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Dan Jones

Joined 10 months ago

I'm a father, husband, web developer, and aspiring to be a lot of things.

My literary interests are mostly science fiction, fantasy, comics, and some occasional programming or parenting books.

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Redshirts (2012, Tor) 4 stars

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship …

Review of 'Redshirts' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I have very mixed feelings about this book. It started out as a straight satire of sci-fi tropes, which I really enjoyed. But it very quickly changed into a very different kind of self-referential story. And then, near the conclusion, the meta-ness of it all is bumped all the way up.

I still can't decide if I liked that or not. It wasn't hard to follow in any way (although the time travel part introduced a pretty glaring plot hole that was never resolved). The story was clear and understandable, despite the meta-ness. The characters were likable, and the story compelling.

But the plot is so weird, that even after finishing the book, I still don't know if it was a good weird, or a bad weird.

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1) (2003) 4 stars

In the squalid, gothic city of New Crobuzon, a mysterious half-human, half-bird stranger comes to …

Review of 'Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

In this steampunk fantasy, the main character is the setting.

Our presumptive hero, a polymath scientist, is a secondary character, as the main focus is on the city-state, New Crobuzon. The majority of the book is spent describing the city, its geography, its politics, its populace, its climate, its pollution, etc.

This is a long book, with a lot of description. The author does manage to fit an actual plot in there, and the plot is entertaining. But be ready for a lot of long descriptions as well.