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Free download Ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Adam Roberts Adam Roberts ↠ 9 Free download Review Jack Glass 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. 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 Model Army the world is ravaged and broken by conflict wrought by cheap democratic armies And now in Jack Glass the solar system is a grim dictatorial dystopia for most ruled by a family known as the Ulanovs who keep the great mass of people living in decrepit dome habitats hanging in space living off barely palatable algae and collecting cancers from the radiation they are exposed toI don t want to live in these places but damn Roberts makes me want to read about them Roberts tells an intense tale in most of his novels and does so again here although intense is a pretty mild description of the beginning of Jack GlassThe first of two starting narratives begins with six men all prisoners dumped into the freezing cold of a sealed over crevasse on an asteroid with nothing than a small air generator a tiny heater some digging machines some edible algae spores and a packet of biscuitsDesperately cold crazed with thirst and packed into a tiny space only a meter or so across these men have to survive an eleven year sentence together and to do so they must hollow out their asteroid and find ice to drink and make air At the end of their stay the asteroid they have hollowed will be scrubbed and sold as accommodation for the rich its new owners caring not about the suffering of it s creatorsThere is no way out of this prison floating abandoned in space The men go through despair anger and then far dangerous than either boredom The establish brutal hierarchies of dominance the top men using and abusing the weaker men as they please violence breaking out and threatening to end them allOne of the weaker men Jac is different from the others He has no legs and he spends time polishing a tiny round of glass he finds in the asteroid He means to escape this prison even though such an escape is impossibleThe second narrative concerns the two scions of a powerful family second only in stature to the rulers of the solar system who are holidaying on a summery European island when one of their servants is brutally murdered Diana the younger of the two sisters is an aficionado of murder mysteries and throws herself into investigating what has happened The case seems open and shut There were nineteen other servants in the building no one else entered or left and there is a clear motive for one of the nineteen There is of course to this killing than there first seems and as Diana solves it she will be introduced to a civilisation ending threatFrom these two narratives Roberts spins a story spanning the solar system and dealing with concepts that span a great deal at the same time It s heady compelling stuff and I loved every minute of it Jack Glass is Adam Roberts at his best and his best is very very good Roberts is a master of concept driven SF each of his books different from the last This novel is different from his other work and in some ways reads as a science fiction detective story although it soon grows to encompass far far than that The only thing holding me back from a five star wide eyed evangelical review is that Jack Glass s ending is both abrupt and unsatisfying I loved this story and I didn t want it to end so the way it did was particularly galling There are some codas in the form of poems that add some supplementary insight into the Ulanovian solar system and some of the players in the background of the narrative but I still felt a little short changedIn saying that I still rate Jack Glass as one of my favourite reads this year and a novel worthy of inclusion in any serious SF collection Roberts has written several works I would consider to be twenty first century classics and when considered along with Bete Stone and New Model Army Jack Glass only further cements Roberts as one of the brightest supernovae in Science Fiction45 mysteriously exploding stars

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Free download Ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Adam Roberts Adam Roberts ↠ 9 Free download Review Jack Glass 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┬áJack 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

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Free download Ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Adam Roberts Adam Roberts ↠ 9 Free download Review Jack Glass 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. 25 5Jack Glass by Adam Roberts is a book that tries too much to be many things but ultimately fails in most if not all of them Here s my personal view and opinion why this is so and why I was disappointed As usual I will avoid going into too much detail describing what this book is about you can read the synopsis up there Instead I will go straight into my review Be wary this review will probably contain light spoilers but nothing too revealing uick summary A book with a very ambitious plot and ideas that suffers from frustrating characters occasionally bad writing really sketchy science and uneven paceFormatIn my e book version the book had 373 pages It is comprised of 3 parts which in effect are 3 different but eventually interconnected stories The 2nd and 3rd part contain many shorter subchapters One of my early gripes has to do with the lack of chapter waypoints in my ebook version I don t know if this problem is present in all ebook versions It made navigating back and forth a lot of trouble At the end a glossary is included very useful along with a very extensive extra part with poems and songs of the book s universe which was a nice and original feature for a SF book The narration is in 3rd person perspective and entirely in the past tenseCharactersThe main character as one would expect is Jack though he shares the spotlight for the most part with Diana Jack s character is always presented with an air of mystery and surrounded with a lot of uestion marks We are never really sure of what he is like nor even who he is in each story though that s uite easy to get after a point Even though this character is never fully developed and detailed this in a way is a bit acceptable because he is supposed to be mysterious and unknown a stranger throughout the whole novel Unfortunately Roberts fumbles big time with Jack s character at the final subchapters with a reveal and justification that I personally found totally weak and disappointing More on that later as this is also part of the plot and uite spoilerishDiana is the other main character and in a way the protagonist for most part of the novel I don t want to give away too much so I will be a bit vague but suffice to say that her characters is very weak and unbelievable in a negative way Now you see Diana has supposedly been raised and trained to be a problem solver one of the cleverest and wisest young persons in the whole system Well guess what Diana is very stupid for a clever problem solver and can t really solve anything As a matter of fact she s very ignorant of many important things like system politics and physics and sociology on the most basic level That level of lack of education is inexcusable for a high society person trained since kindergarten to be smart and know it all In a novel where she is supposed to be the main brain force the puzzle s unscrambler and the riddle s solver she is constantly out of ideas and clues relying solely on intuition and external help and guidanceSo sadly as both main characters are rather distant unrealistic unlikable and extremely hard for the reader to connect to the novel comes out short on any real attachment to the protagonists and suffers from indifference and incredulityWorld buildingLuckily world building is good enough to stand apart from the novel s other deficiencies Roberts has imagined a future where humanity is spread but still restricted to the limits of our solar system Strict hierarchical levels exist and control all life everywhere Humans have evolved sufficiently to posses many technological and biotechnological capacities and abilities though as it can be imagined those can be found in different levels and abundance throughout the social castes and classes Also as humanity has taken off Earth and most of its population lives in space in low or no g gravity the human physiology has also changed and degenerated to a suited state which presents problems to those going to 1g gravity environments All those and many are very well presented and documented by Roberts making world building the most glowing part of this novelPlot storyAnd we arrive at the plot Here is the thing Jack Glass is essentially a SF howdunit As such it is supposed to be made mostly of two major ingredients a base of typical crimemysterymurder howdunit that is the main engine and pushes the plot forward with suspense guessing and gradual revelations and a big dose of science fiction to give the novel an original and fresh taste something to amaze and awe the reader I m sorry to say that both are found lacking thought for different reasons eachThe plot the whole mystery and the way it s presented feels like a huge mess Roberts tried for something much ambitious that he could handle In a recent interviewpost Mark Charan Newton mentioned some tipsrules for writing good and proper whodunits Among those were the following 6 Don t short change the reader7 Don t make your method utterly ridiculous Roberts disregards both He continuously tries to deceive and distract the reader from guessing with erroneous information and needless tactics At the end the uestions are answered in unceremonious and bland ways often revealing either uninteresting or incredulous solutionsI also felt that occasionally there are some big holes in the plot Why some things happen and why then Not all uestions are answered or can be answered by the provided information by the end of the novel SPOILER followsview spoiler And of course how can I not mention the gravest WTF moment of the whole book the love reveal As far as justifications for actions go this one was absolutely disappointing Here is a guy who is the greatest most wanted criminal in the solar system trying for years to evade capture enduring the worst envisioning and planning system wide revolution for billions of people against the tyrannical overlords having killed many many people for the good of mankind and why does he risk so much all that at the end Because he SAYS he is in LOVE with an immature girl read kid he hardly knows BOOM There goes the rating down sorry not my fault blame Roberts There was absolutely no need whatsoever to throw that in there as a major reasonexcuse hide spoiler

  • Hardcover
  • 373
  • Jack Glass
  • Adam Roberts
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 9780575127623