Glasshouse [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “ONE NIGHTMARISH PANOPTICON.” – The New York Times When Robin . This Glasshouse isn’t just glass. It’s a prism that Charles Stross uses to split his storytelling into all of its component narrative colors — suspense, action, satire. Perhaps we all live in a Glasshouse of our own making, Stross constantly hints, while offering up an account of those who, contrary to the old adage, respond by .

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Knowledge of “the Middle Ages” comes either out some mishmash of cartoons, Lord of the Rings, Chaucer, and possibly a couple of other movies although, as Charlie noted, we’re talking about everything after Beowulf and before Columbus.

Well, that and getting insane, drowning your enemies in magma and releasing demons from hell. So when going for the instincts, it seems prudent to be at least somewhat cautious. Maybe that was deliberate – but if so, the putative bad guys just don’t work very well as characters, never mind the villains of the piece.

Different can, different street. Three of my grandparents belonged to the Church of Marx, Scientist; the fourth was an anarchist.

Glasshouse by Charles Stross

So “Glasshouse” is a stand-alone, but glasshousf overtly contradict the world-building that went into “Accelerando” except by ommission you don’t see Aineko, the Vile Offspring, etcetera stomping around in the background of “Glasshouse”. However, it bears repeating that “Glasshouse” is a puzzle box — you can reassemble it in several different shapes, all of which make sense. This person is real.

No compare it to the the footage and documentation of Jesus Christ. I think it is by far the best written of Charlie’s novels. Having mis-spent my childhood watching British war movies on the telly, it never occurred to me that everybody didn’t know the alternative meaning for ‘glasshouse’, or that it was Brit-only slang.

Will you have one definition of them all? I suggest you never play Dwarf Fortress, Charlie, as you might never stop. That is what I am seeking. Certainly some tech expositions still go over my head but they never impede the storytelling.


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Think my muse’s been getting lazy, more than usual that is. I’m still working on the last stories that went into “Accelerando”, still unsure what comes next, and I think working on “The Clan Corporate”. But how about being reborn as a s housewife I don’t know Charles Stross, but I couldn’t help but get the impression that he was rubbing his hands together gleefully while writing this book, imagining the Tiptree award he was bound to win.

Mind you, I’m allergic to China Mieville’s prose style — something about it just annoys the hell out of me, fingernails-on-blackboard style.

I think it may pass the test of time.

Here we are in the 21st Century, arguing about the symbolism of the Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, but it doesn’t change what we see, and can admire. Mar 13, ambyr rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m now old enough to realise that that is an alarm bell.

After the re-read, the 5-star rating stands unchanged. For example, I had forgotten almost everything after about the halfway point. Without the social context it just isn’t all that interesting.

I am now 3rd on the list waiting for it. Add me to the list of those who got the army prison reference immediately upon seeing the title.

I feel exactly the opposite. The founder of computer science was so oppressed in s Britain that he killed himself. And for Pratchett, well: The effect of such irony would have been a good deal more subtle had the novel been written in the third-person. These experiments suggested that atrocities are in many ways situational: It drops you without warning into a world far different from the one you live in, but where some basics are constant: Glasshouse is an intense and mindstretching mixture of hard SF and satire in a psychological puzzle centered around memory and identity.

At roughly the same time, ITV increased the amount of drama and plays it was carrying, generating huge audiences for what now appear to be quite high-brow adaptations of complex stage plays. With the inventions of photography and then cinema, the standardization of popular culture began to progress geometrically and its rate of change slowed down.

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But every time he s The one where Robin wakes up after having a full memory wipe — which, for obvious reasons, he doesn’t remember — glsshouse comes to believe someone from his past is trying to kill him, and volunteers for an experiment re-creating twentieth-century life. Is this behavior hard-wired into females? Preview — Glasshouse by Charles Stross. glaswhouse

Varley’s “Eight Worlds” universe was one of the most interesting and innovative deep space SF settings of the s and s; he tackled the whole bioengineering-rather-than-terraforming nexus way before it became popular, and asked questions about the meaning of identity and gender in a future where biology was as mutable as clothing is today.

Sep 09, Kevin rated it it was ok. I shambled glwsshouse, wrote up some notes, and resolved to sit on it for six or nine months, until I was due to write another novel.

Like stereotypes, norms from the author’s world projected onto a fictional world that supposedly embodies different norms undermines SFnal world-building. These can be linked to each other by T-gates, creating a huge network of interconnected societies, known as the Republic of Is. Similar to Cory Doctorow, Stross knows no boundaries when it comes to imagining the future.

I laughed out loud when I read “Welcome to the Village”—likely because the set-up of the Glasshouse reminded me of the fake village in The Prisoner from the moment the narrator woke up which may have something to do with why readers are likely to be so far ahead of the narrator and because that scene assured me that I hadn’t imagined the resemblance.

However, some readers may struggle with Glasshouse as Stross gives very little that is direct or even reliable. Hubby suffered a burst eardrum I really enjoyed the universe of the book, and all of the history.

This is largely pre-mobile device “Dark Ages” so everything important is in paper. But most people aren’t up to a big spat with auntie Flo every damm family reunion.

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