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Glasshouse Interesting adventure in the 25th century where the gate technology replicators transports have become a vector for political control Interesting adventure in the 25th century where the gate technology replicators transports have become a vector for political control I have had such a complicated relationships with Charles Stross books, in that I have often wanted to like themthan I actually have A few of his most out there post human Singularity books I have enjoyed, while understanding very little of them The Atrocity Archives was the first book of his that I enjoyed, start to finish.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, I have had such a complicated relationships with Charles Stross books, in that I have often wanted to like themthan I actually have A few of his most out there post human Singularity books I have enjoyed, while understanding very little of them The Atrocity Archives was the first book of his that I enjoyed, start to finish.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn t take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him It s the twenty seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees personalities and target historians The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized, but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knewOn the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a pre accelerated culture Participants are assigned anonymized identities It looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run But in this escape proof environment, Robin will undergo an even radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche [PDF / Epub] ❤ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✅ Ellen A. Easton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk it doesn t take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him It s the twenty seventh century ❰BOOKS❯ ✬ The Light Over London Author Julia Kelly – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees personalities and target historians The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized ➶ [Reading] ➸ Cell By Robin Cook ➫ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knewOn the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide [Reading] ➶ Braving the Wilderness Author Brené Brown – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity [PDF / Epub] ✅ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the Glasshouse ➾ [Download] ➾ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, By Dean Koontz ➳ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk constructed to simulate a pre accelerated culture Participants are assigned anonymized identities It looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run But in this escape proof environment [Read] ➱ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, Author China Miéville – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Robin will undergo an even radical change [Epub] ➟ Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk placing him at the mercy of the experimenters and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche Every time I begin a new Charles Stross novel, I feel the same excitement as when I first read William Gibson s Neuromancer in 1985 I m reading a work of science fiction that is so unique, so bleeding edge, that I can barely get my head around it.And then the excitement fades as I continue reading.This is Stross s best work to date because it is his most human his observations on groupthink, peer pressure, and the irrationality of modern life are insightful and funny But it is also inconsiste Every time I begin a new Charles Stross novel, I feel the same excitement as when I first read William Gibson s Neuromancer in 1985 I m reading a work of science fiction that is so unique, so bleeding edge, that I can barely get my head around it.And then the excitement fades as I continue reading.This is Stross s best work to date because it is his most human his observations on groupthink, peer pressure, and the irrationality of modern life are insightful and funny But it is also inconsistent Stross lacks the chops to craft a smooth narrative on top of his own unique premise and setting, and the ending is anti climactic to say the least Stross has one or two classics within him Unfortunately, one of them is not Glasshouse This was the most intriguing new science fiction book I ve read in a long time The plot was kinda standard mystery but everything else was really new He took some modern technical paradigms, projected them into the future and created an amazingly well developed world In addition, the book takes place mostly in an anachronistic simulation of the 1990 s And since the main character is a participant in the experiment there s an interesting ethnographical aspect to the narrative eg he keeps This was the most intriguing new science fiction book I ve read in a long time The plot was kinda standard mystery but everything else was really new He took some modern technical paradigms, projected them into the future and created an amazingly well developed world In addition, the book takes place mostly in an anachronistic simulation of the 1990 s And since the main character is a participant in the experiment there s an interesting ethnographical aspect to the narrative eg he keeps referring to the tiny feathered dinosaurs in the park The author used a great voice for this character and uses a neat plot device to tell the backstory in flashback dreams.Overall, this was a great read I would not suggest it to someone who is a straight fantasy fan, it comes off a little Hard Sci Fi at times Although it is not actually necessary that these moments make any sense to the reader, it may be a little off putting to someone who is not generally a fan of the genre I would recommend this to everyone else.After reading about half of his works, this is my favorite Stross novel I was kind of sad to read that he doesn t intend to write further in his far future universe My full review of this book is larger than GoodReads word count limitations Find it at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com As I ve mentioned here before, although as an adult I try to maintain as varied a reading list as possible, I do naturally gravitate regularly towards the science fiction or SF genre on which I was raised, as well as the weird lit novels of our contemporary times that have been influenced by the genre And indeed, if you take a close l My full review of this book is larger than GoodReads word count limitations Find it at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com As I ve mentioned here before, although as an adult I try to maintain as varied a reading list as possible, I do naturally gravitate regularly towards the science fiction or SF genre on which I was raised, as well as the weird lit novels of our contemporary times that have been influenced by the genre And indeed, if you take a close look at the projects that are getting so much attention these days among the so called creative class the same people who mostly make up CCLaP s readership too, by the way , you ll see that nowthan ever, mainstream and even academic literature is being influenced in subtle waysandby such fantastical genres as SF and weird lit When you look at the entertainment choices made by people who are comfortable with technology and spend a decent amount of time online, the world can indeed become a strange place a place where even among mainstream novels and network television shows, some awfully odd things can happen within the middle of a supposedly straight ahead character drama.So it s natural, then, that we straight ahead SF fans would of course especially appreciate so called hard SF writers in this day and age, or those who write such head scratchingly brilliant stuff that only SF fans in particular are going to appreciate and love it and boy, you don t get muchfanboy crazy than with author Charles Stross, a multiple award winner and favorite among fellow SF writers, who nonetheless is barely known beyond the SF community that worships him so much I just had a chance to read his latest novel, in fact, 2006 s Glasshouse, which happens to be my first novel of his in my own life and believe me, I now understand why people go so freaking nuts over him, and am already plotting a way to get ahold of one of his earlier novels as quickly as possible It is a flabbergasting book, one so smart and complex you can scarcely believe it actually exists one that has a 95 percent chance of officially blowing your mind by the time you re finished, even if you do have a guess at which way the story is headed.So before anything else, I guess let s start with a truism about hard SF If I had to pick one word for this book, it would be smug I don t have a lot of tolerance for smugness at the best of times, and Glasshouse did nothing to earn its attitude The worldbuilding was flimsy if your characters are going to be motivated to horrific acts in pursuit of money, you need to tell me what, in your post scarcity economy, money is for , the characterization shallow unsurprisingly so, I guess, when all the characters are suffering from various grades of amnesiac dissociati If I had to pick one word for this book, it would be smug I don t have a lot of tolerance for smugness at the best of times, and Glasshouse did nothing to earn its attitude The worldbuilding was flimsy if your characters are going to be motivated to horrific acts in pursuit of money, you need to tell me what, in your post scarcity economy, money is for , the characterization shallow unsurprisingly so, I guess, when all the characters are suffering from various grades of amnesiac dissociative psychosis, but it doesn t make for compelling emotional investment , and the plot driven by coincidences There s also a lot of stuff about gender that I feel is poorly done It s unclear why these people, who shift bodies and species at the drop of a hat, have firm senses of gender identity or any conception of gender roles Yet after about a page of confusion, they slot into the Glasshouse s 1950s stereotypes almost without question There are some deliberate rejections of the norms, but none of the inadvertent errors you d expect to see among a bunch of people playing with an utterly foreign concept Meanwhile, the main character s observations on having a female body are pretty much limited to the fact that menstruation and the lack of pockets suck.The pages turn quickly enough, and you could do worse for a plane trip or day at the beach, but you could also do a whole lot better I m told it s one of Stross s lesser works, and I should give him another chance Maybe I will But Glasshouse does nothing to push him toward the front of my to read queue On first read in 2006 , I thought this was a terrific book A dark skinned human with four arms walks towards me across the floor of the club, clad only in a belt strung with human skulls Her hair forms a smoky wreath around her open and curious face She s interested in me So opens GLASSHOUSE, Stross s then latest and best novel, set in the Invisible Republic, a splinter polity recovering from the Censorship Wars Here s Robin, the protagonist When people ask me what I did during the war On first read in 2006 , I thought this was a terrific book A dark skinned human with four arms walks towards me across the floor of the club, clad only in a belt strung with human skulls Her hair forms a smoky wreath around her open and curious face She s interested in me So opens GLASSHOUSE, Stross s then latest and best novel, set in the Invisible Republic, a splinter polity recovering from the Censorship Wars Here s Robin, the protagonist When people ask me what I did during the war, I tell them I used to be a tank regiment Or maybe I was a counter intelligence agent I m not exactly sure my memory isn t what it used to be Robin has hot monkey love with skull clad Kay, and they both sign up for an experimental historical roleplaying project, which has the stated objective of recreating one of the historic Dark Ages, c 1950 2040 AD You won t be surprised to hear that cue ominous music Things are Not as they Seem A twisty, engrossing and very well done paranoia thriller ensues.I started to reread GLASSHOUSE in June 2014, and didn t get far My guess is, paranoia thrillers tend to be read once books Or else I was in a bad mood Who knows But Stross is a great writer, so give it a shot.Here s my 2006 review I can be very creative when comes time to get violent Hmm bit of a sleeper Starts off with the gorgeous, wild panorama of unbridled awesome futuristic visions and then veers wildly into archaic visions visions muchlike now Don t be fooled, it s just lulling you into complacency Stay alert, and read on.Leans towards geeky tech speak, the fact that I actually followed along means I ve been infected It s hard for me to judge how geeky, I spend most of my time with people who have adv I can be very creative when comes time to get violent Hmm bit of a sleeper Starts off with the gorgeous, wild panorama of unbridled awesome futuristic visions and then veers wildly into archaic visions visions muchlike now Don t be fooled, it s just lulling you into complacency Stay alert, and read on.Leans towards geeky tech speak, the fact that I actually followed along means I ve been infected It s hard for me to judge how geeky, I spend most of my time with people who have advanced degrees in engineering and computer science, and trying to explain that while I m really interested in this work they ve been doing, that no, I don t have the horses to follow their tensor mathematics All of this made sense to me, but not sure if that s everyone s takeaway.I also wonder if dudes read this and go, that s interesting, and chicks go, let me out let me out Commentary of society and technology Reward mechanisms of societies, how states use power to control, kind of Marxy Examination of gender roles, sexuality, and free agency IF all our dreams of technology were to come true, and there were no longer enforced mortality or scarcity would we be better Would we Or would we still be kicking the same problems down the road Different can, different street A n island of thinking jelly trapped in a bony carapace endless milliseconds away from its lovers, forced to squeeze every meaning through a low bandwidth speech channel.3.5 4 stars Didn t write like I was an idiot, decent execution, but nothing I haven t seen before Nicely wrapped though and I laughed, usually at all the inappropriate times, so keep that in mind when considering my rating Thanks, Geoff for the recommendation I know 3 stars seems low, but I did like it and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention I might end up rounding up the stars Stross masterfully blends an engaging, fast paced conspiracy thriller with a wildly imaginative and engrossing vision of far future humanity.A central focus here is memory editing and cloning consciousness transfer technologies run amok When you can t trust your own memories to be complete, or rely on the constancy of the physical form of your own body, you are truly unanchored Yanking out pieces in the Jenga tower that is your identity Unknowingly susceptible to external manipulation Scary Stross masterfully blends an engaging, fast paced conspiracy thriller with a wildly imaginative and engrossing vision of far future humanity.A central focus here is memory editing and cloning consciousness transfer technologies run amok When you can t trust your own memories to be complete, or rely on the constancy of the physical form of your own body, you are truly unanchored Yanking out pieces in the Jenga tower that is your identity Unknowingly susceptible to external manipulation Scary stuff.This is a future where distances, both small and stellar, are irrelevant Human biology, death and disease have been totally reshaped and are practically meaningless Resources are in near infinite supply It sounds Utopian Yet humans remain as fallible and prone to conflict, fear and rivalries as ever It reminds me of that age old nugget of wisdom that says you can move to a better neighborhood, or a better house, but you ll still be you, with pretty much the same problems you ve got now True that So is this an optimistic or pessimistic view of humanity s future Both The story also courageously tackles issues of gender equality and social conformity in contemporary society.Stross often gets knocked for an excess of technobabble and putting his concepts before his story That was certainly my feeling about Accelerando While there s no lack of Stross patented conceptual genius here, he does a masterful job of crafting the story


About the Author: Charles Stross

Charles David George Charlie Stross is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy.Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams and Richard Morgan SF Encyclopedia


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