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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.
13th Jul '15 5:21:57 PM Observance
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* ClusterFBomb: Collingswood can't open her mouth without uttering half a dozen profanities.

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* ClusterFBomb: Collingswood can't open her mouth without uttering half a dozen highly creative profanities.



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: A recurrent theme. London's supernatural community runs betting pools and ''street parties'' in honour of various cults' prophesied apocalypses.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: A recurrent theme. London's supernatural community runs betting pools and ''street parties'' in honour of various cults' prophesied apocalypses.
apocalypses. The story revolves around trying to prevent one such apocalypse because it's ''actually going to happen''.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopodsEverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The book is called ''Kraken'' and centers on a preserved giant squid. One of the main characters is a squid cultist.



* GeniusLoci: All over the place. Not only is all of London a huge superorganism, individual locations ''within'' London have their own component intelligences and personalities. Then there's also the various elemental embassies, such as the embassy of fire, the embassy of electricity, and the embassy of the Sea.



* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: a topologist with an interest in magic can fold up all sorts of things into tiny spaces, which can be unfolded later back into their complete form. [[spoiler: Goss demonstrates that the same trick can be used in an unpleasantly destructive fashion, horribly mangling the folded item]].

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* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: a topologist with an interest in magic can fold up all sorts of things into tiny spaces, which can be unfolded later back into their complete form. [[spoiler: Goss demonstrates that the same trick can be used in an unpleasantly destructive fashion, ''without'' any of the magic that goes with it, horribly mangling the folded item]].
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