History Literature / TheBartimaeusTrilogy

16th May '17 4:05:50 PM ArchTeryx
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** Most spirits appear at least as minor-league [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] (about the level of Shoggoths or Elder Things) on the higher planes. In revealing his true form for a fraction of a second, Faquarl caused some nearby ravens to simply drop dead and others to toss their cookies.
** The most powerful spirits, however, are bona fide [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], on the level of Great Old Ones. They don't usually bother with tentacles, fangs, and other such flash. They simply appear as disturbances on all seven planes, which the human (and even djinni) eye only perceives as utter blackness or shadow. When they do take on physical form, however, they often give [[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]] a real run for its money, with spikes, eyes, tentacles, etc., as far as the eye can see. Bartimaeus sums it up rather pithily:

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** Most spirits appear at least as minor-league [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] (about the level of Shoggoths or Elder Things) Shoggoths) on the higher planes. In revealing his true form for a fraction of a second, Faquarl caused some nearby ravens to simply drop dead and others to toss their cookies.
** The most powerful spirits, however, are bona fide [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], on the level of Great Old Ones.Outer Gods. They don't usually bother with tentacles, fangs, and other such flash. They simply appear as disturbances on all seven planes, which the human (and even djinni) eye only perceives as utter blackness or shadow. When they do take on physical form, however, they often give [[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]] a real run for its money, with spikes, eyes, tentacles, etc., as far as the eye can see. Bartimaeus sums it up rather pithily:
21st Apr '17 12:47:40 AM Allekha
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* {{Animesque}}: Consciously or not, the trilogy utilizes a surprising number of tropes found in anime, particularly of the shonen variety or the LightNovel story style. We have an AlternateHistory where there is a very specific type of MagicAIsMagicA which has a defined set of terms (i.e. "detonation", "flux"...), impossibly young characters working for the government and even occupying power positions, a clear cut {{Tsundere}} Type A who initially opposes the protagonist, antagonists who are either of the SissyVillain or the BespectacledBastardBoyfriend type, and even two characters doing FusionDance to deafeat the final villain.

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* {{Animesque}}: Consciously or not, the trilogy utilizes a surprising number of tropes found in anime, particularly of the shonen variety or the LightNovel story style. We have an AlternateHistory where there is a very specific type of MagicAIsMagicA which has a defined set of terms (i.e. "detonation", "flux"...), impossibly young characters working for the government and even occupying power positions, a clear cut {{Tsundere}} Type A who initially opposes the protagonist, antagonists who are either of the SissyVillain or the BespectacledBastardBoyfriend type, and even two characters doing FusionDance to deafeat defeat the final villain.
20th Apr '17 6:36:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdiposeRex: The last Czech emperor was notably pudgy. British propaganda exaggerates this, claiming he was so fat he couldn't walk, and had to be moved around in a specialized wheelchair.



** From the prologue of ''The Golem's Eye'' we learn that the previous Czech emperor was absolutely obsessed with his pet birds and was genuinely fond of them as a pet owner would be. The British empire teaches Kitty and her ilk that he shot a bird each night for dinner. They also grossly exaggerate his overweight.

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** From the prologue of ''The Golem's Eye'' we learn that the previous Czech emperor was absolutely obsessed with his pet birds and was genuinely fond of them as a pet owner would be. The British empire teaches Kitty and her ilk that he shot a bird each night for dinner. They also grossly exaggerate his overweight.weight.
19th Apr '17 8:08:04 AM Cieloazul
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* {{Animesque}}: Consciously or not, the trilogy utilizes a surprising number of tropes found in anime, particularly of the shonen variety or the LightNovel story style. We have an AlternateHistory where there is a very specific type of WorkingMagic which has a defined set of terms (i.e. "detonation", "flux"...), impossibly young characters working for the government and even occupying power positions, a clear cut {{Tsundere}} Type A who initially opposes the protagonist, antagonists who are either of the SissyVillain or the BespectacledBastardBoyfriend type, and even two characters doing FusionDance to deafeat the final villain.

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* {{Animesque}}: Consciously or not, the trilogy utilizes a surprising number of tropes found in anime, particularly of the shonen variety or the LightNovel story style. We have an AlternateHistory where there is a very specific type of WorkingMagic MagicAIsMagicA which has a defined set of terms (i.e. "detonation", "flux"...), impossibly young characters working for the government and even occupying power positions, a clear cut {{Tsundere}} Type A who initially opposes the protagonist, antagonists who are either of the SissyVillain or the BespectacledBastardBoyfriend type, and even two characters doing FusionDance to deafeat the final villain.
19th Apr '17 8:06:37 AM Cieloazul
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* {{Animesque}}: Consciously or not, the trilogy utilizes a surprising number of tropes found in anime, particularly of the shonen variety or the LightNovel story style. We have an AlternateHistory where there is a very specific type of WorkingMagic which has a defined set of terms (i.e. "detonation", "flux"...), impossibly young characters working for the government and even occupying power positions, a clear cut {{Tsundere}} Type A who initially opposes the protagonist, antagonists who are either of the SissyVillain or the BespectacledBastardBoyfriend type, and even two characters doing FusionDance to deafeat the final villain.



* ChefOfIron: Farqual's preferred form is a jovial chef - Bartimaeus notes that he's been hanging around in kitchens for a few thousand years. This also makes him an EvilChef.

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* ChefOfIron: Farqual's Faquarl's preferred form is a jovial chef - Bartimaeus notes that he's been hanging around in kitchens for a few thousand years. This also makes him an EvilChef.



* DeadpanSnarker: Bartimaeus can outsnark a British teenager, and can do it in six languages; Kitty also has her moments.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Bartimaeus can outsnark a British teenager, and can do it in six languages; languages. Kitty also has her moments.
18th Apr '17 9:58:50 PM JMQwilleran
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** To a lesser extent, Kitty. She considers giving one of her false identities to the junior magicians... and realizes she doesn't need to.\

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** To a lesser extent, Kitty. She considers giving one of her false identities to the junior magicians... and realizes she doesn't need to.\
18th Apr '17 9:58:11 PM JMQwilleran
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** To a lesser extent, Kitty. She considers giving one of her false identities to the junior magicians... and realizes she doesn't need to.

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** To a lesser extent, Kitty. She considers giving one of her false identities to the junior magicians... and realizes she doesn't need to.\
* ToiletPaperSubstitute: In ''Ptolemy's Gate'', Nathaniel in his role as John Mandrake of the government has put out a number of pamphlets full of government puffery and lies called ''Real War Stories''. During a meeting of commoners to discuss the government's outrages, a tavern-keeper comments that he's made a point to collect as many of them as possible, and when he is chastised for this, says that he's proud to do so and that if anyone visits the bathroom after the meeting is over, they'll see ample proof of their usefulness.
13th Apr '17 10:09:38 PM JMQwilleran
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** In ''Amulet'' Lovelace is seen using a laptop computer. No one else in the other two books uses any technology more advanced than a telephone. Other means of communication include regular post and messenger Imp.

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** In ''Amulet'' Lovelace is seen using a laptop computer. No one else in the other two books uses any technology more advanced than a telephone.telephone, unless you count the fact that some characters drive cars. Other means of communication include regular post and messenger Imp.
13th Apr '17 10:07:58 PM JMQwilleran
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* GlamourFailure: A Glamour is one of many tricks that can be used by magicians. Get snared by a Glamour and you'll be sitting slack-jawed staring at something you believe to be a delicious feast as the magician closes in you and takes you as a helpless captive. And if you so much as touch any of the supposed feast, then you're done. However, a spirit of decent quality can resist the effects of a Glamour and can direct the magician controlling them on how to shake off its effects as well.
7th Apr '17 10:22:15 AM JMQwilleran
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* KeepAway: In ''The Ring of Solomon'', Bartimaeus successfully retrieves the titular ring from Ammet, the powerful spirit of Khaba the Cruel. Afterwards, he returns to Jerusalem and takes the form of the shadow of Khaba that Ammet always assumed, pretending to be Ammet who has come to return the ring to Khaba. As he draws closer...
-->''The shadow made as if to drop the Ring into his palm, then at the last moment jerked it out of reach. Khaba swiped for the Ring and missed. He hopped and danced, squeaking with annoyance, but now the shadow raised the Ring high above his head, dangling it teasingly from side to side. "Nearly got it," the shadow said. "Oo, that was a big jump. If only you were a little taller." "What are you doing, slave?" Khaba roared. "Give me the Ring! Give it to me!" The shadow clapped a hand against one of its outsize ears. "Sorry, ugly. Im a bit deaf. What did you say?" "Give it to me!" "Nothing would give me greater pleasure." At which the shadow drew back, swung a fist and punched the Egyptian square on the chin, sending him bodily off the floor, whistling backwards through the air, and down onto one of the golden tables, which shattered beneath his sprawling weight.''
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