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G.W. Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, the first in the series of adventures of Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang and Dr Svenson and followed by The Dark Volume and The Chemickal Marriage, is a rip-roaring tale like no other. Here begins an extraordinary alliance and a brutal and tender, shocking, and electrifying adventure to end all adventures. It starts with a si G.W. Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, the first in the series of adventures of Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang and Dr Svenson and followed by The Dark Volume and The Chemickal Marriage, is a rip-roaring tale like no other. Here begins an extraordinary alliance and a brutal and tender, shocking, and electrifying adventure to end all adventures. It starts with a simple note. Roger Bascombe regretfully wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. Determined to find out why, Miss Temple takes the first step in a journey that will propel her into a dizzyingly seductive, utterly shocking world beyond her imagining and set her on a collision course with a killer and a spy in a bodice-ripping, action-packed roller-coaster ride of suspense, betrayal, and richly fevered dreams.


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G.W. Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, the first in the series of adventures of Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang and Dr Svenson and followed by The Dark Volume and The Chemickal Marriage, is a rip-roaring tale like no other. Here begins an extraordinary alliance and a brutal and tender, shocking, and electrifying adventure to end all adventures. It starts with a si G.W. Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, the first in the series of adventures of Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang and Dr Svenson and followed by The Dark Volume and The Chemickal Marriage, is a rip-roaring tale like no other. Here begins an extraordinary alliance and a brutal and tender, shocking, and electrifying adventure to end all adventures. It starts with a simple note. Roger Bascombe regretfully wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. Determined to find out why, Miss Temple takes the first step in a journey that will propel her into a dizzyingly seductive, utterly shocking world beyond her imagining and set her on a collision course with a killer and a spy in a bodice-ripping, action-packed roller-coaster ride of suspense, betrayal, and richly fevered dreams.

30 review for The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  1. 5 out of 5

    C-shaw

    Wow, what a book: murder, mayhem, diabolical characters and plots, steampunk devices, heroes and )whores, Darjeeling tea and Victorian parlors, dirigibles(!), action so fast-paced that I often turned the pages before I even finished them and had to turn back to finish the last sentence before moving on. I'm ordering the sequel today! Sequel ordered. One line from the first book that adequately describes the unrelenting action: "Svenson tried to form a plan of action, a task at which he never felt Wow, what a book: murder, mayhem, diabolical characters and plots, steampunk devices, heroes and )whores, Darjeeling tea and Victorian parlors, dirigibles(!), action so fast-paced that I often turned the pages before I even finished them and had to turn back to finish the last sentence before moving on. I'm ordering the sequel today! Sequel ordered. One line from the first book that adequately describes the unrelenting action: "Svenson tried to form a plan of action, a task at which he never felt particularly skilled. He enjoyed studying evidence and drawing conclusions, even confronting those he had managed to entrap with facts, but all of this activity--running through houses, climbing drainage pipes, rooftops, SHOOTING, being shot AT. . . it was not his metier." [But boyo, reading about it is MY metier!]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abby Wright

    Welcome to a real thriller of the old style, an excellently written extraordinary adventure which is an ideal distraction if you really need to be carried away... A bright, brave heroine sets out for answers and revenge, gaining her independence and maybe saving her country? We shall see. This is a dark, atmospheric read mixing style and glamour with a seedy underworld in a very Victorian steampun style - insane machineries, evil plots and terrible villains battle dashing heroes and heroines, sc Welcome to a real thriller of the old style, an excellently written extraordinary adventure which is an ideal distraction if you really need to be carried away... A bright, brave heroine sets out for answers and revenge, gaining her independence and maybe saving her country? We shall see. This is a dark, atmospheric read mixing style and glamour with a seedy underworld in a very Victorian steampun style - insane machineries, evil plots and terrible villains battle dashing heroes and heroines, scandalous villainesses in all conceivable settings with plot twists you will get entirely tied up in. This is so much above the quality of most steampunk literature I feel safe in describing it as masterful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James Fishwick

    Very odd book. An alternate-Victorian world, a shadowy cabal plotting to take control of the government and trade via mind-controlling constraint-releasing memory-stealing alchemical science; with their only enemies being a contract killer, a spurned heiress, and a foreign doctor... Bizarre vivid images, numerous complex and interlocking plots, fascinating characters, a good read all round.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jo Wright

    Rollicking steam punk adventure!

  5. 4 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    dnf at 61% For once I am glad I didn’t read the book description carefully before buying said book! That’s something I usually regret as I unavoidably end up reading books that do nothing for me. Well, when I saw that this book was subtitled “Chapter 1” I naively thought that it was a fancy way of saying “part 1” or “episode 1”, as in the first instalment in the series. Had I read the description thoroughly I would I found out what I had purchased was actually the first chapter in the book and on dnf at 61% For once I am glad I didn’t read the book description carefully before buying said book! That’s something I usually regret as I unavoidably end up reading books that do nothing for me. Well, when I saw that this book was subtitled “Chapter 1” I naively thought that it was a fancy way of saying “part 1” or “episode 1”, as in the first instalment in the series. Had I read the description thoroughly I would I found out what I had purchased was actually the first chapter in the book and only the first chapter. Who buys a book by chapters? Anyway, I’m glad I only found out afterwards otherwise I would have gone and bought the whole book which would have been a total waste of my time & money. I couldn’t even get through the first chapter and stopped reading at 61% because I was bored to death so the idea of trying to read the whole book is pretty awe-inspiring. The premise of the book didn’t do anything for me and Miss Temple’s character just comes across as dull and terribly silly. I don’t know if the author wanted to make her a kick-butt heroine but from what I read I can only find her uninspiring and ordinary. When I gave up on reading this I still didn’t know where the story was going and frankly I couldn’t have cared less. The style certainly didn’t help and the pages and pages of unnecessary descriptions left me thinking the book deserved a better editor. Overall a very tedious, uneventful read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian Turner

    Released in a serialised format, this is the first part of ten. Chapter 1 introduces Miss Temple, trying to discover why her fiancé has broken off their engagement. She follows him to a mysterious mansion in the middle of nowhere, where she witnesses some odd behaviour from some of the guests, and also runs up against a woman who seems to be in charge. There are some tense moments, especially towards the end, and you want to read the next part to get further clues.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marlena

    A strange book; very compelling mystery, lots of action, too much sexual content for my taste. Interesting main characters who make an unlikely group of allies. But the whole premise of the story was just a little too strange for me to easily suspend disbelief. This from someone who suspends disbelief on a fairly constant basis.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Dull and too short. No-one writes in periodical installments any more, for good reason. It draws out the story and the price. I prefer to read at my own pace.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adam Hammerton

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karin Falkner

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam Mills

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dingemad

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison Roomes

  16. 5 out of 5

    nik

  17. 5 out of 5

    jude

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elliot

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christian Leitch

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pavels

  21. 5 out of 5

    Evi

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann Sellers

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Edwards

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alasdair Marshall

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lewis

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Vernau

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Pirson

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