the card man

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by Cristian M, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the card man is the main character older self from the future branched time lines.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...there ARE other worlds than this...
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  3. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    I didn't get that guy much, but he was an interesting plod point. Made me slow down my reading and ponder.

    (Thanks for that book, Ally)
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  4. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    At first I thought he was going to be like a "low-man-in a yellow coat" type character. Toward the end I just took him (them) at face value. Wonder if we'll get a spin off book about them. They are human, how'd they get that crappy job?
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  5. Lord Tyrion

    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    I wasn't a fan of the card man's scene when he explained time travel. It felt like exposition we didn't need. A lot of what he explained we could have figured out ourselves.
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  6. Definitely made me think a lot too when this guy was introduced and after a while made complete sense. Really enjoyed the card man.
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  7. Rarebit

    Rarebit Member

    I was disappointed by what the card man turned out to be. I had been expecting something completely different, more ominous, sinister. In fact, I thought it would he would turn out to be a direct adversary--or a direct victim of an adversary.

    And I didn't really like the explanation offered for the card man/men, at the end. Everything else in the story had seemed within the reach of believability, as unrealistic as the time-travel wormhole might otherwise seem. But that last bit, about the card men being tied to that job, went too far off into the fantastical for me.

    I guess that's probably because I tend to most like stories that are (seemingly) very grounded in reality, in which you are only asked to stretch your imagination a little bit (like in a lot of Michael Crichton).
    -- On further reflection, maybe I should amend that last thought: I guess I tend to most like stories ... that start out the way this one did ... if they are (seemingly) very grounded in reality....
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