History Literature / Declare

5th Mar '17 1:31:20 PM Rebu
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* CovertGroup: the best descriptor for the different occult intelligence agencies: they do not typically have formal bureaucracies or names (''vice'', say, [[Literature/TheLaundryFiles the Laundry]]), but usually exist as secret networks of agents ''within'' existing intelligence agencies--the "conspiracy within a conspiracy", so to speak. The fabled British Declare network is one such example, kept secret from the rest of the SOE and SIS. The Russian Rabkrin, at times, had to actively evade purges ordered by Stalin and the NKVD to catch them. Relatively little information is available on the French DGSE/SDECE group, or the American occult group working in the CIA, other than that they exist and are "in" on the secret.

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* CovertGroup: the best descriptor for the different occult intelligence agencies: they do not typically have formal bureaucracies or names (''vice'', say, (as opposed to [[Literature/TheLaundryFiles the Laundry]]), Laundry]], for example), but usually exist as secret networks of agents ''within'' existing intelligence agencies--the "conspiracy within a conspiracy", so to speak. speak.
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The fabled British Declare network is one such example, kept secret from the rest of the SOE and SIS. SIS.
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The Russian Rabkrin, at times, Rabkrin had to actively evade purges ordered by Stalin and the NKVD to catch them. them.
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Relatively little information is available on the French DGSE/SDECE group, or the American occult group working in the CIA, other than that they exist and are "in" on the secret.
27th Feb '17 2:14:00 PM margdean56
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* OneTrueLove: Elena for Hale, despite them only spending a few months together in occupied France, then a single night in the post-war Berlin. This is strongly implied to have its justification in [[spoiler:Hale's overdeveloped sense of honor and duty as a result of getting all of it from his "twin" Kin Philby. While Elena occasionally cheats on him (like with Kim), he never even considers a relationship with another woman for over twenty years after committing himself to her]].

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* OneTrueLove: Elena for Hale, despite them only spending a few months together in occupied France, then a single night in the post-war Berlin. This is strongly implied to have its justification in [[spoiler:Hale's overdeveloped sense of honor and duty as a result of getting all of it from his "twin" Kin Kim Philby. While Elena occasionally cheats on him (like with Kim), he never even considers a relationship with another woman for over twenty years after committing himself to her]].
24th Feb '17 3:49:54 PM margdean56
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* FieryRedhead: Elena. While not that aggressive in personal relationships, she is extremely passionate about what she does, be it furthering the cause of Communism, or [[spoiler:destroying Soviet Union for good]]. Late in the novel, she ignores her orders to recruit a man and tries murdering him instead because he badly humiliated her years ago.

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* FieryRedhead: Elena. While not that aggressive in personal relationships, she is extremely passionate about what she does, be it furthering the cause of Communism, or [[spoiler:destroying the Soviet Union for good]]. Late in the novel, she ignores her orders to recruit a man and tries murdering him instead because he badly humiliated her years ago.
24th Feb '17 3:44:35 PM margdean56
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Powers has acknowledged that much of the novel was influenced by the works of Creator/JohnLeCarre, while the supernatural occurrances have a distinct [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] flavour to them. See also Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundryFiles Laundry]]'' novels; in the afterword of the first novel Stross admits the similarities--the Stale Beer-flavoured spy fiction, and the secret knowledge of the supernatural--but notes that they are coincidental.

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Powers has acknowledged that much of the novel was influenced by the works of Creator/JohnLeCarre, while the supernatural occurrances occurrences have a distinct [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] flavour to them. See also Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundryFiles Laundry]]'' novels; in the afterword of the first novel Stross admits the similarities--the Stale Beer-flavoured spy fiction, and the secret knowledge of the supernatural--but notes that they are coincidental.
3rd Jan '17 9:41:48 PM Xtifr
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* CovertGroup: the best descriptor for the different occult intelligence agencies: they do not typically have formal bureaucracies or names (''vice'', say, [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries the Laundry]]), but usually exist as secret networks of agents ''within'' existing intelligence agencies--the "conspiracy within a conspiracy", so to speak. The fabled British Declare network is one such example, kept secret from the rest of the SOE and SIS. The Russian Rabkrin, at times, had to actively evade purges ordered by Stalin and the NKVD to catch them. Relatively little information is available on the French DGSE/SDECE group, or the American occult group working in the CIA, other than that they exist and are "in" on the secret.

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* CovertGroup: the best descriptor for the different occult intelligence agencies: they do not typically have formal bureaucracies or names (''vice'', say, [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries [[Literature/TheLaundryFiles the Laundry]]), but usually exist as secret networks of agents ''within'' existing intelligence agencies--the "conspiracy within a conspiracy", so to speak. The fabled British Declare network is one such example, kept secret from the rest of the SOE and SIS. The Russian Rabkrin, at times, had to actively evade purges ordered by Stalin and the NKVD to catch them. Relatively little information is available on the French DGSE/SDECE group, or the American occult group working in the CIA, other than that they exist and are "in" on the secret.
31st Dec '16 11:16:21 AM Xtifr
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Powers has acknowledged that much of the novel was influenced by the works of Creator/JohnLeCarre, while the supernatural occurrances have a distinct [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] flavour to them. See also Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' novels; in the afterword of the first novel Stross admits the similarities--the Stale Beer-flavoured spy fiction, and the secret knowledge of the supernatural--but notes that they are coincidental.

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Powers has acknowledged that much of the novel was influenced by the works of Creator/JohnLeCarre, while the supernatural occurrances have a distinct [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] flavour to them. See also Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries ''[[Literature/TheLaundryFiles Laundry]]'' novels; in the afterword of the first novel Stross admits the similarities--the Stale Beer-flavoured spy fiction, and the secret knowledge of the supernatural--but notes that they are coincidental.
21st Dec '16 12:46:12 PM JustTroper
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23rd Jul '16 6:22:45 PM PaulA
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** The story of King Solomon's GenieInABottle includes several elements that play crucial parts in the plot.



* GenieInABottle: It is mentioned that Solomon had learned how to trap a djinni in a jar [[spoiler:using a string of incised beads; the djinni would not be able to escape without rotating the beads, and therefore assimilating the experience of death into itself]].



* JudgmentOfSolomon / GenieInABottle: the famous judgment is given a supernatural twist: [[spoiler:Solomon had not actually called for a ''sword'' to split the baby (as his scribes would record), but a similar word beginning with the same series of Hebrew letters found in ''sword'', ''blasphemy'', and ''potter's wheel''--a "paleologism" signifying the djinn. Solomon had learned how to trap a djinni in a jar using a string of incised beads; the djinni would not be able to escape without rotating the beads, and therefore assimilating the experience of death into itself. Upon exposure to the look of a djinni, the baby's mind would literally break in two, forming a LiteralSplitPersonality, and it was not inconceivable that the false mother would be willing to settle for half of such a split.]] Both of those elements play crucial parts in the plot.

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* JudgmentOfSolomon / GenieInABottle: JudgmentOfSolomon: the famous judgment is given a supernatural twist: [[spoiler:Solomon had not actually called for a ''sword'' to split the baby (as his scribes would record), but a similar word beginning with the same series of Hebrew letters found in ''sword'', ''blasphemy'', and ''potter's wheel''--a "paleologism" signifying the djinn. Solomon had learned how to trap a djinni in a jar using a string of incised beads; the djinni would not be able to escape without rotating the beads, and therefore assimilating the experience of death into itself. Upon exposure to the look of a djinni, the baby's mind ''mind'' would literally break in two, forming a LiteralSplitPersonality, and it was not inconceivable that the false mother would be willing to settle for half of such a split.]] Both of those elements play crucial parts in the plot.]]
23rd Jul '16 9:17:28 AM JackG
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* JudgmentOfSolomon: the famous judgment is given a supernatural twist: [[spoiler:Solomon had not actually called for a ''sword'' to split the baby (as his scribes would record), but a similar word beginning with the same series of Hebrew letters found in ''sword'', ''blasphemy'', and ''potter's wheel''--a "paleologism" signifying the djinn. Solomon had learned how to trap a djinni in a jar using a string of incised beads; the djinni would not be able to escape without rotating the beads, and therefore assimilating the experience of death into itself. Upon exposure to the look of a djinni, the baby's mind would literally break in two, forming a LiteralSplitPersonality, and it was not inconceivable that the false mother would be willing to settle for half of such a split.]] Both of those elements play crucial parts in the plot.

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* JudgmentOfSolomon: JudgmentOfSolomon / GenieInABottle: the famous judgment is given a supernatural twist: [[spoiler:Solomon had not actually called for a ''sword'' to split the baby (as his scribes would record), but a similar word beginning with the same series of Hebrew letters found in ''sword'', ''blasphemy'', and ''potter's wheel''--a "paleologism" signifying the djinn. Solomon had learned how to trap a djinni in a jar using a string of incised beads; the djinni would not be able to escape without rotating the beads, and therefore assimilating the experience of death into itself. Upon exposure to the look of a djinni, the baby's mind would literally break in two, forming a LiteralSplitPersonality, and it was not inconceivable that the false mother would be willing to settle for half of such a split.]] Both of those elements play crucial parts in the plot.
24th Nov '15 1:44:54 PM LahmacunKebab
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: the djinn.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: the The djinn.
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