History Literature / TheStarsMyDestination

25th Jan '16 10:28:04 AM Antigone3
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* SkipTheAnesthetic: After Gully and Jisbella escape from prison, they go to a BackAlleyDoctor to have his EmbarrassingTattoo bleached from his face so that he's less recognizable by the authorities. Since the two have just had a nasty argument, she puts up money for the procedure but not the anesthetic. Eventually though, she can't stand his pain and gives in and pays the extra money.
16th Oct '15 9:45:17 AM Black_Diesel
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14th Sep '15 1:19:31 AM JakesBrain
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** Subverted in that they're not actually "yellow." The book states that jaunting has blurred racial lines to the point that a person's name is generally the only indicator of their nationality.
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** Subverted in that they're not actually "yellow." The book states that jaunting has blurred racial lines to the point that a person's name is generally the only reliable indicator of their nationality.
3rd Jul '15 8:12:18 AM MrDeath
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There's no need for all that emphasis.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Invoked, as this is how the super rich demonstrate their status. While anyone can jaunte, status is shown by taking mundane transportation, on the logic that you're rich enough to spend money on things you don't need and important enough to make people wait for you. One huge gala has a cavalcade of bigwigs arriving in increasingly old fashioned ways, starting with helicopters and cars, and ending with Gully's grand entrance in a ''train'' - a '''steam-powered''' train - while his employees '''''lay down the tracks in front of him.'''''
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Invoked, as this is how the super rich demonstrate their status. While anyone can jaunte, status is shown by taking mundane transportation, on the logic that you're rich enough to spend money on things you don't need and important enough to make people wait for you. One huge gala has a cavalcade of bigwigs arriving in increasingly old fashioned ways, starting with helicopters and cars, and ending with Gully's grand entrance in a ''train'' - a '''steam-powered''' steam-powered train - while his employees '''''lay lay down the tracks in front of him.'''''
2nd Jul '15 7:22:18 PM Kalaong
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Invoked, as this is how the super rich demonstrate their status. While anyone can jaunte, status is shown by taking mundane transportation, on the logic that you're rich enough to spend money on things you don't need and important enough to make people wait for you. One huge gala has a cavalcade of bigwigs arriving in increasingly old fashioned ways, starting with helicopters and cars, and ending with Gully's grand entrance on a train while his employees ''lay down the tracks in front of him''.
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Invoked, as this is how the super rich demonstrate their status. While anyone can jaunte, status is shown by taking mundane transportation, on the logic that you're rich enough to spend money on things you don't need and important enough to make people wait for you. One huge gala has a cavalcade of bigwigs arriving in increasingly old fashioned ways, starting with helicopters and cars, and ending with Gully's grand entrance on in a ''train'' - a '''steam-powered''' train - while his employees ''lay '''''lay down the tracks in front of him''.him.'''''
25th Mar '15 8:50:06 PM enderheisenberg
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* WalkingWasteland: Dagenham. Mildly subverted in that he can avoid causing damage if he limits his interactions with the world outside his radiation-proof chamber.
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* WalkingWasteland: Dagenham. Mildly subverted in that he can avoid causing damage if he limits his interactions with the world outside his radiation-proof chamber. Because of Creator/AlanMoore's love for this book, he became the basis of Dr. Manhattan.
25th Mar '15 3:56:33 PM Kalaong
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* DrivingQuestion: Why did the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? [[spoiler:They were [[TheIllegal illegally transporting refugees]]. Not only that, they were ThrownOutTheAirlock instead of risking getting caught by Immigration on the other end. So even if they'd picked Foyle up, they'd have had to kill him anyway [[HeKnowsTooMuch once he found out]].]] Who specifically ordered the crew of the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? That's a doozy. [[spoiler:'''''Jisbella.''''']]
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* DrivingQuestion: Why did the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? [[spoiler:They were [[TheIllegal illegally transporting refugees]]. Not only that, they were ThrownOutTheAirlock instead of risking getting caught by Immigration on the other end. So even if they'd picked Foyle up, they'd have had to kill him anyway [[HeKnowsTooMuch once he found out]].]] Who specifically ordered the crew of the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? That's a doozy. [[spoiler:'''''Jisbella.''''']][[spoiler:'''''Olivia Presteign.''''' And she gave Foyle the Driving Questions because she admired his determination and hoped the quest would prove them NotSoDifferent - determined to punish a CrapsackWorld for failing to care for their fates; his to be abandoned in space, hers to be a blind trophy wife.]]
25th Mar '15 3:38:04 PM Kalaong
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* DrivingQuestion: Why did the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? [[spoiler:They were [[TheIllegal illegally transporting refugees]]. Not only that, they were ThrownOutTheAirlock instead of risking getting caught by Immigration on the other end. So even if they'd picked Foyle up, they'd have had to kill him anyway [[HeKnowsTooMuch once he found out]].]] Who specifically ordered the crew of the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? That's a doozy. [[spoiler:'''''Jisbella.''''']]
1st Nov '14 4:32:11 AM StClair
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--> Office Flunky: Mr. Presteign. --> Presteign: There are millions of men called "Mr. Presteign". I am the Presteign of Presteign. You will address me as Presteign.
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--> Office Flunky: '''Office Flunky:''' Mr. Presteign. --> Presteign: '''Presteign:''' There are millions of men called "Mr. Presteign". I am the Presteign of Presteign. You will address me as Presteign.
1st Nov '14 4:30:41 AM StClair
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* SuperSpeed: Foyle eventually has his body upgraded with various functions, including being able to think and move five times faster than normal humans. Notably, it doesn't give him SuperToughness, so he has to avoid accidentally bumping into anything while super speed is engaged--''especially'' in people who also possess this ability.
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* SuperSpeed: Foyle eventually has his body upgraded with various functions, including being able to think and move five times faster than normal humans. Notably, it doesn't give him SuperToughness, so he has to avoid accidentally bumping into anything while super speed is engaged--''especially'' in other people who also possess this ability.ability. (His one brief skirmish with some Martian commandos resembles a sped-up game of touch football, in which an actual collision would be messily fatal to both parties.)

** Modern Tattoo removal techniques are far more sophisticated and effective than what's presented in the book. The book implies that tattooing is something of a lost art on earth, which may explain why Foyle couldn't just get laser surgery. *** A nasty side effect of the tattoo removal Foyle gets is that his face is full of capillary-rich scars - if he gets excited, he will give himself away. So the later half of the book has him on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge while getting mad will get him killed.
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** Modern Tattoo tattoo removal techniques are far more sophisticated and effective than what's presented in the book. The book implies that tattooing is something of a lost art on earth, Earth, which may explain why Foyle couldn't just get laser surgery. *** A nasty side effect of the tattoo removal treatment Foyle gets is that his face is full of capillary-rich scars - if he gets excited, he will give himself away. So the later half of the book has him on his having to conduct a RoaringRampageOfRevenge while getting mad will get him found out and killed.

--> Presteign: There are millions of men called "Mr. Presteign". I am the Presteign of Presteign. You will adress me as Presteign.
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--> Presteign: There are millions of men called "Mr. Presteign". I am the Presteign of Presteign. You will adress address me as Presteign.

* TookALevelInBadass: Goes from a living object to relentless killing machine to [[spoiler: effectively transcendent]] through the course of the novel, [[BerserkButton all because some passersby decided not to give him a life-saving lift.]]
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* TookALevelInBadass: Goes from a living object to relentless killing machine to [[spoiler: effectively transcendent]] through the course of the novel, [[BerserkButton all because some passersby decided not to give him a life-saving lift.rescue him.]]

* VirtualRealityInterrogation: There is an attempt to get information from the protagonist by simulating for him [[LotusEaterMachine a reality where he is rich and happy]], and his adventures are AllJustADream. He spots AGlitchInTheMatrix (his own reflection) right before talking.
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* VirtualRealityInterrogation: There is an attempt to get information from the protagonist by simulating for him [[LotusEaterMachine a reality where he is rich and happy]], and his adventures are AllJustADream. He spots AGlitchInTheMatrix (his own reflection) right before talking. (His false identity in the simulation eventually becomes the basis for the one he assumes to carry out his revenge.)
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