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Thomas

Hillsdale, NJ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
    "Not for me."
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    The first two hours of the book are a convoluted, science fiction attempt to justify the main character's becoming transgendered. I gave it another few hours to see if that was just a brief interlude, but it wasn't. The sex change was central to the rest of the book.

    I have no intrest in such stories, and I imagine many other's feel the same way. The blurb should have mentioned this key fact about the main character. I wish I could get my four hours back, but at least I can return the book for my credit.


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