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17th Sep '17 6:12:13 PM nombretomado
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%%* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', Literature/WaitingForGodot, Series/TheHollowMen, Myth/ClassicalMythology, Literature/TheBible, Theatre/AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.

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%%* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', Literature/WaitingForGodot, Series/TheHollowMen, Myth/ClassicalMythology, Literature/TheBible, Theatre/AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, Myth/ArthurianLegend, and others.
9th Sep '17 4:31:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TheHerosJourney: Deconstructed. Despite going through all the major steps, Francis remains essentially unchanged. He is constantly motivated by his own fears and selfish desires and never truly redeems himself even upon passing through the BellyOfTheWhale.

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* TheHerosJourney: Deconstructed. Despite going through all the major steps, Francis remains essentially unchanged. He is constantly motivated by his own fears and selfish desires and never truly redeems himself even upon passing through the BellyOfTheWhale.when he CantRefuseTheCallAnymore.
4th Dec '16 10:08:35 PM TheRoguePenguin
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The first chapter can be found online [[http://harmonicrhythms.wordpress.com/the-book/ here.]]
4th Nov '15 10:31:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, Myth/ClassicalMythology, Literature/TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.

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* %%* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, Literature/WaitingForGodot, Series/TheHollowMen, Myth/ClassicalMythology, Literature/TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, Theatre/AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.
10th Oct '14 11:31:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, GreekMythology, Literature/TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.

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* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, GreekMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology, Literature/TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.
31st Jul '12 7:44:39 AM FELH2
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Like the demented cross between ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the works of StephenKing that it is, ''An Elegy for the Still-living'' can't quite settle between dream and nightmare.

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Like the demented cross between ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the works of StephenKing Creator/StephenKing that it is, ''An Elegy for the Still-living'' can't quite settle between dream and nightmare.
27th Jul '12 9:19:39 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThePlan: Francis plays one on the prisoner during the game of truths.



* XanatosGambit: Francis plays one on the prisoner during the game of truths.
22nd Jun '12 3:31:15 PM FELH2
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* AlienGeometry

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* AllJustADream: This may be the case, depending on your interpretation of the plot.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Robin implies that he is the physical embodiment of the TricksterArchetype. Masoch could be taken as an anthropomorphic personification of death.
* AnyoneCanDie: Not that it stops them from showing up three pages later.
* ArcWords: "Our Situation" and the variants thereof.
* AuthorAvatar: Jeremy Reinertson appears about halfway through the book to retrieve Francis's umbrella and tell him a story.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: After Francis wears the fisher king's crown, the world around him begins to transform, and pulse with vibrant life.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler: Francis]]
* BlackComedy: Every time Robin tells a joke.
* BlatantLies: Francis's conversation with the prisoner.
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* ChekhovsGun: The key to Francis's apartment is a minor example. The umbrella probably qualifies.
* CityWithNoName: Done deliberately, with dreamlike effect.
* ComedicSociopath: Robin acts sociopathic whenever he thinks it will be funny.
* CrypticConversation: Robin loves these.
* TheCynic: Francis tends to take this role in conversations, though he's actually somehing of a romantic. He switches off with Robin sometimes.
* DeathSeeker: Francis
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Nemo invokes this trope and starts a fight with Francis when they first meet. Sure enough, the two quickly become inseparable.
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler: Francis]] fits the bill, although he is a much more developed character than most examples and arguably not a sociopath.
* DreamLand: Begins halfway through the first chapter and stays until the end. Enviroments change in ways tied only the logic of emotions. Characters appear out of nowhere. Buildings talk, giraffes dance and no one bats an eye.
* DreamPeople: The entire cast, arguably even including Francis.
* DyingDream: The last chapter.
* EldritchAbomination: The dragon.

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* * AllJustADream: This may be the case, depending on your interpretation of the plot.
* * AnthropomorphicPersonification: Robin implies that he is the physical embodiment of the TricksterArchetype. Masoch could be taken as an anthropomorphic personification of death.
* * AnyoneCanDie: Not that it stops them from showing up three pages later.
* * ArcWords: "Our Situation" and the variants thereof.
* * AuthorAvatar: Jeremy Reinertson appears about halfway through the book to retrieve Francis's umbrella and tell him a story.
* * AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: After Francis wears the fisher king's crown, the world around him begins to transform, and pulse with vibrant life.
* * AxCrazy: [[spoiler: Francis]]
* * BlackComedy: Every time Robin tells a joke.
* * BlatantLies: Francis's conversation with the prisoner.
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prisoner.
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BreakingTheFourthWall
* * ChekhovsGun: The key to Francis's apartment is a minor example. The umbrella probably qualifies.
* * CityWithNoName: Done deliberately, with dreamlike effect.
* * ComedicSociopath: Robin acts sociopathic whenever he thinks it will be funny.
* * CrypticConversation: Robin loves these.
* * TheCynic: Francis tends to take this role in conversations, though he's actually somehing of a romantic. He switches off with Robin sometimes.
* * DeathSeeker: Francis
* * DefeatMeansFriendship: Nemo invokes this trope and starts a fight with Francis when they first meet. Sure enough, the two quickly become inseparable.
* * DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler: Francis]] fits the bill, although he is a much more developed character than most examples and arguably not a sociopath.
* * DreamLand: Begins halfway through the first chapter and stays until the end. Enviroments change in ways tied only the logic of emotions. Characters appear out of nowhere. Buildings talk, giraffes dance and no one bats an eye.
* * DreamPeople: The entire cast, arguably even including Francis.
* * DyingDream: The last chapter.
* * EldritchAbomination: The dragon.



* EldritchLocation: See Alien Geometries and Dream Land above.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The city, the first time through, anyway.

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* * EldritchLocation: See Alien Geometries and Dream Land above.
* * FantasyKitchenSink: The city, the first time through, anyway.



* TheFerryman: Acheron himself appears...as the name of an ocean. The ocean then proceeds to follow this trope.
* FisherKing: The fisher king of Arthurian legend appears, though he is strangely warped and resembles a mirror image of Francis. Because he has gone mad, the land is rotting away.
* FisherKingdom: The entire story takes place in one of these, though it is most obvious in the second chapter. Francis creates a world from his own beliefs, and it in turn changes what he believes.
* {{Flashback}}: Chapter 4 is centered around a whole bunch of these, basically telling Francis's life story.
* FoeYay: Robin and Francis, at first.
* {{Foil}}: You guesses it, Robin to Francis. Also, Galahad to Francis.
* ForcefulKiss: Robin and [[spoiler: Francis.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Francis's dad locked him in the Attic. Later, [[spoiler: his father]] may have killed himself and [[spoiler: his mother]] lost her mind.
* FromBeyondTheFourthWall: Constantly, during chapter 3.

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* * TheFerryman: Acheron himself appears...as the name of an ocean. The ocean then proceeds to follow this trope.
* * FisherKing: The fisher king of Arthurian legend appears, though he is strangely warped and resembles a mirror image of Francis. Because he has gone mad, the land is rotting away.
* * FisherKingdom: The entire story takes place in one of these, though it is most obvious in the second chapter. Francis creates a world from his own beliefs, and it in turn changes what he believes.
* * {{Flashback}}: Chapter 4 is centered around a whole bunch of these, basically telling Francis's life story.
* * FoeYay: Robin and Francis, at first.
* * {{Foil}}: You guesses it, Robin to Francis. Also, Galahad to Francis.
* * ForcefulKiss: Robin and [[spoiler: Francis.]]
* * FreudianExcuse: Francis's dad locked him in the Attic. Later, [[spoiler: his father]] may have killed himself and [[spoiler: his mother]] lost her mind.
* * FromBeyondTheFourthWall: Constantly, during chapter 3.



* GenreBusting: Is it a fantasy novel? A psychological thriller? A philosophical dialogue? A murder mystery? A post modern fairytale? What?
* {{Gorn}}: The scene where a naked man and women meld bodies and then begin devouring each other.
* TheHerosJourney: Deconstructed. Despite going through all the major steps, Francis remains essentially unchanged. He is constantly motivated by his own fears and selfish desires and never truly redeems himself even upon passing through the BellyOfTheWhale.
* HonorBeforeReason: Invoked by name by the prisoner, referring to Galahad. Debatable whether or not it actually applies.
* HoYay: Between Francis and Robin, at least before you understand...their relationship.
* TheJester: After Francis puts on the fisher king's crown, Robin storms in, tells a few jokes and starts juggling.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Discussed with Galahad. He appears to be one at first, but proves to be a bit of a coward.
* LoveTriangle: Francis, [[spoiler: Robin]] and Maria.
* MasqueradeBall: When Francis goes to one of these, a character compliments him on his mask. Francis isn't wearing a mask.
* MindScrew: Big time.
* NightmareFetishist: Francis, arguably.
* NoFourthWall: Borderline case.
* OldFriend: Robin technically fits the trope, but he's less "wacky buddy" and more "insane lunatic clown."
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Our dragons our physical embodiments of time, death, darkness and entropy.
* ThePhilosopher: Half the cast falls into this at times. Francis seems especially prone to turning a normal chat into a philosophical debate.
* PhilosophicalNovel: See above.
* PlatonicCave: Suzie tells a story about woman trapped in sunlight who is suddenly thrust into a dark cave.
* PlotArmor: The narrator states that he will not let Francis die until the end.
* PrecisionFStrike: A few instances.

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* * GenreBusting: Is it a fantasy novel? A psychological thriller? A philosophical dialogue? A murder mystery? A post modern fairytale? What?
* * {{Gorn}}: The scene where a naked man and women meld bodies and then begin devouring each other.
* * TheHerosJourney: Deconstructed. Despite going through all the major steps, Francis remains essentially unchanged. He is constantly motivated by his own fears and selfish desires and never truly redeems himself even upon passing through the BellyOfTheWhale.
* * HonorBeforeReason: Invoked by name by the prisoner, referring to Galahad. Debatable whether or not it actually applies.
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applies.
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HoYay: Between Francis and Robin, at least before you understand...their relationship.
* * TheJester: After Francis puts on the fisher king's crown, Robin storms in, tells a few jokes and starts juggling.
* * KnightInShiningArmor: Discussed with Galahad. He appears to be one at first, but proves to be a bit of a coward.
* * LoveTriangle: Francis, [[spoiler: Robin]] and Maria.
* * MasqueradeBall: When Francis goes to one of these, a character compliments him on his mask. Francis isn't wearing a mask.
* * MindScrew: Big time.
* * NightmareFetishist: Francis, arguably.
* * NoFourthWall: Borderline case.
* * OldFriend: Robin technically fits the trope, but he's less "wacky buddy" and more "insane lunatic clown."
* * OurDragonsAreDifferent: Our dragons our physical embodiments of time, death, darkness and entropy.
* * ThePhilosopher: Half the cast falls into this at times. Francis seems especially prone to turning a normal chat into a philosophical debate.
* * PhilosophicalNovel: See above.
* * PlatonicCave: Suzie tells a story about woman trapped in sunlight who is suddenly thrust into a dark cave.
* * PlotArmor: The narrator states that he will not let Francis die until the end.
* * PrecisionFStrike: A few instances.



* PostModernism: Most notably, the author appears about halfway through, starts messing with all the characters, creates cities and destroys obstacles with the snap of his finger, and explains that he is a figment of Francis's imagination. Later, Francis finds the text of the novel and completely freaks out. He tries to behave differently from what the book says, but finds that he cannot.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Francis gives one of these to himself near the end. [[spoiler: He doesn't recover.]]
* {{Reincarnation}}: Robin claims that he and Francis are reincarnations of [[TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh and Enkidu,]] and that they have died and been reborn countless times throughout the ages, possibly as other fictional characters who fall under some of the same archetypes.
* ReincarnationRomance: Francis thinks he and Maria have one of these. Robin thinks [[spoiler: he and Francis do.]]
* TheReveal: Francis [[spoiler: murdered his own]] family.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Tends toward this, when not following RuleOfFunny or RuleOfDrama.
* SanitySlippage: Francis goes from a quiet loner to a raving lunatic trying to stab himself with an umbrella, most likely while hallucinating in the course of three chapters.
* {{Shapeshifter}}: Robin. His shadow even literally changes shape.
* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, GreekMythology, Literature/TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.
* ShowWithinAShow: Jeremy interrupts Francis's adventure to tell him a story about a man who is kidnapped and forced to write a novel. The plot of that novel is also told, making this a story within a story within a story.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Deep, deep on the cynical end.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Occasionally.
* TalkingAnimal: Roofus
* TricksterArchetype: Robin implies a couple times that he is the living personification of tricksters, clowns and fools.
* TricksterMentor: Robin. Arguably Jeremy.
* TheUnfettered: Francis, when he's at his craziest.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: See World of Symbolism below.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Robin and Francis.
* WhenItRainsItPours: The storm at the beginning.
* TheWonderland: See Dream Land above.
* WorldOfSymbolism: If a passage isn't draped in three layers of allegory, symbolism and metaphor, something's wrong.
* XanatosGambit: Francis plays one on the prisoner during the game of truths.

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* * PostModernism: Most notably, the author appears about halfway through, starts messing with all the characters, creates cities and destroys obstacles with the snap of his finger, and explains that he is a figment of Francis's imagination. Later, Francis finds the text of the novel and completely freaks out. He tries to behave differently from what the book says, but finds that he cannot.
* * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Francis gives one of these to himself near the end. [[spoiler: He doesn't recover.]]
* * {{Reincarnation}}: Robin claims that he and Francis are reincarnations of [[TheEpicOfGilgamesh [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh and Enkidu,]] and that they have died and been reborn countless times throughout the ages, possibly as other fictional characters who fall under some of the same archetypes.
* * ReincarnationRomance: Francis thinks he and Maria have one of these. Robin thinks [[spoiler: he and Francis do.]]
* * TheReveal: Francis [[spoiler: murdered his own]] family.
* * RuleOfSymbolism: Tends toward this, when not following RuleOfFunny or RuleOfDrama.
* * SanitySlippage: Francis goes from a quiet loner to a raving lunatic trying to stab himself with an umbrella, most likely while hallucinating in the course of three chapters.
* * {{Shapeshifter}}: Robin. His shadow even literally changes shape.
* * ShoutOut: To ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, GreekMythology, Literature/TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.
* * ShowWithinAShow: Jeremy interrupts Francis's adventure to tell him a story about a man who is kidnapped and forced to write a novel. The plot of that novel is also told, making this a story within a story within a story.
* * SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Deep, deep on the cynical end.
* * SophisticatedAsHell: Occasionally.
* * TalkingAnimal: Roofus
* * TricksterArchetype: Robin implies a couple times that he is the living personification of tricksters, clowns and fools.
* * TricksterMentor: Robin. Arguably Jeremy.
* * TheUnfettered: Francis, when he's at his craziest.
* * ViewersAreGeniuses: See World of Symbolism below.
* * VitriolicBestBuds: Robin and Francis.
* * WhenItRainsItPours: The storm at the beginning.
* * TheWonderland: See Dream Land above.
* * WorldOfSymbolism: If a passage isn't draped in three layers of allegory, symbolism and metaphor, something's wrong.
* * XanatosGambit: Francis plays one on the prisoner during the game of truths. truths.
5th Mar '12 11:37:37 PM nombretomado
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Like the demented cross between ''AliceInWonderland'' and the works of StephenKing that it is, ''An Elegy for the Still-living'' can't quite settle between dream and nightmare.

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Like the demented cross between ''AliceInWonderland'' ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the works of StephenKing that it is, ''An Elegy for the Still-living'' can't quite settle between dream and nightmare.



* ShoutOut: To AliceInWonderland, WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, GreekMythology, TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.

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* ShoutOut: To AliceInWonderland, ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', WaitingForGodot, TheHollowMen, GreekMythology, TheBible, Literature/TheBible, AMidsummernightsDream, ArthurianLegend, and others.
11th Dec '11 1:28:01 AM Jackinthebox32
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The first chapter can be found online [[http://harmonicrhythms.wordpress.com/the-book/ here.]]
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