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Jack Glass

Download ó Jack Glass Ì PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free He plays with the genre whatever uestions he asks of the reader Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain Filled with wonderfully gruesome moments and liberal doses of sly humor this novel is built around three gripping HowDunnits that challenge notions of crime punishment power and freedom. Roberts books are truly difficult to rate because there isn t anything else like them in the modern SF genre He writes beautifully really beautifully the kind of image dense well crafted sentences that you have to read three times just to savour the feel of them sliding through your neurons His ideas are magical and he s no imaginative slouch each novel he writes sports a new and freshly minted world of wondrous veracitySet in a future where humans thickly clot the space between the worlds of the Solar System and are ruled most oppressively Jack Glass is a story about a kind of cosmic terrorist but presented as a series of three murder mysteries the literary conceit here being Roberts take on the old country house Agatha Christie style whodunnit To a point this is what we have but the detective angle proves a surface gloss to SF world buildery The murders take back seat and we re soon hip deep in Roberts usual concern of the unworthy swain courting the unobtainable damsel Who are we to complain All authors have their literary drums to beat but with the gruesome first installment of Jack Glass it appears at first that we have escaped this particular obsession and it s something of a surprise and disappointment to be presented with it againGlass himself is a confident capable man much sure of himself than many of Roberts earlier protagonists Part of the book s draw is the slow revelation of the various layers to his character and the discovery of the romantic flaw in Glass is well judged if slightly disappointing by which I mean it fits this story perfectly but anyway see above The dividing up of the story into three undoes the pacing and the contrast between the first taut superbly claustrophic tale and the languid tone of the latter two unseats the reader There s a little too much time spent detailing the inner thoughts of teenage girls something Roberts already tackled brilliantly in By Light Alone He does it well admittedly but too much hereAlthough this is not his strongest work overall Jack Glass contains some of Roberts most artful writing and the first part of the book is among the best SF stories from one of today s finest British SF writers

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Download ó Jack Glass Ì PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free He committed the murders and by the end of the book their sympathies for the killer will be fully engaged Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction the country house murder the locked room mystery and imbued with the feel of golden age SF this is another bravura performance from Roberts Whatever games. What a wonderful thing this book is Roberts himself describes it as arising from a desire to collide together some of the conventions of Golden Age science fiction and Golden Age detective fiction He does that beautifully but he does so much Does the book satisfy as a mystery One hundred per cent I d say Of course there are three mysteries and each of them articulates in a different way And each of them pays off beautifully But it s not even scratching the surface of the novel to say that when the narrator promises both to give us the answer in advance and to surprise us with the final revelation it s no idle boastIn Jack Roberts has created a truly uniue protagonist a monster whose pathology we not only understand but applaud and whose bloody crimes we celebrate He also gives us a fascinating and fully realised future whose internal logic opens to us organically with a bare minimum of exposition and then once we ve got the big picture continues to develop and to be enriched with and detail and revealsI also loved the book for its prose style which was elegant and hugely evocative One example when Diana Argent goes to the police station on Korkura to uestion the suspects in the provocatively named FTL Murders we get this description of the placeThey were at a suat white flanked building without windows Jong Il went first then Diana climbed awkwardly out and stood for a moment The grassy odour of olive oil The sound of the cypresses hushing her Beside the building was a swimming pool ten metres across filled it appeared with green tea The shadow from the building printed a trapezoid over the dry grass and dipped its apex into the waterDiana is another of the book s major selling points for me She sees everything with this hallucinatory clarity because it s all new to her She s not only unfamiliar with the Greek islands she s unfamiliar with Earth as a whole She s just come down from the orbital habitats known as the uplands and she s investigating a murder while trying to adjust to the appalling debilitating local gravity Oh and she s sixteen Almost After Jack she s the most vivid and most fully realised character and Roberts draws their relationship the duel of wits between a child savant and a ruthless killer with great subtlety and ultimately with great warmth and tenderness That s my opinion anyway For most of the book you re kept at a certain emotional distance from what s going on the intellectual puzzles and the amazing ideas being important than the characters inner lives But by the end you feel both for the monster and for the innocent which is an astonishing featI agree with the earlier reviewer that this is the sort of book that gets in the way of you doing anything else I finished it in two days when I really needed to be doing other things sucked in tantalised played with false footed blindsided and finally moved

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Download ó Jack Glass Ì PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel from the author of Swiftly New Model Army and Yellow Blue Tibia Jack Glass is the murderer we know this from the start Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds readers will be astonished to discover how. A uantity of blood is spilled in this story I m sorry to say and a good many people die and there is some politics too There is danger and fear Accordingly I have told his tale in the form of a murder mystery or to be precise and at all costs we must be precise three connected murder mysteriesBut I intend to play fair with you reader right from the start or I m no true Watson So let me tell everything now at the beginning before the story gets going Such a promising beginning a sly narration word play and enticing hints A troublesome book very well written cold and only intellectually interesting characters dysconjugate plotting and rather engaging world building The result is a book that is clearly well done but doesn t ever reach that point of emotional resonance or engagementAfter the prologue by the aforementioned sly narrator the first sectionstory In the Box is about seven men placed on an asteroid as part of their prison sentence It will be eleven years before the ship returns so until then survival is up to them A fascinating brutal and uncomfortable character study as the seven men engage in the adult version of Lord of the Flies The reader knowing that a murder will take place lends an interesting tension to the already violent group dynamics I was poised on the edge of a reading seat wondering how and when it would happen Oh and the ending A clever disgusting sueamish solution All this and uotes at

  • Hardcover
  • 373
  • Jack Glass
  • Adam Roberts
  • English
  • 21 November 2018
  • 9780575127623