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Jack Glass - Adam Roberts
Jack Glass
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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 TibiaJack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel tells the story of three murders committed by... show more
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 TibiaJack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel tells the story of three murders committed by Glass, the reader will be surprised to find out that it was Glass who was the killer and how he did it. And by the end of the book our sympathies for the killer are 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 he plays with the genre, whatever questions he asks of the reader, Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain. This novel has some wonderfully gruesome moments, is built around three gripping HowDunnits, and comes with liberal doses of sly humor. Roberts invites us to have fun and tricks us into thinking about both crime and SF via a beautifully structured novel set in a society whose depiction challenges notions of crime, punishment, power, and freedom.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780575127647 (0575127643)
ASIN: 0575127643
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages no: 374
Edition language: English
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3.5 Not at all transparent
“A quantity 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 more precise (and at all costs we must be precise) three, connected murder...
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2.0 Jack Glass: Or the strange case of the sci-fi that became a mystery
This book vexed me. The first section (of three) I was absolutely gripped. The set-up was intriguing and I couldn't put it down. And then the damnedest thing happened - the book switched from being a dark and gritty sci-fi into a quaint, somewhat cozy, mystery. Even the POV character shifted, in thi...
The English Student
The English Student rated it
4.5 Jack Glass - Adam Roberts
Jack Glass is a murderer. More precisely ("and at all costs we must be precise"), he's a murderer in space. His name, a pseudonym, comes from his preferred weapon: a dagger with a glass blade, impossible to detect with the usual weapon detectors of his dystopian world. An unspecified number of y...
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