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Die Haarteppichknüpfer

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,512 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Das Buch schildert anfangs die Zustände auf einem Planeten in einer nicht näher bestimmten Zukunft: die am höchsten angesehe Kaste ist die der "Haarteppichknüpfer", einer Art Weber, die aus dem Haar ihrer Frauen und Töchter einen Teppich weben; und das mit solch einer Kunstfertigkeit und Knotendichte, daß an deren Lebensende gerademal ein Teppich vollendet ist, mit dessen ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Heyne (first published 1995)
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Ken I have read it and listened to the audio book. I loved it both times. The second time through it lost a bit of suspense, because I remembered the…moreI have read it and listened to the audio book. I loved it both times. The second time through it lost a bit of suspense, because I remembered the ending. But it was still very entertaining.(less)
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Shane Curran
The Carpet Makers is a well thought out, expansive sci-fi story that despite it's scope manages to deliver a simple morality tale about human nature during times of change.

It took me a few chapters to get used to the author's style. Each chapter seemed to start a new narrative, following a different group of characters, with few repeat appearances from previous characters or story-lines. The book could almost be read as a collection of short stories. A few chapters in I started to see the relati
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Sarah
The Carpet Makers is constructed like a carpet, weaving narratives together to tell a story that is at once immense in scope and driven by attention to the tiniest detail. Each chapter is a short story focusing on a different character. No perspective is repeated, but themes and characters recur, as seen through the eyes of others. Often we encounter a character several chapters before his or her significance becomes apparent. The end result is a book that is satisfying as a whole, with several ...more
Lisa Vegan
From the beginning I thought this had to do with (view spoiler) and it does, but by the end I was thinking the story addressed (view spoiler) and so much more.

The first chapter was originally written as a short story, and it’s a good short story. The entire story is interesting, and I love how it folds
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Kim
At first this seems like a simple, but unusual, story of a planet whose whole purpose is the creation of carpets made of hair to sell for their Emperor-God. The carpets are made from the hair of the carpet makers wives and daughters and will take their entire life to create just one. As the story unfolds you gradually learn all is not as it seems and something quite sinister is happening.

This was a mesmerising tale which kept me glued to the pages so much I read the whole book in a couple hours
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Phoenixfalls
This is the sort of science fiction that's perfect to hand to someone who says they never read science fiction -- sure, it's set in the future, and there are space ships, and we visit a couple of different planets in a vast interstellar empire, but that's ultimately just a slightly-more-exotic-than-usual setting for a story about some very human people whose lives touch because they each in some way illuminate the central mystery.

Each chapter is told from a different character's perspective, and
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Nikki
This book has to get five stars from me because it's the first book in quite a while that I would've stayed up late into the night to finish, even if I was exhausted. From the first chapter, it weaves a compelling mystery and builds a whole new world. The writing itself is beautiful; the translation is excellent, with no sense of a gap between me and the text, which I often do get with translations. I think I'm going to have to parcel it up and send it on a round of my friends to read.

I'm not ac
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Penny
Overall I definitely enjoyed this book although there were some aspects of it that I didn't like so much. The chapters jump around a bit, there wasn't much in the way of female characters who weren't defined by sex, and the reveal at the end came in a package I didn't find all that believable.

That said, the story that gets revealed was completely unexpected and goes to show what ultimate power can do. It isn't a pretty sight. I can't discuss the best aspect of the story without giving away the e
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Lori (Hellian)
Highly recommend! There are quite a few twists and surprises that I didn't expect, and usually I'm pretty good at that.

We start off on one world with a inhibited society ruled by a never seen Emperor who has a complete religion and culture based on his godness and the society is only to serve him. Very restrictive and inhibitive revolving around the craftsmen who spend their entire lives to make hair carpets using the hair from their wives and daughters.

I was completely settled in to this one
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Juan
Me ha encantado. Un libro redondo de principio a fin.
Ryandake
even better the second (or possibly the third) time around.

the novel is a series of interlinked short stories, more or less. this time around reading it i had the feeling it was a tapestry, altho possibly not made of women's hair.

that's what the carpet makers make: carpets out of women's hair. their wives' and subwives' hair. fear not, no women are harmed in the making of this carpet. well, not just for their hair, anyway.

the carpet makers work their art as honored members of their society. a ca
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Maree
I have to say that The Alternate Worlds is just an awesome group to be reading books such as this with. This month, this book was taken apart almost chapter by chapter and commented on and discussed and I loved the thought and detail that went into the responses. It just means so much more than the 'oh I really liked it, it was a good book!' posts on some of the younger groups.

And...on to the review!

I really appreciated the structure of novel - each chapter was kind of like a short story in itse
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Althea Ann
Eschbach is apparently very well-regarded in his native Germany, and has won awards in multiple European countries - but this is his first book to be translated into English and published here. If 'The Carpet Makers' is any indication of the quality of his other works, I hope that English editions of his other books are on the way!
The novel is formed in a series of vignettes or separate short stories - which can sometimes, I feel, be an awkward, clunky way of doing things - I've read 'novels' li
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Brenda
I'm having such a hard time rating this book. Andreas Eschbach has created an amazing world to explore in The Carpet Makers. Unfortunately, he fails to really explore it. It reads like a bunch of short stories set in the same world, sometimes connected, and other times I can't really figure out what the point of a certain thread is.

There really is no character development. Not enough time is spent on any character or setting to really get the full story, before we've moved on to other character
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Michael
This book was a little weird; somewhat disjointed; it read almost like historical fiction but there was a heavy Science Fiction theme weaved into the story. Reminds me of the original Star Gate movie, mixing ancient (Middle Eastern) culture with a very strong Sci-Fi style. The novel starts off with what seems like a very basic story, but as you continue on it gets more complex and the world seems more sinister than expected.

The pre-historic carpet maker’s life seems a little weird, a tradition
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Liam
Strange book. Interesting though, I can see why it's so well recieved. My only real problem with it was that the narrative was a tad disjointed, it jumped from perspective to perspective, and from location to location so much that you don't really get invested in any characters or locations. That very well might have been the point, though.
Vasile
As far as Science Fiction books go, I wish I could give The Carpet Makers a rating of 6 stars out of 5. Like it was already noted in this review, ‘the book could almost be read as a collection of short stories’. And every single one of them is as quaint as beautifully written. I almost wanted this book to never end. As it did still end, the last two words in the final chapter opened up a whole new set of questions that will surely keep my mind reeling for a long time.
From now on, I have a fee
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Badb
4.5/5.
echaba de menos leer uno de mis géneros favoritos, sino el favorito, cf, el que siempre me ha acompañado en mi vida como amante de los libros, pero dudaba por cual decidirme, y aunque confieso que tenía dudas sobre este, me alegro de haberme decidido por él. me encantó. en principio no parece el típico libro de cf al uso, ese planeta dominado por una fe enfermiza, ignorante del resto, sin querer ver más allá, pero luego te adentra en un mundo más extenso, en traiciones,mentiras, absolutism
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Julie
This first caught my attention long ago purely because Orson Scott Card wrote the introduction (for all the man's flaws, he still occupied a very important role in my early sci fi consumption), and I'm so glad that it did: I must have first read this close to a decade ago, and it was so good that it left an indelible impression on me ever since. I was still loudly recommending it even ten years later. I carted my battle-worn copy of this book across three countries: from Norway to Vancouver, the ...more
Jordi Balcells
4,5/5 Si para ti la The Cyberiad y demás fábulas de robots de Stanislaw Lem son ciencia ficción, pues esto también lo será. Pero para mí las fábulas como estas, a pesar de incluir elementos propios de la cifi como los agujeros negros (y no entro en más detalles, que cualquier cosa que adelante sería spoiler), son pura fantasía: los elementos cifi solo sirven para hacer más enorme/magna/dantesca la historia. Si me la leo en clave de cifi, no me la creo y eso no puede ser, así que prefiero leerla ...more
Ian
Since the time of prehistory, men have tied intricate knots to make carpets for the court of the Emperor. The carpets are formed using the hair of daughters and wives and because they are so fragile and detailed, carpet makers devote their entire life to making one single carpet. Since the beginning of time, this practice of making hair carpets has descended from father to son. One day the empire of the God Emperor suddenly vanishes and strangers begin to appear from the stars to follow the trac ...more
Robert
Imagine your entire life devoted entirely to one single activity, the creation of one intricately detailed, hand crafted carpet made of human hair, meant to adorn the immense imperial palace of the eternal emperor. Imagine an entire planets social and economic structure built around this trade. The mystery behind this is so diabolical and horrific, it challenges the imagination.

This is an unusual and splendid book, a subtle masterpiece and a feast for the imagination. Told in interconnecting vig
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Suz
Jun 09, 2012 Suz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suz by: TAW
This book has a weird premise, which is why I bought it to begin with. On a planet, there is an entire system set up around one produced good: Carpets. Carpet-Makers are the most honored members of society. They spend their entire lives making a carpet out of human hair. They use the hair of their wives and daughters. They’re the only people in society allowed to have multiple wives - so they can have multiple colors from those wives as well as producing more colors/hair through their daughters. ...more
Kenya Wright
WOW! This book has changed how I think of the world. I bet you can't think of many books that have done that for you.

This is not a happy book about sunshine, rainbows, and butterflys. This book takes control of your heart and love for humanity and changes the game.

There so many themes of religion, war, existtentialim, etc.

But its entertaining. This world is crafted like no other. The characters are raw and you root and shout for them hoping the author will give them mercy.


This is a book that all
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Jenne
Okay, so there's this planet, see, whose entire economy is based on these carpet makers who each spend their entire life making one carpet out of the hair of their wives and daughters. And they send the carpets to this sort of god-emperor in space...but then it turns out that there isn't an emperor any more, and maybe there are other planets making these carpets, and I won't tell you how it all turns out, but it will BLOW YOUR MIND, MAN.
Bianca
This was wild from start to end. At first it's a little boring to read because you don't know what's going on at all, nothing makes absolutely any sense. But then it kinda does. At some point, I can't exactly tell when, it starts sucking you in, the story becomes more and more intricate and you're given some answers but at the same time there are still so many questions left unanswered that you feel the need to keep reading to know more, and at the end, you still have tons of questions and every ...more
Nico
Fantastic book, that reminded me a lot of Asimov stories. Slowly moving the plot and scope with short stories from a small region on a planet to a galactic empire, until everything comes together and makes sense. One of Eschbachs best books so far!
Zara
Sehr schade. Es hat so gut begonnen, aber ich fand, im letzten Drittel ist es stark abgefallen.

Aber die Haarteppiche haben mich sehr fasziniert. Tolle Geschichte.
Richard Buro
The short version first...

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach was the first work I have read by this author. It was intriguing in its style. While on the surface it seemed to jump around quite a bit, upon reading it more closely I found that the story actually tied multiple plots together into an overarching arc that made a lot of sense upon reviewing and final analysis. Based on overviews and other aids to reading, I have found that this book was translated into English relatively recently, a
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Andreas
It is not very often the case that I read SF novels in German. I've read Eschbach's Das Jesus Video before, which is a kind of time-travel story, and very well-known here - even adapted as a movie.

Last year, I've read lots of short stories. That might be the reason why I was hooked from the the start by this novel:
Carpet Makers is structured as connected short stories. It might even be called an anthology of stories in a common setting building up a plot. The plot is centered around the eponymou
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Andreas Eschbach is a German writer who mostly writes science fiction. Even if some of his stories do not exactly fall into the SF genre, they usually feature elements of the fantastic.

Eschbach studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and later worked as a software engineer. He has been writing since he was 12 years old. His first professional publication was the short story Do
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