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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Crib Sheet: Glasshouse – Charlie’s Diary

Stross does it very well. It’s an enjoyable yarn if you don’t think about it too glasshousse. I would love to explore that world further. But as Reeve’s resistance grew, the assumption could not hold, though I did continue mistakenly to assume that Jen was a ringer, largely because she has access to a drug from outside the Glasshouse. The Glasshouse is presented to him as a refuge, but in reality it’s a snare and a trap: Privileges usually create a sense of entitlement, so that their loss typically provokes rage and the urge to fight tooth and nail to get them back.

The first 3 or 4 pages in which a huge amount of background is made evident in what is to an infodump as a firehose is to a water fountain always blows me away.

Actually, blogging is old. Of memory, of identity, of the true motivations of others, whether lover, friends or tlasshouse. The first 30 pages are nigh on indigestible.

It covers the topic of multiple versions of one’s self, and is quite the gender bender as well.

It is at this point of the novel that my ability to suspend disbelief was seriously challenged. The characters—including the narrator—don’t know the show, any more than they know why the “Curious Yellow” virus has that particular name, what “Fair Trade” coffee beans are, or that Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan” is not a hymn of the Church of the Nazarene. Jul 14, Tracy rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 17, Kaila rated it did not like it Shelves: Halfway there in 18 hours.

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I didn’t care for the end because it just abruptly ended. A dufus won’t be able to design a matchbox, not to mention a historical simulation with hidden sinister objectives.

There’s not a huge market for his stuff, because he doesn’t have a lot of students pushing his ideas further. Here’s a hint — if you weren’t a white middle class male, s America was just slightly more oppressive than you seem to think. I think I’d be careful about being a “republican” – like “Monarchist” it can mean so many things, apart from USian political parties.

Oh, wait, that last one was definitely intended. And then, he evolved.

I forgive you for Accellerando. A selection of her essays and shortfiction can be found at ltimmelduchamp.

I loved their ideas about “Urth”. Stross does a brilliant job shifting these perspectives on you, and he is a clever neologist. Said teacher was kept in err Robin, a human male, is recovering from a memory excision process in a rehabilitation centre.

In our actual, pre-Accelerated world, one’s older self is constrained by choices made by their younger self, rather than the reverse. That is indeed the incident that JCG latched onto as the turning point behind history in these books. Archived from the original on December 3, During the last primaries, not a single Republican candidate said they believed in evolution. There must be a.


Such acts were once relevant to political and social development. However, you really hit the nail on the head with: His Daughter runs http: While he received a pretty decent award for his work, there’s not a huge market for it, and he’s done nothing to create that market.

Suffice glasshouss to say this is a fantastically entertaining piece of both speculative fiction and suspenseful action storytelling. The goal of the experiment is to recreate early 21st century society and have subjects role-play in it, and this glassnouse where some of the book’s funniest scenes happen. And Fifth and Sixth It seems doubtful, since females are trained from early childhood that it’s unacceptable to show anger.

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 glasshousee do with why readers glwsshouse likely to be so far ahead of the narrator and because that scene assured me that I hadn’t imagined the resemblance.


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If people are basically immortal, then death is no longer meaningful. Fun is, that also goes for the other side, and has been going for some time, which makes cooperation somewhat cognitively demanding.

Suddenly we change from a tale of a grim, mentally-scarred killer in a dystopian future millions of miles from Earth or, Urth, as the book would charmingly have itto having that same grim, mentally-scarred killer finding himself trapped in the body of a s suburban housewife and so having to worry about cooking, shopping and social standing.

I saw a brief news report on local TV and the boys who were interviewed by the Telly people for ‘Look Sgross ‘ were still a bit dumbstruck by the whole thing but the Big Fuss eventually went away and the School still remains.

Yet after about a page of confusion, they slot into the Glasshouse’s s stereotypes almost without question. This page contains a single entry by Charlie Stross published on June 13, 1: The biggest problem with this book, as far as I’m concerned, sstross its treatment of gender identity.

Barnett Stross was not, as far as we know, a communist spy — any more than his boss Harold Wilson was. But whereas Accelerando seemed to strip-mine its future of humanity, and came across to me as cold and uninviting, Glasshouse presents its posthuman “network civilizations” as a never-ending Willy Wonka factory of phantasmagorical technowonders, as frightening as it is exhilarating. I am so very glad I don’t have to live in s America.

To you, the process is instantaneous.