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...more
In terms of charac...more
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...more
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)[the especially dissatisfying p...more
(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...more
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...more
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...more
I have to say that for a first novel this guy really does quite a fine job of story t...more
Spokane, WA is under military quarantine and photographer Dean Walker enters to find the perfect photograph - the on...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Dean Walker has one last chance to pursue his passion and make it as a photographer, bef...more