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Bad Glass

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  320 ratings  ·  96 reviews
One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what the
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Published September 25th 2012 by Del Rey
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Oh mah gah. I admit I read this book because it has a cool premise, a cool cover, and a blurb from Caitlin Kiernan, one of my favorite writers. And for a while I thought, maybe he's writing all of these characters in the most annoying way possible for a reason, and he's going to pull some narrative trick at the end to make it all better! But, since this book is compared to the TV show Lost, I can't help but make the same comparison: you get to the end and basically say seriously? What just happe ...more
BAD GLASS is something different. In a good way. It's part horror, part apocalyptic, part science fiction and fantasy, hitting on every thread that each of those genres can unwind. I had moments reading this book that actually made my stomach churn. Of course I was eating lunch at the time and vomiting all over the lunch room table at a place I've worked at less than a week would certainly leave an impression. Not a good one. I really like where I work so I breathed through it.

In terms of charac
On the plus side, there were some well-described make-your-skin-crawl scenes. On the negative side, I didn't find the characters overly engaging.

I was not at all sympathetic to Dean or his relationship with Taylor, or for that matter with the plight of people who, for no or at best ill-explained reasons, continue to stay in such a highly-localized place of...I'm not sure what you would call these events, which was the other major point of contention: (view spoiler)

Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Something's rotten in the state of Washington. More specifically, the city of Spokane has gone bad - disappearances and violent, bizarre acts in the city garner attention in the public eye, and the military has stepped in, walling off Spokane from the rest of the world under constant guard. Even with the military quarantine, news still trickles out from Spokane - rumors of unimaginable, supernatural horror are backed up by nightmarish images that cannot p
The first impression of Bad Glass when I first saw the cover was that it was probably another paranormal series with perhaps creatures that resembled zombies and the main character, Dean Walker with his new friends Taylor, Mac, Amanda, Charlie, Devon, Floyd and Danny will miraculously survive this catastrophic event and get their happy ending. But I was wrong; Bad Glass by Ricahrd E. Gropp did not have the same storyline which I thought it would. My impression of this book after reading it was t ...more
It's my fault. The back cover called out its likeness to Dhalgren (a book I despise) and yet I still picked this book up. And while that certainly didn't help me enjoy this book much, there were other reasons as well, reasons that I find happening more and more in modern fiction.

What mild character growth was introduced was left dangling and ignored in areas. The "concept" of the novel often took center stage and refused to share the spotlight with plot, development and logic. Characters would
This book is not for the faint of heart. It is intense, frightening and totally weird. My cup of tea. It twists and turns and shocks you, gives you a minute and then smacks you again. I can't possibly say much about it, except that something is going on in the city of Spokane and Dean Walker, aspiring photo-journalist crabs into the city thinking he will make his name taking great freaky photos. But Dean gets enmeshed in the lives of Spokane residents and the bizarre incidents that have occurred ...more
Wendy Cantu
The review of Bad Glass by Richard Gropp appeared first on The Rekindled Reader.

(Note: This reviews is based on an ARC provided by NetGalley)

I’m speechless – and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass was…something. It was repugnantly addictive, but it lacked all the other attributes that make a good book. The characters were flat, boring and unlikable. The plot – I think it was a plot – was bland, uninteresting and, in the end, muddled.

And yet the appalling, grote
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Jeff Jellets

A disappointing book -- despite the great premise.

Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass has all the right ingredients for a fantastic, weird tale: a half-abandoned city under military quarantine where a few hardy souls try to survive in a nightmarish world of misshapen beasts and people who have been inexplicably fused to the walls, floors, and ceilings of crumbling Spokane, WA. Unfortunately, while the idea and opening set-up are great, Gropp seems as lost as his characters in trying to fashion a suitable
BAD GLASS is a _______ novel, written by Richard E. Gropp, which I finished a few nights ago.

This is a book worth reading. It inhabits the place somewhere between science fiction and magical fiction, with some horror thrown in. But not much. This is not a blood-and-guts book. The horror here permeates the air and surfaces in unexpected, stunning ways that are more psychologically upsetting than graphic.

Gropp has written a surprisingly and unexpectedly great book. It's set in Spokane. (Note: I lo
Sorry, I can't even write a proper review for this one. I bought it for the cool premise, then slogged my way through the damn thing, literally forcing myself to read a chapter at a time. This book makes me angry, and I just can't spend any more time on it.

This was the second book that I have read that was a head scratcher when it came to rating it. Spokane Washington has undergone a bizarre transformation and one young man is determined to get in and make his chops in photographing the phenomenon. He meets up with a rag tag group of survivors, falls in love with a mysterious young lady and begins to attempt to unravel the mystery of what has happened to the city.
I have to say that for a first novel this guy really does quite a fine job of story t
Ethan Hval
An almost Lovecraftian science fiction horror story. Dark, brooding and rich. This book is for those who love characters over plot. An interesting psychological study. There are no answers here. If you like your horror fiction to make sense and wrap up nicely - don't even bother. This is a book about a group of deeply flawed individuals moving through a world that is falling apart.

Spokane, WA is under military quarantine and photographer Dean Walker enters to find the perfect photograph - the on
Kae Cheatham
I borrowed the eBook version from my Public Library's online Overdrive system.
I like this book. I didn't like the characters too much. But that isn't a criterion of mine in order to like a book. Bad Glass is well written, with dynamic characters that sustain throughout the story. The landscape is vivid and believable, even when events and circumstances are very unusual. I like speculative fiction that makes me think and wonder, and keeps me curious about what is going to happe
Drags on a bit in the middle, and I'm a bit disappointed there weren't more answers, even though I knew from the writing that I really shouldn't expect them.
A fairly solid freshman effort, nothing to win too many accolades but enough to make me interested in the author's future efforts. Also, it's just such a relief to read something somewhat apocalyptic that has nothing to do with zombies!

The use of photography turned out to be an interesting device. The narrator is an aspiring photographer, and not only is the subject a strong part of the narrative, chapters are frequently interspersed with textual descriptions of photographs. Apparently the autho
Dark fantasy is one of my favored genres, but unfortunately not a ton comes out in it in any given year. So when I saw this title available on NetGalley, I just had to snatch it up. I’m glad I did, because it’s a truly enjoyable read.

The basic plot uses a trope of dark fantasy–a creative outsider comes to a town where bizarre things supposedly happen then starts to document them happening. The twist here is that the creative type is a photographer, so the art form being used is photography. This
I don't really do horror as a genre, unless you count some of Neil Gaiman's stuff as horror (to be fair, both SANDMAN and AMERICAN GODS had some certain amount of graphic and gruesome things happening) (it's probably more psychological though) buuuut there are a few things that bothered me here.

The first few pages (about 4 on my kindle) are good. Creepy. Intriguing.

Then we slip into the First Person Narrative of Doom. From a college dropout. Who used the tuition money that his dad thought was go
This book is basically 14 without the awesome chemistry between characters, and if everyone involved had listened to Black Veil Brides on repeat for six months, in addition to being already immensely self-centered. The author tries to claim over and over how everyone was at one time such a cohesive unit, like a family, but the only thing they did together was eat and smoke weed. Okay, maybe if you're a stoner that makes sense, but for the average reader, that doesn't make for proof that they wer ...more
Veronica Shawcroft
Spoiler alert: If you don't want to know what happens in the novel, don't read this review until you've read the book.

I enjoyed this horror novel based in Spokane although the ethereal presentation means that you're pretty much left to come to your own conclusions about what happened. Each chapter is introduced by a description of a photograph, usually taken by the not-very-reliable narrator Dean (he's stoned to the gills on Vicodan & alcohol most of the time plus his grasp of reality isn't,
Interesting plot, chilling ending. Personally, I found a lot of the gratuitous sex (well, it was one scene, I guess) and swearing (which was prevalent throughout) quasi off-putting. Obviously not enough for me to actually finish the story, but it made everything less enjoyable. The ending made no sense, and I was left feeling unsettled. I assume that this was the point, so I think the book did a great job at evoking emotion and manipulating the element of suspense. However, none of the suspense ...more
Sandy Cox
Dean is stuck in a rut. He hates his major, but father won't pay for college if he becomes a photography major. Instead Dean takes the last of his tuition money and heads for Spokane, Washington, a city under quarantine.

His goal is to sneak into the city to document it's slow decline, but Dean has no idea what awaits him. He doesn't know about the madness that has consumed the population and that there's no way of escaping it....

So, I have discovered that it's not wise for me to read too much in
Justin Steele
Bad Glass is the winner of Del Rey's Suvudu writing contest, and Richard E. Gropp's first novel. The novel is horror, with some science fiction elements. The book's premise was interesting to me as well as some of the author blurbs, especially the Caitlin Kiernan one on the book's cover. The book's blurb is as follows:

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spre
2.5 stars
I’m a bit on the fence on how to review this book. While I found the premise intriguing – something has gone wrong in the city of Spokane, strange things are happening, odd horrifying things are seen in the streets etc., and the military has cordoned it off – I found my attention wandering. I’d pick the book up, read a few pages and then put it down again for days. Normally this would be a sign that it should have been a DNF type of book but it had won an award and I kept trying to dete
Craig DiLouie
Like haunted house stories? How about a haunted city? In BAD GLASS by Richard E. Gropp, Spokane, Washington has been evacuated by the government and locked down by the military after an epidemic of bizarre occurrences. After several years, Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. He finds that there are still people living in the city and connects with one group. Together, they will face the demons in the city as well as their own. Are the bizarr ...more
Although there are some minor problems with Bad Glass, overall it was a great read. Some of the minor characters were extremely flat and didn’t seem to have a main purpose in the overall picture for the novel, but in contrast the main characters were well written and easy to care about. For me this novel seemed like a great melding of horror and suspense with a splash of a post-apocalyptic world just outside of the real world. If there were any scenes that began to lag, Gropp did an amazing job ...more
Alex Telander
There’s something wrong with Spokane, Washington. Seriously wrong. The military has formed a protective cordon around the extreme outskirts of the city, not letting anyone in and anyone out. Strange things have started happening on the inside, people disappearing, unusual creatures being seen, as well as realities that just cannot be. But no new is getting out, and no one has any clue what is really going on.

Dean Walker has one last chance to pursue his passion and make it as a photographer, bef
Tim Niland
The city of Spokane, Washington is locked down by government and military officials after an unknown calamity strikes. No one is allowed in or out as rumors start to fly about strange occurrences that are lighting up underground Internet chat rooms. Dean is a student at the end of his rope and an aspiring photographer, and he sneaks in through the barricade with the idea of making a name for himself by taking candid shots of the mysterious events. Falling in with a group of survivors, he tries t ...more
I don't normally write reviews. But this book...this book is making me write one. Creepy, atmospheric and chilling. Gropp's debut novel is refreshing and I hope to read more from him. I am not overly fond of first person narratives, but I'm learning to like them more and more. I am not a fan of apocalyptic stories, but I found myself enjoying this one. In fact I rather hate them. I read candlelight while snowed in (I'm lucky, I got to read this early). Not sure if reading it in the dar ...more
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