[Reading] ➸ Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine, #1) Author Matthew Woodring Stover – Turboville.co.uk

Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine, #1) I forget, for long periods of time, how tremendously awesome epic fantasy books can be When they are well written, with high stakes, well drawn and fascinating characters, scenes and set pieces which fit together perfectly, constantly ratcheting up the tension and suspense reading experiences don t come much better for me.To be clear, this isn t pure epic fantasy it s a combination of fantasy and science fiction, where Actors from a future Earth go adventuring in Overworld which is a grit I forget, for long periods of time, how tremendously awesome epic fantasy books can be When they are well written, with high stakes, well drawn and fascinating characters, scenes and set pieces which fit together perfectly, constantly ratcheting up the tension and suspense reading experiences don t come much better for me.To be clear, this isn t pure epic fantasy it s a combination of fantasy and science fiction, where Actors from a future Earth go adventuring in Overworld which is a gritty non medieval fantasy adventure world a la Mieville s Bas Lag without the truly inventive excessive weirdness for the entertainment of the masses in the rather dystopian caste based society back home Hari Michaelson is the m This was recommended to me because of my devotion to The Fortunate Fall, and not without good reason It s a fantastic tale that requires patience at the beginning, but with each domino piece it sets up, it delivers one of the most exacting and brilliant payoffs I ve read in any SF or F work That s saying something.The novel is long and the crappy cover is off putting, but the length does the tale very excellent justice, so I recommend that ya ll just ignore the eyesore and pick up this classic T HEROES DIEBut Caine S No Hero He S An Assassin.Renowned Throughout The Land Of Ankhana As The Blade Of Tyshalle, Caine Has Killed His Share Of Monarchs And Commoners, Villains And Heroes He Is Relentless, Unstoppable, Simply The Best There Is At What He Does He Is Free.At Home On Earth, Caine Is Hari Michaelson, A Superstar Whose Adventures Command An Audience Of Billions Yet He Is Shackled By A Rigid Caste Society, Bound To Ignore The Grim Fact That Men Die On A Far Off World For The Entertainment Of His Own Planet Bound To Keep His Rage In Check.But Now Michaelson Has Crossed The Line His Estranged Wife, Pallas Rill, Has Mysteriously Disappeared In The Slums Of Ankhana To Save Her, He Must Confront The Greatest Challenge Of His Life A Lethal Game Of Cat And Mouse With The Most Treacherous Rulers Of Two Worlds.Matthew Woodring Stover Has Created A Spectacular, Page Turning Epic Where A Jackal Type Assassin Maneuvers Through A Vivid Tolkienesque World With A Plot As Driven As Its Main Character And Drawn Against A Setting As Vivid As The Very Best In Fantasy, Heroes Die Is A Brilliant Feat Of The Imagination. This is an excellent book.Please allow me to open with a caveat or two First, I m a ChristianI mean an actual practicing one If you re a Christian and possibly this will apply to those of you in other belief systems as well you need to go into this knowing that it is not what I d call Christian friendly On the other hand if you can read a book realizing it s fiction and can take what it has to say that s worthwhile and not be offended that it doesn t agree with youI think you ll s This is an excellent book.Please allow me to open with a caveat or two First, I m a ChristianI mean an actual practicing one If you re a Christian and possibly this will apply to those of you in other belief systems as well you need to go into this knowing that it is not what I d call Christian friendly On the other hand if you can read a book realizing it s fiction and can take what it has to say that s worthwhile and not be offended that it doesn t agree with youI think you ll survive I m pretty sure I have, and I m notyou know an apostate or anything, no major switch in belief or world view Also be aware that there is some language Still it s not thrown around as it is in some books as if the writer can t come up with other forms of descriptors, adjectives or oaths It s used as it might be by a warrior and every second person doesn t turn the air blue, just appropriate persons You who ve been in the service probably know what I mean.Now, back to the book Hari Caine is an acto First off, cheers to Thomas Stacey for the recommendation This book is definitely going in as one of my absolute faves for 2017 I have lived every day of my life only to bring myself here to this moment and it has been worth every moment This author has written an epic love story that you re not even totally aware of until you re sucked in This isn t hearts and roses strewn on the floor This is like blood, guts, broken bones, severed limbs, bring down the gaddamn world kind of love story First off, cheers to Thomas Stacey for the recommendation This book is definitely going in as one of my absolute faves for 2017 I have lived every day of my life only to bring myself here to this moment and it has been worth every moment This author has written an epic love story that you re not even totally aware of until you re sucked in This isn t hearts and roses strewn on the floor This is like blood, guts, broken bones, severed limbs, bring down the gaddamn world kind of love story Like your favourite epic love story ain t got nothing on this Like i said this isn t some quintessential love book There s so muchthan that happening You re introduced to an eclectic range of characters from Berne this dude was bloody insane, like if you ever meet If there s one word to describe Heroes Die it s Testosterone This book has some of the most graphically violent action scenes you ll find in anything written by Abercrombie or George RR Martin or any of the host of grimdark authors that have been populating the fantasy genre recently And just in case you didn t get enough Testosterone from the actual writing, the audio narration will have the short and curlies growing out of control from crotch to neck Stefan Rudnicki is the man and his dee If there s one word to describe Heroes Die it s Testosterone This book has some of the most graphically violent action scenes you ll find in anything written by Abercrombie or George RR Martin or any of the host of grimdark authors that have been populating the fantasy genre recently And just in case you didn t get enough Testosterone from the actual writing, the audio narration will have the short and curlies growing out of control from crotch to neck St Executive Summary Dark Fantasy Sci Fi that isgruesome in places than anything I ve read from Joe Abercrombie or George R.R Martin Full Review It s hard to believe this book was published in the late 90 s It would be right at home with all the Dark Fantasy that seems to be abundant these days This book is waygruesome in places than most of the so called grimdark fantasy I ve read recently This seems to be a book that has gone under the radar of most fantasy fans.This is defini Executive Summary Dark Fantasy Sci Fi that isgruesome in places than anything I ve read from Joe Abercrombie or George R.R Martin Full Review It s hard to believe this book was published in the late 90 s It would be right at home with all the Dark Fantasy that seems to be abundant these days This book is waygruesome in places than most of the so called grimdark fantasy I ve read recently This seems to be a book that has gone under the radar of most fantasy fans.This is definitely one of those man s man kind of books Caine is a total badass who kills first and doesn t even bother asking questions later I can imagine a lot of grunting and snarling as I read along.The female characters are rather thin They are badass too, but they also bombshells You won t find a Brienne of Tarth, or Arya Stark here.If you don t read the description before starting the book, you ll likely be a little taken aback when an assassin in a fa 5 StarsAfter nearly 15 years of being in my reading queue, Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stoverthan lived up to my high expectations This brutally dark and twisted, and often funny science fiction fantasy blend is just so much damn fun I admit that I am sure that there are flaws in this book, in the plot, and even in our wonderful heroes, but to me it is as if Matthew Woodring Stover wrote this book just for me and my sick and twisted sense of humor Hot damn Stover even combines my 5 StarsAfter nearly 15 years of being in my reading queue, Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stoverthan lived up to my high expectations This brutally d WHOAH Blast of testosterone to the face in the midst of my romance novel obsession THIS WAS FANTASTIC So this book is really hard to describe, it takes place in a futuristic dystopian society that uses crazy technology to send actors to an alternate reality called Overworld, a traditional Fantasy ish world They are watched back home via virtual reality tech as the actors live in the Fantasy world, the fantasy people have no idea they re from an alternate dimension The hero, Hari, is basica WHOAH Blast of testosterone to the face in the midst of my romance novel obsession THIS WAS FANTASTIC So this book is really hard to describe, it takes place in a futuristic dystopian society that uses crazy technology to send actors to an alternate reality called Overworld, a traditional Fantasy ish world They are watched back home via virtual reality tech as the actors live in the Fantasy world, the fantasy people have no idea they re from an alternate dimension The hero, Hari, is basically the Sylvester Stallone at his peak o In the author s own words, from the interview at the end of the bookQ How would you describe Heroes Die A It s a piece of violent entertainment that is a meditation on violent entertainment as a concept in itself, and as a cultural obsession It s a love story romantic love, paternal love, repressed homoerotic love, love of money, of power, of country, love betrayed and love employed as both carrot and stick It s a book about all different kinds of heroes, and all the different ways the In the author s own words, from the interview at the end of the bookQ How would you describe Heroes Die A It s a piece of violent entertainment that is a meditation on violent entertainment as a concept in itself, and as a cultural obsession It s a love story romantic love, paternal love, repressed homoerotic love, love of money, of power, of country, love betrayed and love employed as both carrot and stick It s a book about all different kinds of heroes, and all the different ways they die It s a pop top can of Grade A one hundred percent pure whip ass Hari Michaelson is an actor, on the top ten most popular stars on the whole Earth Reality shows have evolved in the future to the point where implants in the brain of the actor allow the audience to experience directly all the sensory input and the stream of conscience thoughts of the protagonist The game is played on the Overworl

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