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About the Author

Shane Jones (b. 1980) lives in upstate New York. His first novel, Light Boxes, was originally published by Publishing Genius Press in a print run of 500 copies in 2009. The novel was reviewed widely, the film option purchased by Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are, Adaptation), and the book was reprinted by Penguin Group in 2010. Light Boxes has been translated in eight languages and was named an NPR best book of the year. In August of 2012 Penguin released a new novel, Daniel Fights a Hurricane. Jones is also the author of the novella The Failure Six.
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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937512185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937512187
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been following Shane Jones' career for a long time now (Light Boxes is still to this day one of my favorite books; I even have a half sleeve tattoo that was inspired by it), so needless to say I was stoked to read Crystal Eaters. This is by far Jones' best book to date. The plot line is inthralling and continually draws you in, anxiously waiting to see what happens next. I loved the how the story is from the viewpoint of different characters (much like Light Boxes), but also delves a little bit deeper with character development (like Daniel Fights a Hurricane). I can't say enough great things about this book and it has been bouncing from home to home as I continually hand it out to friends to read. Well done, Mr. Jones; well done indeed!
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This book is difficult to explain. I’m going to start with a disclaimer that I’m very biased toward Shane Jones because I think he’s pretty much a crazy god with a literary mind so absolutely bizarre that it must be holy. (I discovered Light Boxes in the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble four years ago and it changed my life—and the way I think about writing—for the better.) Essentially, Crystal Eaters is the text version of that weird time after midnight when you’re scared to look at the clock and are pretty sure it’s only about 1:30 a.m. but really it’s nearly 4:00 in the morning. The narrative loosely follows Remy, a child who lives in a world where the length of your life is dictated by the number of crystals inside you, as she discovers beautiful and terrible s*** about people, the universe, drugs, death, daughterhood, illness, what it means to be alive. Its constant stream of vivid imagery has the same kind of beauty as that guy with a lot of multicolored tattoos and a black septum barbell ring who takes the Red Line into Boston on Monday mornings. If you enjoy Crystal Eaters, which you will, you may also enjoy the following unofficially related products, all of which also premiered in 2014:

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- Tweet by a poet: “The more you try to convince me I’m not dead the more I am dead.” (@MathiasSvalina, 19 October 2014)
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The world created here is gloriously flawed, chaotic, incomplete; morsels of knowledge and reference are flung into the whipping whirlwind of this family's life. If this is considered sci-fi, it is sci-fi at its barest and most visceral. The characters live their lives imprisoned inside crystals, in some form or another. What transpires here are the choices of the individual to scratch, dig & claw at an unyielding, inorganic surface, desperate to connect despite the damage to the physical body, or the choice to remain frozen inside of a quartz-tinted life. Both action & inaction result in catastrophic consequences, and Jones paints this world for us in a mythological, yet utterly real, fashion.
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