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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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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. This is still the best book I ve read this year I know it s only April and I read this in February and there s still a lot of time But I bloody loved it And I haven t even got to lend my copy out yet which is a travestyI found it in a way that usually turns up a lot of dross but has actually done me uite proud in the last few months which is to say in the comments section of a Guardian Online article this time on locked room mysteries Every so often I discover that someone has written a book specifically for me and they didn t even TELL me three choice golden age detective stories set in the golden age of sci fi It took me about forty five seconds to order it on and when it arrived about the same amount of time to get extremely excited about the prologue Tell me you don t love good genre savvy fiction Tell me you don t love it when someone looks you in the eye tells you they re about to trick you and does it anywayThe thing about golden age crime fiction and golden age sci fi is that the former relies on very strict rules and Getting Shit Past The Radar of readers like me who are busy being eagle eyed and trying to spot the trick in a very narrow set of variables whereas the sci fi is based on going to places and doing things that the reader isn t so familiar with In a way they ought to be at odds at any rate they should be pretty difficult to combine without betraying somebody s favouriteDon t worry Adam Roberts hasn t betrayed your favourite What Jack Glass does that makes me so happy is to tread the very fine line between them in an effort to surprise readers golden age crime often ends up resorting to pulling solutions out of its own ass so in a way both genres prime you or at least me to say Of COURSE Of course the answer is faster than light travelevil twinsthe Illuminatievil butler It s the only solution Both genres train you to view the impossible as if there s a loophole in it and I really adored the deft enthusiastic respectful way that Roberts exploits the hell out of any loophole he can findHe tells you who the murderer is in the prologue Then he promises you ll be surprised Well I was surprisedAnd besides and if anything this is the important bit it was really good fun to read I enjoyed being in this book Why has it not got recognition Why have I never heard of it or its author before Why am I not right this minute seeking out other things he s written which by the way I m absolutely going to do MORE OF THIS SORT OF THING PLEASEPlease someone else read this because I want to talk about it and I ve not got anyone to do that with Also Adam Roberts please write some things so I can buy them in hardback preferably with covers this pretty so I can prop them up on my mantelpiece when I m done

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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. 3 crimes scenes 1 manMass murderer Jack Glass is on loose and the Solar System is not safe Enveloping theoretical physics and power dynamics Roberts offers this suspense It uestions values from loyalty to the ever present does the ends justify the meansBroken down into three separate vignettes it s not immediately obvious that these are seuential events but the impetus for Jack s actions unfolds The first vignette In the Box I loved it was gritty science fiction and a big surprise Big My favorite easily The second part The FTL Murders was very slow in comparison and it spent a great deal of time developing two characters where the conflict of human versus science are anthropomorphized too much time is you ask me Dawdled The third vignette The Impossible Gun brings the stories full circle connecting them in the third crime scene I liked this better than the FTL but not as much as Box but that was probably because I d figured out the resolution or rather one version of possible resolutions and I liked mine better than the real ending I got the science part 100% the human part not as much therefore I was disappointed in how it drifted and settled I guess the surprise in that one was one that I didn t see the basis for it existing but then again I don t think it was suppose to be rational Ended with me going really JackSo the fluffy ending and saggy middle kinda deflated the joy from this one Eh


10 thoughts on “Jack Glass

  1. says:

    Beautiful cover but not at all reflective of the tone or content of the book What you're getting is a dark rath

  2. says:

    “A uantity of blood is spilled in this story I’m sorry to say; and a good many people die; and there is some p

  3. says:

    This is still the best book I've read this year I know it's only April and I read this in February and there's still a lot of time But I bloody loved it And I haven't even got to lend my copy out yet which is a travestyI found it in a way that usually turns up a lot of dross but has actually done me uite proud in the last few months which is

  4. says:

    BewareDon't go to Adam Roberts looking for utopian visions of the future If you want harmonious co operation post scarcity paradises or futures where humanity has forged it's nobler instincts into the foundations of Brave New Worlds look elsewhere most of Robert's books will give you screaming nightmaresIn On Earth's gravity has literally flipped ninety degrees and it's a hardscrabble borderline medieval dump In new Mode

  5. says:

    3 crimes scenes 1 manMass murderer Jack Glass is on loose and the Solar System is not safe Enveloping theoretical physics and power dynamics Roberts offers this suspense It uestions values from loyalty to the ever present does the ends justify the meansBroken down into three separate vignettes it's not immediately obvious that thes

  6. says:

    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 beautif

  7. says:

    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 won

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    PrologueDear readers I fear I have to convey a terrible terrible tragedy to you The fifth rating star was murdered and now lies dead in front of you But the strangest thing is that we already know who did the killing It was a collarboration of the remaining four stars who have fled into this review It's like in the novel Jack Glass where we are told who is the murderer in all three cases within the book right upfront in the prolog

  9. says:

    25 5Jack Glass by Adam Roberts is a book that tries too much to be many things but ultimately fails in most if not

  10. says:

    Holy wow I loved this bookThe book is in three sections and the first just sucked me in I was obsessed with the world Roberts created within nine pages Roberts's writing is marvelous; tender yet precise dancing in rhythms then breaking out of step like a flaneur's pause The world he created is compelling and vast and utterly believable The second and third sections had a different focalizing character and so I couldn'