History Literature / Deathstalker

7th Jun '18 7:17:15 PM lakingsif
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It's a bad old time for Humanity in general. The human [[TheEmpire Empire]] is presided over by [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress Lionstone]], aka the Iron Bitch, a ruler who makes Josef Stalin look like Gandhi. Everywhere in the Empire, rebellions are popping up and popping heads as fast as one can blink, and are slaughtered with utmost efficiency. [[PsychicPowers Espers]], clones, [[BuryYourGays degenerates]], and slaves are ubiquitous, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman treated as third-class citizens when they're not being tortured, experimented on, or simply shot.]] And, for once in the Empire's history, nobody is truly safe - be it noble, commoner, or servant.

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It's a bad old time for Humanity in general. The human [[TheEmpire Empire]] is presided over by [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress Lionstone]], aka the Iron Bitch, a ruler who makes Josef Stalin look like Gandhi. Everywhere in the Empire, rebellions are popping up and popping heads as fast as one can blink, and are slaughtered with utmost efficiency. [[PsychicPowers Espers]], clones, [[BuryYourGays degenerates]], degenerates, and slaves are ubiquitous, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman treated as third-class citizens when they're not being tortured, experimented on, or simply shot.]] And, for once in the Empire's history, nobody is truly safe - be it noble, commoner, or servant.



* BuryYourGays / HideYourLesbians: Averted in one case, with the Stevie Blues; played straight as an arrow in another case, with [[spoiler:David Deathstalker and Kit Summerisle]].

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%% * BuryYourGays / HideYourLesbians: Averted in one case, with the Stevie Blues; played straight as an arrow in another case, with [[spoiler:David Deathstalker and Kit Summerisle]].Summerisle]]. -- ZCE
25th Apr '18 7:45:34 AM ErikModi
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* {{HeWhoFightsMonsters}}/{{JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope}}/{{WellIntentionedExtremist}}: [[spoiler: Jack Random]] in the fifth book.

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* {{HeWhoFightsMonsters}}/{{JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope}}/{{WellIntentionedExtremist}}: HeWhoFightsMonsters[=/=]JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Jack Random]] in the fifth book.
25th Apr '18 7:26:44 AM ErikModi
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* {{FlunkyBoss}}/{{MarathonBoss}}: Lionstone XIV.

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* {{FlunkyBoss}}/{{MarathonBoss}}: FlunkyBoss[=/=]MarathonBoss: Lionstone XIV.



* In ''Deathstalker Rebellion,'' a Prologue catches us up to the start of the book, explaining not only the general galactic situation but the events of the first book, leading up to the opening action scene.

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* ** In ''Deathstalker Rebellion,'' a Prologue catches us up to the start of the book, explaining not only the general galactic situation but the events of the first book, leading up to the opening action scene.
29th Dec '17 2:03:14 PM Malady
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* In ''Deathstalker Rebellion,'' a Prologue catches us up to the start of the book, explaining not only the general galactic situation but the events of the first book, leading up to the opening action scene.
--->'''Prologue''': Owen Deathstalker, that reluctant hero, headed for Golgotha in the company of Hazel d'Ark, on a strange golden ship run by augmented men once known as the Enemies of Humanity; and though posterity has no access to his thoughts, they were probably "Why me?"\\
'''Chapter One: Golgotha, Opening Gambit'''\\
'''Narration''': ''Why me?'' thought Owen Deathstalker as he headed to the toilet yet again.
13th Jan '17 3:33:35 AM Doug86
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** Averted (or possibly invoked) later on in ''Deathstalker Legacy'', when Jesamine asks Lewis, shortly after they've first consummated their affair, if he's familiar with the plot of ''Theatre/Macbeth''. Lewis tells her not to even joke about that. [[spoiler: Not long afterward, everything goes to hell, in both Lewis and Jesamine's life and the Empire as a whole.]]

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** Averted (or possibly invoked) later on in ''Deathstalker Legacy'', when Jesamine asks Lewis, shortly after they've first consummated their affair, if he's familiar with the plot of ''Theatre/Macbeth''.''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''. Lewis tells her not to even joke about that. [[spoiler: Not long afterward, everything goes to hell, in both Lewis and Jesamine's life and the Empire as a whole.]]
13th Jan '17 3:28:41 AM Doug86
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** Averted (or possibly invoked) later on in ''Deathstalker Legacy'', when Jesamine asks Lewis, shortly after they've first consummated their affair, if he's familiar with the plot of MacBeth. Lewis tells her not to even joke about that. [[spoiler: Not long afterward, everything goes to hell, in both Lewis and Jesamine's life and the Empire as a whole.]]

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** Averted (or possibly invoked) later on in ''Deathstalker Legacy'', when Jesamine asks Lewis, shortly after they've first consummated their affair, if he's familiar with the plot of MacBeth.''Theatre/Macbeth''. Lewis tells her not to even joke about that. [[spoiler: Not long afterward, everything goes to hell, in both Lewis and Jesamine's life and the Empire as a whole.]]
28th Oct '16 3:35:09 PM dlchen145
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* TheChick: Evangeline Shreck, though she gets her {{Badass}} ActionGirl moment.

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* TheChick: Evangeline Shreck, though she gets her {{Badass}} badass ActionGirl moment.
1st Oct '16 8:49:17 AM ErikModi
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In short, the ''Deathstalker'' series is a FantasyKitchenSink SpaceOpera, soft as warm butter on the [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness Mohs scale]], and is [[SerialNovel sliced up into hundred- or two-hundred-page sections]] which could generally stand as stories on their own right. One can expect quite a lot of {{HSQ}} and similar moments when explaining any given segment, particularly as one reads further on. Finally, outside of the series itself, there are a handful of other stories written by Creator/SimonRGreen in the same universe, including the compilation ''Twilight of the Empire''.

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In short, the ''Deathstalker'' series is a FantasyKitchenSink SpaceOpera, soft as warm butter on the [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness Mohs scale]], and is [[SerialNovel sliced up into hundred- or two-hundred-page sections]] which could generally stand as stories on their own right. The recipe is simple: one part StarWars, two parts French Revolution, and a dash of AffectionateParody, satire, and Lovecraftian horror, liberally sprinkled with CrowningMomentOfFunny. One can expect quite a lot of {{HSQ}} and similar moments when explaining any given segment, particularly as one reads further on. Finally, outside of the series itself, there are a handful of other stories written by Creator/SimonRGreen in the same universe, including the compilation ''Twilight of the Empire''.
1st Oct '16 8:43:49 AM ErikModi
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** [[spoiler: Alicia VomAcht Deathstalker, the super-esper, tries to hijack Joy, the Ecstatic, to advance her plan of human domination. [[AndIMustScream Instead she ends up trapped in a mind that makes no sense with no way out.]]

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** [[spoiler: Alicia VomAcht [=VomAcht=] Deathstalker, the super-esper, tries to hijack Joy, the Ecstatic, to advance her plan of human domination. [[AndIMustScream Instead she ends up trapped in a mind that makes no sense with no way out.]]]]]]



* TrueCompanions: Much as Lewis, Jesamine, Brett, and Rose snipe at each other, in ''Deathstalker Coda'' when the Mistport council rather bluntly questions why they should waste time on this RagtagBunchOfMistfits, everyone leaps to each other's defense, justifying why they've survived everything the series has thrown at them this far.

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* TrueCompanions: Much as Lewis, Jesamine, Brett, and Rose snipe at each other, in ''Deathstalker Coda'' when the Mistport council rather bluntly questions why they should waste time on this RagtagBunchOfMistfits, RagtagBunchOfMisfits, everyone leaps to each other's defense, justifying why they've survived everything the series has thrown at them this far.
1st Oct '16 8:39:34 AM ErikModi
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* ShootTheMessenger: It takes quite some time for [[spoiler: Finn]] to be informed not just of [[spoiler: the fleet he sent to engage Lewis' fleet defecting]], but the incipient invasion by the combined fleet, mostly because no one wanted to be the one actually tell him. They finally found a fanatic with "as strong sense of duty and no real sense of self-preservation." One [[spoiler: Finn]] is sure he's heard every detail, he beats the messenger to death with his bare hands.

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* ShootTheMessenger: It takes quite some time for [[spoiler: Finn]] to be informed not just of [[spoiler: the fleet he sent to engage Lewis' fleet defecting]], but the incipient invasion by the combined fleet, mostly because no one wanted to be the one actually tell him. They finally found a fanatic with "as "a strong sense of duty and no real sense of self-preservation." One Once [[spoiler: Finn]] is sure he's heard every detail, he beats the messenger to death with his bare hands.
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