History Literature / RemoteMan

31st Jan '14 6:19:54 AM Zadia
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* CollectorOfTheStrange: The crazy woman Ned and Rocky meet in New York who has dozens and dozens of perfectly-cleaned and preserved animal skeletons, who claims that she's preserving them for generations to come because they'll most likely be extinct by then.


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* CultureClash: Janet and Ned go shopping and freak out the staff when they reveal that they don't have a car.


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* GoryDiscretionShot: A text example: Ned gets an email from a guy who worked for Laana, telling him about a time when Laana packed some rare birds into tubes and sedated them prior to transporting them. Unfortunately, the drugs wore off and the birds [[NightmareFuel tore themselves to pieces.]] Thankfully, we don't get details.


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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A missing python -> international animal smuggling.


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* PoorCommunicationKills: Ned and Janet stay with Martha while in America. Sadly, the date of their arrival gets mixed up, so Martha's gone for the weekend when they get there and they end up having to camp on her lawn for a couple of days.
22nd Mar '13 11:06:31 AM VPhantom
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* BearsAreBadNews: Averted. The bears are never a threat to anyone, though the potential danger is pointed out by several of the adults.



* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Averted. The bears are never a threat to anyone, though the potential danger is pointed out by several of the adults.
27th Aug '12 10:34:03 AM ArcadesSabboth
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''RemoteMan'' is an [[AustralianLiterature Australian young adult novel]] by Elizabeth Honey. The main character is Melbourne-born teenager Ned Spinner, a reptile-enthusiast and computer geek, whose mother, an arboriculturist named Janet, suffers a severe mental breakdown in the early chapters. Ned is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle in Wakwak, Northern Territory while she recovers. While there, he makes fast friends with his cousin Kate, who he has previously kept in e-mail contact with. With permission from the local indigenous kids, she shows him a rare Oenpelli Python. A few days later, Ned naively mentions the python to [[{{Eagleland}} an unpleasant American tourist]] (nicknamed The Cowboy) at his uncle's gallery.

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''RemoteMan'' ''Remote Man'' is an [[AustralianLiterature Australian young adult novel]] by Elizabeth Honey. The main character is Melbourne-born teenager Ned Spinner, a reptile-enthusiast and computer geek, whose mother, an arboriculturist named Janet, suffers a severe mental breakdown in the early chapters. Ned is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle in Wakwak, Northern Territory while she recovers. While there, he makes fast friends with his cousin Kate, who he has previously kept in e-mail contact with. With permission from the local indigenous kids, she shows him a rare Oenpelli Python. A few days later, Ned naively mentions the python to [[{{Eagleland}} an unpleasant American tourist]] (nicknamed The Cowboy) at his uncle's gallery.



* {{Free Range Children}}/{{Parental Obliviousness}}: Played with. Ned and Rocky are on the frontline of the plan to take down Laana for most of the book, doing a lot of unsupervised investigating in the woods, around Concord and Acton, and in the middle of Manhattan, with Janet, Martha and Rocky's parents being none-the-wiser. On the other hand, they can't do everything themselves, and are forced to rely on Janet to chaperone them in New York (under the belief that they're in it for the Museum of Natural History's dinosaur exhibit - which they are, at least partly) and on the stakeout at the Donut Shack towards the end. It's only when [[spoiler: Ned escalates the situation by taking the iguana from Laana's car before he can drive off]] that she gets a hint of what he's been up to.

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* {{Free Range Children}}/{{Parental Obliviousness}}: FreeRangeChildren / ParentalObliviousness: Played with. Ned and Rocky are on the frontline of the plan to take down Laana for most of the book, doing a lot of unsupervised investigating in the woods, around Concord and Acton, and in the middle of Manhattan, with Janet, Martha and Rocky's parents being none-the-wiser. On the other hand, they can't do everything themselves, and are forced to rely on Janet to chaperone them in New York (under the belief that they're in it for the Museum of Natural History's dinosaur exhibit - which they are, at least partly) and on the stakeout at the Donut Shack towards the end. It's only when [[spoiler: Ned escalates the situation by taking the iguana from Laana's car before he can drive off]] that she gets a hint of what he's been up to.



* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted. Ned, Rocky and Ja keep pet snakes or lizards, and at least two of Laana's poaching jobs have been reptiles.



* {{Stylistic Suck}}/{{Take Our Word For It}}: The acting in Laana's last film ''Revenge With A Vengeance'' is described as being worse than cardboard cutouts, the film's only saving grace being the stunt work in the climactic scene.

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* {{Stylistic Suck}}/{{Take Our Word For It}}: StylisticSuck / TakeOurWordForIt: The acting in Laana's last film ''Revenge With A Vengeance'' is described as being worse than cardboard cutouts, the film's only saving grace being the stunt work in the climactic scene.



* {{Troll}}/{{Griefer}}: Kate/Kuza has several encounters with a sleazy cyber-stalker going by the name Toxic. He never manages to locate her in The Kelp Room, thankfully.

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* {{Troll}}/{{Griefer}}: {{Troll}} / {{Griefer}}: Kate/Kuza has several encounters with a sleazy cyber-stalker going by the name Toxic. He never manages to locate her in The Kelp Room, thankfully.



* {{Writers Cannot Do Math}}/{{Critical Research Failure}}: Thankgiving is featured about three fifths of the way through the book, yet the climax takes place on November 30th, with several weeks of planning in between.

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* {{Writers Cannot Do Math}}/{{Critical Research Failure}}: WritersCannotDoMath / CriticalResearchFailure: Thankgiving is featured about three fifths of the way through the book, yet the climax takes place on November 30th, with several weeks of planning in between.between.

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10th Mar '12 5:23:25 AM LawaClato
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* ContrivedCoincidence: What's the chance that Kate, Ned and Rocky would meet just the right people online to help them?

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* ContrivedCoincidence: What's the chance that Kate, Ned and Rocky would meet just the right people online to help them?them? Though, to be fair, Kate had to go through several Jamaican chatrooms before coming across Ja and presumably did the same in French chatrooms between chapters before finding Yvette.


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** The biggest, though, may be Ned being in the same gallery Laana visited on the same day, only weeks before arriving in the same town where [[spoiler: his son is incarcerated]] and where the bears were taken.
6th Mar '12 12:35:12 AM Zadia
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''Remote Man'' contains examples of:

* AbandonedWarehouse: The online equivalent, a disused chatroom or message board (it's not quite clear which) belonging to a kelp harvesting company (who are implied to not even know how it works), where Ned and his friends plan their attack.

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''Remote !!''Remote Man'' contains examples of:

* AbandonedWarehouse: The online equivalent, a disused chatroom or message board (it's not quite clear which) belonging to a kelp harvesting company (who are implied to not even know how it works), where Ned and his friends plan their attack.



* ContrivedCoincidence: What's the chance that Kate, Ned and Rocky would meet just the right people online to help them?
** And that Ned would just happen to come across a chatroom that nobody was using and that he could guess the password to?



* {{Stylistic Suck}}/{{Take Our Word For It}}: The acting in Laana's last film ''RevengeWithAVengeance'' is described as being worse than cardboard cutouts, the film's only saving grace being the stunt work in the climactic scene.

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* {{Stylistic Suck}}/{{Take Our Word For It}}: The acting in Laana's last film ''RevengeWithAVengeance'' ''Revenge With A Vengeance'' is described as being worse than cardboard cutouts, the film's only saving grace being the stunt work in the climactic scene.
1st Mar '12 8:30:52 PM LawaClato
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* {{Free Range Children}}/{{Parental Obliviousness}}: Played with. Ned and Rocky are on the frontline of the plan to take down Laana for most of the book, doing a lot of unsupervised investigating in the woods, around Concord and Acton, and in the middle of Manhattan, with Janet, Martha and Rocky's parents being none-the-wiser. On the other hand, they can't do everything themselves, and are forced to rely on Janet to chaperone them in New York and on the stakeout at the Donut Shack towards the end. It's only when [[spoiler: Ned escalates the situation by taking the iguana from Laana's car before he can drive off]] that she gets a hint of what he's been up to.

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* {{Free Range Children}}/{{Parental Obliviousness}}: Played with. Ned and Rocky are on the frontline of the plan to take down Laana for most of the book, doing a lot of unsupervised investigating in the woods, around Concord and Acton, and in the middle of Manhattan, with Janet, Martha and Rocky's parents being none-the-wiser. On the other hand, they can't do everything themselves, and are forced to rely on Janet to chaperone them in New York (under the belief that they're in it for the Museum of Natural History's dinosaur exhibit - which they are, at least partly) and on the stakeout at the Donut Shack towards the end. It's only when [[spoiler: Ned escalates the situation by taking the iguana from Laana's car before he can drive off]] that she gets a hint of what he's been up to.to.
** [[spoiler: Kate's trip to Concord towards the end is worth a mention, though it's made clear that she'll be in a mountain of trouble when she gets home, not least for using Laana's credit card number]].
1st Mar '12 8:25:54 PM LawaClato
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* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Averted. The bears are never a threat to anyone, though the potential danger is pointed out by several of the adults.
* FatalMethodActing: In-universe. Frank Laana's brother Jay was killed in a botched stunt on their last movie together.



* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Averted. The bears are never a threat to anyone, though the potential danger is pointed out by several of the adults.
* FatalMethodActing: In-universe. Frank Laana's brother Jay was killed in a botched stunt on their last movie together.

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* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Averted. The bears {{Free Range Children}}/{{Parental Obliviousness}}: Played with. Ned and Rocky are never a threat to anyone, though on the potential danger is pointed out by several frontline of the adults.
* FatalMethodActing: In-universe. Frank
plan to take down Laana for most of the book, doing a lot of unsupervised investigating in the woods, around Concord and Acton, and in the middle of Manhattan, with Janet, Martha and Rocky's parents being none-the-wiser. On the other hand, they can't do everything themselves, and are forced to rely on Janet to chaperone them in New York and on the stakeout at the Donut Shack towards the end. It's only when [[spoiler: Ned escalates the situation by taking the iguana from Laana's brother Jay was killed in car before he can drive off]] that she gets a botched stunt on their last movie together.hint of what he's been up to.
1st Mar '12 8:14:26 PM LawaClato
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* ClusterFBomb: Some of Kate's chat messages, though [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar she never actually spells it properly]].
1st Mar '12 8:11:52 PM LawaClato
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* {{Stylistic Suck}}/{{Take Our Word For It}}: The acting Laana's last film ''RevengeWithAVengeance'' is described as being worse than cardboard cutouts, the film's only saving grace being the stunt work in the climactic scene.

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* {{Stylistic Suck}}/{{Take Our Word For It}}: The acting in Laana's last film ''RevengeWithAVengeance'' is described as being worse than cardboard cutouts, the film's only saving grace being the stunt work in the climactic scene.
21st Feb '12 4:28:23 AM LawaClato
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* TheAllegedCar: After arriving in Concord, Janet buys a 1987 Chevy Cavalier sedan. Martha and Janet nickname it the Hunk'o'junk, and with good reason: it's only barely roadworthy, incredibly noisy

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* TheAllegedCar: After arriving in Concord, Janet buys a 1987 Chevy Cavalier sedan. Martha and Janet nickname it the Hunk'o'junk, and with good reason: it's only barely roadworthy, incredibly noisynoisy and in such bad condition that [[spoiler: the exhaust falls off, albeit at the best possible moment]].
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