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The censorship wars"during which the Curious Yellow virus devastated the network of wormhole gates connecting humanity across the cosmos"are finally over at the start of Hugo-winner Stross's brilliant new novel, set in the same far-future universe as 2005's Accelerando. Robin is one of millions who have had a mind wipe, to forget wartime memories that are too painful"or too dangerously inconvenient for someone else. To evade the enemies who don't think his mind wipe was enough, Robin volunteers to live in the experimental Glasshouse, a former prison for deranged war criminals that will recreate Earth's "dark ages" (c. 1950"2040). Entering the community as a female, Robin is initially appalled by life as a suburban housewife, then he realizes the other participants are all either retired spies or soldiers. Worse yet, fragments of old memories return"extremely dangerous in the Glasshouse, where the experimenters' intentions are as murky as Robin's grasp of his own identity. With nods to Kafka, James Tiptree and others, Stross's wry SF thriller satisfies on all levels, with memorable characters and enough brain-twisting extrapolation for five novels. (July)
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Hard on the heels of his acclaimed novel of mankind's evolving technological destiny, Accelerando (2005), Stross turns in another bravura performance with a fanciful glimpse at life in the twenty-seventh century. In an era of virtual immortality, where computer backups of human consciousness have become as routine as unlimited body modification, Robin is a patient in a rehab clinic for convalescents of voluntary memory erasure. With only scant clues, contained in a letter from his former self, to his previous and possibly espionage-related career, Robin quickly discovers his new identity offers little protection from several would-be assassins. Seizing the chance to evade his pursuers for good, he volunteers for a three-year experiment, devised by history professors, to simulate the "dark ages" of early-twenty-first-century society. As a participant in the guise of a middle-class housewife, Robin initially feels secure but soon suspects the experiment may simply be a clever front for his, or her, enemies. Stross amusingly recasts our own era into one of "meaningless customs" while blending suspenseful action with inventive, futuristic technology. Carl Hays
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Complex plot does not describe this book. This is the first novel I have ever read that when someone asks, 'hey, whats that book about?', I reply with, do you have a minute? Read morePublished 1 month ago by sarah maisano
Charles Stross is an excellent writer. Glasshouse is based on a very original premise. His writing comes across as intelligent and insightful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JayBee3
I hate every smug thing about this book. Cannot finish it. It's like a speed junkie put every sci-fi trope he could think of into a blender and pushed "frappe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Snaps
smart, sci-fi thriller, with well developed characters and story line - takes a little to get into it as the structure is being built around the story world, but well worth the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marcelo Goncalves
solid but hard to follow at times. But well worth the trouble of trying to understand it all. Two three.Published 10 months ago by Matthew
Very darn good. Readable, story flowed along nicely and the plot is original and clever. Highly recommended.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
As one gets older, it becomes less and less common to enounter ideas in a science fiction novel that seem genuinely new. Stross introduces new ideas on practically every page. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thane Tuttle
Really good food for the mind, the whole gender-swapping thing did my head in. But very well portrayed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mike Jolly
Engrossing, dramatic plot, and then the twists …. absolutely great.