History Literature / Kraken

20th Jul '16 8:51:52 PM nombretomado
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''Kraken'' is a novel arising from the twisted brainpan of ChinaMieville, author of PerdidoStreetStation and [[Literature/TheScar its]] [[Literature/IronCouncil sequels]]. It tells the story of Billy Harrow, a curator for the Natural History Museum whose work touring guests around one day is rudely interrupted by the inexplicable disappearance of the museum's preserved giant squid. From there, Billy's day only gets worse as he is drawn into a shadowy London underworld of competing doomsday cults, living tattoos, socialist familiars, and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Chaos Nazis]].

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''Kraken'' is a novel arising from the twisted brainpan of ChinaMieville, Creator/ChinaMieville, author of PerdidoStreetStation and [[Literature/TheScar its]] [[Literature/IronCouncil sequels]]. It tells the story of Billy Harrow, a curator for the Natural History Museum whose work touring guests around one day is rudely interrupted by the inexplicable disappearance of the museum's preserved giant squid. From there, Billy's day only gets worse as he is drawn into a shadowy London underworld of competing doomsday cults, living tattoos, socialist familiars, and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Chaos Nazis]].
3rd Apr '16 11:42:01 AM Sharlee
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* SirSwearsALot: Collingswood has a knack for original swearing to match her supernatural knack.
1st Apr '16 8:02:54 PM Sharlee
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* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The shabti revolution which Wati instigated in ''the Egyptian afterlife''.
1st Apr '16 8:00:27 PM Sharlee
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* ShoutOut: Kath's summoning of Perky is a comical, pint-size version of the terrifying manifestation Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder confronts in "The Hog".
1st Apr '16 10:50:18 AM Sharlee
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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Deconstructed: Vardy is a highly devout man who also carries the curse of being very intelligent, and suffers problems reconciling his faith with his rationality. While this inner conflict makes him very loopy it also makes him an expert on getting into the heads of religious killers and cultists. [[spoiler:It eventually leads him to try and RetGone Darwin's specimens to return everything to a simpler age.]]

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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Deconstructed: Vardy is a highly devout man who also carries the curse of being very intelligent, and suffers problems reconciling his faith with his rationality. While this inner conflict makes him very loopy it also makes him an expert on getting into the heads of religious killers and cultists. [[spoiler:It eventually leads him to try and RetGone Darwin's specimens in the hope of unmaking the current evolution-generated reality to return everything to a simpler age.make way for one that really ''was'' divinely created.]]
1st Apr '16 10:45:08 AM Sharlee
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* CopShow: Kath uses clips from some of these, along with videos of cop films and excepts from police novels, to conjure up some temporary ethereal constructs that ''think'' they're ghosts of dead policemen.
6th Mar '16 8:22:52 PM GhostLad
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* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Dane, sort of. His defection from his church gets a bit more real when he refuses to turn the squid over for fear it will trigger the wrong apocalypse.]]



* HalfHumanHybrid: the usual HumanMomNonhumanDad setup is averted (as might be expected of the author) when a photo of a pyromancer, his daughter and a large bonfire is recognised as a ''family photo''.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: the usual HumanMomNonhumanDad setup is averted (as might be expected of the author) when a photo of a pyromancer, his daughter and a large bonfire is recognised recognized as a ''family photo''.
19th Jan '16 11:55:39 AM Sharlee
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* MouthStitchedShut: [[spoiler: How Paul ultimately renders the Tattoo mute, by having stitched inked in by a clued-in tattooist.]]

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* MouthStitchedShut: [[spoiler: How Paul ultimately renders the Tattoo mute, by having stitched stitches inked in by a clued-in tattooist.]]
4th Jan '16 11:20:17 AM Sharlee
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* MouthStitchedShut: [[spoiler: How Paul ultimately renders the Tattoo mute, by having stitched inked in by a clued-in tattooist.]]



* SupernaturalPhone: The novel has 'knacked' mobile phones that can do things like communicate with Wati, a disembodied spirit, or communicate over an unlimited range.

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* SupernaturalPhone: The novel has 'knacked' mobile phones that can do things like communicate with Wati, a disembodied spirit, or communicate over an unlimited range. One of the Tattoo's goons uses a knack-altered woman ''as'' a phone.
19th Oct '15 11:38:08 AM LahmacunKebab
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* JerkAss: Kath Collingswood is a rather...blunt woman, let us say.

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* JerkAss: Kath Collingswood is a rather... blunt woman, let us say.
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