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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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Preview — Glasshouse by Charles Stross. Glasshouse by Charles Stross Goodreads Author. 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.

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On the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a pre-accelerated culture.

Participants are assigned anonymized identities: It looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run. But in this sgross environment, Robin will undergo an even more radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters—and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche Hardcoverpages. Award Honor List To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Gglasshouseplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 03, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: John Scalzi claims to be a gateway drug into science fiction 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 a little bewildering. His target readership seems to be those who are quite au fait with the common tropes of the genre and also some computer programming terms.

I certainly had problems understanding much of these two books but less so with Singularity Sky. It did occur to me that his strosd is probably not for me but I keep coming back to try again because I like his wit and imagination, plus he is a great guy and very approachable wtross readers in online forums and such. Today Glasshoise am happy to say I have finally found a Stross novel that I absolutely love and works completely for me. Most of the book takes place in a sealed experimental environment where participants sign up to reenact life in the 21st century for research purposes.

The protagonist starts strlss as a man named Robin who has part of his memory deleted for reasons unknown, presumably to forget some traumatic experience that he wants to do without.

After he signed up for the isolated social experiment he backs himself up and his backed up personality wakes up inside the experiment as a woman called Reeve who has no idea why she has chosen to change her gender. Certainly some tech expositions still go over my head but they never impede the storytelling. I do hope many more Stross books are like this, and I intend to find out.

The book is surprisingly feministic in tone after Robin becomes Reeve. Stross seems to have a lot of empathy for the trials and tribulations of womanhood. The emotions, the interactions with other women, the social pressure etc. Stroxs for Reeve, she has to be one of the most unreliable narrators ever I won’t tell you why though. Of course regularly readers of Charles Stross are probably not exactly looking for books that deal with feminist issues, I imagine the cool tech to be his main attraction.


Glasshouse is stuffed to the gills with cool sci-fi tech. However, this is not a derivative novel, the sum of the different influences make for a very original book which is mind blowing, thought provoking and even poignant at times.

The wilds ideas and amazing tech are underpinned by a surprisingly touching story of a loving relationship. Glasshouse is definitely the best Charles Stross book I have read so far and I hope that even better ones are in store for me. View all 10 comments. I can be very creative when comes time to get violent. Starts off with the gorgeous, wild panorama of unbridled awesome futuristic visions and then veers wildly into archaic visions–visions much more like now.

Don’t be fooled, it’s just lulling you into complacency. Stay alert, and read on. Leans towards geeky tech speak, the fact that I actually followed along means I’ve been infected. It’s hard for me to judge wtross geeky, I spend most of my time with people who have adv I can be very creative when comes time to get violent.

It’s hard for me to judge how geeky, I spend most of my time with people who have advanced degrees in engineering and computer science, and trying to explain that while I’m really interested in this work they’ve been doing, that no, I don’t have the horses to follow their tensor mathematics.

All of this made sense to me, but not sure if that’s everyone’s takeaway. I also wonder if dudes read this and go, that’s interesting, and chicks go, let me out–let me out!

Commentary of society and technology. Reward mechanisms of societies, how states use power to control, kind of Marxy. Examination of gender roles, sexuality, and free agency.

IF all our dreams of technology were to come true, and there were no longer enforced mortality or scarcity would we be better? Or would we still be kicking the same problems down the road? Different can, different street.

Didn’t write like I glaswhouse an idiot, decent execution, but nothing I haven’t seen before. Nicely wrapped though and I laughed, usually at all the inappropriate times, so keep that in mind when considering my rating.

I know 3 stars seems low, but I did like it and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention.

I might end up rounding up the stars. Nov 14, Imperfectlyrua Castle rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was the most intriguing new science fiction book I’ve read in a long 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.

And since the main sttoss is a participant in the experiment there’s an interesting ethnographical aspect to the narrative. Overall, this was a great read.

I would not suggest it to someone who is a straight fantasy fan, it comes off a little Hard Sci-Fi at times. Although it is not actually necessary that these moments make any sense to the reader, it may be a glasshouse off-putting to someone who is not generally a fan of the genre. I would recommend this to everyone else. After reading about half of his works, this is my favorite Stross novel. I was glassgouse of sad to read that he doesn’t intend to write further in his “far future” universe.

I’m reading a work of science fiction that is so unique, so bleeding-edge, that I stross barely get my head around it. And then the excitement fades as I continue reading. This is Stross’s best work to-date because it is his most human; his observations on groupthink, peer pressure, and the irrationality of modern life are insightful and funny.

But it is also inconsistent: Stross lacks the chops to craft a smooth narrative on top of his own unique premise and setting, and the ending is anti-climactic to say the least. Stross has one or two classics within him.


Unfortunately, one of them is not Glasshouse. Feb 28, Megan Baxter rated it really liked it. I have had such a complicated relationships with Charles Stross books, in that I have often wanted to like them more than I actually have. A few of his most out-there post-human Singularity books I have enjoyed, while understanding very little of them.

The Atrocity Archives was the first book of his that I enjoyed, start to finish. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. Strooss the meantime, I have had such a complicated relationships with Charles Stross books, in that I have often wanted to like them more than I actually have.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Nov 25, Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing. My full review of this book is larger than GoodReads’ word-count limitations.

Find it at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. As I’ve mentioned here before, although as an adult I try to maintain as varied a reading list as possible, I do naturally gravitate regularly towards the science-fiction or SF genre on which I was raised, as well as the “weird-lit” novels of our contemporary times that have been influenced by the genre.

And indeed, if you take a close l My full review of this book is larger than GoodReads’ word-count limitations.


And indeed, if you take a close look at the projects that are getting so much attention these days among the so-called “creative class” the same people who mostly make up CCLaP’s readership too, by the wayyou’ll see that now more than ever, mainstream and even academic literature is being influenced in subtle ways more and more by such fantastical genres as SF and weird-lit.

When you look at the entertainment choices made by people who are comfortable with technology and spend a decent amount of time online, the world can indeed become a strange place; a place where even among mainstream novels and network television shows, some awfully odd things can happen within the middle of a supposedly straight-ahead character drama. So it’s natural, then, that we straight-ahead SF fans would of course especially appreciate so-called “hard” SF writers in this day and age, or those who write such head-scratchingly brilliant stuff that only SF fans in particular are going to appreciate and love it; and boy, you don’t get much more fanboy-crazy than with author Charles Stross, a multiple award winner and favorite among fellow SF writers, who nonetheless is barely known beyond the SF community that worships him so much.

It is a flabbergasting book, one so smart and complex you can scarcely believe it actually exists; one that has a percent chance of officially blowing your mind by the time you’re finished, even if you do have a guess at which way the story is headed. So before anything else, I guess let’s start with a truism about hard SF Mar 13, ambyr rated it it was ok Shelves: If I had to pick one word for this book, it would be “smug.

The worldbuilding was flimsy if your characters are going to be motivated to horrific acts in pursuit of money, you need to tell me what, in your post-scarcity economy, money is forthe characterization shallow unsurprisingly so, I guess, when all the characters are suffering from various grades of amnesiac dissociati If I had to pick one word for this book, it would be “smug.