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Bad Glass One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski s cult classic House of Leaves Something has happened in Spokane The military has evacua

  • Title: Bad Glass
  • Author: Richard E. Gropp
  • ISBN: 9780345533937
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski s cult classic, House of Leaves Something has happened in Spokane The military has evacuated the city and locked it down Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic For what thOne of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski s cult classic, House of Leaves Something has happened in Spokane The military has evacuated the city and locked it down Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic For what they show is or should be impossible strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations Even as he falls in love with Taylor a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose Or perhaps it is Spokane s grip on the world that is coming undone Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.

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    1. This comes within the SF subgenre of ‘Zone’ books. The best example that comes to mind is ‘Roadside Picnic’ by two Russian authors Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. Those collaborating brothers came up with something very special. Aliens visited (possibly!) and left behind the remains of their picnic on earth. Those items of inconsiderate litter are dangerous and seriously weird. People risk their lives to enter the zone and bring back artefacts sometimes to make money. ‘Bad Glass’ is som [...]

    2. Oh mah gah. I admit I read this book because it has a cool premise, a cool cover, and a blurb from Caitlin Kiernan, one of my favorite writers. And for a while I thought, maybe he's writing all of these characters in the most annoying way possible for a reason, and he's going to pull some narrative trick at the end to make it all better! But, since this book is compared to the TV show Lost, I can't help but make the same comparison: you get to the end and basically say seriously? What just happe [...]

    3. BAD GLASS is something different. In a good way. It's part horror, part apocalyptic, part science fiction and fantasy, hitting on every thread that each of those genres can unwind. I had moments reading this book that actually made my stomach churn. Of course I was eating lunch at the time and vomiting all over the lunch room table at a place I've worked at less than a week would certainly leave an impression. Not a good one. I really like where I work so I breathed through it.In terms of charac [...]

    4. Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersSomething's rotten in the state of Washington. More specifically, the city of Spokane has gone bad - disappearances and violent, bizarre acts in the city garner attention in the public eye, and the military has stepped in, walling off Spokane from the rest of the world under constant guard. Even with the military quarantine, news still trickles out from Spokane - rumors of unimaginable, supernatural horror are backed up by nightmarish images that cannot p [...]

    5. Bad Glass is the winner of Del Rey's Suvudu writing contest, and Richard E. Gropp's first novel. The novel is horror, with some science fiction elements. The book's premise was interesting to me as well as some of the author blurbs, especially the Caitlin Kiernan one on the book's cover. The book's blurb is as follows:Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spre [...]

    6. The first impression of Bad Glass when I first saw the cover was that it was probably another paranormal series with perhaps creatures that resembled zombies and the main character, Dean Walker with his new friends Taylor, Mac, Amanda, Charlie, Devon, Floyd and Danny will miraculously survive this catastrophic event and get their happy ending. But I was wrong; Bad Glass by Ricahrd E. Gropp did not have the same storyline which I thought it would. My impression of this book after reading it was t [...]

    7. This one was an epic failure for me. The best thing about it is the premise which makes the fact that it isn't handled well even more disappointing. I won't spoil the ending for those poor souls who make it there but believe me, it isn't worth it.This book did two major things that annoyed me on top of the bad plot progression. The first is the over-use of the word fuck which pops up in dialog about as frequently as a quotation mark. I have complained about this for years but apparently it isn't [...]

    8. It's my fault. The back cover called out its likeness to Dhalgren (a book I despise) and yet I still picked this book up. And while that certainly didn't help me enjoy this book much, there were other reasons as well, reasons that I find happening more and more in modern fiction. What mild character growth was introduced was left dangling and ignored in areas. The "concept" of the novel often took center stage and refused to share the spotlight with plot, development and logic. Characters would [...]

    9. On the plus side, there were some well-described make-your-skin-crawl scenes. On the negative side, I didn't find the characters overly engaging.I was not at all sympathetic to Dean or his relationship with Taylor, or for that matter with the plight of people who, for no or at best ill-explained reasons, continue to stay in such a highly-localized place ofI'm not sure what you would call these events, which was the other major point of contention: (view spoiler)[the especially dissatisfying post [...]

    10. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is intense, frightening and totally weird. My cup of tea. It twists and turns and shocks you, gives you a minute and then smacks you again. I can't possibly say much about it, except that something is going on in the city of Spokane and Dean Walker, aspiring photo-journalist crabs into the city thinking he will make his name taking great freaky photos. But Dean gets enmeshed in the lives of Spokane residents and the bizarre incidents that have occurred [...]

    11. BAD GLASS is a strange and wonderful novel, written by Richard E. Gropp, which I finished a few nights ago.This is a book worth reading. It inhabits the place somewhere between science fiction and magical fiction, with some horror thrown in. But not much. This is not a blood-and-guts book. The horror here permeates the air and surfaces in unexpected, stunning ways that are more psychologically upsetting than graphic.Gropp has written a surprisingly and unexpectedly great book. It's set in Spokan [...]

    12. The review of Bad Glass by Richard Gropp appeared first on The Rekindled Reader.(Note: This reviews is based on an ARC provided by NetGalley)I’m speechless – and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass was…something. It was repugnantly addictive, but it lacked all the other attributes that make a good book. The characters were flat, boring and unlikable. The plot – I think it was a plot – was bland, uninteresting and, in the end, muddled.And yet the [...]

    13. This is a book worth reading. It inhabits the place somewhere between science fiction and magical fiction, with some horror thrown in. Not much. This is not a blood-and-guts book. The horror here permeates the air and surfaces in unexpected, stunning ways that are more psychologically upsetting than graphic.Gropp has written a surprisingly and unexpectedly great book. It's set in Spokane. (Note: I love this choice. Not a big city like Seattle or Los Angeles, but a mid-size, out of the way city.) [...]

    14. Sorry, I can't even write a proper review for this one. I bought it for the cool premise, then slogged my way through the damn thing, literally forcing myself to read a chapter at a time. This book makes me angry, and I just can't spend any more time on it.

    15. Drags on a bit in the middle, and I'm a bit disappointed there weren't more answers, even though I knew from the writing that I really shouldn't expect them.

    16. Upon reaching the end of Bad Glass I was left with a single, simple question: what the hell? It was magnificent in its originality, disappointing in ending and (certain) story elements, atmospheric to the point of hitting Silent Hill levels, baffling in other moments, and still immensely entertaining. Read it, curse yourself for doing so, flip on a few lights in your too-quiet house, and then wonder just where else the story could have gone.

    17. This has to be one of the most "silent hill -ish" books I've read in a while. Not a perfect book but pretty high up there. Very, very weird. They did a good job with describing photos in a way that didn't take away from the fact that you weren't seeing anything. Ending was was a bit confusing, but man what a ride.Speaking of Silent Hill I think dude got the bad ending or maybe the bad+ ending. Maybe if I read it again the UFO ending will show up. c:

    18. While the writing was quite good, the book left me wondering what the hell did actually happen. What was the point of the story? I wish there was a resolution at the end. If you like unresolved mysteries, this book is for you. However, if you need to know all the "whats and whys" of the story, I recommend you skip it.

    19. The first half of the book building up and describing of strange events was intriguing, but the rest was getting so boring and I was just waiting for the answers or just something to connect all the dots but I only got more confused. The ending was kind of non existent in my opinion. I'm so disappointed, it started off so creapy and intense.

    20. I felt that this book had a really nice premise, and the opportunity to be really creepy, but it somehow fell short. There wasn't much tension, and even less shock value that I look for in this type of book. It was very well written with some really nice descriptions, but overall I wish that I liked this more.

    21. I didn't finish this book's an interesting concept (why Spokane of all places?) but I found the writing style a bit juvenile not to mention the stupidity of the main character in general to go there in the first place

    22. 2.5 starsI’m a bit on the fence on how to review this book. While I found the premise intriguing – something has gone wrong in the city of Spokane, strange things are happening, odd horrifying things are seen in the streets etc and the military has cordoned it off – I found my attention wandering. I’d pick the book up, read a few pages and then put it down again for days. Normally this would be a sign that it should have been a DNF type of book but it had won an award and I kept trying t [...]

    23. Dark fantasy is one of my favored genres, but unfortunately not a ton comes out in it in any given year. So when I saw this title available on NetGalley, I just had to snatch it up. I’m glad I did, because it’s a truly enjoyable read.The basic plot uses a trope of dark fantasy–a creative outsider comes to a town where bizarre things supposedly happen then starts to document them happening. The twist here is that the creative type is a photographer, so the art form being used is photography [...]

    24. I borrowed the eBook version from my Public Library's online Overdrive system.===================I like this book. I didn't like the characters too much. But that isn't a criterion of mine in order to like a book. Bad Glass is well written, with dynamic characters that sustain throughout the story. The landscape is vivid and believable, even when events and circumstances are very unusual. I like speculative fiction that makes me think and wonder, and keeps me curious about what is going to happe [...]

    25. Spoiler alert: If you don't want to know what happens in the novel, don't read this review until you've read the book.I enjoyed this horror novel based in Spokane although the ethereal presentation means that you're pretty much left to come to your own conclusions about what happened. Each chapter is introduced by a description of a photograph, usually taken by the not-very-reliable narrator Dean (he's stoned to the gills on Vicodan & alcohol most of the time plus his grasp of reality isn't, [...]

    26. Like haunted house stories? How about a haunted city? In BAD GLASS by Richard E. Gropp, Spokane, Washington has been evacuated by the government and locked down by the military after an epidemic of bizarre occurrences. After several years, Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. He finds that there are still people living in the city and connects with one group. Together, they will face the demons in the city as well as their own. Are the bizarr [...]

    27. A disappointing book -- despite the great premise.Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass has all the right ingredients for a fantastic, weird tale: a half-abandoned city under military quarantine where a few hardy souls try to survive in a nightmarish world of misshapen beasts and people who have been inexplicably fused to the walls, floors, and ceilings of crumbling Spokane, WA. Unfortunately, while the idea and opening set-up are great, Gropp seems as lost as his characters in trying to fashion a suitabl [...]

    28. This book was going along pretty well. Weird things are happening in Spokane. Boy sneaks in to take pics, meets people, mystery ensues. People are picked off one by one. Then, we get to the big climax and the whole thing just falls apart. The book had a good pacing and a rhythm to it and a lot of scenes were very imaginative . Then, at the end either it completely just falls apart like the author had no ending, or maybe the author is trying to go with a fever dream kind of narrative, but whateve [...]

    29. I had such high hopes for this book. It was a great, sci-fi, apocalyptic, horror story. But I was so mad at the ending, I am so tired of investing so much in a story, in characters and to be left with no explanation or reasons, just that they are. Well so what? Give me some damn answers.I liked the fact that this story offered something different, something new, for me anyway. The strange occurrences, unexplained sights and sounds, people disappearing in the city. Then there was the evacuation, [...]

    30. This book sucked me in with it's premiserange and horrifying things that can't be explained easily. The city of Spokane is under quarantine because of these events and a bored college student sneaks in to make a name for himself taking pictures of the phenomenon. The story is told from the point of view of the Dean, the photographer, so I can forgive the one-dimensional feeling of the characters he runs into and hangs out with-it's how he sees them, but I had a hard time with the characters just [...]

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