History Literature / AlcatrazSeries

14th Oct '17 10:23:16 PM DreadPirate7
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: An entire chapter is lost at one point, and the awesome events contained within are continually referred to. Off course, the entire thing is BlatantLies.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: An entire chapter is lost at one point, and the awesome events contained within are continually referred to. Off Of course, the entire thing is BlatantLies.
14th Oct '17 10:21:58 PM DreadPirate7
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: An entire chapter is lost at one point, and the awesome events contained within are continually referred to. Off course, the entire thing is BlatantLies.
** [[spoiler:After Bastille is woken up from her coma, Alcatraz doesn't have a good angle to see what she's doing, but her RoaringRampageOfRescue is enough to alarm ''[[BigBad Biblioden]]''.]]
4th Sep '17 8:04:02 AM Peteman
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** Averted ''hard'' in book five, where [[spoiler:Grandpa Smedry is shot in the face.]] On hindsight, it makes a lot of sense, since [[spoiler:the Smedry Talents are broken in that book]], but the series spends so much time playing this trope straight that when RealityEnsues it's completely unexpected.

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** Averted ''hard'' in book five, where [[spoiler:Grandpa Smedry is shot in the face.]] On hindsight, it makes a lot of sense, since [[spoiler:the Smedry Talents are broken in that book]], but the series spends so much time playing this trope straight that when RealityEnsues it's completely unexpected.
21st Jul '17 10:27:58 AM Baeraad555
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* CulturalPosturing: Free Kingdomers are ''convinced'' that every piece of technology they use is superior to the Hushlands equivalent. This extends to considering stairs more advanced than elevators ([[InsaneTrollLogic people can go up and down a flight of stairs at the same time, while an elevator can only go in one direction!]]). Sometimes justified by the fact that Free Kingdoms technology tend to be more advanced than it seems - e.g., torches that never burn out and that spread heat if and only if you want them to ''are'' arguably better than electric lights. Sometimes semi-justified by Free Kingdomers not actually knowing that much about the Hushlands and assuming that their technology haven't advanced since the middle ages - e.g., they think swords are superior to guns because to them a "gun" is something like a flintlock pistol and a "sword" is a silimatic AbsurdlySharpBlade. A lot of the time, though, it's simply that Free Kingdomers absolutely refuse to believe that Librarian slave-states could ''ever'' do anything as well as them.
21st Jul '17 10:12:41 AM Baeraad555
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* ARareSentence: In ''The Dark Talent'', Alcatraz notes that his life lends itself to these. Case in point:
-->'''Grandpa Smedry:''' Fine. You fetch your evil Librarian mother from the jail. I'll go warm up the giant penguin.
4th Jul '17 10:59:54 PM Baeraad555
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* StealthPun: In the fifth book, Alkatraz meets a dinosaur whose species he can't quite identify and who keeps helpfully explaining the meaning of difficult words to her friends. He asks in a footnote if the reader has figured out what sort of dinosaur she is yet. She's presumably a [[spoiler: thesaurus.]]
4th Jul '17 10:50:57 PM Baeraad555
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* EvilerThanThou: In the fifth book, Alkatraz sees the souls of the series' three recurring villains, showing them to have very different motivations for their actions:
** Ms. Fletcher/[[spoiler: Shasta Smedry]] sees herself as the OnlySaneMan trying to maintain the peace between two warring factions she sees, [[GoldenMeanFallacy against all evidence,]] as [[NotSoDifferent equally good or bad]].
** [[spoiler: Attica Smedry]] wants to unleash forces that could cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, because he thinks that that will [[WellIntentionedExtremist break the Librarians' control]] and [[GlorySeeker make everyone adore him as the hero who saved the Free Kingdoms.]]
** Biblioden wants a WorldOfSilence where nothing strange or irregular is allowed to exist. He is clearly shown to be the worst of the three - while Alkatraz grudgingly admits that the first two [[AntiVillain means well in their own way and have some degree of human feelings,]] the sight of Biblioden's soul ''horrifies'' him. [[spoiler: Biblioden is also the one who stands victorious at the end of the book, having killed Attica and stolen his research for his own ends.]]


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* OrderVersusChaos: The overall nature of the conflict between the Hushlands, where the Librarians control everything and everyone supposedly for their own good, and the quirky, colourful Free Kingdoms and the eccentric, heroic Smedry family in particular. The latter are pretty clearly the good guys, but the picture is made somewhat more complicated by the addition of sympathetic Librarian dissenters (showing that a little order can be good) and at least one Free Kingdomer, [[spoiler: Attica Smedry]], whose recklessness and [[GlorySeeker yearning for personal heroism]] makes him a villain (showing that too much chaos can be bad).
27th May '17 10:13:07 AM QuantumToast
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** The fourth book uses wildly varying chapter numbers, one of which is [[Series/{{Lost}} 4815162342]].
21st May '17 12:29:00 PM Bissek
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** Leavenworth's exclamations invoke the name of a wide variety of famous authors.
21st May '17 12:27:26 PM Bissek
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* HiddenInPlainSight: The Highbrary has defenses that will make anyone using Disguise Lenses glow, giving them away. How does Alcatraz's father avoid this? [[spoiler:By disguising himself as a Curator of the Library of Alexandria, which are ''supposed'' to be glowing.]]
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