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Shattered Glass (Austra Family #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  305 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
For the first time in print -- the author’s cut.

“If you’re a timid reader, then don’t read this novel. If you’re a rather puritanical reader, then don’t read this novel. If, however, you’re a huge vampire fan in search of details that humanize and mythologize vampires, then this is definitely a book for you! Shattered Glass may not wholly embrace all the characteristics o
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published (first published 1989)
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May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From a book originally released in 1989 and revamped for new readers comes an intriguing story set in 1955 involving the Austra family, a family of vampires who've interacted in the human world for decades. Stephen Austra is renowned for his glass artistry and enjoys being amongst humans. His current artistic endeavor brings him to Helen Wells, a polio survivor confined to a wheelchair. He soon becomes her lover which puts her and her family in jeopardy when murders start occurring that leaves v ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will forever stand out in my mind as the first book I read for pleasure. Oh, I tried to read before but none of the stories really captured my attention.

I was fresh out of high school and having a terrible bout of insomnia. My Dad, an avid reader, suggested I read at night and thought I would really enjoy this book. I had my doubts but thought it was worth a try. It didn't quite work out. I got so caught up in the story! Every time I felt like I was getting sleepy and would just finis
Elaine Bergstrom
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
OK, I am the author and this is blatent self-promotion, but who else will do it? This is the original 1987 novel updated a bit with the sections cut for length years ago added back into the story. The novel bridges fantasy and science fiction, making the immortals here born that way, a separate species which pass as human. I'm listing here the date I finished the final edit. I would love some feedback on what you think of it. == Elaine
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Right off I was struck by the dark, almost somber tone that was very gothic and at times seemed old-fashioned. Shattered Glass reminded me why I fell in love with the vampire genre as a teen and why I keep reading as an adult. This was well crafted, seductive writing at its best!

In one scene, fairly early one in the story, Stephen is discussing Helen's art and he says a line that perfectly describes Bergstrom's work~ the "style seems all your own". You won't find another book like this sitting o
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Tara Hall
I had read this book as a teen, and recently reread to decide if I should keep the book. The work was sufficiently entertaining the second time around to say yes! The author's version of vampires are more a mix of vampire and werewolf. While much of the book is a simple seduction of a woman by the handsome vampire Steven Austra, there is also a subplot with his brother Charles killing people our of despair for the woman he lost years ago. This could have easily been just another vampire story wi ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard to get into at first. I am a fast reader. The authors made me slow down and really read what she had wrote. I would have gave it 2 stars until around a third of the way through the book. After that everything started to made sense and the story took off. The writing is detailed, but not too graphic. The protagonist and antagonist she created were very interesting. I plan on rereading the book in the future.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

It's difficult for me to rate this book as I loved it so much when I was younger. I can definitely see why I found it so appealing then, but it's lost something since I last read it.
cheryl wood
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Okay story.

The book just didn't keep my interest. I got as far as 37 percent read and then stopped. Okay story.
Apr 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The torture-porn chapter and lack of any payback for it put me in a bad mood for two days.

I wrote the author about it. She wrote back and missed my point entirely, pleased that some reviewer had called it the best "rape of the reader" in memory.

On my list of authors to never read again.

But if you like that sort of thing then it's the kind of thing you'll like.
I found it pretty hard to read and stay interested in. Although the story is lovely I can see where it's going to go after reading Daughter of The Night. I think I've had enough of Austra family :) Unfortunately, DNF for me.
Jennifer Bacile, PYN Reviewer

...I found the concept of vampirism combined with alien origin to be an interesting combination...

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Robert T
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this novel well over 10x over the past 20 years, and continue to be enthralled by the trials and tribulations of the Austra family each and every time. Possibly my favourite incarnation of vampirism ever.
Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a teen and liked it. It's a mild vampire book as I remember.
I didn't like it nearly as much as "Washington Square." But as vampire novels go, this one ranks up there. A worthwhile read.
Shelly  Singleton
I have read this like 6 times
Michele bookloverforever
Interesting twist on vampire tales
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good take on the genre, in this series the vampires are another race which must be born, not bitten.
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Elaine Bergstrom is a Milwaukee-based novelist whose writing melds vampire, romance, mystery and, always, suspense.

Her first published piece of fiction was her first novel, Shattered Glass (1989). It introduced the character of the immortal Stephen Austra and artist Helen Wells, a victim of polio, along with Stephen's family of vampires who are “born not created and have an abhorrance for coffins
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