- Taschenbuch: 784 Seiten
- Verlag: DAW (1. September 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0886779065
- ISBN-13: 978-0886779061
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11 x 4,4 x 17,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 60 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 49.530 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Otherland 3: Mountain of Black Glass (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2000
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Otherland, the quartet of which Mountain of Black Glass is the powerful third part, combines some terrifying speculation on the future of virtual reality with adventures no less terrifying because they are technologized dreaming. These are dreams the adventurers cannot awaken from and in which, if they die, they are really dead.
An epidemic of comatose children has led Renie and her San friend !Xabbu into the net and to a series of dream worlds created as palaces by the corrupt aspiring immortals, the Grail Brotherhood. Two of those children, Orlando and Fredericks, have become adventurers in their own right, while their parents' lawyer Ramsey follows real-world money and lesbian cop Calliope tracks a serial killer with serious ambitions to become an angry god. In this volume, adventures take place in a mythic ancient Egypt and a rambling Gormenghastlike house before all the virtual adventurers meet where they were always destined to, before the walls of Troy.
"All around, death. It was not a quiet presence during the long day--not a pale-faced maiden bringing surcease from pain, not a skillful reaper with a scalpel-sharp blade.... Death on the Trojan plain was a crazed beast that roared and clawed and smashed, which was everywhere at once, and which in its unending fury showed that even armored men were terribly frail things."
Tad Williams takes the gameworld and turns it on its head, passionately; how do we know that what bleeds does not feel pain? He writes a classic of cyberspace adventure that has a sorrowful heart. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Praise for CITY OF GOLDEN SHADOW: OTHERLAND BOOK 1 -- - True speculative grandeur Time Out One of the best works of science fiction I've ever read -- Katharine Kerr, author of the Deverry series Head and shoulders above most of the genre SFX On an epic scale ... full of real-world conspiracy and virtual reality wonders, with characters worth caring about Locus -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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And thus, we are sent from one virtuality to the next, trudging on and on. Merely the promise of conclusion in the fourth episode keeps me reading. Commercially effective, but before I start another of Williams' series, I'll wait out the publishing of the last part.
BUT: It really doesn't contribute a lot to the bigger picture, the STORY to be told.
Actually, on my second read I decided to start at chapter 30 and spare the first 29 for a kind of epilogue.
Readers in favour of action probably ought to stick to the synopsis at the beginning of Part 4 and skip Part 3 alltogether.
The beginning part of the novel stars off a little slowly, which is good I guess, to help get the readers re-familiarized with the characters. Once that is out of the way though, about 1/4 of the way into it, the plot lines begin to come together and the story really shifts into overdrive. There are a good deal of surprises that come about as this volume closes that were hinted at in the earlier volumes.
Williams does a good job of summarizing the first two volumes in the front matter before he we get into this volume. It is helpful, since there has been over a year since the last volume was published. Renie, !Xabbu and the rest of their group are still stuck in the massive House simulation, Orlando's life signs continue to weaken as he progresses through different simulations in his attempt, along with the gender confused Fredericks, to reunite with Renie's group, which he was seperated from in the 'River of Blue Fire'
Paul Jonas' character and his past continues to come to the light, as the reader discovers his identity at the same time Jonas does. Jonas joins up with the mysterious Azador who was part of Renie's group as the companion of Emily. The mysterious angel who has helped to guide him through the simulations to "Priam's Walls" has her true identity revealed. Paul wanders through different simulations until he finally arrives in the Troy simulation from Homer's Odysey
Outside in the 'real' world, we learn more of Felix Jongulear and his Grail Brotherhood, just how powerful they really are. The assassin Dread is further explored and roots of his early life are discovered.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
I'll say it again -- the overarching plot is quite interesting and I love the concept. But the more I read this, the more I'm finding that each chapter is likely to be essentially a self-contained and not particularly rewarding short story. I _never_ speedread or skim, but I'm starting to because pages pass where _nothing_ important, interesting or particularly novel happens. Stick to the main plot, Tad, or at least keep the tangents worthwhile. I'll stick the series out but my enthusiasm is waning. If you're looking for bloated epics, Jordan's are better-written and more interesting. This is fun, sure, but you can only meander so much before it hurts the quality of the work.
I _am_ still curious to see how it ends.
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ein super buch, ein super schriftsteller, ich glaube er ist jetzt einer meiner lieblingsauthoren :) das einzig blöde - man kann nix anderes tun bis man mit büchern... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Januar 2013 von asa
Band 1 und 2 waren okay, lang, man lernt die Umwelt kennen, lernt die Charaktere und liebt oder hasst den einen oder anderen. Im 3. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 8. Januar 2004 veröffentlicht
Dieser Author hat eine große Schwäche: er schreibt zu lange unwichtiges Zeug in die sonst sehr schönen Erzählstränge. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. Mai 2003 veröffentlicht
Tad Williams sure does write a lot of words. The sure number of characters, plotlines, and situations makes this book more like a soap opera script. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 28. November 2001 veröffentlicht
I bought the first of his Otherland series I believe two years ago.. and went through them as fast as you'd go through picture books. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 19. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
Very involved, the seemingly repetitous "worlds within the net" are slowly coming together to form a bigger picture.Veröffentlicht am 23. Juni 2000 von Howard D. Matthews
Reading this series requires intellectual stamina due to the complex plot and disorientation associated with the intertwining of reality and virtual reality. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2000 von Tom Rice
The series is good so far, but not great. The third book seems to be a rehash of the second, just in different settings. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Mai 2000 von Jay
Let me start by saying that Tad Williams can flat out write. His descriptions are amazing. I feel like I know these characters inside and out. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2000 von Vincent S. Henry