Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gods Playing Poker: Post Mortem

*Continued from Gods Playing Poker: A Bold Bluff

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"The other side? Of what? Indiana?"

Silver laughs. Not because he finds his partner funny, but because he feels sorry for him. Silver stands in close to East, reaching up to put a hand on East's shoulder. "The other side, dude. There's another world out there. I know it, buddy. I've seen it... felt it."

East won't look into his face. "You were assaulted, Gary. You felt an attack." He can't bring himself to use the word. It seems totally… read more @ Panoramic Mindscapes

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9 comments:

  1. I have not been reading this but I have decided to read it starting with Part 6 and working my way forward. As the great man said : "the meaning is unclear and everything is explained".

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  2. And and and ... glad felines got a guernsey!

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  3. Lordy, my poor brain was stuffed reading this story in a forwards direction ... come to think of it, there may be wisdom in Alan's approach!

    I am getting the hang of this genre, and quite enjoyed this piece in my anal way.

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  4. Hey, just wanted to see how the titles and illustrations connected on the first run. I'll go and read for real now. -J

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  5. Had to have a think on this one. And like brilliant writes, some is clear, some vague, some to fill in. Makes me wonder about what we are really messing with, and, the feeding chain. This is quite an accomplishment... -J

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  6. This is a tour de force for sure. A couple of things for me:

    I get (I think... how could one ever be sure?) the dogs-mirrors-gods bit, but I don't see the connection to the story. In fact, I can't imagine what progression of thought led from looking at the pictures to creating this story.

    This is good writing, especially the dialogue and transitions. No question. You guys are good. Some of the future-speak, especially the concepts (technology run amok to an absurd conclusion) rather than the naming, really tickled me.

    That said, the density of the futuristic, with several bits in one sentence sometimes, muddied the story for me, distracted like clutter. The phrase "couldn't see the forest for the trees" comes to mind. All the gee-whiz-bang stuff diluted the ending. I would have liked it better as a present-time police procedural with a hint of the supernatural, the unexplained, I think.

    This is just me. As Jeff knows, I don't go for too much technology in films either, for the same reason. I'm all about story.

    And, like I said, you guys can really write.

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  7. Heh-heh, I think my favorite line is:

    "The other side? Of what? Indiana?"

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