History DownerEnding / Literature

13th Jul '17 2:52:13 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* James A. Michener's collection ''Creatures of the Kingdom'', which includes segments from six of his novels and one original story, has more than half of its sixteen stories end this way, as the animal character that the story is focused on either dies or loses a family member.
** ''Diplodocus, the Dinosaur'' (originally from ''Centennial''): The title character, mortally wounded, goes back into the swamp and dies.
** ''A Miracle of Evolution'' (originally from ''Centennial''): Covers the evolution of the horse, and follows the life of one in particular, ending in his being killed by wolves, just as his mate and colt had.
** ''Matriarch, the Woolly Mammoth'' (originally from ''Alaska''): Ends with the mammoths encountering the humans who kill one and will eventually drive the species to extinction.
** ''Portrait of Rufous'' (originally from ''Centennial''): Ends with the death of the title bison after he's become an outcast from his herd.
** ''The Beaver'' (originally from ''Centennial''): ends with the title character losing her mate and any chance at having any more children beyond the single litter she already had.
** ''The Eagle and the Snake'' (originally from ''Centennial''): follows a rattlesnake, and ends with it being killed by a human; the sub-segment ''Epilogue: The Death of Elly Zahm'' ends with the title character (and her unborn child) being killed by a different rattlesnake.
** ''The Hyena'' (originally from ''The Covenant''): The title character dies before he and his human companion can return to the man's home.
** ''Nerka the Salmon'' (originally from ''Alaska''): Follows the life cycle of a single Sockeye salmon, from his birth to his death after spawning.
** ''Jimmy the Crab'' (originally from ''Chesapeake''): Ends with the deaths of the title character and his mate as they couple; their deaths are due to a hurricane having caused massive flooding, and the floodwater carried a great deal of sewage with it into the Chesapeake Bay where the two crabs lived, poisoning its waters and the majority of its wildlife.
11th Jul '17 8:33:20 PM SchisselEL1
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* ''Creator/MarkTwain'''s short story [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3174 A Dog's Tale]]. "Poor little doggie, you saved ''his'' child."
24th May '17 7:30:39 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': DownerEnding connects with BittersweetEnding; The two main heroes live HappilyEverAfter and the leopard will be transported to a zoo instead of being killed, but humanity still doesn't care about Nature and continues to destroy it. A very sad story when you see it in this perspective.
19th May '17 9:17:05 AM Neromenian
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': DownerEnding connects with BittersweetEnding; The two main heroes live HappilyEverAfter and the leopard will be transported to a zoo instead of being killed, but humanity still doesn't care about Nature and continues to destroy it. A very sad story when you see it in this perspective.
5th May '17 7:53:28 AM Davem33
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' aren't the happiest books in the world, but book 11 ends on a really depressing note. Sure, they found the traitor on the Council, but the whole thing was a set up to get the Black Council's guy on the Senior Council. Morgan, who was a JerkAss but a completely loyal one, is dead. Anastasia Luccio, the woman Harry has been dating, turns out to have been [[MindControl mentally coerced]] by the spy into the relationship in order to keep an eye on Harry. And Harry's half-brother, Thomas, has given into his vampire side after being tortured by the skin-walker and fed humans by it, and has returned to the White Court.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' aren't the happiest books in the world, but book 11 ends on a really depressing note. Sure, they found the traitor on the Council, but the whole thing was a set up to get the Black Council's guy on the Senior Council. Morgan, who was a JerkAss but a completely loyal one, is dead. Anastasia Luccio, the woman Harry has been dating, turns out to have been [[MindControl mentally coerced]] by the spy into the relationship in order to keep an eye on Harry. And Harry's half-brother, Thomas, has given into his vampire side after being tortured by the skin-walker and fed humans by it, and has returned to the White Court. [[note]](and the next book starts from there and goes downhill fast.)[[/note]]
17th Apr '17 4:08:55 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheSorcererOfTheWildeeps'': The book ends with what looks like an AmbiguousEnding, but upon closer inspection it's heavily implied that Isa dies at the hands of the second jukiere because he is, for a split second, distracted by Demane arriving at the scene, and [[TheMedic Demane]] is unable to heal him. So Demane has to stay back at the Wildeeps until he has tracked down and killed the remaining jukiere, possibly also dying himself in the process, as the first, older jukiere already took almost all he had to kill. And he has to deal with feeling responsible for his lover's death.
7th Apr '17 9:31:08 PM RighteousFury
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* ''Enter the ComicBook/XMen'', a children's book adaptation of the "Night of the Sentinels" two-part pilot of the [[WesternAnimation/XMen 90's animated cartoon]] inexplicably doesn't include the second half of Part 2, ending with Jubilee kidnapped, Morph dead, Beast arrested, and Wolverine having his powers drained by Rogue when he attempts to go back for the latter two.

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* ''Enter the ComicBook/XMen'', a Random House children's book adaptation of the "Night of the Sentinels" two-part pilot of the [[WesternAnimation/XMen 90's animated cartoon]] inexplicably doesn't include has the second half of Part 2, 2 AdaptedOut, ending with Jubilee kidnapped, Morph dead, Beast arrested, and Wolverine having his powers drained by Rogue when he attempts to go back for the latter two.
10th Mar '17 9:35:36 PM Prfnoff
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* ''The Genocides'' by Thomas Disch ends with a chapter of FauxlosophicalNarration pondering the extinction of humanity.
6th Mar '17 6:02:19 AM RighteousFury
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* ''Enter the ComicBook/XMen'', a children's book adaptation of the "Night of the Sentinels" two-part pilot of the [[WesternAnimation/XMenTheAnimatedSeries 90's animated cartoon]] inexplicably doesn't include the second half of Part 2, ending with Jubilee kidnapped, Morph dead, Beast arrested, and Wolverine having his powers drained by Rogue when he attempts to go back for the latter two.

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* ''Enter the ComicBook/XMen'', a children's book adaptation of the "Night of the Sentinels" two-part pilot of the [[WesternAnimation/XMenTheAnimatedSeries [[WesternAnimation/XMen 90's animated cartoon]] inexplicably doesn't include the second half of Part 2, ending with Jubilee kidnapped, Morph dead, Beast arrested, and Wolverine having his powers drained by Rogue when he attempts to go back for the latter two.
6th Mar '17 6:01:37 AM RighteousFury
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* ''Enter the ComicBook/XMen'', a children's book adaptation of the "Night of the Sentinels" two-part pilot of the [[WesternAnimation/XMenTheAnimatedSeries 90's animated cartoon]] inexplicably doesn't include the second half of Part 2, ending with Jubilee kidnapped, Morph dead, Beast arrested, and Wolverine having his powers drained by Rogue when he attempts to go back for the latter two.
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