The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
(Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang, and Dr. Svenson)

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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


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About Gordon Dahlquist

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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.
 
Published August 29, 2006 by Bantam. 784 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The plot travels perilously tortuous paths, as together Doctor Svenson, Miss Temple and Chang track missing characters whose names keep changing to confound the defenseless reader.

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The Guardian

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Adding steampunk science-fiction and decadent fantasy - scary laboratories, chuntering airships, living beings made of glass - to Victorian pastiche, it's more regularly lascivious than Sarah Waters or Michel Faber, being closer to the classic erotica of the period, as collected in The Pearl.

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Publishers Weekly

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Three months after 25-year-old Celeste Temple travels from "her island" (a Bermuda-like place) plantation home to Victorian London, fiancé Roger Bascombe breaks their engagement.

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BC Books

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The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters Volume Two, like its predecessor, is not only an exciting and alluring adventure, it's a terrifying look at the potential to control people through emotions.

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BC Books

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Dahlquist has done a great job of recreating the world of the nineteenth century through descriptions of the cities that the action takes place in and the behaviour of the characters.

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BC Books

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Not only has he created a tantalizing trail for our three erstwhile heroes to follow, and us to be captivated by, he has created three characters that allow us to have completely different perspectives on the same situation.

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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is a hyped novel, to say the least, and recently purchased for the purpose of making it into a movie which is now available in a per-chapter form as a gimmick.

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In The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters Volume One, Gordon Dahlquist created a fantastical version of 19th-century Europe that he populated with an intriguing cast of heroes and villains.

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Book Reporter

We learn within the first few sentences that Roger Bascombe has mysteriously and abruptly broken off his engagement to Celeste Temple by means of a short note, which closes with the coldly polite request that Temple not contact or see him again.

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Entertainment Weekly

If only Gordon Dahlquist had practiced a little restraint — and not thrown in about 25 extra plot points — this would've been a truly remarkable book, especially given his beautiful writing: A woman's fan ''fluttered in the darkness like a night bird on a leash,'' and a brass doorknob ''turned wi...

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The Bookbag

Summary: Perhaps a little slow and over-descriptive, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is still an engaging and enjoyable story with just a touch of the fantastic to add entertainment.

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USA Today

But Temple sees more than she should, and a mysterious group of men and women try to kill her.Temple escapes their clutches and eventually teams up with Cardinal Chang, an assassin (the most interesting character in the book), and captain/surgeon Abelard Svenson, the primary caretaker for a ne'er...

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USA Today

Celeste is determined to find out why her fiancé adruptly cancels their engagement.

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SF Site

'The air in the Institute laboratory had been pungent with ozone, burning rubber, and a particular odour Svenson did not recognise -- a cross between sulfur, sodium, and the iron smell of scorched blood.' Advertisement The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is one of those books that elicits...

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SF Site

In an interview on the Powells.com website about his first novel, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Gordon Dahlquist (his real name, as far as I can tell, and you couldn't make up a better one for the style he writes in) says he's "interested in what stories we choose to tell and in the ways w...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Carol Memmott Wall Street Journal 0.5 of 5 Stars "Full of dastardly noblemen and nefarious doings inside a creepy manor, the novel The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is a throwback that should have been thrown back.

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Monsters and Critics

Set in an imaginary city around Victorian times, it is the story of an unlikely threesome - Miss Temple a young woman in search of a husband who has just been jilted;

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