughts of teenage girls something Roberts already tackled brilliantly in By Light Alone He does it well admittedly but too much hereAlthough this is not his strongest work overall Jack Glass contains some of Roberts most artful writing and the first part of the book is among the best SF stories from one of today s finest British SF writers

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He committed the murders and by the end of the book their sympathies for the killer will be fully engaged Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction the country house murder the locked room mystery and imbued with the feel of golden age SF this is another bravura performance from Roberts Whatever games. 3 crimes scenes 1 manMass murderer Jack Glass is on loose and the Solar System is not safe Enveloping theoretical physics and power dynamics Roberts offers this suspense It uestions values from loyalty to the ever present does the ends justify the meansBroken down into three separate vignettes it s not immediately obvious that these are seuential events but the impetus for Jack s actions unfolds The first vignette In the Box I loved it was gritty science fiction and a big surprise Big My favorite easily The second part The FTL Murders was very slow in comparison and it spent a great deal of time developing two characters where the conflict of human versus science are anthropomorphized too much time is you ask me Dawdled The third vignette The Impossible Gun brings the stories full circle connecting them in the third crime scene I liked this better than the FTL but not as much as Box but that was probably because I d figured out the resolution or rather one version of possible resolutions and I liked mine better than the real ending I got the science part 100% the human part not as much therefore I was disappointed in how it drifted and settled I guess the surprise in that one was one that I didn t see the basis for it existing but then again I don t think it was suppose to be rational Ended with me going really JackSo the fluffy ending and saggy middle kinda deflated the joy from this one Eh Marriage by Deception you ask me Dawdled The third vignette The Impossible Gun brings the stories full circle connecting them in the third crime scene I liked this better than the FTL but not as much as Box but that was probably because I d figured out the resolution or rather one version of possible resolutions and I liked mine better than the real ending I got the science part 100% the human part not as much therefore I was disappointed in how it drifted and settled I guess the surprise in that one was one that I didn t see the basis for it existing but then again I don t think it was suppose to be rational Ended with me going really JackSo the fluffy ending and saggy middle kinda deflated the joy from this one Eh


10 thoughts on “Jack Glass

  1. says:

    Beautiful cover but not at all reflective of the tone or content of the book What you're getting is a dark rather nasty series of interlocked

  2. says:

    “A uantity of blood is spilled in this story I’m sorry to say; and a good many people die; and there is some politics too There is danger and fear Accordingly I have told his tale in the form of a murder mystery; or to be precise and at all costs we must be precise three connected murder mysteriesBut I intend to play fair with you reader right from the start or I’m no true Watson So let me tell everyth

  3. says:

    This is still the best book I've read this year I know it's only April and I read this in February and there's still a lot of time But I bloody loved it And I haven't even got to lend my copy out yet which is a travestyI found it in a way that usually turns up a lot of dross but has actually done me uite proud in the last few months

  4. says:

    BewareDon't go to Adam Roberts looking for utopian visions of the future If you want harmonious co operation post scarcity paradise

  5. says:

    3 crimes scenes 1 manMass murderer Jack Glass is on loose and the Solar System is not safe Enveloping theoretical physics and power dynamics Roberts offers this suspense It uestions values from loyalty to the ever present does the ends justify the meansBroken down into three separate vignettes it's not immediately obvious that these are seuential events but the impetus for Jack's actions unfolds The first vigne

  6. says:

    What a wonderful thing this book is Roberts himself describes it as arising from a desire to collide together som

  7. says:

    Roberts' books are truly difficult to rate because there isn't anything else like them in the modern SF genre He writes beautifully really beautifully; the kind of image dense well crafted sentences that you have to read three times just to savour the feel of them sliding through your neurons His ideas are magical and h

  8. says:

    PrologueDear readers I fear I have to convey a terrible terrible tragedy to you The fifth rating star was murdered and now lies dead in front of you But the strangest thing is that we already know who did the killing It was a collarboration of the remaining four stars who have fled into this review It's like in

  9. says:

    25 5Jack Glass by Adam Roberts is a book that tries too much to be many things but ultimately fails in most if not all of them Here’s my personal view and opinion why this is so and why I was disappointed As usual I will avoid going into too much detail describing what this book is about you can read the synopsis up there ^ Instead I will go straight into my review Be wary this review will probably contain light spoilers but not

  10. says:

    Holy wow I loved this bookThe book is in three sections and the first just sucked me in I was obsessed with the world Roberts created within nine pages Roberts's writing is marvelous; tender yet precise dancing in rhythms then breaking out of step like a flaneur's pause The world he created is compelling and vast and utterly believable The second and third sections had a different focalizing character and so