History Literature / Parasitology

17th Jul '16 1:09:20 PM GlassRain
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The story follows Sally Mitchell, who -- six years before the narrative begins -- had a seizure behind the wheel of her car, resulting in a car accident that left her gravely injured and in a coma from which no one expected her to wake. As her family discussed whether to unplug her life support, Sally awoke. The family was thrilled to have Sally back. [=SymboGen=] was delighted to take the credit and foot the bills for Sally's rehabilitative therapy (so they could study her). Sally, for her part, wasn't sure how to feel about ''any'' of this, as she [[BlankSlate couldn't even remember how to speak]].

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The story follows Sally Sal Mitchell, who -- six years before the narrative begins -- had a seizure behind the wheel of her car, resulting in a car accident that left her gravely injured and in a coma from which no one expected her to wake. As her family discussed whether to unplug her life support, Sally Sal awoke. The family was thrilled to have Sally Sal back. [=SymboGen=] was delighted to take the credit and foot the bills for Sally's Sal's rehabilitative therapy (so they could study her). Sally, Sal, for her part, wasn't sure how to feel about ''any'' of this, as she [[BlankSlate couldn't even remember how to speak]].



Sally and her boyfriend Nathan begin to wonder what's going on, and whether [=SymboGen=] has been entirely honest about their product.

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Sally Sal and her boyfriend Nathan begin to wonder what's going on, and whether [=SymboGen=] has been entirely honest about their product.



* ActionSurvivor: Both Sally and Nathan.

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* ActionSurvivor: Both Sally Sal and Nathan.



* AirVentPassageway: Sally tries escaping a mall this way in ''Symbiont'', only to find Ronnie waiting for her at the end; once he saw that she'd entered the vent, he was able to casually stroll over to the exit grating while she slowly crawled her way through the duct.

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* AirVentPassageway: Sally Sal tries escaping a mall this way in ''Symbiont'', only to find Ronnie waiting for her at the end; once he saw that she'd entered the vent, he was able to casually stroll over to the exit grating while she slowly crawled her way through the duct.



* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:The end of the first book reveals Sally's parasitic implant is in her brain, meaning she's just like Adam and Tansy -- a sentient tapeworm inhabiting a human body]].

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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:The end of the first book reveals Sally's Sal's parasitic implant is in her brain, meaning she's just like Adam and Tansy -- a sentient tapeworm inhabiting a human body]].



* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Sherman, one of the [=SymboGen=] scientists who is friendly with Sally and who gets taken away after Chave's Intestinal Bodyguard takes over, turns out to have been in on the scheme the whole time, and another one of Shanti's experiments who betrayed her]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: It takes a long grounding period and a very ill-advised ruse by her father to elicit more information out of her, but Sally eventually gathers the courage to tell her parents off and make them revoke their custodianship of her.

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* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Sherman, one of the [=SymboGen=] scientists who is friendly with Sally Sal and who gets taken away after Chave's Intestinal Bodyguard takes over, turns out to have been in on the scheme the whole time, and another one of Shanti's experiments who betrayed her]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: It takes a long grounding period and a very ill-advised ruse by her father to elicit more information out of her, but Sally Sal eventually gathers the courage to tell her parents off and make them revoke their custodianship of her.



* DysfunctionalFamily: Played with. Sally after the accident has an entirely different personality than Sally before the accident. Pre-accident Sally was a bit of a hellion and contrary for the sake of being contrary. Sal is compassionate and empathetic, willing to talk to her family. Her family is torn between missing the old Sally and appreciating the new Sally -- to a point.
** Her parents' reaction to Sally going off the grid for a day is explained in-universe, but also called out as being ''completely out of order''.
* EvilDetectingDog: [[spoiler:Animals such as dogs and cats can tell when a person's Intestinal Bodyguard is taking over, due to the sudden change in hormones. However, they react normally to those who have already been taken over, such as Tansy and Sally]].

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* DysfunctionalFamily: Played with. Sally Sal after the accident has an entirely different personality than Sally before the accident. Pre-accident Sally was a bit of a hellion and contrary for the sake of being contrary. Sal is compassionate and empathetic, willing to talk to her family. Her family is torn between missing the old Sally and appreciating the new Sally Sal -- to a point.
** Her parents' reaction to Sally Sal going off the grid for a day is explained in-universe, but also called out as being ''completely out of order''.
* EvilDetectingDog: [[spoiler:Animals such as dogs and cats can tell when a person's Intestinal Bodyguard is taking over, due to the sudden change in hormones. However, they react normally to those who have already been taken over, such as Tansy and Sally]].Sal]].



** [[spoiler:After Sherman is taken away by [=SymboGen=] security, Sally is told that he had been 'infected' by Chave. This later turns out to be not the case]].

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** [[spoiler:After Sherman is taken away by [=SymboGen=] security, Sally Sal is told that he had been 'infected' by Chave. This later turns out to be not the case]].



* {{Foreshadowing}}: In his first appearance, Sherman refers to Sally's boyfriend as a 'parasite pasher', i.e. someone who kisses tapeworms. [[spoiler:Sally later finds out she's a tapeworm]].
* HideYourGays: Subverted. As with Grant's other works, her same sex relationships are treated as no different than heterosexual relationships.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted - one of the first sleepwalking victims that Sally encounters is a little girl.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In his first appearance, Sherman refers to Sally's Sal's boyfriend as a 'parasite pasher', i.e. someone who kisses tapeworms. [[spoiler:Sally [[spoiler:Sal later finds out she's a tapeworm]].
* HideYourGays: Subverted. As with Grant's other works, her same sex relationships are treated as no different than heterosexual relationships.
relationships. Unfortunately coupled with BuryYourGays, played straight: of the lesbian couple in the first book, [[spoiler: one goes sleepwalker, and the other stays by her hospital bed only to be strangled by her.]]
* InfantImmortality: Subverted - one of the first sleepwalking victims that Sally Sal encounters is a little girl.



** More ironically, it actually has a tune- it is uncertain which version came first, but the author did a [[http://seananmcguire.com/songbook.php?id=69 filk]] about Silent Hill. Presently there don't seem to be plans to record ''Don't Go Out Alone'' (probably because then she'd have to write the whole thing).

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** More ironically, it actually has a tune- tune - it is uncertain which version came first, but the author did a [[http://seananmcguire.com/songbook.php?id=69 filk]] about Silent Hill. Presently there don't seem to be plans to record ''Don't Go Out Alone'' (probably because then she'd have to write the whole thing).



* MoralityKitchenSink: Sally and Nathan are the good, Symbogen the bad, as is [[spoiler: Sherman]] with [[spoiler: Shanti Cale]] and Sally's father somewhere in the middle.

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* MoralityKitchenSink: Sally Sal and Nathan are the good, Symbogen the bad, as is [[spoiler: Sherman]] with [[spoiler: Shanti Cale]] and Sally's Sal's father somewhere in the middle.



* TheReveal: Book 1 ends with [[spoiler: Sally discovering she's one of the tapeworms]].

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* TheReveal: Book 1 ends with [[spoiler: Sally Sal discovering she's one of the tapeworms]].



* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Post-crash Sally turns out to be her tapeworm, who took over Sally's brain in response to her body shutting down after her car crash. She works this out after meeting Adam and Tansy, but faints from the shock and forgets until the end of the book]].

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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Post-crash Sally Sal turns out to be her tapeworm, who took over Sally's brain in response to her body shutting down after her car crash. She works this out after meeting Adam and Tansy, but faints from the shock and forgets until the end of the book]].



* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Tansy pulls this on a mob of sleepwalkers in order for Sally to get away. Nathan isn't sure if she survived or not, but Dr. Cale claims this isn't the first time it's happened]].

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* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Tansy pulls this on a mob of sleepwalkers in order for Sally Sal to get away. Nathan isn't sure if she survived or not, but Dr. Cale claims this isn't the first time it's happened]].
26th Feb '15 9:40:07 PM Xelloss08
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The series consists of ''Parasite'', ''Symbiont'', and ''Chimera''.


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* AirVentPassageway: Sally tries escaping a mall this way in ''Symbiont'', only to find Ronnie waiting for her at the end; once he saw that she'd entered the vent, he was able to casually stroll over to the exit grating while she slowly crawled her way through the duct.
4th Jul '14 7:30:38 AM Illemar
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** More ironically, it actually has a tune- it is uncertain which version came first, but the author did a [[http://seananmcguire.com/songbook.php?id=69 filk]] about Silent Hill. Presently there don't seem to be plans to record ''Don't Go Out Alone'' (probably because then she'd have to write the whole thing).
2nd Jul '14 9:15:53 PM Eegah
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* TheUntwist: [[spoiler:Many people called Sal being a tapeworm as soon as their abilities were revealed. In fact, Sal herself realizes it at the same time but has a mental break over it, and the rest of the book is her struggling to not remember it.]]
28th Jun '14 6:36:47 PM Eegah
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* ThatManIsDead: Without any memories from before the accident, Sal is insistent that she be considered a separate person from her former self, which is why she doesn't go by Sally anymore.
25th Jun '14 7:30:00 AM Eegah
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* SpockSpeak: Having to learn English all over again leaves Sal a bit overly formal in her speech patterns.
23rd May '14 11:46:35 AM urielzet
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* CreepyNurseryRhyme: ''Don't Go Out Alone'', verses of which are scattered across the gaps between chapters.


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* IronicNurseryTune: ''Don't Go Out Alone'', verses of which are scattered across the gaps between chapters. Technically, not a tune, but just as creepy as most instances of this trope.
23rd May '14 11:44:21 AM urielzet
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It is 2027. The hygiene hypothesis -- the idea that we have scrubbed our environment so much that we can't handle incursions by germs and parasites -- has found a solution. [=SymboGen=], the mega corp, has come up with a pill that contains the egg of a genetically engineered tapeworm called the Intestinal Bodyguard which regulates the body. Diabetic? The Intestinal Bodyguard will make sure you have enough insulin to never worry. Live in a third world counttry with no women's rights? The Intestinal Bodyguard will emit hormonal birth control. It's healthcare made simple. One pill, every two years -- never get sick, never have to remember to take meds for your issues.

The story follows Sally Mitchell -- who, six years before the narrative begins -- had a seizure behind the wheel of her car, resulting in a car accident that left her gravely injured and in a coma from which no one expected her to wake. As her family discussed whether to unplug her life support, Sally awoke. The family was thrilled to have Sally back. [=SymboGen=] was delighted to take the credit and foot the bills for Sally's rehabilitative therapy (so they could study her). Sally, for her part, wasn't sure how to feel about ''any'' of this, as she [[BlankSlate couldn't even remember how to speak]].

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It is 2027. The hygiene hypothesis -- the idea that we have scrubbed our environment so much that we can't handle incursions by germs and parasites -- has found a solution. [=SymboGen=], the mega corp, has come up with a pill that contains the egg of a genetically engineered tapeworm called the Intestinal Bodyguard which regulates the body. Diabetic? The Intestinal Bodyguard will make sure you have enough insulin to never worry. Live in a third world counttry country with no women's rights? The Intestinal Bodyguard will emit hormonal birth control. It's healthcare made simple. One pill, every two years -- never get sick, never have to remember to take meds for your issues.

The story follows Sally Mitchell Mitchell, who -- who, six years before the narrative begins -- had a seizure behind the wheel of her car, resulting in a car accident that left her gravely injured and in a coma from which no one expected her to wake. As her family discussed whether to unplug her life support, Sally awoke. The family was thrilled to have Sally back. [=SymboGen=] was delighted to take the credit and foot the bills for Sally's rehabilitative therapy (so they could study her). Sally, for her part, wasn't sure how to feel about ''any'' of this, as she [[BlankSlate couldn't even remember how to speak]].



* ActionSurvivor: Both Sally and Nathan
* AffablyEvil: Dr. Banks

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* ActionSurvivor: Both Sally and Nathan
Nathan.
* AffablyEvil: Dr. BanksBanks.



* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:The end of the first book reveals Sally's parasitic implant is in her brain, meaning she's just like Adam and Tansy -- a sentient tapeworm inhabiting a human body]].



* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Sherman, one of the [=SymboGen=] scientists who is friendly with Sally and who gets taken away after Chave's Intestinal Bodyguard takes over, turns out to have been in on the scheme the whole time, and another one of Shanti's experiments who betrayed her.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Banks
* DarkActionGirl: Disconcertingly combined with GenkiGirl in the person of Tansy
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Richard Jablonsky, one of the co-founders of [=SymboGen=] is revealed to have killed himself when he realized how bad things were getting, and couldn't convince Banks to listen.]]

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* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Sherman, one of the [=SymboGen=] scientists who is friendly with Sally and who gets taken away after Chave's Intestinal Bodyguard takes over, turns out to have been in on the scheme the whole time, and another one of Shanti's experiments who betrayed her.]]
her]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: It takes a long grounding period and a very ill-advised ruse by her father to elicit more information out of her, but Sally eventually gathers the courage to tell her parents off and make them revoke their custodianship of her.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Banks
Banks.
* CreepyNurseryRhyme: ''Don't Go Out Alone'', verses of which are scattered across the gaps between chapters.
* DarkActionGirl: Disconcertingly combined with GenkiGirl in the person of Tansy
Tansy.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Richard Jablonsky, one of the co-founders of [=SymboGen=] is revealed to have killed himself when he realized how bad things were getting, and couldn't convince Banks to listen.]]listen]].



* EvilDetectingDog: [[spoiler:Animals such as dogs and cats can tell when a person's Intestinal Bodyguard is taking over, due to the sudden change in hormones. However, they react normally to those who have already been taken over, such as Tansy and Sally.]]

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* EvilDetectingDog: [[spoiler:Animals such as dogs and cats can tell when a person's Intestinal Bodyguard is taking over, due to the sudden change in hormones. However, they react normally to those who have already been taken over, such as Tansy and Sally.]]Sally]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Sherman is revealed to be one of Dr. Cale's sentient tapeworms who defected to Banks's side]].



** [[spoiler:After Sherman is taken away by [=SymboGen=] security, Sally is told that he had been 'infected' by Chave. This later turns out to be not the case.]]

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** [[spoiler:After Sherman is taken away by [=SymboGen=] security, Sally is told that he had been 'infected' by Chave. This later turns out to be not the case.]]case]].



* [=Foreshadowing=]: In his first appearance, Sherman refers to Sally's boyfriend as a 'parasite pasher', i.e. someone who kisses tapeworms. [[spoiler:Sally later finds out she's a tapeworm.]]

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* [=Foreshadowing=]: {{Foreshadowing}}: In his first appearance, Sherman refers to Sally's boyfriend as a 'parasite pasher', i.e. someone who kisses tapeworms. [[spoiler:Sally later finds out she's a tapeworm.]]tapeworm]].



* MadScientist: Dr. Shanti Cale

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The interludes are named after books from Literature/TheBible (Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Judges).
* LEGOGenetics: The ''Diphyllobothrium symbogenesis'' Intestinal Bodyguard parasite is made from a mishmash of human and parasite DNA. Because of the intertwining of DNA from disparate species, taking antiparasitics might have an adverse effect on their host's DNA as well. It's later revealed that [=SymboGen=]'s parasite includes DNA from another source: [[spoiler:''Toxoplasma gondii'', a parasite which can affect its host's behavior]].
* MadScientist: Dr. Shanti CaleCale.



* ParasiteZombie: The sleepwalkers
* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:The Intestinal Bodyguards are becoming more aware and taking control of their hosts, thanks to the little extras that the people working on them threw in.]]

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* ParasiteZombie: The sleepwalkers
sleepwalkers.
* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:The Intestinal Bodyguards are becoming more aware and taking control of their hosts, thanks to the little extras that the people working on them threw in.]]in]].



* ShownTheirWork: As if ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}''[='=]s Kellis-Amberlee virus wasn't convincing enough, in this series, Seanan [=McGuire=] explores yet another plausible way for a ZombieApocalypse to come to pass. Think ''Toxoplasma gondii'' and its espoused mind-control abilities are just another horrific sci-fi fabrication? [[http://www.strange-loops.com/blog/?p=59 Think again.]]



* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Post-crash Sally turns out to be her tapeworm, who took over Sally's brain in response to her body shutting down after her car crash. She works this out after meeting Adam and Tansy, but faints from the shock and forgets until the end of the book.]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Starts in the year 2027
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Tansy pulls this on a mob of sleepwalkers in order for Sally to get away. Nathan isn't sure if she survived or not, but Dr. Cale claims this isn't the first time it's happened.]]
* ZombieApocalypse: Is headed in this direction by the end of the first book.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Post-crash Sally turns out to be her tapeworm, who took over Sally's brain in response to her body shutting down after her car crash. She works this out after meeting Adam and Tansy, but faints from the shock and forgets until the end of the book.]]
book]].
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Starts in the year 2027
2027.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Tansy pulls this on a mob of sleepwalkers in order for Sally to get away. Nathan isn't sure if she survived or not, but Dr. Cale claims this isn't the first time it's happened.]]
happened]].
* ZombieApocalypse: Is headed in this direction by the end of the first book.book.
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21st May '14 11:23:57 AM Zefire
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** Her parents' reaction to Sally going off the grid for a day is explained in-universe, but also called out as being ''completely out of order''.
21st May '14 11:21:47 AM Zefire
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* [[Foreshadowing]]: In his first appearance, Sherman refers to Sally's boyfriend as a 'parasite pasher', i.e. someone who kisses tapeworms. [[spoiler:Sally later finds out she's a tapeworm.]]

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* [[Foreshadowing]]: [=Foreshadowing=]: In his first appearance, Sherman refers to Sally's boyfriend as a 'parasite pasher', i.e. someone who kisses tapeworms. [[spoiler:Sally later finds out she's a tapeworm.]]
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