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Berg aus schwarzem Glas (Otherland #3)

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"Suche den legendären Berg aus schwarzem Glas, von dem es heißt, er reiche bis zu den Sternen, und dort wirst du die Antwort finden."

Sie erschien Paul Jonas im Traum. Er kannte sie so gut, ihre merkwürdige geflügelte Gestalt, ihre traurigen Augen. Er kannte diese Frau, die von sich sagte, sie sei ein »gesprungener Spiegel«, aber seine Erinnerung an sie, wer sie war, was si
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Hardcover, 825 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Klett-Cotta (first published January 1st 1999)
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Alexandra
Der 3. Teil der SCIFI- Trilogie kommt nach dem spannenden Finale im 2. Teil in der Qualität bei weitem nicht an die ersten beiden Teile heran.
Erstens weil die Phantasie und Innovationskraft bzgl. der beschriebenen VR-Environments massiv nachläßt. Die Geschichte findet bis auf eine Ausnahme fast nur noch im alten Ägypten und in der Odyssee des Homer statt. Der Plot ist daher sehr absehbar und ohnhin hinlänglich bekannt. Zweitens bekommt die erneut zersplitterte Geschichte durch die getrennten Erz
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Ricky Ganci
Even though it took me a lot longer to read this one, I think I liked it better than the second volume, chiefly because stuff happened. Through the middle of the book, the narrative remained plodding, the development of each random simworld being front and center of this story, but the end was exciting and the different pieces of the story began to fit together. Paul Jonas finally hooked up with Renie and !Xabbu, et al., who were reunited with Orlando and Fredericks, and we know a little bit mor ...more
Jeremy Hot Pants
Tad Williams has a gift for the written word. Or, more accurately, a gift for about five qudrazillion of them because he writes in The. Most. Dense. Fucking. Prose. Ever. (And uses far too few clever literary devices such as the preceding one.) Which is a shame, really, because the story is pretty captivating and has proven to be somewhat prescient. But god to the damn, yo, my cat Nelly has a better chance of penning the next great Broadway musical than the average reader has of slogging through ...more
Jennifer
This is my favorite of the Otherland volumes so far. There's less hesitance in the story telling, and now that all the characters have been (finally) introduced and set in motion, this volume moves forward at a much better pace than the last two. Also, there was an added sense of connection to this piece of the story for me because of so many references I recognize from Homer's classics.
S.S.
Whew! Williams had worn me down with so many words. # 3 moves faster and gives more character info, which is much needed if you've gotten this far.

Nick Leshi
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Patricia Hamill
Fantastic!

Mountain of Black Glass is the third of Tad Williams' four Otherland books, but it is definitely not least. Paul Jonas finds himself in the role of Odysseus, confronting yet another incarnation of the winged woman who haunts his dreams. His ultimate goal, given to him by the bird woman, is to find Troy, but soon he is thrown into a nightmare as he is forced to live through the tribulations of his famous character in reverse order.

Meanwhile, Rennie, Martine, !Xabbu, Florimel, T4b, and
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Andres
Now that I'm done with this volume, I can look back in awe at how many pages I've turned to get to this point... and yet I can't honestly say it should have taken this long. I can still remember the sequence of the plot so far but the sheer amount of words seems too many for the amount of forward movement in the story. Everything is epic, for sure, but it cooled my enthusiasm that diving into new worlds would again cause a slowdown in the narrative momentum, with new information or revelations s ...more
Chris
1,800 pages into William's 4,000 page sci-fi virtual reality epic, I had to make a choice - Did nearly two-thousand pages of invested time mean I should finish the series, or did the fact that I was growing bored and I could devote 2,200 pages of my life to more worthwhile literature mean I should just cut my losses. I chose the latter. Even though the "main" plot was getting more and more interesting, it was being spread out further and further apart, as more and more of the books were being de ...more
Adobe
In the third volume of Williams' epic Otherland tetralogy, the separated heroes struggle to be reunited on the virtual battlefield outside the recreated walls of Troy. I really enjoyed the narrative excesses of the first two books -- too many characters, too much detail -- but that hyperactive breadth is starting to pall here. Otherworld was originally planned as a trilogy but Williams decided on four books halfway through the series. The result of that shift is a book that is slightly longer th ...more
Doc Opp
One of the best sci-fi series I've ever read. Just a warning to interested readers - there are several books of over 1000 pages, and once you start you won't be able to put them down. Make sure you have a serious block of time because these books are addictive.

Andrew
I have no problem with multivolume doorstop epics; however Williams doesn't know where he's going and it shows. Characters stumble aimlessly through worlds, Williams kills off the metaphysical side of the story, and substitutes imagery for substance.
Jody Mena
Tad Williams creates some bizzare words, both beatuful and horrifying, and I took particular joy in exploring each new setting that the characters came upon. This series is a testiment to the limitless possibilities that lie within the human imagination!
Megan
The Otherland saga continues. Gets a little slow towards the last quarter of the book. At this point, I've invested in three 700+ page books so I'm going to read the last book of the series either way. I can't wait to see how this all resolves itself.
James
My favorite of the series so far. Ratchets up the tension, answers some longstanding questions, presents new ones. One more to go, but I'm going to take a break and read a few other books first so I can come back to the series with a fresh mind.
Rik Leaf
Ahhhhhh....the deep sigh that comes from plugging away at a series because you hope it will pay off. The pages start to weigh several pounds each and the effort required to keep turning them becomes a force of will.
Bryan
You really start figuring out where all the different characters that are in this book fit into the scheme of things. Another large on but still a very easy read.
Will
Very long but for some reason I couldn't put it down. Amazing that a fantasy author could put out science fiction of this caliber.
Max Williamson
I really enjoyed these books, I got lost in the otherworld and found the descriptive narrative and details amazing.
Vicky
Love this series. If u like sci fi fantasy give it a whirl. Long but worth it.
Erika RS
This is the third book in the massive story that is Otherland. This was my favorite of the three books. Unlike the first two books, this book had a plot that felt like it was going somewhere and then got there. However, it was still frustrating at times. It is amusing but true that the longer a book is, the more frustrating it is when the author goes off on useless tangents. I enjoy the contemplations on reality within a realistic network and on how alive the simulated people can be considered t ...more
AndrewP
Volume #3 of the Otherland series, which is not so much four separate books, but one 2800 page book split into four volumes.
I read the first two books a few years back, but luckily there is a great synopsis of the two preceding books at the beginning. Overall, I enjoyed reading this as the whole virtual reality storyline is very detailed, varied and well thought out. (It's a typical Tad Williams book.) If you have read through the first two books then you are probably sucked into the story and
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Chris
This is easily my favorite book in the series, short though the series may be.

Otherland is a strange story, really - it's like a hybrid science fiction/fantasy tale in that you can easily forget which genre you're in. It's clearly science fiction, in that the whole thing is taking place in a massive computer simulation, but on the other hand, it owes a lot to fantasy - especially the world-crossing aspects of it.

Our Otherland heroes have been trapped there for some time now, running through the
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Aleah
In "Mountain of Black Glass," book three in Tad Williams' "Otherland" tetrology, the sci-fi saga continues.

An overly simplified summation of a very complicated plot:
Children around the world are being lost to unexplained comas, including Renie Sulaweyo's baby brother, Stephen. Researching Stephen's condition leads Renie to the Otherland, a massively complex virtual reality network. Its architects? A secretive group who refer to themselves as the Grail Brotherhood. In an attempt to save Stephen,
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Chris
Otherland is a vast network of interconnected simworlds, or virtual reality settings. The settings are grandiose enough for me to rank it really high on my all time favorites. One simworld has an endless city of enormous mansions with spires shooting to the sky. Others are based on ancient history & mythology- like Egypt and the Homeric Epics. The one the really rattled my brain was the Black Mountain where the climax takes place, when the “reality” of the entire network starts to really buc ...more
Michael
This is the 3rd book of a 4 book series. I finished book 2 about 1 1/2 years ago. That book wandered around aimlessly for several hundred pages without any clear advance of the plot. I decided I didn't want to waste my time on the rest of the series. I found myself thinking of the charactors and the story line several times over the last year and a half. I finally decided to read the second book despite my misgivings. I'm glad I did. "Mountain of Black Glass" is a much better book than the secon ...more
Rebecca Hill
The third installment in the Otherland series adds a mountain of information to the already complicated story. The main characters all continue to develop further into themselves, with some becoming a little too mushy towards each other. Dread continues to live up to his name, delighting in the pain and suffering he inflicts on others. While Rennie and Martine flip from heros to mindless victims several times throughout the book. Really enjoyed the visits in the recent similations. I think I enj ...more
Elena
Ich habe zwar nur gut 600 Seiten gelesen, aber so viel am Ende quer gelesen, dass ich es mal mitzählen und bewerten möchte. Aus meiner Sicht hat sich das Buch gegenüber Teil 2 schon gesteigert, aber es geht immer noch viel zu schleppend voran. "Das Haus" als Simulationswelt ist wirklich großartig, aber das ist auch das einzige Highlight. Tad Williams hätte aus der Reihe wirklich einfach eine Trilogie machen sollen und mindestens 1000 Seiten einsparen können dabei.
Peter
Adventure, fantasy, sci-fi and total immersability! Buy it!!: Having read the authors other great works, I picked up the first volume in this series, with great expectations. It was ok, not up to the standards of some of his other stuff, but worth getting the next installment. Now I was hooked, the storyline is gripping, the characters are fantastic, particularly Orlando and Fredericks, you really begin to empathise with them. I'm also remotely interested in what happens to Rennie and !xabbu, (d ...more
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