History Literature / BlackMan

26th Mar '16 1:22:06 AM JackG
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:When Tom Norton finds out his own brother is behind everything, he stops Carl from killing him, but then confesses that he slept with Tom's wife, and implies he'll continue doing so while his brother is serving his long prison sentence. It works too well as his brother is DrivenToSuicide.]]

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:When Tom Norton finds out his own brother is behind everything, he stops Carl from killing him, but then confesses that he slept with Tom's his wife, and implies he'll continue doing so while his brother is serving his long prison sentence. It works too well as his brother is DrivenToSuicide.]]
26th Mar '16 1:17:34 AM JackG
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* ItsPersonal: Onbekend's EvilPlan would have worked, [[spoiler:but he gets pissed when Marsalis intimidates his girlfriend and goes after him (at the time Marsalis doesn't even know that Onbekend exits). This results in Ertekin getting killed, so now Marsalis and Norton want revenge. They keep digging and uncover the whole conspiracy.]]

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* ItsPersonal: Onbekend's EvilPlan would have worked, [[spoiler:but he gets pissed when Marsalis intimidates his girlfriend and goes after him (at the time Marsalis doesn't even know that Onbekend exits).exists). This results in Ertekin getting killed, so now Marsalis and Norton want revenge. They keep digging and uncover the whole conspiracy.]]



* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler:No-one can figure out how Merrin got away from the crash before the response team arrived. Until a weighed-down body is found under the sea, and they're belatedly informed that a member of the response team has been missing for some time.]]

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* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler:No-one can figure out how Merrin got away from the crash before the response team arrived. Until a weighed-down body is found under the sea, and they're belatedly informed that a member of the response team has been missing for some time.]]
26th Mar '16 1:16:22 AM JackG
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* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler:No-one can figure out how Merrin got away from the crash before the response team arrived. Until a weighed-down body is found under the sea, and they're belatedly informed that a member of the response team has been missing for some time.]]
25th Mar '16 9:28:06 PM JackG
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* GambitPileup:

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* GambitPileup: [[spoiler:Norton's brother tries to stop events by activating a contingency plan to assassinate Ortiz. When nothing appears to happen, he advises Tom Norton to let Carl out of prison as a BoxedCrook. Carl meets Ortiz just as the assassins catch up with him, and saves Ortiz's life.]]
25th Mar '16 9:23:57 PM JackG
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* GambitPileup:



* {{Irony}}: thirteens, the genetic throwbacks to the hunter-gatherers who were forced out of humanity's gene-pool by the weak (weak from a thirteen's viewpoint) farmers, are all shipped off to Mars to do what? {{Terraforming}}, which is the sci-fi equivalent of going into the desert and trying to plant a tree.

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* {{Irony}}: thirteens, {{Irony}}:
** Thirteens,
the genetic throwbacks to the hunter-gatherers who were forced out of humanity's gene-pool by the weak (weak from a thirteen's viewpoint) farmers, are all shipped off to Mars to do what? {{Terraforming}}, which is the sci-fi equivalent of going into the desert and trying to plant a tree.tree.
** [[spoiler:Merrin kills the man trying to blackmail Ortiz early on, so all the other deaths are unnecessary.]]
25th Mar '16 9:19:53 PM JackG
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* TrickAndFollowPloy: A favourite tactic of Carl.
25th Mar '16 9:14:12 PM JackG
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Marsalis, the 'black man' of the title, is told the .357 Magnum round was specifically developed against cocaine-fueled black men, the 'urban monster' of the time. That round was actually developed in TheThirties, in response to gangsters equipped with automatic weapons and bulletproof vests.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Marsalis, the 'black man' of the title, is told the .357 Magnum round was specifically developed against cocaine-fueled black men, the 'urban monster' of the time. That round was actually developed in TheThirties, in response to gangsters equipped with automatic weapons and bulletproof vests.



* ItsPersonal: Onbekend's EvilPlan would have worked, [[spoiler:but he gets pissed when Marsalis intimidates his girlfriend and goes after him (at the time Marsalis doesn't even know that Onbekend exits). This results in Ertekin getting killed, so now Marsalis and Norton want revenge. They keep digging and uncover the whole conspiracy.]]

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* ItsPersonal: Onbekend's EvilPlan would have worked, [[spoiler:but he gets pissed when Marsalis intimidates his girlfriend and goes after him (at the time Marsalis doesn't even know that Onbekend exits). This results in Ertekin getting killed, so now Marsalis and Norton want revenge. revenge. They keep digging and uncover the whole conspiracy.]]



* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:When Tom Norton finds out his own brother is behind everything, he stops Carl from killing him, but then confesses that he slept with Tom's wife, and implies he'll continue doing so while his brother is serving his long prison sentence. It works too well as his brother is DrivenToSuicide.]]

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:When Tom Norton finds out his own brother is behind everything, he stops Carl from killing him, but then confesses that he slept with Tom's wife, and implies he'll continue doing so while his brother is serving his long prison sentence. It works too well as his brother is DrivenToSuicide.]]



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Carl purchases an abortion for a prostitute and gets caught in a sting operation.



* TestosteronePoisoning: Comes with the territory with all Thirteens. [[spoiler:Carmen Ren is an attempt to avert the harmful aspects of this trope, by creating a female Variant 13.]]
* ThickerThanWater: An InvokedTrope by Onbekend [[spoiler:who's formed an alliance with a gangster who's his blood relative. When the gangster finds out Onbekend has used his twin brother as a patsy, he's ''not'' happy.]]

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* TestosteronePoisoning: Comes with the territory with all Thirteens. [[spoiler:Carmen Ren is an attempt to avert the harmful aspects of this trope, by creating a female Variant 13.]]
* ThickerThanWater: An InvokedTrope by Onbekend [[spoiler:who's formed an alliance with a gangster who's his blood relative. When the gangster finds out Onbekend has used his twin brother as a patsy, he's ''not'' happy.]]
25th Mar '16 9:12:17 PM JackG
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Marsalis, the 'black man' of the title, is told the .357 Magnum round was specifically developed against cocaine-fueled black men, the 'urban monster' of the time. That round was actually developed in TheThirties, in response to gangsters equipped with automatic weapons and bulletproof vests.



* ItsPersonal: Onbekend's EvilPlan would have worked, [[spoiler:but he gets pissed when Marsalis intimidates his girlfriend and goes after him (at the time Marsalis doesn't even know that Onbekend exits). This results in Ertekin getting killed, so now Marsalis and Norton want revenge. They keep digging and uncover the whole conspiracy.]]



* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:When Tom Norton finds out his own brother is behind everything, he stops Carl from killing him, but then confesses that he slept with Tom's wife, and implies he'll continue doing so while his brother is serving his long prison sentence. It works too well as his brother is DrivenToSuicide.]]



* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody:
** One of the characters is the daughter of a bonobo, and has to worry that any time she backs down it's because she might be genetically engineered to be submissive.
** Isaac Sutherland tried to mentor Carl into rising above his own genetically-engineered behaviour, with varied success.



* NotSoDifferent: Merrin and Marsalis get compared a lot by other characters, and not just because they're thirteens that both [[spoiler: suffered CryonicsFailure on their trip from Mars]]. Marsalis also takes offense at attempts to compare him to any other thirteen in general.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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Merrin and Marsalis get compared a lot by other characters, and not just because they're thirteens that both [[spoiler: suffered CryonicsFailure on their trip from Mars]]. Marsalis also takes offense at attempts to compare him to any other thirteen in general.general.
** Marsalis notes that [[spoiler:Ortiz]] would make a good Thirteen, as he has the manipulative charm and ruthless self-aggrandisement of a sociopath.



* ShootTheDog: An InvokedTrope when Ertekin gets Marsalis [[spoiler:to MercyKill her because he'll feel less guilty about it than her father or her colleague Tom Norton.]]



* TestosteronePoisoning: Comes with the territory with all Thirteens. [[spoiler:Carmen Ren is an attempt to avert the harmful aspects of this trope, by creating a female Variant 13.]]

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* TestosteronePoisoning: Comes with the territory with all Thirteens. [[spoiler:Carmen Ren is an attempt to avert the harmful aspects of this trope, by creating a female Variant 13.]]
* ThickerThanWater: An InvokedTrope by Onbekend [[spoiler:who's formed an alliance with a gangster who's his blood relative. When the gangster finds out Onbekend has used his twin brother as a patsy, he's ''not'' happy.
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25th Mar '16 9:03:23 PM JackG
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* AndIMustScream: What Marsalis does to [[spoiler:Amy Westhoff]]. Shoots her with a neurotoxin tipped dart, calmly informs her that it will paralyse her skeletal muscle system so she can't run, her lungs so she can't breathe or call for help, that she has about eight minutes to live, and leaves her to it. Turns out he's pretty mean when killing for revenge instead of for work or necessity.

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* AndIMustScream: AndIMustScream
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What Marsalis does to [[spoiler:Amy Westhoff]]. Shoots her with a neurotoxin tipped dart, calmly informs her that it will paralyse her skeletal muscle system so she can't run, her lungs so she can't breathe or call for help, that she has about eight minutes to live, and leaves her to it. Turns out he's pretty mean when killing for revenge instead of for work or necessity.


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** The novel opens with a ''Horkan's Pride'' passenger who's been woken from cryo-sleep to find herself StrappedToAnOperatingTable and surgically dissected so she can be EatenAlive.


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* GoneMadFromTheIsolation: What happens to those who wake up from cryo-sleep on the trip back to Earth.


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* TestosteronePoisoning: Comes with the territory with all Thirteens. [[spoiler:Carmen Ren is an attempt to avert the harmful aspects of this trope, by creating a female Variant 13.]]
12th Feb '16 6:32:46 AM Fallingwater
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** To another book by the same author. Somewhere in ''Black Man'' there's a random mention of market forces, which will clearly jump out as an unlikely coincidence to anyone who knows about [[RichardKMorgan Richard Morgan's bibliography]].

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** To another book by the same author. Somewhere in ''Black Man'' there's a random mention of market forces, which will clearly immediately jump out as an unlikely coincidence to anyone who knows about [[RichardKMorgan Richard Morgan's bibliography]].
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