History Literature / Otherland

31st Jan '16 6:13:07 PM GrammarNavi
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''Otherland'' is an epic PostCyberpunk novel series written by TadWilliams, comprising four volumes: ''City of Golden Shadow'' (1996), ''River of Blue Fire'' (1998), ''Mountain of Black Glass'' (1999), and ''Sea of Silver Light'' (2001).

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''Otherland'' is an epic PostCyberpunk novel series written by TadWilliams, Creator/TadWilliams, comprising four volumes: ''City of Golden Shadow'' (1996), ''River of Blue Fire'' (1998), ''Mountain of Black Glass'' (1999), and ''Sea of Silver Light'' (2001).



If this sounds like a long synopsis, [[{{Doorstopper}} wait until you read the books themselves]]. TadWilliams prides himself on the interweaving of [[TwoLinesNoWaiting multiple plot threads]] and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters enormous casts of characters]], and even more on having the reader actually care about what happens to them. This despite the fairly standard CyberPunk setting and rather more pages than necessary spent on the way to each plot point. It's notable for having a fantastically diverse cast and treating them all with respect. The story could also be read as a FantasticAesop about the dangers of seeking {{Immortality}}.

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If this sounds like a long synopsis, [[{{Doorstopper}} wait until you read the books themselves]]. TadWilliams Creator/TadWilliams prides himself on the interweaving of [[TwoLinesNoWaiting multiple plot threads]] and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters enormous casts of characters]], and even more on having the reader actually care about what happens to them. This despite the fairly standard CyberPunk setting and rather more pages than necessary spent on the way to each plot point. It's notable for having a fantastically diverse cast and treating them all with respect. The story could also be read as a FantasticAesop about the dangers of seeking {{Immortality}}.



* {{Doorstopper}}: TadWilliams continues in the tradition started with ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''.

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* {{Doorstopper}}: TadWilliams Creator/TadWilliams continues in the tradition started with ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''.
6th Dec '15 4:00:23 PM morenohijazo
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* LeafBoat: The heroes' boat turns into a leaf when they travel into a simulation in which they're smaller than the local insects.
8th Sep '15 1:04:40 PM SolariusScorch
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* NotDisabledInVR: Orlando again. He's dying from progeria and spending most of his time as mighty Thargor the Barbarian.
2nd Sep '15 6:04:11 AM Morgenthaler
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-> ''"[[ArcWords An angel touched me. An angel touched me. The river washed me, and now I am clean.]]"''

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-> ''"[[ArcWords An ''"An angel touched me. An angel touched me. The river washed me, and now I am clean.]]"''"''
17th Aug '15 10:24:29 PM phoenix
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* MommyIssues: Dread, just a wee tad.
22nd Dec '14 9:11:49 AM Fighteer
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* TheDragon: Dread is this for Jongleur, though only because it gives him an outlet for his various homicidal and otherwise sociopathic impulses.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Dread, to an extent thoroughly unanticipated by Jongleur.

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* TheDragon: Dread is this for Jongleur, though only because it gives him an outlet for acts as Jongleur's pet hunting dog, assassinating his various homicidal enemies and otherwise sociopathic impulses.running errands that he's too busy to do himself. Jongleur hoped at one point to make Dread his protege and even bring him into his inner circle, but he proves too unstable to control. Throughout the story, Dread is the proximate physical threat to the protagonists' well-being, and his defeat is what frees them to finally hunt down the Grail Brotherhood.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Dread, Dread is mostly content to an extent thoroughly unanticipated be Jongleur's attack dog, but chafes at his master's absolute control, which is enforced by Jongleur.pain. But Dread is the master of pain, and his submission a ruse. He constantly probes and pushes, looking for a way to turn the tables. He finds it in Otherland, as his peculiar psychic power allows him to bypass the security protocols surrounding the Other and take control of it.
22nd Dec '14 9:04:51 AM Fighteer
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* DeathByLookingUp: In the climax, most of the characters are too busy to notice the impending ColonyDrop until it's far too late to stop it.
* DeepImmersionGaming: Implicit in the VR game worlds, done quite a bit more seriously in Otherland itself.

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* DeathByLookingUp: In the climax, most of the characters are too busy to notice the impending ColonyDrop until it's far too late to stop it.
* DeepImmersionGaming: Implicit in
it. [[spoiler:[[ThoseTwoBadGuys Finney and Mudd]] don't notice until Olga points it out, at which point they uselessly attempt to flee. Jongleur sees it on his security feed and attempts to start the Grail process in order to survive, but is instead "eaten" by the Other.]]
* DeepImmersionGaming:
** In
VR game worlds, done quite a bit more seriously in worlds like the Middle Kingdom, dedicated players may spend days online and get so deep in-character that they seem to have two complete lives.
**
Otherland itself.takes this to its logical conclusion, as its creators plan to create permanent virtual copies of themselves to live eternally in the network's fantastic worlds. Once the system starts closing down in preparation for their ceremony, anyone still inside is trapped, unable to disconnect, and due to the Other's strange BrownNote effects, dying online kills their real bodies.
22nd Dec '14 8:44:40 AM Fighteer
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* ColonyDrop: At the end, the Other [[spoiler:crashes the satellite it is housed in into the headquarters of J Corp.]] The chapter in which this occurs is poetically titled "Star Over Louisiana".



* DeathByLookingUp: In the climax, most of the characters are too busy to notice the impending DeathFromAbove until it's far too late to stop it.
* DeathFromAbove: At the end, the Other [[spoiler:crashes the satellite it is housed in into the headquarters of J Corp.]] The chapter in which this occurs is poetically titled "Star Over Louisiana".

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* DeathByLookingUp: In the climax, most of the characters are too busy to notice the impending DeathFromAbove ColonyDrop until it's far too late to stop it.
* DeathFromAbove: At the end, the Other [[spoiler:crashes the satellite it is housed in into the headquarters of J Corp.]] The chapter in which this occurs is poetically titled "Star Over Louisiana".
it.
14th Oct '14 11:05:30 AM Fighteer
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* PlacebotinumEffect: The characters comment on how Otherland's experience is "too real" for any current computer technology to produce, including having no apparent latency, which should be impossible, not to mention the BrownNote effects. The Other's true nature reveals why this is the case: [[spoiler:its psychic influence is creating an illusion of hyper-reality in users' minds]].
10th May '14 6:52:26 PM DeckardCanine
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* SamusIsAGirl: Orlando is surprised to learn that his long-time online buddy Sam Fredericks is actually Salome Fredericks.

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* SamusIsAGirl: Orlando is surprised to learn that his long-time online RPG buddy Sam [[GenderBlenderName Sam]] Fredericks is actually Salome Fredericks.
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