History Literature / GarrettPI

11th Sep '16 8:23:43 PM Angeldeb82
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* ''Wicked Bronze Ambition'' (2013)

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* ''Wicked Bronze Ambition'' (2013)(2013).



* AttentionDeficitOhShiny: Garrett has real trouble focusing on the task at hand in ''Wicked Bronze Ambition''. Excusable because [[spoiler: his bride-to-be was just killed and he's biting back grief to try and solve her murder]].

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* AttentionDeficitOhShiny: AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Garrett has real trouble focusing on the task at hand in ''Wicked Bronze Ambition''. Excusable because [[spoiler: his bride-to-be was just killed and he's biting back grief to try and solve her murder]].



* BadassBookworm: Believe it or not, Garrett. Not only can he read and write in a world where literacy is a hot commodity, but the Dead Man's room (arguable the most secure place in the city) houses a treasure trove of books (being dead he can't really read, so who are they ''really'' for?). He's frequented the local library enough to finish a long trilogy of psuedo-history books and ''Deadly Quicksilver Lies'' opens with him in his office reading a philosophy book for pleasure. That being said, [[ClosetGeek he does try to downplay his hobby]] [[UnreliableNarrator to the reader.]]

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* BadassBookworm: Believe it or not, Garrett. Not only can he read and write in a world where literacy is a hot commodity, but the Dead Man's room (arguable the most secure place in the city) houses a treasure trove of books (being dead he can't really read, so who are they ''really'' for?). He's frequented the local library enough to finish a long trilogy of psuedo-history books and ''Deadly Quicksilver Lies'' opens with him in his office reading a philosophy book for pleasure. That being said, [[ClosetGeek he does try to downplay his hobby]] [[UnreliableNarrator to the reader.]]reader]].



* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: At the end of ''Dread Brass Shadows'', Garrett is spared the moral dilemma of having to [[spoiler: help murder Chodo Contague]] because [[spoiler: the Serpent poisons Chodo first, causing the crime lord to suffer a stroke]].



** The "little booger" from ''Deadly Quicksilver Lies'' isn't all that big, but [[spoiler: it does enough damage for a whole swarm of BigCreepyCrawlies.]]

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** The "little booger" from ''Deadly Quicksilver Lies'' isn't all that big, but [[spoiler: it does enough damage for a whole swarm of BigCreepyCrawlies.]]BigCreepyCrawlies]].



* BigDamnVillains: At the end of ''Dread Brass Shadows'', Garrett is spared the moral dilemma of having to [[spoiler: help murder Chodo Contague]] because [[spoiler: the Serpent poisons Chodo first, causing the crime lord to suffer a stroke]].



* BitterSweetEnding: A few, but ''Old Tin Sorrows'' and ''Cruel Zinc Melodies'' in particular stand out.

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* BitterSweetEnding: BittersweetEnding: A few, but ''Old Tin Sorrows'' and ''Cruel Zinc Melodies'' in particular stand out.



* BrilliantButLazy: Both Garrett and the Dead Man, [[HypocriticalHumor both nag each other about it]]

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* BrilliantButLazy: Both Garrett and the Dead Man, [[HypocriticalHumor both nag each other about it]]it]].



* CorruptChurch: How Morley and Garrett (and everyone else) sees the various sectors of the Church. (They're pretty much right).

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* CorruptChurch: How Morley and Garrett (and everyone else) sees the various sectors of the Church. (They're pretty much right).right.)



** The cover of ''Sweet Silver Blues'', the first book in the series, shows several characters holding submachineguns, and has a light switch visible on a wall. The series takes place in a high fantasy world with full-on [[MedievalStasis Medieval stasis]].

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** The cover of ''Sweet Silver Blues'', the first book in the series, shows several characters holding submachineguns, and has a light switch visible on a wall. The series takes place in a high fantasy world with full-on [[MedievalStasis Medieval stasis]].MedievalStasis.



* CreepyCrossdresser: ''Deadly Quicksilver Lies''. [[spoiler: Also Recursive.]]
** Donni Pell from ''Bitter Gold Hearts'' is alleged to play the SweetPollyOliver trope, but isn't actually seen doing so.
** Belinda Contague has been known to dress up as a dapper young man when she needs to be anonymous.



* DamselInDistress: Often what gets the story rolling.



* DistressedDamsel: Often what gets the story rolling.



* [[spoiler: FlyingSaucer:]] One of the "silver elves"'s vehicles.

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* [[spoiler: FlyingSaucer:]] FlyingSaucer]]: One of the "silver elves"'s vehicles.



* HeroicBSOD: In ''Old Tin Sorrows'', Garrett has one of these after dealing with a particularly sad ghost with a [[TearJerker tragic]] [[KillTheCutie history]].

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* HeroicBSOD: In ''Old Tin Sorrows'', Garrett has one of these after dealing with a particularly sad ghost with a [[TearJerker tragic]] {{t|earJerker}}ragic [[KillTheCutie history]].



* HeterosexualLifepartners: Garrett and Morley, bordering on HoYay sometimes.

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* HeterosexualLifepartners: HeterosexualLifePartners: Garrett and Morley, bordering on HoYay sometimes.



* LivingMacGuffin: Garrett accidentally ''becomes'' one of these in ''Petty Pewter Gods'' due to some PowersThatBe meddling. They [[spoiler: Intended for him to pick which of the warring pantheons should continue to exist, possibly gathering a large amount of money by the way of bribes along the way.]] It didn't [[EldritchAbomination work out that way.]]

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* LivingMacGuffin: Garrett accidentally ''becomes'' one of these in ''Petty Pewter Gods'' due to some PowersThatBe meddling. They [[spoiler: Intended for him to pick which of the warring pantheons should continue to exist, possibly gathering a large amount of money by the way of bribes along the way.]] way]]. It didn't [[EldritchAbomination work out that way.]]way]].



* MoreThanMindcontrol: Dead Man can peek into people's heads, move objects around, and generally screw around with people. He just doesn't because he's lazy.

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* MoreThanMindcontrol: MoreThanMindControl: Dead Man can peek into people's heads, move objects around, and generally screw around with people. He just doesn't because he's lazy.



* TheNickNamer: Garrett. He usually winds up calling people whose names he doesn't know things like 'Weasely Guy' and the like.

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* TheNickNamer: TheNicknamer: Garrett. He usually winds up calling people whose names he doesn't know things like 'Weasely Guy' and the like.



* NoNameGiven: Nobody uses Garrett's first name, ever. Oddly enough, nobody in story seems to notice, or at least not to care. [[strike:If he does]] He ''must'' have a first name, because references to his family make it clear "Garrett" is the ''family'' name, but he isn't letting on.

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* NoNameGiven: Nobody uses Garrett's first name, ever. Oddly enough, nobody in story seems to notice, or at least not to care. [[strike:If he does]] He ''must'' have a first name, because references to his family make it clear "Garrett" is the ''family'' name, but he isn't letting on.



* OnceAnEpisode: Garrett [[DrinkingGame WILL]] get knocked out and/or beaten up at least once per novel.

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* OnceAnEpisode: OncePerEpisode: Garrett [[DrinkingGame WILL]] get knocked out and/or beaten up at least once per novel.



** Not quite. It's stated that they have some [[strike: gnomish]] elf or dwarf blood, but not so much that they can't pass for ordinary humans even among die-hard racists. Garrett does refer to Mr. Tate as "the gnome king" at one point, but that's just him being a DeadpanSnarker; ''real'' gnomes, when shown, could barely reach his kneecaps.

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** Not quite. It's stated that they have some [[strike: gnomish]] elf or dwarf blood, but not so much that they can't pass for ordinary humans even among die-hard racists. Garrett does refer to Mr. Tate as "the gnome king" at one point, but that's just him being a DeadpanSnarker; ''real'' gnomes, when shown, could barely reach his kneecaps.



* PsychicBlockDefense: Kip Prose's wire hairnets are designed to counter the Dead Man's mind-reading powers. In ''Gilded Latten Bones'', it's suggested that [[spoiler: he eventually finds a way past them, but lets visitors believe the devices are working.]]

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* PsychicBlockDefense: Kip Prose's wire hairnets are designed to counter the Dead Man's mind-reading powers. In ''Gilded Latten Bones'', it's suggested that [[spoiler: he eventually finds a way past them, but lets visitors believe the devices are working.]]working]].



* RecycledInSpace: The early novels were essentially Rex Stout's ''Literature/NeroWolfe'' in a fantasy setting.

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* RecycledInSpace: RecycledINSPACE: The early novels were essentially Rex Stout's ''Literature/NeroWolfe'' in a fantasy setting.



* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Shapeshifters fall under type B. It's mentioned that one of the unnamed shifters takes on the looks of a soldier he fought with during the war, several decades before the current story and a few months before the entire group of shapeshifters pull a {{faceheelturn}}.

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* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Shapeshifters fall under type B. It's mentioned that one of the unnamed shifters takes on the looks of a soldier he fought with during the war, several decades before the current story and a few months before the entire group of shapeshifters pull a {{faceheelturn}}.FaceHeelTurn.



** In ''Angry Lead Skies'', Garrett cites a NoodleIncident as proof of Winger's boneheadedness, in which she stole a singing sword that wouldn't shut up. His description of its song is a snarky summary of ''Der Ring des Nibelungen''.

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** In ''Angry Lead Skies'', Garrett cites a NoodleIncident as proof of Winger's boneheadedness, in which she stole a singing sword that wouldn't shut up. His description of its song is a snarky summary of ''Der Ring des Nibelungen''.''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung''.



* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: Reports of people bursting into flames circulate in a couple of the novels, as a rumor going around the city. Garrett finally looks into the matter in ''Whispering Nickel Idols'', and learns that [[spoiler: Chodo Contague triggered some of them with the help of some pyrogenic rocks planted by his lawyer]]. Saucerhead also tracks down some cases that turn out to be ordinary accidental fires, under circumstances very similar to the RealLife mishaps that inspired the SpontaneousHumanCombustion UrbanLegend in the first place.

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* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: Reports of people bursting into flames circulate in a couple of the novels, as a rumor going around the city. Garrett finally looks into the matter in ''Whispering Nickel Idols'', and learns that [[spoiler: Chodo Contague triggered some of them with the help of some pyrogenic rocks planted by his lawyer]]. Saucerhead also tracks down some cases that turn out to be ordinary accidental fires, under circumstances very similar to the RealLife mishaps that inspired the SpontaneousHumanCombustion UrbanLegend {{Urban Legend|s}} in the first place.



* VillainousCrossdresser: ''Deadly Quicksilver Lies'' [[spoiler: Also Recursive]]
** Donni Pell from ''Bitter Gold Hearts'' is alleged to play the SweetPollyOliver trope, but isn't actually seen doing so.
** Belinda Contague has been known to dress up as a dapper young man when she needs to be anonymous.



* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Mousers?]]: The Luck of A-Lat only appear in ''Whispering Nickel Idols'', and their whereabouts are unmentioned even after Penny, their caretaker, moves into the Macunado Street house.

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* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The to the Mousers?]]: The Luck of A-Lat only appear in ''Whispering Nickel Idols'', and their whereabouts are unmentioned even after Penny, their caretaker, moves into the Macunado Street house.
24th Aug '16 9:17:03 PM nombretomado
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* AuthorTract Cook's views on organized religion are made very clear throughout the series, much as they are in ''TheBlackCompany.''

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* AuthorTract Cook's views on organized religion are made very clear throughout the series, much as they are in ''TheBlackCompany.''Literature/TheBlackCompany.''



* MythologyGag: The grandmother of Furious Tide of Light is herself a powerful sorceress, using the name Shadowslinger. The second book of the BlackCompany series is titled ''Shadows Linger''.

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* MythologyGag: The grandmother of Furious Tide of Light is herself a powerful sorceress, using the name Shadowslinger. The second book of the BlackCompany Literature/TheBlackCompany series is titled ''Shadows Linger''.
22nd Aug '16 2:31:57 PM Sharlee
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* SweetPollyOliver: Penny passes for a boy when she first arrives in [=TunFaire=].

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* SweetPollyOliver: Penny passes for a boy when she first arrives in [=TunFaire=]. Donni Pell is mentioned as doing this on occasion, although Garrett never witnesses her being "Donny".
22nd Aug '16 2:27:44 PM Sharlee
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*** Doubly appropriate since Morely could easily stand in for Hawk.
** Speaking of Morely: his name is one to the children's song "Mairzy Doats" Doubly funny since Morely himself is a vegetarian.
** His lasting feelings for Eleanor from ''Old Tin Sorrows'' and his attachment to her portrait may be an oblique nod to ''Literature/{{Laura}}'', [[spoiler: albeit with a ghost rather than a woman whose death was mis-reported]].

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*** Doubly appropriate since Morely Morley could easily stand in for Hawk.
** Speaking of Morely: Morley: his name is one to the children's song "Mairzy Doats" Doubly funny since Morely Morley himself is a vegetarian.
** His Garrett's lasting feelings for Eleanor from ''Old Tin Sorrows'' and his attachment to her portrait may be an oblique nod to ''Literature/{{Laura}}'', [[spoiler: albeit with a ghost rather than a woman whose death was mis-reported]].
22nd Aug '16 2:17:29 PM Sharlee
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** Becomes plot-relevant in ''Faded Steel Heat'', when Morley's guys try to play a joke by serving Garrett a dish full of the things. "Garrett" tucks right in, unwittingly outing himself as a shape-changed impostor.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The draugs from ''Old Tin Sorrows''.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The draugs from ''Old Tin Sorrows''. The "thread men" (aka Artificial type) from ''Gilded Latten Bones''.
22nd Aug '16 2:11:56 PM Sharlee
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* NotAMorningPerson: Garrett. The Dead Msn, thanks to dead Loghyrs' marathon sleeping habits, is more of a Not A This-Month Person.

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* NotAMorningPerson: Garrett. The Dead Msn, Man, thanks to dead Loghyrs' marathon sleeping habits, is more of a Not A This-Month Person.
22nd Aug '16 2:11:26 PM Sharlee
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* NotAMorningPerson: Garrett.

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* NotAMorningPerson: Garrett. The Dead Msn, thanks to dead Loghyrs' marathon sleeping habits, is more of a Not A This-Month Person.
22nd Aug '16 2:08:18 PM Sharlee
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* NobodyPoops: An unemptied chamber pot convinces Garrett that Junior's kidnapping wasn't a ''complete'' fake in ''Bitter Gold Hearts''. His pressing need to urinate upon waking averts one of the Windwalker's attempts to seduce Garrett in ''Gilded Latten Bones'', and a bedridden Morley needs to be "cleaned up" regularly by his ratwomen nurses in the same book.

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* NobodyPoops: Averted. An unemptied chamber pot convinces Garrett that Junior's kidnapping wasn't a ''complete'' fake in ''Bitter Gold Hearts''. His pressing need to urinate upon waking averts one of the Windwalker's attempts to seduce Garrett in ''Gilded Latten Bones'', and a bedridden Morley needs to be "cleaned up" regularly by his ratwomen nurses in the same book.
22nd Aug '16 2:00:41 PM Sharlee
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* MedievalStasis: Kiiiiiiind of, although certain things have advanced weapons straight out of the dark ages and electricity is nowhere to be seen outside of a summer storm, other things suggest a much more urban and modern setting though, for instance: indoor plumbing is available but not always common.

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* MedievalStasis: Kiiiiiiind of, although of. Although certain things have advanced advanced, weapons are straight out of the dark ages and electricity is nowhere to be seen outside of a summer storm, other storm. Other things suggest a much more urban and modern setting though, for instance: indoor plumbing is available but not always common.



** Subverted from "Angry Lead Skies" onward, as technology and manufacturing start advancing very quickly.

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** Subverted from "Angry ''Angry Lead Skies" Skies'' onward, as technology and manufacturing start advancing very quickly.
22nd Aug '16 1:25:01 PM Sharlee
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** Even the first book in the series, "Sweet Silver Blues" has shades of this and ends with Garrett [[DrowningmySorrows Drowning his sorrows.]]
* BizarreAlienReproduction: Ratpeople retain their rat ancestors' reproductive physiology, producing large litters and mating indiscriminately when females come into season. Singe suppresses her mating urges by avoiding unrelated ratmen at that time.

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** Even the first book in the series, "Sweet ''Sweet Silver Blues" Blues'' has shades of this and ends with Garrett [[DrowningmySorrows Drowning his sorrows.]]
* BizarreAlienReproduction: Ratpeople retain their rat ancestors' reproductive physiology, producing large litters and mating indiscriminately when females come into season. Singe suppresses her mating urges by wearing a suppressor amulet and avoiding unrelated ratmen at that time.
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