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Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters: Gordon Dahlquist

I ordered this book from Powell's because they posted so many conflicting reviews in their newsletter that I wanted to see what the book was all about. Plus, the author photo is ridiculous.

Every review is correct. It's a wonderful, sprawling, boring, fascinating, timeless, dated mess of a story with way too many characters and about 12 too many plot twists. The main character is a very proper heiress -- she receives a letter from her fiance severing their relationship, and she sets off to find out why. Instead of just asking him, she follows him and discovers that he is involved in international intrigue, alchemy, and acts of licentiousness. To her own amazement, she is not incapacitated by this discovery, but instead sets out (with the help of two interesting allies, Cardinal Chang and Doctor Svenson) to save the world from the Dream Eaters. Good stuff, but seriously 300 pages too long.

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2 Comments:

  • Alchemy? That I wasn't expecting. 300 pages too long, you're making it sound like a challenge.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 9:29 PM  

  • If you want to go for it, I'll put my copy in the mail to you!

    By Blogger Anna, at 7:40 PM  

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