It begins with a simple note: Roger Bascombe wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. Celeste is determined to find out why her fiance should have thrown her over so cruelly. Adopting a disguise, she follows him to the forbidding Harschmort manor, where she discovers a conspiracy so terrifying as to be almost ...
It begins with a simple note: Roger Bascombe wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. Celeste is determined to find out why her fiance should have thrown her over so cruelly. Adopting a disguise, she follows him to the forbidding Harschmort manor, where she discovers a conspiracy so terrifying as to be almost beyond belief.
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One hundred pages into "The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters," I still was not quite sure if this book was going to be super weird, or super cool. Luckily for me, it turned out to be the latter. I've never read anything quite like this: a victorian sci-fi mystery thriller.
The premise is this: Three previously unrelated protagonists join forces against a sinister cabal whose weapons appear to be mind-control and sex. Lots and lots of sex.
Did I mention this book is only for adults? A number of scenes deal explicitly with sexual themes, but they (surprisingly often) advance the action of the plot and further the development of the characters. While many scenes are quite graphic, I would not call them gratuitous.
Anyway, I would recommend this book to fans of mystery and fantasy/sci-fi, as long as one has an open mind and is prepared to stumble through some very confusing exposition before the plot clarifies. (It is, after all, a mystery) The protagonists are worthy of our empathy and I found myself rooting for their triumph to the very end. There was a palpable sense of urgency from the very beginning that kept me turning the pages.
Definitely worth a look.
Apr 26, 2007
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
I read the review of this book before buying it and I really thought it would be a little better. It is a very slow read, but on page 350+ so will finish.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-12 Debut novelist Dahlquist aims for a blockbuster with a mishmash of Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre and Eyes Wide Shut that never quite comes together. Three months after 25-year-old Celeste Temple travels from "her island" (a Bermuda-like place) plantation home to Victorian London, fianc? Roger Bascombe breaks their engagement. Driven more by curiosity than desire, she follows him from his job at the foreign ministry to Harschmort House, where, with little prodding, she quickly finds herself in silk undergarments at a ritual involving masked guests and two-way mirrors. Making her escape, Miss Temple (as she's called throughout) kills a henchman. Ceremony organizers pursue her as she pursues their secrets. Poetry-quoting assassin Cardinal Chang and diplomat Dr. Abelard Svenson come to her aid. Chang tries to save a half-Chinese prostitute; Abelard tries to save a governess named El?ise; Miss Temple discovers she is not the woman she thought she was, nor Roger the man she hoped for. Meanwhile, through science and alchemy, evildoers capture erotic memories and personal will in blue crystals. Dahlquist introduces so many characters, props and plot twists, near-death experiences and narrow escapes that the novel has the feel of a frantic R-rated classic comic book-if comics were arch. (Aug. 29) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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