Detailed view for the Book: Jokertown Shuffle (Anthology)

Jokertown Shuffle is a direct continuation of One-Eyed Jacks, but this time we see things more from the jokers' point of view as Bloat consolidates his plans for his Ellis Island stronghold. His stories, The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat Parts I-XI (by Stephen Leigh) make up the spine of this volume, recounting his evolution as the leader of a growing resistance against the nats and run in conjunction with Lovers Parts I-VI (by Melinda Snodgrass), which deal with Blaise and Tachyon.

The first Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat segment puts us into the mind of Bloat as he dispenses a little justice in his new kingdom, before And Hope to Die (by John J. Miller) propels us right into the action with Brennan being forced out into the open by assassins, and ending up in hospital fighting for his life.

The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat Parts ll to lV run concurrently with Lovers Part l & ll, in which Tachyon is taken hostage to Ellis Island (AKA the Rox), and finally realises how repugnant Blaise really is. In Madman Across the Water (by Victor Milan), Mark Meadows becomes America's Most Wanted, but employs some executive aid in order to get that which he most desires.

The authorities make their first assault on the Rox, and Bloat faces some harsh realities in The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat Parts V & Vl, while Tachyon gives Blaise some good news in Lovers Part lll. Elsewhere, in While Night's Black Agents to Their Preys Do Rouse - Part l (by Walter Jon Williams) we meet Black Shadow, a man with a severe identity crisis who, by helping an old friend finds himself some new enemies and realise there's more to art than he first thought.

Bloat gets a new tenant in The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat Part Vll, and in Riders (by Lewis Shiner), Veronica's journey to get to the truth behind last volume's mystery ends in pain before Jerry comes to the rescue in Nobody Does It Alone (by Walton Simons), where he wraps up his business by using matter over mind.

Bloat converses with a penguin before mouthing off to the world in The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat Parts Vlll & lX, while Tachyon just talks to himself in Lovers Part lV. Black Shadow visits the Rox in While Night's Black Agents to Their Preys Do Rouse - Part 2 (by Walter Jon Williams) and discovers a secret about himself when he makes a deal with the governor to get a friend off the island.

Lovers Part V has Tachyon seeking out the Turtle for some moral support, and The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat Part X sees the second attack on the Rox by the nats, wherein Bloat reaches deep into himself to unleash the power of art on his assailants. Blaise makes his escape in Lovers Part Vl, and Bloat's imagination makes the impossible possible in the final segment of The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat.

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