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Old 04-09-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Big Jack is Dead by Harvey Smith


Harvey Smith, the award winning designer behind classic games like System Shock, Deus Ex and the recently released Dishonored has released his first novel, Big Jack is Dead.

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Jack Hickman is an antisocial software exec who designs team-building applications in the late 1990s. Controlled and calculating, his world begins to splinter when he learns - in the middle of a corporate meeting - that his father has committed suicide. Returning home to the Gulf Coast, Jack struggles with a host of unresolved feelings as he buries the man he hated most.

Interwoven throughout the novel, chapters set in the 1970s depict Jack as a boy, chronicling his relationships with a storm-tossed mother and a menacing father, living in the shadows of the petrochemical plants scattered along the Gulf Coast.

The novel highlights the differences between life in California at the end of the Dot-Com era and life in blue collar Texas during the 1970s, contrasting Jack as a man and as a child, and showing how the people who bring us into world shape us forever.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like someone wanted to write the Great American Novel. Which means it's probably boring and full of pithy life lessons and a hollow character that fills out as he struggles with concepts of life, death, finality, and legacy.

Yawn.
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This sounds as boring as vallor AND his description combined. PASS!
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This sounds as boring as vallor AND his description combined. PASS!
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Sounds like someone wanted to write the Great American Novel. Which means it's probably boring and full of pithy life lessons and a hollow character that fills out as he struggles with concepts of life, death, finality, and legacy.

Yawn.
Just registered to add some info in response to this, because I think it's unfair. The novel seems to be largely autobiographical. See this interview: http://www.polygon.com/2012/9/28/342...-men-of-arkane

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"I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast," Smith said. "My dad was a welder and my mom was ... she overdosed in front of me when I was 6. And my dad killed himself. And he was violent. So for me, it was like ... it was a question of what am I going to do? I wanted to write, and I loved video games, but I hated my small town. I hated life there. It was so oppressive."
It doesn't necessarily mean your guesses are wrong, but the book is about stuff Smith has been through and dealt with throughout his life.
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Thats some heavy shit right there.

Even if the book is slow - for someone who didn't end up in a prison & actually kept their life on track due to events like this... certainly MUST have a lot of character.

I dunno if I'll read the book - but I'd like to have a beer w/ this guy.
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