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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.

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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.

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The first Otherland book stunned me. It fufilled completely the very high expectations I had for Tad Williams after reading his earlier fantasy novels. The complex plot, the interesting characters, the awe-inspiring worlds and cleverly drawn future. The characters were above all involving and put into locations that felt perfect. However, except for the pretty interesting ending of this third book, this series has been steadily dropping in quality. I feel like the characters that i grew to know have been sabotaged, that they are now robots following in a series of pointless tasks. At every step of the way, the characters' words seem directed at you the reader not at the other characters. In short, Books 2 and 3 really have been mostly filler. I can see an great story being made from the outline of these events but the execution has become so poor that they are a chore to read. I think I'll go back to reading Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and The Diamond Age, or even, dare i say it, Piers Anthony's Killobyte now that i have finished this third otherland book! Tad Williams better pull a stunning 4th book or I will rack this series up as a brilliant idea that he couldn't follow up on. This series SHOULD have put Tad Williams up next to David Foster Wallace, Robert Jordan, and Neal Stephenson as my favorite current authors. Sadly, only the first book deserves a reread.
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Good writing doesn't necessarily make a good book. The story itself is excellent, but you keep asking yourself "wasn't there a point?". Every now and then the point - or better points - keep coming up, but Williams is good at keeping the ultimate secrets just out of reach, which becomes tiring after three massive books. His very well developed characters gain too much depth, especially those acting on the periphery of the story only, which tends to get boring after a while.
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.
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Let me put it this way: Were anybody to put Otherland to a movie-script, this part could be almost completely spared. Feels like minimum two third consist of internal monologue and thinking processes, giving detailed insight in characters and showing Williams' remarkable talent of developing concepts as different as Christabel and Dread, Joseph Sulaweyo and Martine etc. That IS great literature.
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.
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The promises Williams laid out in the earlier volumes begin to cumulate in the third and second to last installment of the mammoth Otherland 'novel.'
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.
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I'm only halfway through this volume but I have to write since I've had one thought running through my mind for the last 300 pages -- no, make that 500 pages since the feeling started in book 2: this is just a vehicle for Tad to indulge himself. The central storyline is great, don't get me wrong, and it's the reason I'm still willing to slog through hundreds of pages of those wild, wacky adventures that do nothing to advance the plot and to endure "exposition" of the most meaningless sort. Do we really need to know about the childhood of someone who could charitably be called the twentieth-most important character in the book (Dulcie)? Do we really need yet another different world, the story of which reads like any other fantasy novel you could find on the shelf? Does Paul Jonas need to endure every single trial of the Odyssey? I hate to say it, but simply adding a one-off sentence at the end of a given chapter where (take your pick) a> the bird lady shows up, b> the Twins show up, c> the Other does something enigmatically sinister or d> yet another of those weeeeeird Otherland phenomena somehow manifests itself doesn't mean that that chapter moved the plotline ahead.
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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