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Jack Glass
     

Jack Glass

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by Adam Roberts
 

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Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel, from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia

Jack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds, readers will be astonished to discover how he committed the murders

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Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel, from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia

Jack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds, readers will be astonished to discover how he committed the murders and by the end of the book, their sympathies for the killer will be 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, this 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. Filled with wonderfully gruesome moments and liberal doses of sly humor, this novel is built around three gripping HowDunnits that challenge notions of crime, punishment, power, and freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/15/2014
The tropes of Golden Age mysteries and sf are referenced in this British Science Fiction Award (BSFA) award winner for best novel. Jack Glass is a celebrated and infamous murderer whose crimes unfold across space in three connected stories. Jack's guilt is clearly established, but the stories are surprising "howdunits" raising universal questions. VERDICT This is genre-bending, entertaining, slyly thought-provoking, occasionally bloody, and intellectually challenging space opera.
From the Publisher
In the tradition of Swift, Orwell and Atwood—THE TIMES

Should have won the 2009 Booker Prize

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780575127647
Publisher:
Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
1,151,204
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Adam Roberts is Professor of 19th Century Literature at London University. Three of his novels have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He maintains at least three seperate critical blogs. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.

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Jack Glass 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel touches on some fascinating ideas. It engages the reader to think about the meaning of power and the value of human life. A thrilling read, but I felt somewhat let down by the ending. Worth reading either way.