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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This is were he wakes up – confused, disoriented, and stuck in the body of a frail woman, assigned the name Reeve. Just promise not to forget Rule 1 and not to succumb to the braineater before you write them all. Of course, this was such a juicy chew-toy that working on it was inevitable. 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? Glasshouse is my second favorite novel of the current Millennium.

But once there, he finds that the true terror has only begun. And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! Similarly, characters use certain words like new ideas “whore” for example, and have trouble figuring out what that is, and yet later the same character blithely refers to someone as a scorewhore.

If Alastair Reynolds wrote another book in which forgetting one’s own past drove the plot as much as it does in this book I’d probably go nuts, but here it works fine.

But in this escape-proof environment, Robin will undergo an even more radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters—and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche Yes, Charles Stross no, I have never read anything else by himdoes enjoy in those early stages combining a bizarre mix of archaic language and technological gobbledygook.

Not even a Kay, let alone a Hanta. Add me to the list of people whose favourite of your novels is Glasshouse and who would love to see the sequel. But where the comparison still holds is in how Stross’s best work gives that old SF sensawunda the same extreme makeover that books like Neuromancer and Schismatrix did in No, it makes matters considerably better. November 8, at 6: It’s an enjoyable yarn if you don’t think about it too hard.


It would be nice if, one day soon, Charlie got a parcel in the mail. Unlike most people who emerge from such a procedure, however, Robin literally has no idea who he is. I’m surprised I finished, just based on format alone, but not on story.

Berger and Thomas Luckmann in their book of that name. So you may take it as read that I do not intend to behave unprofessionally, even if my Muse has other ideas. Reeve, for instance, reacts cgarles flagrant, edge-pushing defiance strlss dress prescriptions, which Sam nervously tries to restrain.

My grumble with much of modern conceptual art is not that it’s symbolic, it’s that it’s so darned shallow, and often poorly crafted, compared even to the work of unlettered artists drawing on rocks out in the deep desert.

Even when the rules of a society are based on dubious, if not dangerous, values, most individuals ask few questions and do as they are told—and apparently that aspect of human nature has not changed in the future envisioned by our author. Okay, now stop imagining.

Thanks for hipping me to Varley and Eight Worlds, it looks to be right up my alley. Groups of subjects are awarded points for certain behaviors, much like an RPG video game, and this leads to a few appalling occurrences and the rise of “score whores” who snitch on others to enhance their standing.

It’s tied with Accelerando for my favorite Stross novel, though I recommend it the least glasdhouse. Audiobook Details Recorded Glasahouse, Inc.

I also thought it resonated quite closely with Chalker’s work, but I get the sense Charlie has never read any of that.


Slan Van Vogt, A. It’s only been played on the BBC for ten years. Robin has just emerged from radical memory surgery. Is Doctor Hanta sincerely concerned for her ‘patients’?

Glasshouse by Charles Stross

The present they come from is hardly Utopian. That alone should tell you that I really enjoy it. Large spacecraft or mobile habitats which travel at slower-than-light speeds between the brown dwarf stars which most polities orbit. The founder of computer science was so oppressed in s Britain that he killed himself. The cohort to which Reeve belongs is designated Number Six. That wasn’t an envvironment I wanted to live in as the price of getting to whatever interesting things might be on the horizon.


I don’t really care about the average Dufus. I bet others who’ve had experiences with odd to inappropriate choices by large organizations can come up with more with a bit of thought.

As long as you deliver your ms to the publisher on time, what do they care if you hand in another novel to another publisher? Wagner Support SF Reviews. It was frustrating and unnecessary. And Robin’s worried the experiment may be run by war criminals with a nefarious agenda. A variety of militia groups formed, among them the Linebarger Catswho specialised in esoteric strategies and psyops. I got really bored with the long explanations of Big Futuristic Tech, and they were especially annoying because there was no in-text reason why this first-person narrator would be explaining things that presumably were familiar to him; it would be like writing a contemporary story in which the character stopped the action to say, “I started up my laptop, a small computer able to connect wirelessly to a network known as the ‘web’ or ‘internet’ Jun 05, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, in DecemberITV showed the first episode of a drama series that would go down in history as Britain’s best-loved programme of all time: The book’s ending, however, was rather too rushed and pat; saying “And then we fought a big battle and kicked some ass” is really not the same as showing a big battle being fought and some ass being kicked.

He doesn’t question slavery by confronting it with the virtue of gouverning or freedom, actually. That one would’ve really been hard to write though, so I can hardly blame you.

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T Oh Charlie Stross. I’d certainly settle for an account of the censorship wars.

I felt it was badly handled all around, and that “women” such as the term applies in this setting in particular were often poorly characterized stereotypes.