Jack Glass

Jack Glass

A Golden Age Story

Book - 2012
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Jack Glass is the murderer. We know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel tells the story of three murders committed by Glass the reader will be surprised to find out that it was Glass who was the killer and how he did it. And by the end of the book our sympathies for the killer are 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, JACK GLASS is another bravura performance from Roberts. Whatever games he plays with the genre, whatever questions he asks of the reader, Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain. JACK GLASS has some wonderfully gruesome moments, is built around three gripping HowDunnits and comes with liberal doses of sly humour. Roberts invites us to have fun and tricks us into thinking about both crime and SF via a beautifully structured novel set in a society whose depiction challanges notions of crime, punishment, power and freedom.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, [2012].
ISBN: 9780575127630
Branch Call Number: ROBER
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm.

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gendeg
Mar 28, 2015

Wow. A delicious trifecta of science fiction, murder, and mystery. Tonally one of the weirdest books I've read in awhile. Oppressive political structures. Social critique. Crime and punishment. Quantum physics. FTL travel. Dreamscapes as problem solving tools. Sociopaths, assassins. And yet lots of lightness and wry humor that worked. I love how all the back cover blurbs make note of it as a scifi book that would rival any so-called literary work. Bold but maybe not that far off. The prose is startling and beautiful at times.

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StephenB
Oct 23, 2013

Excellent, sophisticated science fiction. Alludes to Bester's "The Stars My Destination", and more explicitly to classic murder mysteries.

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