The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (The Glass Books #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
Πρόκειται για ένα μυστηριώδες βιβλίο που σε σαγηνεύει τόσο με τις αρετές όσο και με τα προβλήματα του. Η ιδιαιτερότητα του έγκειται στο γεγονός ότι κάθε κεφάλαιο πρόκειται για ετεροχρονισμένη αφήγηση των γεγονότων από την πλευρά ενός εκ των τριών πρωταγωνιστών. Με τον τρόπο αυτό ο αναγνώστης βρίσκεται αντιμέτωπος ...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.
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
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
Dahlquist establishes a trio of disparate, unlikely but likeable protagonists for his story: diminutive but stron ...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
Huge numbers of characters with mostly unnecessarily unpronounceable names made it difficult to keep track of who was who (indeed ...more
I don't have a lot of ...more
Miss Temple is an excellent protagonist. Through the course of a somewhat hesitant in ...more
The premise is interesting and the fact that the reader has absolutely no clue what is going on keeps you glued to the pages. This strategy works for the first half of the book and then everything goes to ...more
Though I had to force myself to read 100 pages every day to ensure I finished it in a week (and believe me that was a struggle with the ...more
The Glass Books basics are thus: 3 unconnected characters -- Miss Temple, a recently transplanted heiress from across the ocean, Cardinal Chang, a local assassin who isn't actually Chinese, & Svenson, a doctor in the entourage of visiting Macklenburg aristocrats -- are thrown together in their attempt to overthrow a mysterious Cabal of villains. Their motives start out as personal -- each of them has lost someone they care ...more
This was my first encounter with the faintly mystical genre of Steampunk. Never before had I come across the emalgamation of Dickensian streets, gothic sci fi, technology beyond it's years and plucky adventuring. I was entranced. It was also a bit racy - which adds to it's appeal.
Glass Books fo ...more
Three unlikely heroes...thrown together. I was really upset when the book ended, I wanted to carry on with the characters! I can't really find any better words to describe it than this review I found, so I have stolen it....
G W Dahlquist has imagined a wonderfully elaborate alternate Victorian realm, replete with Dragoons, brothels, steam trains, labyrinthine libraries and ministries, first class hotels and opium dens. (The novel has some of the flavour of Philip ...more