History Literature / TheSparrow

9th Aug '16 5:02:23 AM DavidCowie
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* [[spoiler: ImAHumanitarian: Or at least a co-sentient species eater. Population control, and all.]]

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* [[spoiler: ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Or at least a co-sentient species eater. Population control, and all.]]
26th Jul '16 5:20:16 PM summa-awilum
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* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: [[spoiler: Fr. Sandoz, repeatedly, when he's sold to the Reshtar.]]

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* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: [[spoiler: Fr. Sandoz, repeatedly, when after he's been sold to the Reshtar.]]



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The novel is, in part, about this trope; it is very easy to assume an understanding of another culture without actually possessing it. Inter-human interactions, on the other hand, tend to be heavily influenced by GrayAndGreyMorality.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The novel is, in a great part, about this trope; it is very easy to assume an understanding of another culture without actually possessing it. Inter-human interactions, on the other hand, tend to be heavily influenced by GrayAndGreyMorality.



* BrainsAndBondage: [[spoiler: Sandoz is made the concubine of an alien poet and songwriter. This is an honor for the alien. Not so much for Sandoz.]]

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* BrainsAndBondage: [[spoiler: Sandoz is made the concubine of an alien poet and songwriter. This is an honor for the alien. Not so much for Sandoz. It's extra salt on the wounds when Sandoz realizes that the poetry and music that brought the humans to Rakhat were about (often violent) sex--and that Sandoz's numerous rapes become the material for the alien poet's new and triumphant works.]]



** After some jarring injustices, one of the humans teaches the Runao the old Earth adage of "We are many, they are few". The Jana'ata that are there to hear this being chanted, understandably, flip out and try to pull a TotalPartyKill; their entire civilization hinged on the Runao never making that connection (the Runao outnumber the Jana'ata population something like 10:1 at least, even if they are pacifist herbivores).

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** After some jarring injustices, one of the humans teaches the Runao the old Earth adage of "We are many, they are few". The Jana'ata that are there to hear this being chanted, understandably, chanted understandably flip out and try to pull a TotalPartyKill; their entire civilization hinged on the Runao never making that connection (the Runao outnumber the Jana'ata population something like 10:1 at least, 25:1, even if they the Runao are pacifist herbivores).



* {{Fingore}}: The most obvious sign of how Sandoz was affected by the mission is that his hands have been carved into to create the illusion that they're supernaturally long and delicate, leaving the muscles and nerves completely pulverized. Apparently Jana'ata anatomy is better designed for this procedure.
** Even in the case of the Jana'ata, it leaves the hands useless (they just don't risk bleeding out and experience far less pain from the procedure). The uselessness is the point, it's a status symbol for someone of extreme power and wealth... it indicates utter dependence on said wealthy person.

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* {{Fingore}}: The most obvious sign of how Sandoz was affected by the mission is that his hands have been carved into between each finger to the wrist, in order to create the illusion that they're his fingers are supernaturally long and delicate, leaving the muscles and nerves completely pulverized. Apparently Jana'ata anatomy is better designed for this procedure.
** Even in the case of the Jana'ata, it leaves the hands useless (they (the Jana'ata just don't risk bleeding out and experience far less pain from the procedure). The uselessness is the point, it's a status symbol for someone of extreme power and wealth... it indicates utter dependence on said that the wealthy person.person can afford a useless dependent.



* GoodShepherd: Sandoz is pretty much the model priest, at least before...things...happen. A number of the other Jesuits are also portrayed very sympathetically as well.

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* GoodShepherd: Sandoz is pretty much the model priest, at least before...things...happen. A number Most of the other Jesuits are also portrayed very sympathetically as well.sympathetically.



* IComeInPeace: What the humans wanted to be. Reality, unfortunately, was more complex...

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* IComeInPeace: What the humans wanted to be. Reality, unfortunately, was more complex...complex....
** The prologue hammers in this point, stating: "They went ''ad majorem Dei gloria'': for the greater glory of God. They meant no harm."



* KillTheCutie: By the ''protagonist'', at the ''beginning of the novel'' (note that this is a different cutie from the one listed above in BreakTheCutie. In fact, it's that cutie who kills the ''other'' cutie. It's that kind of book).
* TheMafia: Plays a background role throughout much of the first book, and a more central role in the sequel.

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* KillTheCutie: By the ''protagonist'', at the ''beginning of the novel'' (note that this is a different cutie from the one listed above in BreakTheCutie. In fact, it's that cutie who kills the this ''other'' cutie. It's that kind of book).
* TheMafia: Plays a background role throughout much of the first book, book and a more central role in the sequel.



* RedLightDistrict: Sandoz is found serving in an alien brothel at the beginning of the book.

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* RedLightDistrict: Sandoz is found serving in an alien brothel at the beginning of the book. [[spoiler: At least, the Contact Consortium thinks it's a brothel. It's later revealed that Sandoz was a sex slave held in the Reshtar's harem.]]



* Squick: Some of the events that happen towards the end.

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**"Deus vult." [[spoiler: It makes things worse/more painful.]]
* Squick: Some Several of the events that happen towards the end.
26th Jul '16 4:42:38 PM summa-awilum
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* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: [[spoiler: Fr. Sandoz, repeatedly, when he's sold to the prince.]]

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* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: [[spoiler: Fr. Sandoz, repeatedly, when he's sold to the prince.Reshtar.]]



* FaithHeelTurn: Happens to Sandoz-or does it?

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* FaithHeelTurn: Happens to Sandoz-or Sandoz--or does it?



* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler: Alan dies. The Jesuit team gets stranded on the planet. Anne and D.W. are poached and eaten. Jimmy, George, and (supposedly) Sofia are killed. Runa babies are murdered by the Jana'ata. Runa babies are fed to Marc and Emilio. Marc and Emilio are mutilated. Marc dies and Emilio is alone, stranded on an alien planet, all of his loved ones having died because of Emilio's desire to visit Rakhat. And then it gets worse.]]

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* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler: Alan dies. The Jesuit team gets stranded on the planet. Anne and D.W. are poached and eaten. Jimmy, George, and (supposedly) Sofia are killed. Runa Runao babies are murdered by the Jana'ata. Runa Runao babies are fed to Marc and Emilio. Marc and Emilio are mutilated. Marc dies and Emilio is alone, stranded on an alien planet, all of his loved ones having died because of Emilio's desire to visit Rakhat. And then it gets worse.]]
26th Jul '16 3:32:56 PM summa-awilum
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* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler: Alan dies. The Jesuit team gets stranded on the planet. Anne and D.W. are poached and eaten. Jimmy, George, and (supposedly) Sofia are killed. Runa babies are murdered by the Jana'ata. Runa babies are fed to Marc and Emilio. Marc and Emilio are mutilated. Marc dies and Emilio is alone, stranded on an alien planet, all of his loved ones having died because of Emilio's desire to visit Rakhat. And then it gets worse.]]
10th Jun '16 12:11:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: BoldlyComing: As rape.]]

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* [[spoiler: %%* BoldlyComing: [[spoiler: As rape.]]



* [[spoiler: ServantRace: The Runa.]]
* [[spoiler: SuperiorSpecies: The Jana'ata, at least to the Runa. Of course, all this is in flux at the end of the book. ''Children of God'' is about how the Runa not only overthrow the Jana'ata, but damn near render them extinct.]]

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* [[spoiler: %%* ServantRace: [[spoiler: The Runa.]]
* [[spoiler: SuperiorSpecies: [[spoiler: The Jana'ata, at least to the Runa. Of course, all this is in flux at the end of the book. ''Children of God'' is about how the Runa not only overthrow the Jana'ata, but damn near render them extinct.]]
22nd Mar '16 1:08:34 PM CaptEquinox
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* KillTheCutie: By the ''protagonist'', at the ''beginning of the novel'' (note that this is a different cutie from the one listed above in BreakTheCutie. In fact, its that cutie who does the ''killing''. It's that kind of book).

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* KillTheCutie: By the ''protagonist'', at the ''beginning of the novel'' (note that this is a different cutie from the one listed above in BreakTheCutie. In fact, its it's that cutie who does kills the ''killing''.''other'' cutie. It's that kind of book).
22nd Mar '16 1:07:39 PM CaptEquinox
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** Even in the case of the Jana'ata, it leaves the hands useless (they just don't risk bleeding out and experience far less pain from the procedure). The uselessness is the point, its a status symbol indicating power and wealth such that the individual doesn't ''need'' to use their ''own'' hands for anything.

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** Even in the case of the Jana'ata, it leaves the hands useless (they just don't risk bleeding out and experience far less pain from the procedure). The uselessness is the point, its it's a status symbol indicating for someone of extreme power and wealth such that the individual doesn't ''need'' to use their ''own'' hands for anything.wealth... it indicates utter dependence on said wealthy person.
17th Oct '15 7:08:47 PM nombretomado
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* ThePope: Shows up in ''Children of God''. He is a brilliantly gifted African, Gelasius III. He comes to tell Fr. Sandoz that he got into the priesthood in the first place because of his memories of Sandoz, who as a young priest had lived with and aided his family.
16th Sep '14 6:13:05 AM paranoia222
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* KillTheCutie: By the ''protagonist'', at the ''beginning of the novel'' (note that this is a different cutie from the one listed above in BreakTheCutie. It's that kind of book).

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* KillTheCutie: By the ''protagonist'', at the ''beginning of the novel'' (note that this is a different cutie from the one listed above in BreakTheCutie. In fact, its that cutie who does the ''killing''. It's that kind of book).
16th Sep '14 6:08:49 AM paranoia222
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** Even in the case of the Jana'ata, it leaves the hands useless (they just don't risk bleeding out and experience far less pain from the procedure). The uselessness is the point, its a status symbol indicating power and wealth such that the individual doesn't ''need'' to use their ''own'' hands for anything.
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