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Preview — The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang #1)
Gordon Dahlquist's debut novel is a big, juicy, epic that will appeal to Diana Gabaldon fans and lovers of literary fantasy, like Keith Donohue's The Stolen Child. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters begins with a "Dear Jane" letter in which Celeste Temple learns of the end of her engagement. Curiosity leads her to follow her fiancé to London where she uncovers a secret. F...more
is there a more ill-suited name for a subgenre? what exactly is punk rock about corsets or guns or victorian morals or dirigibles? gack! that was the sound that just came out of my mouth when considering the word "steampunk". still, i love the genre despite its name.
"Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
The book is bogged down with overly-detailed descriptions of buildings, places etc. which are unnecessary in many cases.
There are too many convenient coincidences, like d ...more
Nevertheless, every rave review from a UK newspaper on the back was so very right. This is an incredibly intricate plot that weaves together three protagonists, whom combined make one very unlikely cabal of heros. With excel ...more
Apparently, many people are undecided about how to rate this book. From what I've observed, people either love it, hate it, or are filled with begrudging indifference.
Apart from all of the "scoffing" and the grossly superfluous use of the word "cabal" Dahlquist manages to write a very interesting and unlikely trio of heroes.
And with its epic scope and decidedly English air -- despite the fact that it is set in a nameless country -- this tome seems at first blush to promise a fantasy-adventure which is just as riveting.
In a darker version of the predicaments that face Jane Austen's heroines, the protagonist Miss Temple (we later learn her first name is Celeste, but only a few intimates are allowed to ...more
Huge numbers of characters with mostly unnecessarily unpronounceable names made it difficult to keep track of who was who (indeed ...more
Cardinal Chang first encounter Celeste on a train when she is covered in blood after going to the villains mansion to search for her fiancee to know why he vanished and broke it off so suddenly.I cant remember how the doctor enters the plot as he was pretty unmemorable and with all the other things you had to keep track of in this book ...more
Dahlquist establishes a trio of disparate, unlikely but likeable protagonists for his story: diminutive but stron ...more
Before I start: the MAJOR criticism of this book is that it is too long. Well, what the heck do you expect when you buy the book and see that page 760 is the last page? If you aren't a fan of long reads, then don't pick t ...more
I don't have a lot of ...more
Dahlquist's writing style is a little difficult to follow. He writes about every single aspect of the story, down to the minutiae. Instead of finding it irritating, ...more
I had read a review somewhere that complained that even though this novel was set in Victorian London it had no real sense of setting, but I can't imagine how long this overwritten work would be if Dahlquist would have painted a detailed picture of London. And Dahlquist is a playwright, I guess he was just waiting for someone to build t ...more
I found the first half of the book quite engaging. However, upon the trio's return to the manor, it becomes nothing but everyone running around inside a giant house whose floorplan I found impossible to grasp. I also had a horrible time, at this point, keeping track of all of the characters, although by the end I had a grasp on a ...more
This is pseudo-Victorian England not-quite-a-bodice ...more
I liked the writing style, and at times it was easy to get lost in Dahlquist's original story. But then I'd have to stop and try to remember which of the overly-large cast of minor characters had just shown up, and which barely hinted-at subplot he or she belonged to. Or I'd have to figure out if the latest poin ...more
Full disclosure: I did not finish reading the book, so you can factor that into my review, but when the book is in excess of 700 pages, and the author requires nearly 200 pages simply to introduce the three main characters and set up their back stories, without really ...more
This was my second read of this genre-hopping work which I feel now belongs firmly in the steampunk subgenre of science fiction.
The style is very much faux-Victorian, capturing the melodrama of the 'blood and thunder' penny dreadfuls of that age. It manages to capture the sensibilities of that age while not actually being sited in England. The city and country where it is set is never named allowing for more creative license.
On the second reading (the first was in early 2007 when the hardback f ...more