The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

by Gordon Dahlquist
4.1 30

Hardcover

$23.92 $26.00 Save 8% Current price is $23.92, Original price is $26. You Save 8%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING

Overview

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist

With translation rights sold in twenty-five countries, Gordon Dahlquist’s spectacular and extraordinary debut novel was one of the most-talked-about acquisitions of 2005. Now this monumental Victorian thriller is destined to be the publishing sensation of 2006.

It began with a simple note: a letter of rejection from Miss Temple’s fiancé, written on crisp Ministry paper and delivered on her maid’s silver tray. But for Miss Temple, Roger Bascombe’s cruel rejection will ignite a harrowing quest for answers, plunging her into a mystery as dizzying as a hall of mirrors—and a remote estate where danger abounds and all inhibitions are stripped bare.…Thus begins Gordon Dahlquist’s debut novel of Victorian suspense—at once a dazzling feast for the senses and a beguiling, erotic literary adventure.

Nothing could have prepared Miss Temple for where her pursuit of Roger Bascombe would take her—or for the shocking things she would find behind the closed doors of forbidding Harschmort Manor: men and women in provocative disguise, acts of licentiousness and violence, heroism and awakening. But she will also find two allies: Cardinal Chang, a brutal assassin with the heart of a poet, and a royal doctor named Svenson, at once fumbling and heroic—both of whom, like her, lost someone at Harschmort Manor. As the unlikely trio search for answers—hurtling them from elegant brothels to gaslit alleyways to shocking moments of self-discovery-- they are confronted by puzzles within puzzles. And the closer they get to the truth, the more their lives are in danger. For the conspiracy they face—an astonishing alchemy of science, perverted religion, and lust for power—is so terrifying as to be beyond belief.

In a novel that shatters conventions and seethes with danger and eroticism, Gordon Dahlquist has made a spectacular literary debut. And in Miss Temple he has created an unforgettable guide through a disturbing, seductive, and all-too-real world. By turns brutal and tender, shocking and deliciously romantic, The Glass Books of The Dream Eaters is a novel for the ages, a bold and brilliant work of the imagination

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385340359
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Pages: 768
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Gordon Dahlquist is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked for several years writing and directing plays. Since 1988 he has lived in New York. He has been a member of New Dramatists, is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, and a founding member of the CiNE. His works include Messalina (Evidence Room, Los Angeles: SPF, New York), text for Babylon Is Everywhere: A Court Masque (CiNE, Schaeberle Theatre; Theatre Magazine), Delirium Palace (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; published in Breaking Ground), The Secret Machine (Twilight Theatre Company at Solo Rep), Vortex du Plaisir (Ice Factory ’99 Festival at the Ohio Theatre, WKCR’S Manhattan Theatre of the Air), Island of Dogs (4th Street Theatre), Severity’s Mistress (Soho Rep Theatre, New York University; winner of Primary stages’ Bug &Bub award), Mission Byzantium! (American Globe Theatre, NYTW’s Just Add Water Festival), and Reitcence (Horace Mann Theatre).

He has written and directed several experimental films, that have been selected for the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Northwest Film and Video Film Festival. He is a graduate of Reed College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He has received two Garland Playwriting Awards for Messalina and Delirium Palace.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is his first novel.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Glass Books of the Dream Eaters 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the fiftieth or so time one of the heroes escaped from a certainly fatal encounter, I started to be weary of the drama of it all. But I must admit, I became fond of Temple, Chang and Svenson, and rooted for them anyway. The erotic tilt was not overwhelming and made the long read overall quite fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to explain the contents of the book, as it is explained by B&B already. But I must say, if you haven't read this, you have seriously missed out. I found it refreshing, intelligent, and outrageously amusing. There is alot of subtle humor if you catch it. I found myself taking the book everywhere because everytime I tried to take a break, something else happened. Celeste was questioned by a gorgeously evil masked woman. Chang is surrounded by 4 soldiers, Svenson by 5 and a boat of corpses. And honestly, I haven't read this sort of poetic writing since The Alienist. Now it does get difficult to follow all the characters, I found myself one day scribbling a sort of tree of characters, just to make sense of it all. But it is all worth it. I must admit, I'm more of a fantasy sort of person, and the sexuality of this book just got me all atwitter. MY goodness!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The note on Ministry paper from her fiancé Roger Bascombe simply said that his engagement to Celeste Temple is terminated. Not upset over the abrupt ending of their engagement or even his cowardly cruel method of delivering, twenty-five years old Miss Temple simply needs to know why. She decides to find out first hand.---------------- Leaving her island paradise, Miss Temple travels to London to learn the truth. Disguising herself she serendipitously trails Roger from the foreign ministry to Harschmort House. The curiously intrepid visitor sneaks inside the stately mansion only to find odd goings-on especially at the theater in which Miss Temple sits in the audience apparently enjoying erotic acts performed on stage. Before Miss Temple knows what is happening, she gets involved in a masked tryst with voyeurs looking through mirrors at her while she looks back at their depravity. Miss Temple flees the chambers of sex but not before she kills a thug trying to prevent her escape. Those inside want her stopped while she finds aid from two men assassin Cardinal Chang and diplomat Abelard Svenson, who want to rescue abducted females from this den of iniquity with dreams of world domination starting with local sexual sacrifices.---------------- This is a wild over the top but fun Victorian thriller that never slows down from the moment that Miss Temple receives the letter and has an itch to learn why, but discovers much more than just the reason for her dumping. The story line in some ways is a coming of age tale though the heroine is twenty-five and her lessons are in debauchee, religious-sexual ceremonies, and rites of passage. With too many characters coming (figuratively and literally) and going, the story line can get difficult to follow, but worth the time as Miss Temple battles a depraved cabal preparing to conquer the world.---------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is quite over-the-top, as many before me have claimed, but is that not what fantasy fiction ia all about? Simply put, a brilliant, far-reaching, fun Victorian novel. I will say, it is not for those without imagination or for the faint of heart. If you are looking for an intelligent, fantastic read, 'The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters' is definitly the book to read!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seldom has a story started out so promisingly and ground to such a disappointing halt under the weight of it's confusing plot. I enjoyed the three main characters as well as it's Victorian setting, but their character development and relationships were abandoned in the last half in service of it's bewildering cast of villains and it's overwrought narrative. There's a lot to like about this novel, but if you venture it, you'll need to keep notes on all the characters, there were just too many of them for me to keep straight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put...It is fantastic fun!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A betrothal broken without explanation. A suspenseful chase by carriage and train. A country house hosting inexplicable vice. An intrepid heroine seduced by danger... And that's only the beginning! Gordon Dahlquist's mammoth (760 page) debut novel reads like a 21st-century imagining of a Victorian thriller. Pulsing with terror, erotic energy, and exhilarating invention, this is a fantastic and compelling saga ¿ part Wilkie Collins, part Jules Verne, part Sherlock Holmes, part Alexander Dumas. I and nine other booksellers had dinner last night (8/1) with the author, on the Queen Mary. How cool was that. He got the idea for the book in a dream, and wrote a lot of it while commuting to his 'day' job at Columbia Univ. It only took him a year to write! This is his first book, but he's a playwrite. I think that's why the book is so visual, very visual, and never boring. You must read every word, no skimming. A sequal is in the works
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started out with so much promise... crime, sex, mystery, and a dreamy steampunk armosphere. But 300 pages in and I can't do it anymore. Characters are running amok and and the dialogue has disintegrated into pensive self-talk. Just skip to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
?.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Victoria Sazani More than 1 year ago
Highly lmaginative, strong distinctive characters. Very fun to run pellmell into danger with three very likebly unlikely protagonists. I think the author is quite the artist. I am a fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
katieKray More than 1 year ago
I'm a reader who is typically put off by chapters running beyond 70 pages, but once I embarked on this bizarre journey with Miss Temple, Cardinal Change, and Svenson, this tome of a novel becomes almost impossible to put down. Three separate voices narrate, which forces the reader to piece together the events as they unfold, and heightens the intrigue surrounding the mysterious blue glass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Venus_at_work More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on a whim in paperback (well vol. one) and I then had to buy the entire first book in hardcover. It is one to have in your perm. library. It is full of fun and adventure. The characters are fully developed and complex. It grabs your attention and refuses to let it go and at then end leaves youwanting more. Thank goodness Mr. Dahlquist has the second book coming out soon, I have had mine preordered for quite some time and can't wait for it to arrive!
tomdabom007 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best novels I have ever read, and I have read hundreds of them. A most original and unique story. I love books that challenge the mind as this one does, with its complex characters and intricate plot. A must-read for any reader who considers them self somewhat of an intellectual, with literary tastes elevated above the norm. I would not recommend this to just any reader, as it could be quite daunting to a young person, or somebody who just likes a simple story, with simple characterizations, and a simple subject.