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In the near future, Jon Grebbel arrives on the colony world of Janus, and finds himself mysteriously without memory of his life on Earth. It seems that the long journey has caused severe memory loss in many of Janus's colonists. While Grebbel wants to start his new life, he also wants his memory back, and starts treatments to restore his past. But they only leave him angry ...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by ChiZine (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kevin Cardoza
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with a list of clichés. This includes a protagonist with amnesia, a missing woman, and the hint of a conspiracy by those in control of the community where everything takes place.

However, this narrative easily redeems itself with a slow burn of revelations regarding the nature of Janus and fully developed characters with their own desires and fallibilities. As identities are rediscovered and secrets are uncovered, everyone struggles both with their purpose and with the righteous
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Andrew
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Struggled with this title a surprising amount — absolutely loved the premise, but couldn't break through any of the characters or get a real physical sense of the world. Park's writing is solid throughout, but I can't help but feel there was more that needed to be said about these people and Janus itself.
Alex Binkley
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A crime mystery set on a planet where Earth sends people whose mental state led to criminal activity. The author does an excellent job of slowing revealing clues to let the reader try to solve what's going on as the story comes to a conclusion where Jon discovers he was a surgeon and Elinda tries to find her lost lover.
Darlene
Jan 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential, but fell short of all of it by the end. When I picked up the book and read the description I pictured "Dead Space" (game) and "Shutter Island" combined, or "Bioshock" (game) in space, and was super excited to get started on reading it.

I was undecided on if I liked the title, "Janus" (or the name in general). On one hand, it signifies importance because that is where the story takes place, but on another hand, the planet's name is rarely mentioned through-out t
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Steve Stanton
This debut SF novel by Canadian author John Park starts slow and meanders a bit, but builds to a rousing finish.
Karl
Nov 26, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This is copy 20 of 150 signed numbered copies.
Lynne
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating Science Fiction read with complex characters. Beautifully written. A deceptively slow opening builds relentlessly to a page turner conclusion.
Scott
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


At least it was only 300 pages. Good premise, not great execution.
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An intermittent writer of science fiction, with occasional leanings towards fantasy. So far I have published one novel plus about a book's worth of short stories and poetry. I usually aim for self-contained works with impact--my idea of a trilogy is three related short stories.

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