History Literature / ADeadlyGameOfMagic

25th Mar '17 5:17:52 AM Ingonyama
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* TooDumbToLive: Gracie Ella. If you're going to hide from your crazy, manipulative, abusive husband, you don't a) keep all his magic props and b) change your name to one that has the same initials as your real name, and even sounds somewhat like it (Gracie Ella Porter, Gladys Pulowski).

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* TooDumbToLive: Gracie Ella. If you're going to hide from your crazy, manipulative, abusive husband, you don't a) keep all his magic props and b) change your name to one that [[SignificantMonogram has the same initials as your real name, name]], and even sounds somewhat like it (Gracie Ella Porter, Gladys Pulowski).
22nd Mar '17 1:38:23 AM Ingonyama
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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of [[GenderEqualEnsemble Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian]], four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.

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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter (both of which won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of [[GenderEqualEnsemble Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian]], four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.
9th Mar '17 8:17:58 PM Ingonyama
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* MoodWhiplash: Various points in the book shift in tone from comedic and heartwarming to suspenseful and scary, ranging from their toweling the dog dry, telling jokes, and actually becoming friends (or more) to the dog suddenly disappearing, a mechanical hand moving on the mantelpiece, and Sam's reaction to what he sees in the back room. A more obvious example occurs early on when Lisa first tells the others she feels like they're not alone, that someone is in the house with them--and the TV, which is turned to the Johnny Carson show, bursts out in a very loud, inappropriate explosion of laughter.

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* MoodWhiplash: Various points in the book shift in tone from comedic and heartwarming to suspenseful and scary, ranging from their toweling the dog dry, telling jokes, and actually becoming friends (or more) to the dog suddenly disappearing, a mechanical hand moving on the mantelpiece, and Sam's reaction to what he sees in the back room. A more obvious example occurs early on when Lisa first tells the others she feels like they're not alone, that someone is in the house with them--and them who may no longer be alive--and the TV, which is turned to the Johnny Carson show, bursts out in a very loud, inappropriate explosion of laughter.
7th Jan '17 6:15:41 PM Ingonyama
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* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]: One of the newer editions of the book shows [[spoiler:a woman's lower half inside a traditional box for sawing a woman in half]]. While this is not precisely what happened to Gracie Ella, there's enough connection between the two that today's readers will probably guess her fate much earlier than those when the book was first printed.


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* SpoilerCover: One of the newer editions of the book shows [[spoiler:a woman's lower half inside a traditional box for sawing a woman in half]]. While this is not precisely what happened to Gracie Ella, there's enough connection between the two that today's readers will probably guess her fate much earlier than those when the book was first printed.
12th Sep '15 6:35:10 PM Ingonyama
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire book takes place in the space of a single night.
4th Mar '15 7:57:23 AM crazysamaritan
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* AlwaysNight: An EnforcedTrope, since the entire book takes place in the space of a single night.
3rd Aug '14 6:40:52 AM Ingonyama
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* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]: One of the newer editions of the book shows [[spoiler:a woman's lower half inside a traditional box for sawing a woman in half]]. While this is not precisely what happened to Gracie Ella, there's enough connection between the two that today's readers will probably guess her fate much earlier than those when the book was first printed.
14th Mar '14 4:23:08 AM Ingonyama
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* FakingTheDead: What Chamberlain did, after he and the stagehand were mistaken for each other after the fire.

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* FakingTheDead: What Chamberlain did, after he and the stagehand [[MistakenIdentity were mistaken for each other other]] after the fire.
25th Feb '14 8:55:32 PM Ingonyama
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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of [[GenderEqualsEnsemble Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian]], four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.

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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of [[GenderEqualsEnsemble [[GenderEqualEnsemble Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian]], four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.
25th Feb '14 8:55:09 PM Ingonyama
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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian, four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.

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Joan Lowery Nixon, a young adults suspense/horror writer perhaps better known for ''The Seance'' and ''The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore'' (the latter won the Edgar Award), penned this tale of [[GenderEqualsEnsemble Bo, Teena, Lisa, and Julian, Julian]], four high school students in Texas returning from a dramatics competition [[HostileWeather in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm]]. When the weather, flooding, and [[PlotDrivenBreakdown their car breaking down]] [[ClosedCircle forces them to take shelter in a nearby isolated house]], things immediately take a turn for the strange, with a very nervous man and his wife who don't seem to belong to the house giving them permission to stay and wait for a towtruck while they "[[BlatantLies go to a party]]". Things then proceed to become darker and creepier as the power goes out, the narrator Lisa begins getting the feeling they are not alone in the house, and some mysterious killer begins stalking them...a killer who seems to be a twisted and deadly magician.
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