History Literature / TheBartimaeusTrilogy

3rd Sep '17 11:41:33 PM JMQwilleran
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* AstralProjection: In the first book, Underwood does this and discovers that Nathaniel has been spying on him. Things nearly turn very nasty, until he gets called away.
5th Jul '17 12:28:17 AM Snaketooth
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* AmericaIsStillAColony: The trilogy is set sometime in an alternate 1930's or so, and the third book mentions offhand that the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution is only just beginning. Some of the demons are threatened with [[ReassignedToAntarctica "being sent to fight in the Colonies."]]

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* AmericaIsStillAColony: The trilogy is set sometime in an alternate 1930's 2000's or so, so (it mentions that is over 100 years since Gladstone's death in 1898), and the third book mentions offhand that the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution is only just beginning. Some of the demons are threatened with [[ReassignedToAntarctica "being sent to fight in the Colonies."]]
3rd Jul '17 10:33:14 PM JMQwilleran
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* ListOfTransgressions: In ''The Ring of Solomon'', Bartimaeus's list of transgressions against Solomon's Jerusalem includes eating guests of Jerusalem, fighting, devouring servants, running in the corridors, cursing, drawing rude stick figures on the harem walls, causing unpleasant smells to permeate the kitchens, and spitting on the upholstery. He explains that these are the things that aren't allowed to be done in Jerusalem because he's been told off personally for doing them. There may be others.
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.
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