Begin a new Charles Stross "novel I feel the same excitement I first read William Gibson s Neuromancer "I feel same as when I first read William Gibson s Neuromancer 1985 I m reading a work of science fiction that is so uniue so bleeding edge that I can barely get my head around itAnd then the excitement fades as I continue readingThis is Stross s best work to date because it is his most human his observations on groupthink peer pressure and the irrationality of modern ife are insightful and funny But it is also inconsistent Stross The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance lacks the chops to craft a smooth narrative on top of his own uniue premise and setting and the ending is anti climactic to say theeast Stross has one or two classics within him Unfortunately one of them is not Glasshouse John Scalzi claims to be a gateway drug into science fiction A New Reader's Guide to African Literature literature I suppose he may well be but I believe Charles Stross is almost the opposite of that Stross is deservedly one of the most popular active sci fi authors today but readers not familiar with the genre may find him aittle bewildering His target readership seems to be those who are uite au fait with the common tropes of the genre and also some computer programming terms Those in the know Story Alchemy Authors Craft Book 2 love the science he pu. A uniue experimental polity the Glasshouse constructed to simulate a pre accelerated culture Participants are assigned anonymized identities Itooks Oral and Written Poetry in African Literature Today 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 the mercy of his own unbalanced psych. 06 review This was the most intriguing new science fiction book I ve read in aong 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 * for this character and uses a neat plot device to tell the in flashbackdreamsOverall this was a great read I would not suggest it TO SOMEONE WHO IS A STRAIGHT someone who is a straight fan it comes off a ittle Hard Sci Fi at times Although it is not actually necessary that these moments make "ANY SENSE TO THE READER IT MAY BE A "sense to the reader it may be a off putting to someone who is not generally a fan of the genre I would recommend this to everyone elseAfter 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 Every time Ellar 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 knew On the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide he volunteers to participate in. On first read in 2006 I thought this was a "terrific bookA dark skinned human with four arms walks towards me across the floor of the club clad only in "bookA dark skinned human with four arms walks towards me across the floor of the club clad only in belt strung with
human skulls herskulls Her forms a smoky wreath around her open and curious face She s interested in meSo opens GLASSHOUSE Stross s then Digital Griots 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 beRobin has hot monkeyove 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 ensuesI 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 shotHere s my 20. When people ask me what I did during the war I tell them I used to be in 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 When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing it doesn't take him ong to discover that someone is trying to kill him It's the twenty seventh century when interst.