the card man

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Lord Tyrion

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Oct 24, 2013
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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Alternate Reality

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Apr 4, 2014
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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Sep 9, 2015
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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