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The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

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On 9/24/2018 at 5:02 PM, Esmenet said:

Feel the exact same way, and the 2nd is where I stopped. Though, I have recently thought about picking up, because of the positive posts about books 3 and 4 in this thread. After all, I am a Cnaüir fan, oh my! :rolleyes:

Give 'em a shot.  They are both significantly shorter than BoT.

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9 hours ago, aceluby said:

Give 'em a shot.  They are both significantly shorter than BoT.

And they are wonderful reads. As a terrific bonus, Jeremy Soule's score for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a terrific sonic match for the books. 

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On 9/26/2018 at 11:03 AM, aceluby said:
On 9/24/2018 at 6:02 PM, Esmenet said:

 

Give 'em a shot.  They are both significantly shorter than BoT.

Picked them both up. Hopping into them after 2 more books.

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16 minutes ago, Esmenet said:

Picked them both up. Hopping into them after 2 more books.

They are so good. *So* good. 

Caine Black Knife feels like a western to me. And Caine's Law is wonderfully different again, and reads almost like a philosophy book. Sort of. Kind of. 

There's just nothing like them. They're different, unique, and excellent novels.

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12 hours ago, IlyaP said:

They are so good. *So* good. 

Caine Black Knife feels like a western to me. And Caine's Law is wonderfully different again, and reads almost like a philosophy book. Sort of. Kind of. 

There's just nothing like them. They're different, unique, and excellent novels.

Yea, I really enjoyed the 1st two books, until book 2 and Caines imprisonment in the tunnel of felons/whathaveyou, that he escaped through in the first book. It just took a a really far depressing turn there I found hard to read. 

Don't get me wrong, I can deal with rape, horror, degradation and so on. Just certain settings give me the chills I don't like. That book did it on multiple levels. Most new books in the fantasy genre have all of it, usually to the point where I seriously believe it's becoming a trope. I had a conversation elsewhere about Codex Alera, and how in the world could I like it. The good guys are clearly good, the bad, same. Well, I think that the majority of new fantasy, is nothing but grey characters, it's definitely the trend. I replied, CA was refreshing, in that I found it nice to read some straight forward "B.S.".  Sorry for the tangent.

But, I picked up both and thanks to the thread here and positive thoughts on books 3 & 4, I feel they will be excellent books. Thanks for talking me into it. :)

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It's also worth noting, for whatever it's worth, that it's 2018, and when we consider, talk about, examine modern books, and the stylistic trend and the like towards psychological realism, the first two Caine novels were forerunners in this instance, but were themselves inspired by Donaldson and Tolstoy. Blade of Tyshalle in particular was structurally inspired by War and Peace. 

The later two novels, honestly, having come later in his career, feel more introspective. Caine's Law in particular is a delightful head trip, but one that features some beautiful imagery and sentiments. And horses. 

 

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Man, this thread caused me to reread Caine's Law and now I'm getting teary-eyed over horses and the horse-witch.

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9 minutes ago, Mazzack said:

Man, this thread caused me to reread Caine's Law and now I'm getting teary-eyed over horses and the horse-witch.

I know, right?!

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6 hours ago, polishgenius said:

The Horse Witch is basically a cooler Tom Bombadil. Just saying.

 

Somewhere, a scowling Tolkien fan scowls. 

 

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%75 through Caine Black Knife, and I'm digging it. Still has the dark tone and usual escapades from Caine. Yet, not the torture porn of book 2. Thanks for urging me to read.

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7 hours ago, Esmenet said:

%75 through Caine Black Knife, and I'm digging it. Still has the dark tone and usual escapades from Caine. Yet, not the torture porn of book 2. Thanks for urging me to read.

Quite welcome! 

You're seeing how it's a very different beast to both Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle? 

And just wait till you get to Caine's Law, which is *gorgeous*. 

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7 hours ago, IlyaP said:

Quite welcome! 

You're seeing how it's a very different beast to both Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle? 

And just wait till you get to Caine's Law, which is *gorgeous*. 

Love the flashbacks. Finished last night. Moving on to Law..

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11 hours ago, Esmenet said:

Love the flashbacks. Finished last night. Moving on to Law..

That's my favorite one. Enjoy!

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