Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Genre Character of the Week: Captain Cirocco Jones

For one of my book clubs last month I checked out the 1979 Science Fiction novel Titan by John Varley.  The story focuses on the crew of the Ringmaster, an exploratory spaceship near Saturn which has discovered a new moon.

(Mild 33-year-old Spoiler) Then the moon eats them.

Some time later our main character (and this week's genre character) Captain Cirocco Jones bursts out from the ground and begins the work of finding her friends and finding her way home.

The novel is one of discovery, as our characters have awakened inside this new moon and have a strange new world to explore filled with giant air-wales, centaurs and blood-thirsty angels.

What I liked about the book was its great sense of adventure and the specifically the character of Captain Jones, who decides that this world must have some sort of overseer and decides to go find them.

The novel is the first in a trilogy, and although I'm not sure if I'd follow up with the next two, it was a lot of fun, and definitely worth a read.

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