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The Acts of Caine > HD - Section 1: Prologue & Day 1

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message 1: by Rob, Mayor of Ghost Town (last edited Feb 13, 2014 07:08AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Section 1

Please keep all discussion to the events and speculation to the Prologue and Day 1.

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Prologue:

So I hadn't read the book description, so I was confused by the Elmer Fudd reference and then the CRT reference until he came back out of whatever it is. A simulation of some kind?

Interesting. So a bit cyberpunk mixed with fantasy.

I'm intrigued by the caste system. Hari is a 'Professional' while his boss Vilo is a 'Businessman'.

Seems like he acts out adventures primarily for the enjoyment of the ultra rich. And much like the matrix dying there apparently means dying in real life.

Good start so far...


David Sven (gorro) | 316 comments Well, it seems like only the end consumer experience is a virtual simulation, a recording of the actor's adventure that the viewer can experience virtually from whatever POV they pay for - but the actors seem to actually "go away" to an alternate universe on adventure? And then they get brought back to Earth - if they live? Kinda like a blood sport?

That's how I'm reading it so far anyway. My head is spinning.

I'm really digging the audio narration. Stefan Rudnicki's voice just sounds badass cool.


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Chapter 1:

Seems that Overworld is Earth in another dimension. They have two ways to send people there. One way used for training doesn't allow for two way communication. But the other does.

I'm really enjoying the contrast and similarities of the two worlds. You have a sort of futuristic dystopian main world and a fantastical other world.

I have so many questions at this point and I just can't wait to find out the answers.


David Sven (gorro) | 316 comments This pretty bloodthirsty. That scene with the Emperor pulling the guys guts out with hooks and keeping him alive was gruesome. I have hankering for a nice big steak now.


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ROFL.


message 7: by David Sven (last edited Feb 14, 2014 06:24PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

David Sven (gorro) | 316 comments Yes - and they seem to like goats a lot.


Bill | 1596 comments Does anyone else think Lamorak sold out Shanna and crew? He apologized to Shanna and only wanted to talk Berne once he was captured. Think he may have sold them out then been double crossed by Berne who wanted his sword.


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Yeah I do too. Totally forgot to mention that. Sounds like he didn't expect anyone to die. Maybe he was leveraged into it rather than simply volunteering it/selling information.


David Sven (gorro) | 316 comments I didn't think about that at all - but it sounds like a good theory


Andreas Fuck me like a virgin goat.

Stover doesn't hold back.

The best pieces in the stories I've read so far are the action parts interluded with dialogue and inner monologue slapsticks.

Caine is just badass which isn't enough for a character in my opinion. I hope he develops to something more interesting.


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Rob (robzak) | 6374 comments Mod
Andreas wrote: "Caine is just badass which isn't enough for a character in my opinion. I hope he develops to something more interesting. "

I think there is more to Caine, but certainly to Hari that seems to come out as the story goes on.

At this point he does look paper thin though. I'll be curious to see if your opinion changes the further you read.


Suzanne | 1582 comments I'm liking the glimpses of the real world - as was mentioned above it looks like some sort of caste system. Ha - "competence porn" - Alex, great description.


Andreas The danger of competence porn is that it can lead to a Mary Sue story if applied too much. Caine is too twisted for that, but the villains Berne and the Emperor read like some pulp superhero.


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Sky Corbelli | 288 comments I am getting a strong Star Ocean: Till the End of Time vibe off this book... probably just because I haven't gotten far enough into it yet.


message 16: by Sumant (last edited Jun 12, 2015 08:08AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Sumant | 522 comments Really looks promising after reading the prologue.Also the descriptions which Stover gives when he describes violence are gruesome.

The caste system looks interesting where in each individual is classified on the basis of his profession that would make me a professional I guess :P.

I did not much get the part where Hari explains how Shanna will die as she is offline.Also Korlberg is going to do something nasty to Hari.

All in all I am really enjoying this book.


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