History Literature / TheGrimnoirChronicles

13th Jun '17 9:36:40 PM nombretomado
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* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter is opened with some historical quote, throwing out hints about the AlternateHistory, such as Hitler being executed before rising to power, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt dying in WorldWarOne against the Kaiser's zombies, etc. Some are fictitious, some are modified version of real life quotes, some are said at a different time and place, and some are just the same as in real life.

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* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter is opened with some historical quote, throwing out hints about the AlternateHistory, such as Hitler being executed before rising to power, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt dying in WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI against the Kaiser's zombies, etc. Some are fictitious, some are modified version of real life quotes, some are said at a different time and place, and some are just the same as in real life.



* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The UBF accountant (who helped in the climactic battle, explaining that he fought with the Gordon Highlanders in WorldWarOne), turns out to be [[spoiler:Creator/RaymondChandler]].

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* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The UBF accountant (who helped in the climactic battle, explaining that he fought with the Gordon Highlanders in WorldWarOne), UsefulNotes/WorldWarI), turns out to be [[spoiler:Creator/RaymondChandler]].
11th Jun '17 9:17:18 PM gileadkid
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* WellDoneSonGuy: Toru desperately needs to prove himself as a worthy son to his father - who's the Chairman himself, making this rather complicated. Turned into a somewhat sweet moment in ''Warbound'' as [[spoiler:he has a vision of his father speaking to him from beyond the grave, admitting that in his pursuit of poer he might've overlooked some of his best children (with Toru, of course, implied to be one of those).]]

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* WellDoneSonGuy: Toru desperately needs to prove himself as a worthy son to his father - who's the Chairman himself, making this rather complicated. Turned into a somewhat sweet moment in ''Warbound'' as [[spoiler:he has a vision of his father speaking to him from beyond the grave, admitting that in his pursuit of poer power he might've overlooked some of his best children (with Toru, of course, implied to be one of those).]]
11th Jun '17 8:43:35 PM gileadkid
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* RuleOfCool: Are autonomous war robots programmed by perforated tapes plausible? Could a demon hundred feet tall even stand? Is it likely to have a PowerArmour in nintey thirties? Wouldn't a fall from seventy thousand feet kill you? ''Do you care about that?''

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* RuleOfCool: Are autonomous war robots programmed by perforated tapes plausible? Could a demon hundred feet tall even stand? Is it likely to have a PowerArmour in nintey nineteen thirties? Wouldn't a fall from seventy thousand feet kill you? ''Do you care about that?''



* SuperStrength: Delilah, enough said. Jake, to an extent.
** In the second and third book, Toru.

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* SuperStrength: Delilah, enough said. Jake, to an extent.
** In the second
Delilah and third book, Toru. Known as Brutes
11th Jun '17 8:38:50 PM gileadkid
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* OnePersonOnePower: An in-setting rule of thumb to which Chairman Okubo Tokugawa is the sole exception as far as anyone knows, though people who are very skilled with their one power can often emulate a related one. For example, Jake can use fine gravity control as a makeshift telekinetic ability. [[spoiler:In the third book, Faye is revealed to be a Cog who can use any power she wants.]]

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* OnePersonOnePower: An in-setting rule of thumb to which Chairman Okubo Tokugawa is the sole exception as far as anyone knows, though people who are very skilled with their one power can often emulate a related one. For example, Jake can use fine gravity control as manipulate his density to a makeshift telekinetic ability. [[spoiler:In the third book, certain degree like a Massive. [[spoiler:Because Faye is revealed to be a Cog who can use any power the Spellbound, she wants.has access to other powers.]]
11th Jun '17 8:35:19 PM gileadkid
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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Faye's abilities, even after they're explained, seem to grow and change based on the demands of the plot. First, she spontaneously develops the skill to teleport other people with her; then, she somehow manages to master PortalCut without ever considering it possible before (note that the ability to do so disappears after book one). When she has to teleport a lot of people, her power suddenly grows to accomodate that; then when the plot needs her to hop all over the world, she can suddenly travel through communication mirrors; and finally, when faced with the Enemy, [[spoiler:she discovers that she can actually use all Powers, and masters them all with no training whatsoever.]]
11th Jun '17 8:20:04 PM gileadkid
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* CommonalityConnection: Despite his detesting Okies, when Travelin' Joe guesses that Faye might be a Traveler, he feels impelled to find out and then show her how to survive.

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* CommonalityConnection: Despite his detesting Okies, when Travelin' Joe guesses that Faye might be a Traveler, he feels impelled compelled to find out and then show her how to survive.
11th Jun '17 8:16:18 PM gileadkid
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**Not as such. Chairman qualifies though.



* BatterUp: Toru's weapon of choice is an enormous tetsubo (iron club) that most people who aren't Brutes or Spikers wouldn't be able to lift (about 80 pounds). He eventually hits one of Crow's demons with it so hard that it ''breaks''. He then finds a new one during the next book.

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* BatterUp: Toru's weapon of choice is an enormous steel tetsubo (iron (spiked club) that most people who aren't Brutes or Spikers wouldn't be able to lift (about 80 pounds). He eventually hits one of Crow's demons with it so hard that it ''breaks''. He then finds a new one during the next book.
24th Apr '17 12:36:19 PM SasquatchJim
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** Similarly, enormous, stoic Sullivan and the tiny, CuteButPsycho ball of excitement that is Fay.

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** Similarly, enormous, stoic Sullivan and the tiny, CuteButPsycho ball of excitement that is Fay.Faye.
24th Apr '17 12:35:06 PM SasquatchJim
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** Similarly, enormous, stoic Sullivan and the tiny, CuteButPsycho ball of excitement that is Fay.
8th Apr '17 10:14:49 AM Xtifr
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The first in the series is '''Hard Magic''' (released May 3 2011). After Jake Sullivan fails to bring in his former LoveInterest for murder, he makes some inquiries and finds out that things aren't what they seem. He's soon caught up with a [[MagicalSociety secret society]] (the Grimnoir) sworn to stop the Japanese Imperium, led by the indestructible [[BigBad Chairman Tokugawa]], from taking over the world. At the same time, an [[TheGreatDepression Okie]] named Faye witnesses the murder of her adoptive grandfather at the hands of a mysterious one-eyed man. His dying command is for her to protect a strange mechanical device, designed by someone named [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla]].

The sequel '''Spellbound''' is out as of November 1 2011. It follows up on some of the [[SequelHook sequel bait]] from the first book -- such as the [[CosmicEntity entity]] stated to be pursuing [[MetaOrigin The Power]] itself.

The third book, '''Warbound''' was released in August 2013.

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The first in the series is '''Hard Magic''' ''Hard Magic'' (released May 3 2011). After Jake Sullivan fails to bring in his former LoveInterest for murder, he makes some inquiries and finds out that things aren't what they seem. He's soon caught up with a [[MagicalSociety secret society]] (the Grimnoir) sworn to stop the Japanese Imperium, led by the indestructible [[BigBad Chairman Tokugawa]], from taking over the world. At the same time, an [[TheGreatDepression Okie]] named Faye witnesses the murder of her adoptive grandfather at the hands of a mysterious one-eyed man. His dying command is for her to protect a strange mechanical device, designed by someone named [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla]].

The sequel '''Spellbound''' ''Spellbound'' is out as of November 1 2011. It follows up on some of the [[SequelHook sequel bait]] from the first book -- such as the [[CosmicEntity entity]] stated to be pursuing [[MetaOrigin The Power]] itself.

The third book, '''Warbound''' ''Warbound'' was released in August 2013.
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