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Mountain of Black Glass (Otherland, Volume 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2000
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An epidemic of comatose children has led Renie and her San friend !Xabbu into the net and to a series of dream worlds created as palaces by the corrupt aspiring immortals, the Grail Brotherhood. Two of those children, Orlando and Fredericks, have become adventurers in their own right, while their parents' lawyer Ramsey follows real-world money and lesbian cop Calliope tracks a serial killer with serious ambitions to become an angry god. In this volume, adventures take place in a mythic ancient Egypt and a rambling Gormenghastlike house before all the virtual adventurers meet where they were always destined to, before the walls of Troy.
"All around, death. It was not a quiet presence during the long day--not a pale-faced maiden bringing surcease from pain, not a skillful reaper with a scalpel-sharp blade.... Death on the Trojan plain was a crazed beast that roared and clawed and smashed, which was everywhere at once, and which in its unending fury showed that even armored men were terribly frail things."
Tad Williams takes the gameworld and turns it on its head, passionately; how do we know that what bleeds does not feel pain? He writes a classic of cyberspace adventure that has a sorrowful heart. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tad is also the author of 'Tailchaser's Song': his first novel spawned the subgenre of cats and fantasy that we see widely today. 'Tailchaser's Song' is currently in preproduction as an animated film from Animetropolis/IDA.
Top Customer Reviews
I read "Mountain" immediately after finishing George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords, and must admit I had some difficulty becoming interested again in Williams's parade of virtual worlds after Martin's gritty and intelligent tour de force.
Still, after only a few hundred pages - hmm, wonder why that sounds sarcastic? - I found myself enjoying "Mountain" quite a bit more than its prequel, River of Blue Fire.
The problem with "River" was as simple as it was devastating: there is no plot development to speak of and the entire book is simply one long, ineffectual succession of different virtual settings. In terms of narrative, it is, bluntly put, bad. But although this flaw has, in part, spilled over into "Mountain", this third instalment has one important redeeming feature: as the book progresses, the themes introduced by the first (and quite excellent) volume are taken up again and things start to move forward once more. If you are able to more or less forget "River" and can still manage to be convinced by Williams's creation, "Mountain" is rewarding. Not awesome, not masterful, but rewarding. And that's in spite of the extraordinary but quite incomprehensible ending.
Bottom line: if Williams's and Martin's next volumes were to be published more or less at the same time (fat chance!) I'd change the order of reading them around. First Williams, then Martin. That way, you go from good to very much better.
Bottomer line: Martin is writing his masterpiece. Williams is drafting.
I must applaud Tad for once again creating some fine fantastical worlds for his characters to play in. Seeing Paul struggle through ancient, Homeric Greece or Rene and the Gang struggle through the House was very entertaining. Tad has done a remarkable job on developing his characters; the reader grows to care for them, and when an unfortunate few do not make it to the last page alive...well, I must say I felt a bit distressed, to say the least.
The only real complaint I have about the book is that the numerous character perspectives can be quite confusing at times. There are literally dozens of separate players in this little drama, and when each is given their own time in the spotlight, things can get a little muddled at times. But I feel that that problem is overcome by the wonderful variety of the characters and the interesting perspectives each one brings. Rene, Dread, Cristabel, Jongleur--each is different in their own way, and each brings something different to the narrative. I can hardly wait till the end of the series just so I can see how everything is finally resolved!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mountain of Black Glass is the continuation of the complex story started in City of Golden Shadow of a group of people trying to rescue children that have gone into a coma while in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew Olsen
I believe this is the 4th book in a 4 book series it a long well written story with many twists, highs and lows! GREAT STORY!Published 10 months ago by Michael Grant
Finishing the series. A great ride. Wonderfully devised and written.Published 11 months ago by Jan W.
Some books you read and set aside, rarely giving it another thought. Not so here!
4 book series you will NOT regret and will never forget. Read more
I've read this series a few times as have other members of my family. The first one fell apart.Published 14 months ago by Dannyb
I read this series when they first came out. 20 years later I'm enjoying it as much as the first time.Published 14 months ago by Anne Quinn