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Book Title: The Glass Inferno|
The author of the book: Thomas N. Scortia
Date of issue: May 1st 1982
ISBN 13: 9780890839843
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 22.82 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.6
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For a book written over 40 years ago, this stands the test of time perfectly. I was completely drawn in and enthralled by the events, and like any good story, it has some satisfying depth, too, on several levels.
Overall the characterization is excellent. Some of the characters themselves aren't quite so spotless--some racism and homophobia and most of all sexism are thrown about, but by the unsavory, unlikable characters. It was a bit more than you'd read in a politically correct 21st century book, but the protagonists themselves more than made up for that: there are African American and Puerto Rican characters as well as white; several women take part in the epic battle as well as men; and most surprisingly of all, one of the protagonists is gay, and treated with a dignity that must have been especially rare in 1974. Ian Douglas is far from being a stereotype, and it is a pleasure to behold. Following this middle-aged man, a strong and decent man, on both the physical and metaphorical journeys he goes through in the course of this story, was really pretty amazing, again especially for the time. Sixty-something Lisolette Müller was also a delight; in a time where most female characters were still relegated to the role of helpless bystander - to say nothing of sixty-something female chatacters - I loved Lisa and cheered for her all the way.
The Glass House itself, of course, is another character who can't escape mention. Here we have a state-of-the-art (for the time) highrise, replete with commercial floors, office floors, apartments, and an observation desk and restaurant at the top. Tons of places to explore, and we get to see them all throughout the course of the story. As someone who looks at a building and wonders at all the secrets it contains, this was a thrill.
The action and suspense are top-notch. Pacing was perfect for my tastes. It starts out slow, giving you time to get the know the characters and the scenario, but never feeling too slow...then the action starts to pick up, and pick up faster, ratcheting ever faster as things get going and so many things begin happening at the same time that you can read a handful of chapters all centered on the same moment, but from different points of view...really cool.
And then under the thriller/disaster aspect (which is an entertaining story in and of it self) as I mentioned earlier with Douglas, there is a personal journey that each of the characters embarks on, in parallel to the physical journey as they deal with the fire and its effects. That was really well done.
And yet another layer is that you can tell that the authors did their homework...apart from the story, this is something that you can read and know that, chillingly, it could happen...and has happened...again and again.
I really loved reading this and I know I will re-read it several times. What a great book.
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Read information about the authorThomas Nicholas Scortia was a science fiction author. He worked in the American aerospace industry until the late 1960s/early 1970s. He collaborated on several works with fellow author Frank M. Robinson. He sometimes used the pseudonyms Scott Nichols, Gerald MacDow, and Arthur R. Kurtz.
Scortia was born in Alton, Illinois. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned a degree in chemistry in 1949. He worked for a number of aerospace companies during the 1950s and 1960s, and held a patent for the fuel used by one of the Jupiter fly-by missions.
Scortia had been writing in his spare time while still working in the aerospace field. When the industry began to see increased unemployment in the early 1970s, Scortia decided to try his hand at full-time writing. His first novel, The Glass Inferno (in collaboration with Frank M. Robinson) was the inspiration for the 1974 film The Towering Inferno. Scortia also collaborated with Dalton Trumbo on the novel The Endangered Species.
Scortia died of leukemia in La Verne, California on April 29, 1986.
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