History Literature / CastlePerilous

12th Apr '17 9:58:18 AM erforce
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** ''Bride of the Castle'' contains a {{Parody}} of the MysteryArc in which Thaxton, believing he can solve the murders because of his experiences three books previously, valiantly tries to gather facts and formulate theories. Not only do the bodies keep piling up while the numerous suspects, alibis, motives, and lies make it next to impossible to figure out anything, while it all takes place in a microcosm of upper-crust England perfectly mimicking ChristieTime (complete with [[ValuesDissonance class warfare and racism]]), but in the end it all dissolves into utter nonsense with the SummationGathering turning into a convoluted mess of accusations and confessions worthy of ''MurderByDeath'' followed by a literal bloodbath while [[PoliceAreUseless the inspector merely stands around]] and lets it happen to 'sort itself out'. About the only mystery trope it doesn't mock or play with is TheButlerDidIt, although the butler in question actually seems to have caught on to the whole business as being a regular occurrence in this insane Aspect; whether people are just murdered constantly, or if they actually come back to life and play it out again the next day, is unknown.

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** ''Bride of the Castle'' contains a {{Parody}} of the MysteryArc in which Thaxton, believing he can solve the murders because of his experiences three books previously, valiantly tries to gather facts and formulate theories. Not only do the bodies keep piling up while the numerous suspects, alibis, motives, and lies make it next to impossible to figure out anything, while it all takes place in a microcosm of upper-crust England perfectly mimicking ChristieTime (complete with [[ValuesDissonance class warfare and racism]]), but in the end it all dissolves into utter nonsense with the SummationGathering turning into a convoluted mess of accusations and confessions worthy of ''MurderByDeath'' ''Film/MurderByDeath'' followed by a literal bloodbath while [[PoliceAreUseless the inspector merely stands around]] and lets it happen to 'sort itself out'. About the only mystery trope it doesn't mock or play with is TheButlerDidIt, although the butler in question actually seems to have caught on to the whole business as being a regular occurrence in this insane Aspect; whether people are just murdered constantly, or if they actually come back to life and play it out again the next day, is unknown.
11th Jan '17 6:09:56 PM nombretomado
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** In ''Castle Murders'', one of ThoseTwoGuys, Thaxton (whose first name happens to be Peter), solves a magical murder mystery among the castle nobles. In appreciation, Incarnadine grants him a title...which entitles him to be known as [[LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter]].

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** In ''Castle Murders'', one of ThoseTwoGuys, Thaxton (whose first name happens to be Peter), solves a magical murder mystery among the castle nobles. In appreciation, Incarnadine grants him a title...which entitles him to be known as [[LordPeterWimsey [[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter]].
13th Dec '16 5:16:09 PM Doug86
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** In ''Castle Dreams'', the cry of the albatross in the "Afterlife" is [[CthulhuMythos "Tekeli-li!"]] [[Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner Said albatross gets shot by Incarnadine, prompting his second-in-command to say, "I fear thee, Ancient Mariner!"]] [[PostModernism These are only two of many allusions in that book]].

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** In ''Castle Dreams'', the cry of the albatross in the "Afterlife" is [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos "Tekeli-li!"]] [[Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner Said albatross gets shot by Incarnadine, prompting his second-in-command to say, "I fear thee, Ancient Mariner!"]] [[PostModernism These are only two of many allusions in that book]].
16th Nov '16 1:34:45 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Gene gets a great deal of sex, with every one of his [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls of the Week]] and, eventually, with Linda. At least one time, however, is actually important and plot-relevant--his ability to have sex with Alice proves he is no longer under the control of [=InnerVoice=].
28th Oct '16 9:26:57 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Gene, Snowclaw, Trent and Inky, Linda (particularly in the first two books), sometimes Sheila.
10th Sep '16 1:19:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Hinduism}}: Dorcas's education and religious beliefs seem to stem from this, or a fantasy counterpart. (Samra, soul-substance; bramhara, a contemplative and sleeping position; the Internal Eye.)
17th Aug '16 1:16:52 AM Ingonyama
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** AssholeVictim: Viscount Oren. Not only does hardly anyone like him, he is guilty of spousal abuse (verbal and physical); openly flirting and making out with Lady Rowena right in front of her husband the Earl of Belgard; making a pass at Sheila that almost [[RapeAsDrama became more]]; [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and betraying various friends for political or financial gain]]. In fact it ends up being revealed that several of the suspects actually did intend to kill him, had gone so far as to prepare a dagger with the proper spells, but were either beaten to it (Trent), had problems with the spells (Belgard), or came to their senses at the last moment (Lady Rilma). [[spoiler:Ironically, though, the motive for his death turns out to have [[RedHerring nothing to do with any of this]], though his murderer is someone who didn't like him.]]

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** AssholeVictim: Viscount Oren. Not only does hardly anyone like him, he is guilty of spousal abuse (verbal and physical); openly flirting and making out with Lady Rowena right in front of her husband the Earl of Belgard; making a pass at Sheila that almost [[RapeAsDrama became more]]; [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and betraying various friends for political or financial gain]]. In fact it ends up being revealed that [[LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt several of the suspects actually did intend to kill him, had gone so far as to prepare a dagger with the proper spells, spells,]] but were either beaten to it (Trent), had problems with the spells (Belgard), or came to their senses at the last moment (Lady Rilma). [[spoiler:Ironically, though, the motive for his death turns out to have [[RedHerring nothing to do with any of this]], though his murderer is someone who didn't like him.]]
9th Aug '16 10:20:44 PM PaulA
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall[=/=]BreakingTheFourthWall: In ''Castle Spellbound'', when Gene [[DeadpanSnarker quips]] about them once more having to prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End of the Multiverse as We Know It]], he notes, "Chapter Twenty-one, [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed In Which Our Heroes Once Again Save the Universe]]". Counting the [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratically Named Chapters]] reveals this actually ''does'' occur in Chapter 21. Later they encounter Stephen Brust's [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] and Gene actually asks him, "Are you in this book?"

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall[=/=]BreakingTheFourthWall: In ''Castle Spellbound'', when Gene [[DeadpanSnarker quips]] about them once more having to prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End of the Multiverse as We Know It]], he notes, "Chapter Twenty-one, [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed In Which Our Heroes Once Again Save the Universe]]". Counting the [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratically Named Chapters]] reveals this actually ''does'' occur in Chapter 21. Later they encounter Stephen Brust's [[{{Dragaera}} [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] and Gene actually asks him, "Are you in this book?"
31st Mar '16 2:32:30 PM ObsidianFire
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** ''Bride of the Castle'' contains a {{Parody}} of the MysteryArc in which Thaxton, believing he can solve the murders because of his experiences three books previously, valiantly tries to gather facts and formulate theories. Not only do the bodies keep piling up while the numerous suspects, alibis, motives, and lies make it next to impossible to figure out anything, while it all takes place in a microcosm of upper-crust England perfectly mimicking ChristieTime (complete with [[ValuesDissonance class warfare and racism]]), but in the end it all dissolves into utter nonsense with the SummationGathering turning into a convoluted mess of accusations and confessions worthy of ''MurderByDeath'' followed by a literal bloodbath while [[PoliceAreUseless the inspector merely stands around]] and lets it happen to 'sort itself out'. About the only mystery trope it doesn't mock or play with is TheButlerDidIt, although the butler in question actually seems to be quite GenreSavvy to the whole business as being a regular occurrence in this insane Aspect; whether people are just murdered constantly, or if they actually come back to life and play it out again the next day, is unknown.

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** ''Bride of the Castle'' contains a {{Parody}} of the MysteryArc in which Thaxton, believing he can solve the murders because of his experiences three books previously, valiantly tries to gather facts and formulate theories. Not only do the bodies keep piling up while the numerous suspects, alibis, motives, and lies make it next to impossible to figure out anything, while it all takes place in a microcosm of upper-crust England perfectly mimicking ChristieTime (complete with [[ValuesDissonance class warfare and racism]]), but in the end it all dissolves into utter nonsense with the SummationGathering turning into a convoluted mess of accusations and confessions worthy of ''MurderByDeath'' followed by a literal bloodbath while [[PoliceAreUseless the inspector merely stands around]] and lets it happen to 'sort itself out'. About the only mystery trope it doesn't mock or play with is TheButlerDidIt, although the butler in question actually seems to be quite GenreSavvy have caught on to the whole business as being a regular occurrence in this insane Aspect; whether people are just murdered constantly, or if they actually come back to life and play it out again the next day, is unknown.



** The Guests wonder, twice, why it is that despite this the castle has not been invaded before or ever fallen. The conclusions are that because it is a GeniusLoci, it makes sure to open [[GenreSavvy only to unpopulated worlds or ones where civilization has collapsed]] and thus there ''is'' no imminent threat of invading armies; or that only those who are at RockBottom and thus wish to abandon their life and world can ever even ''see'' the portals. This last would seem to be undermined by the Bluefaces and the Hosts of Hell except that the latter, at least, do indeed hate their own world ([[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery and themselves]], [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum and all of creation]]) while the Bluefaces, as aggressive as they are, do seem to at least hate each other as well as what they consider [[TrashTalk lower life forms]]. And, as Dalton points out, the castle [[MindScrew doesn't have hard and fast rules]]. (I.e., wishing to leave one's world, but only for the purpose of conquering another, [[LoopholeAbuse still counts]] in making an Aspect open.)

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** The Guests wonder, twice, why it is that despite this the castle has not been invaded before or ever fallen. The conclusions are that because it is a GeniusLoci, it makes sure to open [[GenreSavvy only to unpopulated worlds or ones where civilization has collapsed]] collapsed and thus there ''is'' no imminent threat of invading armies; or that only those who are at RockBottom and thus wish to abandon their life and world can ever even ''see'' the portals. This last would seem to be undermined by the Bluefaces and the Hosts of Hell except that the latter, at least, do indeed hate their own world ([[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery and themselves]], [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum and all of creation]]) while the Bluefaces, as aggressive as they are, do seem to at least hate each other as well as what they consider [[TrashTalk lower life forms]]. And, as Dalton points out, the castle [[MindScrew doesn't have hard and fast rules]]. (I.e., wishing to leave one's world, but only for the purpose of conquering another, [[LoopholeAbuse still counts]] in making an Aspect open.)
31st Oct '15 5:40:18 PM Ingonyama
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* LiminalTime: once, when Kwip pauses half in and half out of a wall, it comments on his "paradoxical" state.

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* LiminalTime: once, Once, when Kwip pauses half in and half out of a wall, it comments on his "paradoxical" state.
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