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Jason X Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Jason X (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Black Flame (January 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844161684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844161683
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,550,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pat Cadigan was born in Schenectady, New York and grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts Acclaimed by The London Guardian as "The Queen of Cyberpunk", she is the author of many novels and has been nominated for several awards for her short stories. To date she is the only author to have won the Arthur C Clarke award twice. Pat Cadigan now lives in North London.

More About the Author

Pat Cadigan won the Arthur C. Clarke Award twice for her novels Synners and Fools. She has also won three Locus Awards-best short story for "Angel," best collection for Patterns, and best novelette for "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi,", which also won the Hugo Award in the same category; it can be found in Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Most often identified as one of the original cyberpunk writers-the Guardian called her The Queen of Cyberpunk-her work includes fantasy, horror, young adult, and nonfiction. Born in New York, she grew up in Massachusetts but spent most of her adult life in the Kansas City area, where she worked for ten years at Hallmark Cards, Inc., writing greeting cards, often in perfect iambic pentameter. She now lives in gritty, urban north London with her husband, the Original Chris Fowler, and takes pride in the accomplishments of her son, composer and musician Robert Fenner.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on July 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Since I am a fan of the Friday the 13th movies (got them all on VHS and DVD), I of course fell into this series and dropped the cash to read them. I need the occassional escape book that is nothing but fun to read, no deep plots or twists and turns, just brain jelly for the day. This book by Pat Cadigan seems to have been written directly off the movie. A few descrepencies but it is all there in print for you. The author then adds to it by developing backgrounds on Brodski and his grunts as well as Rowan and explains just why the heck there are teenagers running around in a spaceship. She also gives some reasoning to Jason's very limited thought processes which are enough to make sense without going overboard, I mean the guy is a walking slashing zombie killing machine now so how much can be going through his brain.

By no means is this the Great American Novel, it's not even the Good American Novel, but it is an entertaining read for those who are fans of the series. Those who aren't fans, just watch the movie, you'll get the same thing out of it in 1/4 of the time. It's an 80 minute movie versus an 8 hour read. For fans, check it out for backgrounds and then slip into the rest of the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Mello on April 24, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading "Jason X", and I have to say I liked it. It expanded the characters in the film to a more dimensional level, making their trials and tribulations (and deaths) more poignant. Stayed very true to the movie, and also gave very reasonable information and background for some of the things which the movie doesn't have the time to go into. I hope the future books in the "Jason X" series are as good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheridan Powell on May 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was shocked when I found this in the bookstore. (One of my favorite experiences in life: finding unexpected treasures.) Anyway, I picked it up, skimmed a few pages, and was hooked. I plunked down my money and started reading it the second I got home. It was great! Ms. Cadigan is a great writer. It takes a good storyteller to turn a 93-minute movie into a 400-page book.

One thing I like about books based on movies: they have more time to go into more detail about the events and characters in them. I could tell from the movie that Professor Lowe was a moneygrubbing moron, but the book really fleshed out his motives and gave me a better understanding of his character. And Tsunaron and Janessa? It surprised me to learn that those two had more than two biological parents apiece. It boggles my mind to think we might actually be that clever someday.

I especially appreciated the insight into Brodski's past: joining the military when he was eight years old(!) with the absolute certainty that it was the best choice for him, the last time he saw his great-aunt, the loyalty he inspired in his troops. And he and Rowan stood a good chance of hooking up before Jason finally caught up to them. Oh, well......

And this book offered a compelling reason for why Jason is so hard to kill: He's the embodiment of a force that exists simply to kill, to wipe out all life wherever he finds it. As long as there's life of any kind in the universe, Jason will never die.

This is a good story and a wonderful companion piece to the movie. I know I like them both, and I know that a lot of others will too. I hope my review was entertaining, and may you all have good lives.
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