The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters Gordon Dahlquist s debut novel is a big juicy epic that will appeal to Diana Gabaldon fans and lovers of literary fantasy like Keith Donohue s The Stolen Child The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters b

  • Title: The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
  • Author: Gordon Dahlquist
  • ISBN: 9780670916474
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gordon Dahlquist s debut novel is a big, juicy, epic that will appeal to Diana Gabaldon fans and lovers of literary fantasy, like Keith Donohue s The Stolen Child The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters begins with a Dear Jane letter in which Celeste Temple learns of the end of her engagement Curiosity leads her to follow her fianc to London where she uncovers a secret FGordon Dahlquist s debut novel is a big, juicy, epic that will appeal to Diana Gabaldon fans and lovers of literary fantasy, like Keith Donohue s The Stolen Child The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters begins with a Dear Jane letter in which Celeste Temple learns of the end of her engagement Curiosity leads her to follow her fianc to London where she uncovers a secret Find out about the origins of this suspenseful literary romance, in Dahlquist s note to readers, below In the winter of 2004 I was selected for jury duty at the very same time Martha Stewart went to trial in the next building over we all had to walk past the fifteen media vans to get to our courthouse Since the courts in Manhattan are near Chinatown, I like jury duty, as it means a few days of excellent lunches Instead, New York was hit with a ferocious, sub zero ice storm that went on for days, where it was impossible to wander in the way I had hoped, and so, with the grind of the trial itself, we jurors were marooned for close to 4 hours each day in the jury room The second night of the trial, however, I had a strange dream where a friend of mine appeared in the exact garb of one of The Glass Books three main characters, Doctor Svenson, and together we faced a mystery in a strange, dark, Victorian building involving prisoners in a creepy upstairs room without a door While I very rarely remember my dreams, the next morning I found this one percolating in my head quite vividly But then, for no reason I can recall, I took out a notebook, and began instead of the Doctor, who I would get to almost off handedly in another 100 pages or so writing about a willful young woman from the West Indies whose fianc e has abandoned her without explanation, making it up as I went along By the end of the trial I had the first chapter I am by trade a playwright, and had not written prose fiction of any kind for nearly 20 years, but I found myself hooked on the story and the characters perhaps out of my own desire to know what happened next and so persisted, putting aside most everything else, writing for the most part in coffee shops and on the subway, until I finished the book almost exactly one year later Gordon Dahlquist

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      Gordon Dahlquist, also credited as G.W Dahlquist, is a novelist and a playwright.


    1. top ten things i like that are at least tangentially associated with Glass Books of the Dream Eaters:1. STEAMPUNKis there a more ill-suited name for a subgenre? what exactly is punk rock about corsets or guns or victorian morals or dirigibles? gack! that was the sound that just came out of my mouth when considering the word "steampunk". still, i love the genre despite its name.2. GLASS"Once I had a love and it was a gasSoon turned out had a heart of glassSeemed like the real thing, only to findM [...]

    2. Finally finished this book! Phew! After a very promising and intriguing first chapter, for me it unfortunately went downhill. Practically all the characters, with distracting unpronouncable names, are introduced in the second chapter making it impossible to remember who is who. (I ended up writing them down on a piece of paper!)The book is bogged down with overly-detailed descriptions of buildings, places etc. which are unnecessary in many cases.There are too many convenient coincidences, like d [...]

    3. Not one to shy away from long books, I found both the title and inside-flap description of this book to be quite intriguing. Unfortunately, those were the only redeeming qualities of this 760-page book. The editors must have fallen asleep reading their copy as many times as I did and just didn’t want to admit it. This book needs an editor. Creatively chopping it in half and selling it in parts (as they did with the trade paperback version) is NOT editing. The book is simply WAY too long. Even [...]

    4. Διαβάζοντας -μετά από χρόνια- το 2ο μέρος της σειράς, λέω να ρίξω λίγο φως στον παρεξηγημένο κόσμο του Dahlquist μιλώντας για το 1ο βιβλίο, το οποίο ωστόσο διαβάζεται και ως standalone. Πρόκειται για ένα μυστηριώδες βιβλίο που σε σαγηνεύει τόσο με τις αρετές όσο και με τα προβλήματα του [...]

    5. My, oh my was this exactly as promised. I picked up this book because I misread the review from the Daily Mail on the back. I thought it read "an exotically-charged, rip-roaring adventure" It does not. In actuality it reads "an erotically-charged, rip-roaring adventure"Nevertheless, every rave review from a UK newspaper on the back was so very right. This is an incredibly intricate plot that weaves together three protagonists, whom combined make one very unlikely cabal of heros. With excellently [...]

    6. Set in Edwardian England, "Glass Books of the Dream Eaters" is one part adventure, one part fantasy and two parts completely demented (and I mean this as a compliment).Apparently, many people are undecided about how to rate this book. From what I've observed, people either love it, hate it, or are filled with begrudging indifference. Apart from all of the "scoffing" and the grossly superfluous use of the word "cabal" Dahlquist manages to write a very interesting and unlikely trio of heroes. This [...]

    7. AT 760 pages, The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters is just 24 pages thinner than Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.And with its epic scope and decidedly English air -- despite the fact that it is set in a nameless country -- this tome seems at first blush to promise a fantasy-adventure which is just as riveting.In a darker version of the predicaments that face Jane Austen's heroines, the protagonist Miss Temple (we later learn her first name is Celeste, but only a few intimates are allowed to [...]

    8. A fascinating book which demanded my full attention and quite a lot of time, but was well worth it. It's quite difficult to explain what it's about without giving away crucial details of the plot (the nature of the mystery at the book's heart isn't revealed until a significant way through), but it's at turns thrilling, scary, and erotic, and most of all compelling. A big, juicy, labyrinthine novel, full of suspense and intrigue - one to really get your teeth into. Quite brilliant.

    9. La novela no hace mención ni del año ni del país en que transcurren los hechos, pero parece que se trata del siglo XIX, en Inglaterra. De la historia apenas se puede contar nada, para no arruinar una lectura de 900 páginas a futuros lectores. Los protagonistas y héroes de la novela son tres: la señorita Temple, una joven orgullosa y adinerada, criada en ambientes campestres, empeñada en descubrir por qué su pretendiente la ha abandonado sin más (si supiese los líos en los que se va a m [...]

    10. This is a hefty volume - over 750 pages in hardcover - whose elegant, fluid prose is of consistently high quality throughout: complex, bold and even witty. Frankly, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters would be a tremendous achievement even if it weren't also a ripping good yarn. This is Dahlquist's first published novel, and he writes with an assurance beyond his years and experience.Dahlquist establishes a trio of disparate, unlikely but likeable protagonists for his story: diminutive but stron [...]

    11. This book has three viewpoint characters,there is Celeste Temple the proper young lady,Cardinal Chang the assassin and Dr Svenson the man of doctoring and science.Cardinal Chang first encounter Celeste on a train when she is covered in blood after going to the villains mansion to search for her fiancee to know why he vanished and broke it off so suddenly.I cant remember how the doctor enters the plot as he was pretty unmemorable and with all the other things you had to keep track of in this book [...]

    12. I picked this up purely from the cover which was nicely and intriguingly designed (never judge a book) and what sounded like a story right up my alley. It took me a whole week to plough my way through and a lot of the time I was having to try. The basic underlying story is interesting with a greatly bizarre and unique premise but the execution is lacking. Problems: Huge numbers of characters with mostly unnecessarily unpronounceable names made it difficult to keep track of who was who (indeed du [...]

    13. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters were my first introduction to the genre of "Steampunk Fantasy", or maybe it's the first book of that genre as it is certainly unlike anything I've read before. Regardless of what other reviewers have written here, I myself could not put it down; talk about downright fun escapism! Written in the style of a gaslight era seriel novel it had everything: mystery and suspense, action, sex [with a healthy dose of fetishism], shockingly evil yet somehow strangely allu [...]

    14. Finally this book is over. It's taken me over a month to read The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, when generally I aim to read 100ish pages a day. Part of this is that I've been doing a lot of hours at work, but mostly it's that the story is so convoluted that I found I had to be really alert and focused to have any idea what was going on at all. I kept losing track of characters and their significance and so had no clue of whodunnit (view spoiler)[(killed Trapping), although I thought the reve [...]

    15. If I were in a good mood, I would call this a sprawling behemoth of a novel. If I were not, I would refer to it as maundering tosh. In either case I can tell you for a fact that I got bored and skipped about 200 pages (as it's over 700 pages long, I'm still counting it as 'read', if only for the hours I'll never get back), and still managed to keep up with the plot. This is largely because it's written from three points of view, and any time the characters meet they are at pains to tell one anot [...]

    16. A difficult book to rate because it has many positive qualities. The writer’s effort and technical skill cannot be faulted. One of the best elements of the book are the incredibly detailed descriptions of people, places, buildings and motives, but for me the storyline itself grew to be disappointing and repetitive. The pacing is certainly fast and if you like pure action it might be enough, but the events that happens are too similar to other events that have already happened to maintain the e [...]

    17. I really wanted to love this book. I was instantly drawn in. The writing style – so quintessentially steampunk – was beautiful. Miss Temple was a compelling lead. I was enthused. I was hopeful. I wanted it to be a new favourite. There is a lot that I could have loved about it. But every time I found something to love, I hit something else that annoyed me, or that I didn't like, or that was downright problematic.Miss Temple is an excellent protagonist. Through the course of a somewhat hesitan [...]

    18. So steampunk is a thing and people really like it. Last week someone I work for saw I was reading this and asked me about it. I used the word "steampunk" and she got terribly excited. "That's like a thing, right?" She asked. Yes, it's a thing. Turns out she had just seen some show on HGTV where they were trying to sell a home that had been designed in a steampunk fashion. How in the world does one sell a steampunk-fashioned house? Why, you host a steampunk party, of course!I don't have a lot of [...]

    19. This probably took me longer to read than it should've--mostly because the plot got bogged down a few times in the middle and I needed to put it down and read something else--but that being said, I finished this epic novel yesterday and really enjoyed it. Overall, this is one of the most unique novels I've read in a LONG time. Part period-mystery, part-thriller, part-fantasy, it is hard to say what this novel is like. But what I will say is that fans of either of those genres MAY really dig this [...]

    20. I'm generally a very patient reader and am likely to enjoy whatever story I read, regardless of literary merit. But this book just stretched my patience to its limit![return][return]The first quarter of the book was engaging enough. The pace was good and I was excited to find out more. But, as I entered into the 2nd quarter of the story, the plot just kept dragging more and more.[return][return]The characters became annoying and their adventures frustrating. [return][return]But I hung on, thinki [...]

    21. The book starts out when our heroine, the spunky Celeste Temple, receives a curt missive from her fiance that their engagement is off. She sets off to do a bit of espionage to find out why he suddenly changed his mind (crucial information he neglected to include in his note), which lands her in a whole heap of trouble. She quickly discovers that her mild-mannered (but ambitious) Roger has become mixed up with a sinister group that has invented a technique for mind-control. The villains, collecti [...]

    22. This is a raucous adventure that runs the reader along a taut high tension line. Dahlquist insists on action, relentlessly dealing it out like a meth addled blackjack croupier. This novel reeks of all the "mistakes" that a first book suffers from: too many characters, too many storylines, extreme violence, and ultimately the scenes are scenario driven. I'm thankful for this naivete. Refined authors tend to cut, and smaller stories end up quieter, whereas this is a pipe bomb. This is big and unap [...]

    23. This book has been on my TBR since 2009 which I acquired it from a used bookstore based on it's interesting inner flap. Of course, once it went on my shelf, I totally forgot about it. Until yesterday that is when I used this thick tome to help flatten a new rug and realized I needed to read it. The premise is interesting and the fact that the reader has absolutely no clue what is going on keeps you glued to the pages. This strategy works for the first half of the book and then everything goes to [...]

    24. It's been a long time since I read this, but I remember picking it up and thinking, this is really weird, but not in a bad way. It's kind of steampunk, grown up version of His Dark Materials, but with less deicide. I thought that there was only this one, but then I discovered that it's the first of three. Then I scare up a hard cover copy of the second book for $4, and it's time to revisit this. Once I've read some Stephen King.

    25. Jako zanimljiva priča, ali jednostavno predugačka. Puna dugačkih opisa koji traju i po 10 stranica, da je barem 300 stranica manje , radnja bi brže išla i bila bi napetija.

    26. I only got to page 470. It might have been a good book, if the author cut about half of it. Also, every time the female protagonist narrated, she was sexually abused or threatened with such abuse, but the scenes were written in a way that made those events part of the "grand adventure." Thanks, but no thanks.

    27. Following the perspectives of Miss Temple, a young lady recently jilted by her fiancé, Cardinal Chang, a renegade hired to kill a man, and Doctor Svenson, a German doctor sworn to protect his Prince, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters follows them as they strive to uncover a deep and dark secret and perhaps become more swept up in it than they would care to be.Though I had to force myself to read 100 pages every day to ensure I finished it in a week (and believe me that was a struggle with the [...]

    28. Спочатку я не міг відірватися, читав майже цілодобово, хотів ставити найвищу оцінку,але десь на 900-й сторінці дещо охолов.Після 1000-ї сторінки почалося найбільше м'ясо, на 1500-й можна було б і завершувати, але ні.Попри безперервні небезпеки ніхто з ключових героїв не помирає, і [...]

    29. This is what The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen should have been. The Glass Books basics are thus: 3 unconnected characters -- Miss Temple, a recently transplanted heiress from across the ocean, Cardinal Chang, a local assassin who isn't actually Chinese, & Svenson, a doctor in the entourage of visiting Macklenburg aristocrats -- are thrown together in their attempt to overthrow a mysterious Cabal of villains. Their motives start out as personal -- each of them has lost someone they care [...]

    30. After a second read, many years after first encountering Glass Books I can remember exactly why I loved it's plotty, adventurey, intruguey web so much. It drew me in, it wrapped me up and it tired me out. This was my first encounter with the faintly mystical genre of Steampunk. Never before had I come across the emalgamation of Dickensian streets, gothic sci fi, technology beyond it's years and plucky adventuring. I was entranced. It was also a bit racy - which adds to it's appeal.Glass Books fo [...]

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