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Caine's Law: The Acts of Caine: Book 4
Caine's Law: The Acts of Caine: Book 4
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most ambitious of the Acts of Caine, 27 May 2013
Every book in the Acts of Caine has been ambitious. And each new one has advanced and changed over the prior, taken more risks, become more complex in terms of structure, story, ideas. Asked more of and paid more to the faithful reader. How to even begin with this book. It's like Schrodinger's Dark Tower, but with a payoff. This book kind of goes back to the main theme on Stover that his characters have a 'greater than fiction' quality, almost like you're reading an official biographical history; they're so alive and so real that you don't even want to critique, it would be like criticising the way history rolled out. That said, this is a book that needs an active reader, you need to bring it for book 4 of the Acts of Caine, slow down and read it like you're studying an Important work. That sounds cheesy, but for real, this is a heartbreaking, redemptive, meaningful, surprising, and utterly brilliant story. Stover knows his audience. I've never seen a writer end a series on such a wickedly complex, simultaneously trusting, triumphant and glorious way.


Caine Black Knife: The Acts of Caine: Book 3
Caine Black Knife: The Acts of Caine: Book 3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like books that matter?, 27 May 2013
This is the trickiest book I've read in 10 years. And I mean that in the sense that it is doing so much work behind the scenes under the guise of a fantasy detective story. It has all the elements of great Stover, gripping narrative voice, pulse pounding story, and desperate choices, told as two stories set 25 years apart. Stover ambitiously modifies his structure and prose, using scorched and sparse verbiage, all at once perfectly capturing a waste-land fantasy setting, an older even more desperate character, a set of insane secrets, and some heavy duty 'more than meets the eye' that sets up book 4. I read this book and then re-read it because Stover's work actually reads like something the matters, not disposable fiction for simple entertainment, but something where the author is partnering with you, letting you really bring your experiences and thoughts along on the adventure and requires you to be an active participant much more so than ostensibly genre fiction.

For Caine Black Knife Stover also channels his love for classic noir detective stories, but with fantasy setting. His love for the roots of the Caine character, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thomson is definitely on display and totally works. By the end there is a satisfying double barrel punch to the gut across both of the dual stories, setting up book 4 as only Caine can and should. 5 stars.


Blade of Tyshalle: The Acts of Caine: Book 2
Blade of Tyshalle: The Acts of Caine: Book 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature Expertly Disguised as Fantasy, 27 May 2013
Caine was an assassin. He was also sent from our world and watched as popular culture for Earth's entertainment. He got the girl, but he lost a lot. That's where the book begins, sort of with the concept of 'no such thing as happy endings' in real life...

Ok, so remember when you were young and books struck you like they were real? Your favorite characters in stories mattered, and weren't just the latest thing you were interested in? That's Blade of Tyshalle. The characters come alive, you'll be so angry, and immersed, and totally rooting for them from start to finish. This is a book you can read when you're feeling down and will utterly sustain you, one with an extremely gritty and dark voice that will drive and drive no matter how desperate things get. Story is amazing...

It's also an ambitious step up from Heroes Die in some ways, whereas the former was concerned with playing on perceptions of violence and popular culture and did so masterfully, this one is downright philosophical, playing on sci-fi and fantasy tropes but getting at a core around impression management and identity. What it means to be a person that wears a mask. The relationship between pretending to be a monster and being one for real. That's heavy duty stuff and it's one hundred percent delivered. The book is utterly amazing.


Heroes Die: The Acts of Caine: Book 1
Heroes Die: The Acts of Caine: Book 1
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% grade A whoop-ass, 27 May 2013
I actually read that from an interview, but I agree with it completely. Story = amazing. Characters = alive. Pacing, plotting, voice = rock solid and utterly engrossing. Read this when I began martial arts training and it legitimately changed the way I think about many subjects: love, survival, identity, popular culture. An incredible and satisfying book from start to finish.


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