History Literature / Declare

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.
13th Jun '15 7:16:35 PM Aquillion
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* MeaningfulName: The name of Operation Declare refers to the sections of the Book of Job where God poses a series of rhetorical questions to Job and demands "Declare, if thou hast understanding." In context, it refers to the fact that [[spoiler:their goal, at least going by what Hale's handlers believe, is to 'answer' by killing God.]]

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* MeaningfulName: The name of Operation Declare refers to the sections of the Book of Job where God poses a series of rhetorical questions to Job and demands "Declare, if thou hast understanding." In context, it refers to the fact that [[spoiler:their goal, at least going by what Hale's handlers believe, is to 'answer' 'declare' their answer by killing God.]]
13th Jun '15 7:16:08 PM Aquillion
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* MeaningfulName: The name of Operation Declare refers to the sections of the Book of Job where God poses a series of rhetorical questions to Job and demands "Declare, if thou hast understanding." In context, it refers to the fact that [[spoiler:their goal, at least going by what Hale's handlers believe, is to 'answer' by killing God.]]
8th May '15 12:49:00 AM PaulA
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The lives of Kim Philby and his father, St. John Philby, are reinterpreted around the secret history of the djinn.



* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The lives of Kim Philby and his father, St. John Philby, are reinterpreted around the secret history of the djinn.



* MoscowCentre: unusually for a Cold War espionage work, the KGB is ''not'' the primary Soviet intelligence faction to feature. Neither is the {{GRU}}, although both Hale and Elena are recruited into it in WWII. Instead, the secret-beyond-secret occult intelligence network that is the Rabkrin acts as the main faction, with the other Soviet agencies sometimes supporting it (as in the Cold War years) and sometimes opposing it (as the NKVD did in World War II.)



* MoscowCentre: unusually for a Cold War espionage work, the KGB is ''not'' the primary Soviet intelligence faction to feature. Neither is the {{GRU}}, although both Hale and Elena are recruited into it in WWII. Instead, the secret-beyond-secret occult intelligence network that is the Rabkrin acts as the main faction, with the other Soviet agencies sometimes supporting it (as in the Cold War years) and sometimes opposing it (as the NKVD did in World War II.)



* StarCrossedLovers: Andrew and Elena, having loved each other for over twenty years despite meeting just three or four times. [[spoiler:Ultimately, however, they get together.]]



* [[spoiler:SplitAtBirth[=/=]SeparatedAtBirth]]: A strange variation. [[spoiler:Philby and Hale are not twins, but (unbeknownst to them) half-brothers born exactly 10 years apart; but since they were born on the same date, the djinn perceive them as two halves of one person.]]

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* [[spoiler:SplitAtBirth[=/=]SeparatedAtBirth]]: SplitAtBirth[=/=]SeparatedAtBirth: A strange variation. [[spoiler:Philby and Hale are not twins, but (unbeknownst to them) half-brothers born exactly 10 years apart; but since they were born on the same date, the djinn perceive them as two halves of one person.]]


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* StarCrossedLovers: Andrew and Elena, having loved each other for over twenty years despite meeting just three or four times. [[spoiler:Ultimately, however, they get together.]]
8th May '15 12:43:35 AM PaulA
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The lives of Kim Philby and his father, St. John Philby, are reinterpreted around the secret history of the djinn.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Kim Philby and his father, St. John Philby.
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