History Literature / TheAnubisGates

29th Aug '15 3:48:53 PM Sharlee
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* CreatorInJoke: When Tim Powers and James Blaylock were in college together, they invented a fake poet named "William Ashbless" to satirize the quality of their college's literary magazine. In ''The Anubis Gates'', he appears as a major character.
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* CreatorInJoke: When Tim Powers and James Blaylock were in college together, they invented a fake poet named "William Ashbless" to satirize the quality of their college's literary magazine. In ''The Anubis Gates'', he appears as a major character.character [[spoiler: and turns out to, himself, be a fake identity adopted by the past-stranded and body-swapped protagonist]].
5th Jul '15 8:11:28 PM PaulA
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* PowerAtAPrice: Prolonged use of sorcery causes a mystical realignment from the Earth to the Moon. For most of the sorcerers who appear in the novel, the main effect is that it has become physically painful to come into contact with the ground, requiring various inventive methods of locomotion such as swings, stilts, or special shoes. Their leader, who's been at it for centuries, is now more strongly aligned to the Moon to the Earth, and has to stay indoors when the Moon is above the horizon to avoid being sucked away into space.
20th Jul '14 10:20:49 PM PaulA
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* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: A character adopts the alias "HumphreyBogart" in early-19th-century London. A variation in that the character is not himself a time traveller, but picked up the name from another character who is.
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* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: A character adopts the alias "HumphreyBogart" "Creator/HumphreyBogart" in early-19th-century London. A variation in that the character is not himself a time traveller, but picked up the name from another character who is.
19th Jul '14 7:38:10 PM JustKnown
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* YourDaysAreNumbered: Doyle tells someone he cares about the exact date and cause of her death in a drunken argument. He finds it very hard to live with himself afterwards.
5th Mar '14 6:29:32 AM Tyoria
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** For that matter, the [[EvilSorcerer ancient Egyptian sorcerer]] who sent Doctor Romany to England in the first place is pretty nasty, justifiably so given that his true name is ''Tchatcha-em-Ankh''. Quite literally, ''[[EldritchAbomination Shadow of Abomination]]''.
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** For that matter, the [[EvilSorcerer ancient Egyptian sorcerer]] who sent Doctor Romany to England in the first place is pretty nasty, justifiably so given that his true name is ''Tchatcha-em-Ankh''. ''Khaibitu-em-Betu-Tuf''. Quite literally, ''[[EldritchAbomination Shadow Shadows of Abomination]]''.
5th Mar '14 5:51:49 AM Tyoria
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* OurHomunculiAreDifferent: The magical substance paut can be used to create living humanoid beings. Horrabin makes very small servants called the Spoonsize boys for various acts of espionage (and also to serve as the "puppets" in his Punch and Judy show), and the full replica of a human called a ka is fashioned from the same stuff.
5th Mar '14 5:43:25 AM Tyoria
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* ColdBloodedTorture: Happens to Doyle twice. The second time is strongly implied to be horrific and mostly happens offscreen except for the screaming.
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* ColdBloodedTorture: Happens to Doyle twice.[[spoiler:twice. The second time is strongly implied to be horrific and mostly happens offscreen except for the screaming.]]

* PunchClockVillain: Richard, the old gypsy who works for Doctor Romany, is very much in on all of his evil schemes, but pretty much a decent guy. Early on in the book, he merely watches as Romany tortures Doyle for information, but when he himself recaptures Doyle later on, he decides to let him go rather than turn him back over to his boss. He also interferes with the attempt to murder Byron in cold blood. When Romany is eventually exiled to the past, his reaction is pretty much relief, and he merely gathers up his people and leaves.
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* PunchClockVillain: Richard, the old gypsy who works for Doctor Romany, is very much in on all of his evil schemes, but pretty much a decent guy. Early on in the book, he merely watches as Romany tortures Doyle for information, but when he himself recaptures Doyle later on, he decides to let him go rather than turn him back over to his boss. He also interferes with the attempt to murder Byron in cold blood. When [[spoiler:When Romany is eventually exiled to the past, his reaction is pretty much relief, and he merely gathers up his people and leaves.]]
5th Mar '14 5:36:29 AM Tyoria
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* CastFromHitPoints: Trying to use serious magic in the 19th century tends to have severely deleterious effects on the physical health of the caster.

* ColdBloodedTorture: Happens to Doyle twice. The second time is strongly implied to be horrific and mostly happens offscreen except for the screaming.

* GoldfishPoopGang: Doctor Romany. He's not a nice guy and neither are [[SetWrongWhatOnceWentRight his aims]] or [[KickTheDog his means]], but after watching all of his increasingly-desperate plans come apart on him, it's hard not to see him as a little pathetic.
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* GoldfishPoopGang: Doctor Romany. He's not a nice guy and neither are [[SetWrongWhatOnceWentRight [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight his aims]] or [[KickTheDog his means]], but after watching all of his increasingly-desperate plans come apart on him, it's hard not to see him as a little pathetic.

* ProphecyTwist: At the beginning, Doyle recalls what he knows about Ashbless, including the discovery of his corpse. [[spoiler:At the end, having become Ashbless, Doyle heads out to where he's supposed to die. However, earlier in the story, the villains made a replicant of him - which Doyle encounters there and kills in the same manner that Ashbless was supposed to be killed. He leaves the body there to be discovered and walks away, much more optimistic.]]
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* ProphecyTwist: At the beginning, Doyle recalls what he knows about Ashbless, including the discovery of his corpse. [[spoiler:At the end, having become Ashbless, Doyle heads out to where he's supposed to die. However, earlier in the story, the villains made a replicant replica of him - which Doyle encounters there and kills in the same manner that Ashbless was supposed to be killed. He leaves the body there to be discovered and walks away, much more optimistic.]]

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* ProphecyTwist: At PunchClockVillain: Richard, the beginning, Doyle recalls what he knows about Ashbless, including the discovery old gypsy who works for Doctor Romany, is very much in on all of his corpse. [[spoiler:At the end, having become Ashbless, Doyle heads out to where he's supposed to die. However, earlier evil schemes, but pretty much a decent guy. Early on in the story, the villains made a replicant of him - which book, he merely watches as Romany tortures Doyle encounters there and kills in for information, but when he himself recaptures Doyle later on, he decides to let him go rather than turn him back over to his boss. He also interferes with the same manner that Ashbless was supposed attempt to be killed. He leaves murder Byron in cold blood. When Romany is eventually exiled to the body there to be discovered and walks away, past, his reaction is pretty much more optimistic.]]relief, and he merely gathers up his people and leaves.
16th Feb '14 9:16:07 AM ManCalledTrue
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* ProphecyTwist: At the beginning, Doyle recalls what he knows about Ashbless, including the discovery of his corpse. [[spoiler:At the end, having become Ashbless, Doyle heads out to where he's supposed to die. However, earlier in the story, the villains made a replicant of him - which Doyle encounters there and kills in the same manner that Ashbless was supposed to be killed. He leaves the body there to be discovered and walks away, much more optimistic.]]
17th Oct '13 5:23:20 PM Zarchne
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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The fate of [[spoiler: Doctor Romany]] after having been damaged, defeated, and marooned in the (further) past.

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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The fate of [[spoiler: Doctor Romany]] after having been damaged, defeated, and marooned in the (further) past.
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