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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume Two

(The Glass Books #1.2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  972 ratings  ·  77 reviews
A mystery as dazziling as a hall of mirrors.

A seductive, terrifying, all-too-real world.

A beguiling, erotic literary adventure.

Discover why readers everywhere are enthralled by this “marvelous confection of a book.”*

In which the astonishing adventure to end all adventures continues—and the excitement doubles.

Like every other honest man, an assassin has his reputation to co
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Bantam
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Feb 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
This was a tough one to rate. I couldn't put down the first volume. I finished it in two days, give or take. The characters aren't stock. They're interesting and well-developed. And this particular cast--Celeste, Dr Stevenson, and Chang--will give any reader someone with whom they can relate. The world it's set in is awesome, the premise is also super cool, and the unveiling of the glass books--goodness! it was thrilling, and I raced through it.

It may be unfair to include the review for the seco
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although I read Volume 1 of this duo several months ago, I found that I didn't need to remember the events that were important to the events in this volume. Dahlquist does a great job of embedding them in the text rather than taking a large portion of the begining to review what has already happened.

Together these two volumes offer a rollicking view of Victorian times seen through the Steampunk lens. An unlikely trio - a 25-year-old woman, a German doctor and a hired assassin - combine to solve
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
My review for The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters spans both Volume One and Volume Two, because really, I figure if you're committing yourself to the first, you should probably accept the second... after all, the book was originally printed as one large hardcover, and it only split into two volumes in paperback.

That said, my big issue was this. Generally, I think one can assume that the period of time in which it takes the events of a book to unfold will be greater than the time it takes one to
Huw Evans
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think that the original publication of the Glass books was in one volume - I remember it being heavier when I first read it. In volume 2 the adventures of Celeste, Svenson and Cardinal Chang continue as they try to unravel the plot of bookst that will rob you of your memories and allow them to be accessed by other with malevolent intent.
The writing is good, taut and the plot, whilst extravgant, is made of heavy stuff. If you love steampunk then this is for you. There are evil villains, unlikel
This book starts exactly where Volume 1 of The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters left off. As we left our heroes, they had parted ways as they continued to try to frustrate the efforts of the Cabal for world domination. Celeste Temple, the heiress from the West Indies, had headed for the St. Royale Hotel, to find the Contessa Di Lacquer-Sforza, who tried to have her killed at Harschmort House, just the other night. Taking a pistol with her, she plans to put things to right, but doesn't tell Chang ...more
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
(The same review for Vol. 1 and 2) This is a raucous adventure that runs the reader along a taut high tension line. Dahlquist insists on action, relentlessly dealing it out like a meth addled blackjack croupier. This novel reeks of all the "mistakes" that a first book suffers from: too many characters, too many storylines, extreme violence, and ultimately the scenes are scenario driven. I'm thankful for this naivete. Refined authors tend to cut, and smaller stories end up quieter, whereas this i ...more
Ori Fienberg
Apr 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: oh-well
The title was so good that Dahlquist decided not to bother coming up with another one for Volume 2. Unfortunately, the title was once again the best part of this book.

After Volume 1 made a late break for excitement and entertainment and built up anticipation about the glass books and the dream eaters I had high hopes that Volume 2 would continue that excitment and provide answers. And it did provide some answers, ponderously, and then over and over again.

Certainly there are moments of good writ
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Occasionally as I was reading, I almost felt a little guilty for enjoying this book so much. There was definitely some pretty kinky and bizarre stuff going on here (be warned), but I found the whole thing completely entertaining. The first volume was a little tedious, with lots of setup, and many, many characters being introduced. (I'm tempted to go back and read the first half again and make a chart, because the various relationships and loyalties of these characters does become very important ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: steampunkers; megalomaniacs
This book is the second half of the story begun in Volume One. Not sure why it was split into two volumes, together they are about 900-odd pages of a story, on the large side, surely, but I devoured it fairly quickly. Like Volume One, Volume Two has many hair's-breadth escapes, confrontations, and other suspenseful stuff. Sometimes they get a bit too descriptive, but this story holds your interest throughout. The characters both good and bad are wonderful creations. And our three protagonists pr ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
My thought on the second half are much the same as the first, though the second volume was a bit more intriguing.

The climax had moments of excitement, but also of silliness. I mean, what does it take to kill some people.

And then it just ends and it's like "that's it?". Pages and pages of stuff, often too much stuff and the annoying perspective shifts setting us back in time - again - not to mention everyone stopping to philosophize in the midst of running for their lives, or trying to escape and
Linda Isakson
More like a 3.5 star rating. Volume two was marginally more interesting and engaging than volume one, but the story never actually ends with a discernable conclusion. The writing style is great, but the plot gets weighed down by excessive details in some scenes and not enough details in others. One of the most redeeming qualities of the story are the flawed protagonists and their misguided reasons for pursuing the destruction of the society. Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang and Dr. Svenson continue t ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I liked this volume a little less than the first because it took far too long to get through some portions of the action from the point of view of all three characters and was a trifle too maudlin by the end. However, the reveals were still exciting and piecing together the mystery was good as well, even if some things were discovered a bit too easily (though luckily nowhere as quickly as one might in a Dan Brown book). The style remained delightfully Victorianesque and engaging, and I really en ...more
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009booksread
I LOVE this book. I cannot express how deep my love for it goes. It took over my mind for months. Alternate Victorian, steampunky, high adventure, sexy. Must read.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a review of both Volume One and Two, since they are meant to be read together as a single novel, the first, in the trilogy. I, however, read them four years apart. I read Volume One in 2014, and just finished Volume Two. I do not recommend this. There is no recap/prologue in Volume Two to remind you of what happened in the first volume. There is also no summary online, or at least that I could find. Combined, this two part novel is more than twice the length I usually take on.

Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's hard to find the words to describe this book. I mean, there's lots of good ones: suspenseful, thrilling, surreal, imaginative, and the ever popular, "action-packed". All that is kind of meaningless, though. You want some sort of insightful, incisive description of all this action that the book is packed with. That's where it gets hard.

It starts (in volume one, which as I mentioned over there, doesn't end, it just continues over here), with a jilted rich girl stalking her ex to try to figure
Mason Jones
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Being the second part of a single book, this volume finishes the first installment of this series, which continues with the Dark Volume. Given that the first volume simply stopped in the middle of the action, it's nice that this one comes to a generally satisfactory conclusion. The story as a whole still isn't finished, but the plot is fairly well tied up and nearly all of the bad guys are taken care of.

It's still difficult to really review this without giving away a great deal, so instead I'll
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
Sometime in 2012 I re-read this and in the fog of time I've forgotten enough to re-read it yet again. I also forgot to review it so . . .

You'd think by now I'd have gotten all the characters straight by now, but no. The handy list at the beginning was referenced quite a few times and there was yet another set of names I had to write down to keep track.

Sadly, the more I re-read, the more the flaws become harder to ignore. Basically this is merely a confusing adventure story with a bit of steam-pu
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some books you recall as great, but on a reread, while being recalled as 'good' they just don't come across as well as your memories of them suggest they should. This is not one of those books. I flew through volume two of the Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. From the first section of the second volume the action, the consequences, the tension are all just ratcheted up and you just want to keep on finding 'what will happen next'. The mysteries unfold but leave still more to be founded and you se ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: litfantasy, 2009
A racy fantasy bodice-ripper, a unique pseudo-Victorian (steam-punk?) fantasy with a dose of kinky and tons of action - yep, this second volume of The Glass Books... did not disappoint. It's true that in transitioning between three main characters Dahlquist sometimes repeats himself (sometimes one character experiences what another character has, and thus the repeating), and though I studiously remembered all the villains' names in this volume (good luck!), I completely forgot all the action enu ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I don't often abandon a book, but I ditched this one midway through the second volume and that, I think, pretty much sums up my problem with it - there was a second volume.

There's a good premise here and had Mr. Dahlquist submitted to actual editing there might have been a great story here, but at something over 700 pages for both volumes this just wasn't worth it. If you're going to be this long-winded, you'd better be entertaining and at some point with this book I just didn't care.

Part of my
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Broken into two softcover books to make the publisher more money we continue the story. The unfortunate problem with having three distinct characters with each point of view a separate narrative in sequence means that we must read for 30 to 60 pages at a time before going back to the beginning with yet another character's viewpoint before catching up to the present where the characters occasionally actually meet up, but more often cross paths by slivers of seconds, dragging the reader back into ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one only slightly less than Volume 1, mainly because I was exhausted by all the fast action. Whew! Did these people never eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom?? It was quite exciting. Good grief, there's another sequel! Must get rested up before tackling it. The only reason I didn't read both volumes in two days is because of constraints caused by the need to tend the farm and house, attend church, shop for groceries*, and oh yes, to eat, sleep, and use the bathroom. :-~

*Had to buy som
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book, along with the first volume, created an immense world that I fell into every time I opened the book. The actual timeline of this story is about two or three days, but it takes place over the course of two volumes. When I began volume two, I was unsure of the characters' fate and that uncertainty remained throughout the book. There were some things about the writing style in this book that I didn't care for, but I set those aside because the story was so massive and interesting, and I ...more
Steve Greatrex
At times, I couldn't put this book down... Miss Temple arrives by ship to join her fiance, yet within three months the engagement is off and she has been rejected, with no reason given.

Trying to follow her ex-fiance, she journeys to a remote manor house where an engagement ball is underway--and other things, as well. Murder, some erotic bondage of women (with dire implications)...

Temple escapes and soon meets an assassin, Cardinal Chang, and a doctor, Dr. Svenson. Each has reason to investigate
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Volume Two was more engaging than One, which seemed to take a while to build and finally get to the point. The story ended leaving me with a few more questions than i usually prefer, but i also read fairly fast so maybe i just missed the answers as the writing style seemed to through out crucial information in the middle of a sentence never to be seen again. The characters all played their parts and grew into truly meaningful individuals by the end.

Did i enjoy them? yes ... Would i recommend the
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-star
A resounding "meh." The characters were fairly uninteresting, and despite copious action sequences, the book managed to be rather dull. By the end, I was hoping they would all crash into the North Sea. Perhaps the length is at fault: it's nearly 900 pages long. Many of the confrontations seemed to be repeats, and in general it could have used an editor. The book is at its worst when attempting to have moments of tenderness; Dahlquist should have just stuck to action, which he can do competently ...more
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, sci-fi
This is a tough one to review. The first volume was a page turner. From start to finish I was riveted and couldn't put it down so I couldn't wait to dig into Volume 2 ...

I had a hard time getting through this one and definitely put it down numerous times. I'm not sure if it was just the length or if the story just moved more slowly. There were also one too many times where the triumvirate was captured, on the cusp of death, only to survive to live another day ...

The ending was excellent, which m
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
You know how some episodes of Dr. Who seem to consist mostly of the characters running through dark hallways? This entire book is composed of the three main characters running blindly through the hallways and tunnels of Harschmont House. There's so much running around that there's barely time for character development.

I made it all the way through the book, but after 1000-some pages, I am inclined to leave the series at this point, with something that passes for a happy ending. That disappointme
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the second half of an over-long novel. Some of the promise of the first novel is fulfilled in this second volume, particularly with respect to the camaraderie between three disparate people. My favorite, Celeste Temple, gets a little more airplay in this volume. I found the political intrigues somewhat interesting, and wish they had been a feature throughout the book. There is a massive action scene at the end of the book, and after 800 pages, I was just too weary to follow all of the st ...more
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Gordon Dahlquist, also credited as G.W. Dahlquist, is a novelist and a playwright.

Other books in the series

The Glass Books (3 books)
  • The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang, #1)
  • The Dark Volume (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang, #2)
  • The Chemickal Marriage
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