History Literature / BimbosOfTheDeathSun

30th Aug '17 3:15:59 AM LinTaylor
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* {{Blackmail}}: In ''Zombies'', [[spoiler:Jay threatens to phone up the Lanthanides' old friend Jasmine "Jazzy" Holt if they don't start owning up on the secrets they're hiding that are impeding the murder investigation. It's actually a bluff, since Jay was unable to get Holt's phone number, but it works all the same and is what leads to the revelation that several of the Lanthanides raped Holt back in the day.]]



* DudeShesLikeInAComa: [[spoiler:In their youth, several of the Lanthanides raped a female friend of theirs at a convention when she was passed out drunk.]]



** ''Zombies'' has another strange example, with Brendan Surn's assistant. She loved his novels and sought him out in hopes of finding an intellectual equal, but all she discovered was an old man with Alzheimer's who needed help. She discusses this with Angela Arbroath[[note]]An "unofficial" Lanthanide, a friend of the main group[[/note]], who had a similar experience when she was younger.

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** ''Zombies'' has another strange example, with a subtle {{Aesop}} about building up unreasonable expectations of creators. Brendan Surn's assistant. She assistant is a young woman who loved his novels and sought him out in hopes of finding an intellectual equal, but all she discovered was only to discover an old man with Alzheimer's who needed help. couldn't take care of himself. She discusses this with Angela Arbroath[[note]]An "unofficial" Lanthanide, a Arbroath[[note]]A friend of the main group[[/note]], Lanthanides and an unofficial member of the group[[/note]] who had a similar experience when she was younger.in her youth and offers to help out.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the Dungeons and Dragons game near the end of ''Bimbos'', Tratyn Runewind spots a woman washing bloody clothes in a river; one of the players, who's versed in Scottish folklore, identifies the woman as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean_nighe bean nighe]], who are seen as omens of death. The fact that Runewind is the only person who can see her worries the other players. [[spoiler:They had good reason to be worried, since Jay fully intended on killing Runewind.]]



* HiddenDepths: Dungannon is actually quite knowledgeable when it comes to Celtic mythology and fantasy; he works references into the Runewind books but they tend to go unnoticed by the fans. During the guest dinner, he and Marion actually have a conversation about the subject, and she's mildly disturbed that she actually enjoyed talking with him.



** The Lanthanides' name came from the fact that said elements are known as ''rare earth'' metals, and they considered themselves to be rare geniuses.



** MostWritersAreWriters: Besides the obvious fact that the protagonist is a writer, the winner of said writing contest turns out to be an English teacher who entered because [[LoopholeAbuse there was no rule against professional writers]].



** In ''Zombies'', Malone threatens to reveal the skeletons in the Lanthanides' closets unless they buy his silence, which leads to the entire group being suspects in Malone's murder. To a lesser extent, Erik Giles shows some embarassment at his own past as a Lanthanide.

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** In ''Zombies'', Malone threatens to reveal the skeletons in the Lanthanides' closets unless they buy his silence, which leads to the entire group being suspects in Malone's murder. To a lesser extent, Erik Giles shows some embarassment at his own past as a Lanthanide. [[spoiler:Near the end of the book it's revealed that several Lanthanides raped a female friend while she was unconscious, which is naturally something they're not proud of and would rather forget happened.]]



* PunnyName: One of the Lanthanides was said to have considered writing a story about "[[TimeMaster the Time Being]]", a play on the phrase "for the time being".
* {{Railroading}}: [[spoiler:Done intentionally by Jay in ''Bimbos'', where the celebrity ''D&D'' game is set up to kill off Tratyn Runewind in a demeaning and soul-crushing fashion. This has exactly the desired effect, causing loony Runewind fanboy Clifford Morgan to snap and confess to killing Dungannon in order to "save" Runewind from him.]]
* RoadTripPlot: In ''Zombies'', the future Lanthanides planned to make a road trip to an early fan convention, only for their AllegedCar to give out on them partway there.



* ScatterbrainedSenior: Brendan Surn in ''Zombies'', one of the more successful Lanthanides, suffers from Alzheimer's and spends much of the book being vague and distant. He actually gives a major clue to the murder [[spoiler:referring to Erik Giles as "Peter", his original name]], but everyone else writes it off as dementia. Near the end of the book he gets a period of lucidity where he thanks his assistant for all her hard work and works out a plan to visit Angela Arboth from time to time so said assistant doesn't have to spend her whole life caring for him.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: The mystery in ''Bimbos'' involves a computer, but the detective investigating the case seems to know little to nothing about them (thankfully, one of his subordinates is more savvy).

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: The mystery in ''Bimbos'' involves a computer, but the detective investigating the case seems to know little to nothing about them (thankfully, one of his subordinates is more savvy). This also comes up when the detectives want to dust a floppy disc for prints, and Dungannon's publisher is (rightly) worried that doing so will destroy the data on it; Jay suggests making a copy, which seems like a foreign concept to the detective. He does ask if the copy would have the same fingerprints on it, but for the most part he seemed to be joking.


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** At one point in ''Zombies'' Jay logs onto Virginia Tech's message board for help with solving the murder. He types up his first post in all caps and has to be informed of proper netiquette by the sysop, who's one of his students.
8th Apr '17 2:58:28 PM Sharlee
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** Wall Hollow, Tennessee, was founded by German immigrants, and was originally [[NorseMythology Valhalla]].
6th Apr '17 1:11:14 PM Sharlee
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* {{Muggles}}: During ''Bimbos'', we occasionally get the perspective of Donnie McRory, a Scottish folksinger who just happens to be staying at the same hotel as the convention. He mostly stays out of it, though he ends up getting roped into playing Scotty at the ''Series/StarTrek'' wedding and joins in on the [[FilkSong filk singing]] at one point.

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* {{Muggles}}: During ''Bimbos'', we occasionally get the perspective of Donnie McRory, [=McRory=], a Scottish folksinger who just happens to be staying at the same hotel as the convention. He mostly stays out of it, though he ends up getting roped into playing Scotty at the ''Series/StarTrek'' wedding and joins in on the [[FilkSong filk singing]] at one point.
6th Apr '17 1:10:41 PM Sharlee
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** ''Zombies'' has another strange example, with Brendan Surn's assistant. She loved his novels and sought him out in hopes of finding an intellectual equal, but all she discovered was an old man with Alzheimer's who needed help. She discusses this with Angela Arboth[[note]]An "unofficial" Lanthanide, a friend of the main group[[/note]], who had a similar experience when she was younger.

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** ''Zombies'' has another strange example, with Brendan Surn's assistant. She loved his novels and sought him out in hopes of finding an intellectual equal, but all she discovered was an old man with Alzheimer's who needed help. She discusses this with Angela Arboth[[note]]An Arbroath[[note]]An "unofficial" Lanthanide, a friend of the main group[[/note]], who had a similar experience when she was younger.
6th Apr '17 8:19:59 AM Sharlee
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* CatchPhrase: The lead investigator in ''Bimbos'', who's never seen anything remotely like a sci-fi con before, can't help but exclaim "I love this case!" each time yet another example of fan-weirdness is brought to his attention.
12th Feb '17 10:53:08 AM Ulathon1
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* PlagiarismInFiction: Plays a major role in the end of ''Zombies'': [[spoiler:Marion points out the similarities between various stories written by the Lanthanides; Reuben Mistral brushes it off by saying they lived out of each others' pockets in those days and were bound to have hung onto a few ideas from the old times. But then Marion reveals the real point, namely that Erik Giles' writing style is nothing like his supposed PenName C.A. Stormcock's, but Stormcock's ''is'' very similar to the late Peter Deddingfield's writing...]]

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* PlagiarismInFiction: Plays a major role in the end of ''Zombies'': [[spoiler:Marion points out the similarities between various old stories written by the Lanthanides; Reuben Mistral brushes it off by saying they lived out of each others' pockets in those days and were bound to have hung onto a few ideas from the old times. But then Marion reveals the real point, namely that Erik Giles' writing style in the stories is nothing like his supposed PenName C.A. Stormcock's, but Stormcock's it ''is'' very similar to the late Peter Deddingfield's writing...]]
2nd May '16 3:06:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* WhiteKnighting: In a way, the murder in ''Bimbos'' can be seen as an extreme example of this: [[spoiler:Clifford Morgan broke into Dungannon's hotel room to sneak a peek at the upcoming Runewind book, only to discover a chapter where Runewind is killed in a gross and humiliating fashion. He deletes the chapter, then returns later to kill Dungannon in order to "save" Runewind by preventing the author from re-writing the chapter in question.]]
9th Apr '16 12:19:07 AM LinTaylor
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** Additionally, Marion spends a good portion of the book dressed as [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]].
9th Apr '16 12:15:11 AM LinTaylor
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* MistakenForJunkie: When Dungannon first arrives at the con he demands "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smarties Smarties]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkie_(chocolate_bar) Yorkies]]", which makes one of the con's staff worry that these are slang names for drugs. His Canadian fellow staffer explains that they're British candy.


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* {{Muggles}}: During ''Bimbos'', we occasionally get the perspective of Donnie McRory, a Scottish folksinger who just happens to be staying at the same hotel as the convention. He mostly stays out of it, though he ends up getting roped into playing Scotty at the ''Series/StarTrek'' wedding and joins in on the [[FilkSong filk singing]] at one point.
24th Jan '16 9:26:53 AM Sharlee
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* TheBabyTrap: Brenda contemplates making use of this trope on a guy she met at the con.
* BackFromTheDead: Pat Malone in ''Zombies'', until he reveals the real reason (see FakingTheDead, below).



* BackFromTheDead: Pat Malone in ''Zombies'', until he reveals the real reason (see FakingTheDead, below).
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