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16th Mar '13 3:45:02 PM Xtifr
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Series of novels by AaronAllston paying homage to PulpMagazine adventure stories like ''DocSavage'' and ''TheShadow''.

The setting is an otherworld whose people were the inspiration for legends of elves. Unlike many depictions of Faerie, it isn't stuck in MedievalStasis, but has developed a technology level and society equivalent to our world's in the 1930s. Very equivalent. While it is regarded as an association of sun worshippers, Japan and Germany are getting kinda close. . . .

Currently consists of two novels:

* ''Doc Sidhe'' ([[http://www.webscription.net/p-110-doc-sidhe.aspx available free from the Baen Free Library]]) (1995)
* ''Sidhe Devil'' (2001)

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Noriko
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: The native language of the fair world is, by a convenient coincidence, exactly the same as English. In the novel ''Doc Sidhe'', this is made a plot point, as it turns out to be one of the signs that Doc's world and ours are fundamentally interconnected.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: In ''Sidhe Devil''.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler:Duncan Blackletter to Doc.]]
* CelibateHero: Discussed and averted. Harris thinks Doc might swear off relationships until he retires. "Why would anyone punish himself that way?"
* ColdIron: The people of the fair world find the touch of iron painful (which makes things interesting for construction workers building 1930s-style steel-framed skyscrapers). In ''Doc Sidhe'', Doc and his colleagues are surprised to learn that the human protagonist, Harris Greene, carries a pocketknife with a steel blade, and even more surprised when he demonstrates that he can touch the blade with no ill effect.
* CombatMedic: Alastair
* DeadlyDoctor: Alastair explains that his world's equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath only applies to his patients and the guys he shoots aren't patients until ''after'' he shoots them.
* DieselPunk
* DisneyVillainDeath
* DrivenToSuicide: Doc's wife in the backstory. [[spoiler: Queen Maeve in the sequel.]]
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes
* ExtremeDoormat: Harris Greene starts out as one.
* EyeScream: Happens to Duncan Blackletter courtesy of an exploding TV.
* TheFairFolk
* FakeInTheHole: Jean-Pierre does this in the first novel. When the gunmen invade Doc's office, Jean-Pierre throws a paperweight at one, shouting "Stickbomb!". While the thug is trying to get away from the supposed bomb, Jean-Pierre shoots him.
* FantasticRacism: forms the backbone of the plot in ''Sidhe Devil.''
* FauxAffablyEvil: Duncan to his henchmen.
* FlashedBadgeHijack / FollowThatCar: in the novel ''Doc Sidhe''.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: For the 2013 re-release, Allston rewrote ''Doc Sidhe'' slightly to more closely match his current prose style.
* GrewASpine: This is the main character development arc for Harris Greene. The key Grew A Spine moment is when he holds to doing the right thing even though it will mean [[spoiler:losing his fiancée. Fortunately, it turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter -- she ''wants'' him to do the right thing, and if he'd folded to try and keep her, he would really have lost her]].
* GroinAttack: Angus Powrie likes giving these out. Also how Zeb wins his Olympic fight.
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler: Doc is the unacknowledged son of the Prince Consort.]]
* MythologyGag: The physical description of the villain in the novel ''Doc Sidhe'' bears a striking resemblance to TheShadow.
** So does Zeb in ''Sidhe Devil'' -- dressed in black, fedora pulled low, scarf pulled up over his face, and unnerving laughter:
-->He rode atop them, cloaked in the night, his training and the pistols in his pockets ... making him more dangerous than any of them.... A laugh bubbled up out of him, and had any of the soldiers aboard the train heard it, they would have been chilled by the mad humor in it.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:averted. Gaby and Harris go to great lengths to prevent Doc killing Duncan. See Disney Villain Death.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: As a pureblood sidhe, Doc ages very slowly. Harrison's initial estimate of Doc's age is off by several decades.
* OurElvesAreDifferent
* PeopleOfHairColor: Played with. Blonds are considered a separate ethnicity from brunettes, but no distinction is made among darker-skinned characters.
* PineappleSurprise: Doc does this while possessed by the spirit of the Warbringer in ''Doc Sidhe''; using magic to cause the grenades Blackletter's men are carrying to detonate while they are still wearing them.
* PreMortemOneLiner: In ''Sidhe-Devil'', Rudi Bergmonk catches the man most responsible for him being forced to kill his eldest brother. The guy tries to surrender. Rudi, a crook who's working with Doc Sidhe only in order to avenge his brother, replies, "You've mistaken me for one of the good [guys]." Bang.
* PunBasedTitle: "Sidhe Devil" is pronounced "she-devil".
* RaisedByOrcs: Darig the Changeling was raised by Angus Powrie, who pretty muchly is an orc.
* RealityChangingMiniature: In ''Sidhe Devil'' miniature models of a city are used to cast spells that effect the real city.
* SamaritanSyndrome: In ''Sidhe-Devil'', Zeb Watson is upset because a mistake he made may have kept him from reducing the death toll in a terrorist attack (even further than he did). And Doc Sidhe tells him:
-->"That's why I am still in this business, Zeb. The newspapers talk about the good we do. But when I dream, only the ones I failed to save come to visit me. And I think, 'Maybe next time. Maybe then I'll get everyone out. Maybe then I'll take the killer down in time.' I owe it to the ones I've failed."
* SaveBothWorlds
* ScaryBlackMan: Zeb when he has his war face on.
* SenselessViolins: The thugs who attack Doc's office in the first novel arrive at the building dressed as musicians and carrying instrument cases
* StarbucksSkinScale: Ish has 'coffee-with-cream' skin.
* {{Technopath}}: Gaby
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Subverted with [[spoiler: Duncan Blackletter's death. Doc feels this way. The others really don't, and go to great lengths to stop him.]]
* TwoFistedTales
* {{Uncoffee}}: ''Xioc''. (It's unsweetened cocoa.)
* UpTheRealRabbitHole: There's a moment in ''Sidhe Devil'' when the main viewpoint character, Zeb, apologizes to Doc for having taken the attitude that the fair world was "Less real than where I come from." He's changed his view after failing to completely prevent a terrorist attack; a little girl died of her injuries as he was carrying her to a doctor. Now ItsPersonal.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld

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[[quoteright:290:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/doc_sidhe_1451.jpg]]

Series of novels by AaronAllston paying homage to PulpMagazine adventure stories like ''DocSavage'' and ''TheShadow''.

The setting is an otherworld whose people were the inspiration for legends of elves. Unlike many depictions of Faerie, it isn't stuck in MedievalStasis, but has developed a technology level and society equivalent to our world's in the 1930s. Very equivalent. While it is regarded as an association of sun worshippers, Japan and Germany are getting kinda close. . . .

Currently consists of two novels:

* ''Doc Sidhe'' ([[http://www.webscription.net/p-110-doc-sidhe.aspx available free from the Baen Free Library]]) (1995)
* ''Sidhe Devil'' (2001)

----
!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Noriko
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: The native language of the fair world is, by a convenient coincidence, exactly the same as English. In the novel ''Doc Sidhe'', this is made a plot point, as it turns out to be one of the signs that Doc's world and ours are fundamentally interconnected.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: In ''Sidhe Devil''.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler:Duncan Blackletter to Doc.]]
* CelibateHero: Discussed and averted. Harris thinks Doc might swear off relationships until he retires. "Why would anyone punish himself that way?"
* ColdIron: The people of the fair world find the touch of iron painful (which makes things interesting for construction workers building 1930s-style steel-framed skyscrapers). In ''Doc Sidhe'', Doc and his colleagues are surprised to learn that the human protagonist, Harris Greene, carries a pocketknife with a steel blade, and even more surprised when he demonstrates that he can touch the blade with no ill effect.
* CombatMedic: Alastair
* DeadlyDoctor: Alastair explains that his world's equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath only applies to his patients and the guys he shoots aren't patients until ''after'' he shoots them.
* DieselPunk
* DisneyVillainDeath
* DrivenToSuicide: Doc's wife in the backstory. [[spoiler: Queen Maeve in the sequel.]]
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes
* ExtremeDoormat: Harris Greene starts out as one.
* EyeScream: Happens to Duncan Blackletter courtesy of an exploding TV.
* TheFairFolk
* FakeInTheHole: Jean-Pierre does this in the first novel. When the gunmen invade Doc's office, Jean-Pierre throws a paperweight at one, shouting "Stickbomb!". While the thug is trying to get away from the supposed bomb, Jean-Pierre shoots him.
* FantasticRacism: forms the backbone of the plot in ''Sidhe Devil.''
* FauxAffablyEvil: Duncan to his henchmen.
* FlashedBadgeHijack / FollowThatCar: in the novel ''Doc Sidhe''.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: For the 2013 re-release, Allston rewrote ''Doc Sidhe'' slightly to more closely match his current prose style.
* GrewASpine: This is the main character development arc for Harris Greene. The key Grew A Spine moment is when he holds to doing the right thing even though it will mean [[spoiler:losing his fiancée. Fortunately, it turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter -- she ''wants'' him to do the right thing, and if he'd folded to try and keep her, he would really have lost her]].
* GroinAttack: Angus Powrie likes giving these out. Also how Zeb wins his Olympic fight.
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler: Doc is the unacknowledged son of the Prince Consort.]]
* MythologyGag: The physical description of the villain in the novel ''Doc Sidhe'' bears a striking resemblance to TheShadow.
** So does Zeb in ''Sidhe Devil'' -- dressed in black, fedora pulled low, scarf pulled up over his face, and unnerving laughter:
-->He rode atop them, cloaked in the night, his training and the pistols in his pockets ... making him more dangerous than any of them.... A laugh bubbled up out of him, and had any of the soldiers aboard the train heard it, they would have been chilled by the mad humor in it.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:averted. Gaby and Harris go to great lengths to prevent Doc killing Duncan. See Disney Villain Death.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: As a pureblood sidhe, Doc ages very slowly. Harrison's initial estimate of Doc's age is off by several decades.
* OurElvesAreDifferent
* PeopleOfHairColor: Played with. Blonds are considered a separate ethnicity from brunettes, but no distinction is made among darker-skinned characters.
* PineappleSurprise: Doc does this while possessed by the spirit of the Warbringer in ''Doc Sidhe''; using magic to cause the grenades Blackletter's men are carrying to detonate while they are still wearing them.
* PreMortemOneLiner: In ''Sidhe-Devil'', Rudi Bergmonk catches the man most responsible for him being forced to kill his eldest brother. The guy tries to surrender. Rudi, a crook who's working with Doc Sidhe only in order to avenge his brother, replies, "You've mistaken me for one of the good [guys]." Bang.
* PunBasedTitle: "Sidhe Devil" is pronounced "she-devil".
* RaisedByOrcs: Darig the Changeling was raised by Angus Powrie, who pretty muchly is an orc.
* RealityChangingMiniature: In ''Sidhe Devil'' miniature models of a city are used to cast spells that effect the real city.
* SamaritanSyndrome: In ''Sidhe-Devil'', Zeb Watson is upset because a mistake he made may have kept him from reducing the death toll in a terrorist attack (even further than he did). And Doc Sidhe tells him:
-->"That's why I am still in this business, Zeb. The newspapers talk about the good we do. But when I dream, only the ones I failed to save come to visit me. And I think, 'Maybe next time. Maybe then I'll get everyone out. Maybe then I'll take the killer down in time.' I owe it to the ones I've failed."
* SaveBothWorlds
* ScaryBlackMan: Zeb when he has his war face on.
* SenselessViolins: The thugs who attack Doc's office in the first novel arrive at the building dressed as musicians and carrying instrument cases
* StarbucksSkinScale: Ish has 'coffee-with-cream' skin.
* {{Technopath}}: Gaby
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Subverted with [[spoiler: Duncan Blackletter's death. Doc feels this way. The others really don't, and go to great lengths to stop him.]]
* TwoFistedTales
* {{Uncoffee}}: ''Xioc''. (It's unsweetened cocoa.)
* UpTheRealRabbitHole: There's a moment in ''Sidhe Devil'' when the main viewpoint character, Zeb, apologizes to Doc for having taken the attitude that the fair world was "Less real than where I come from." He's changed his view after failing to completely prevent a terrorist attack; a little girl died of her injuries as he was carrying her to a doctor. Now ItsPersonal.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld

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19th Feb '13 11:48:43 PM urutapu
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* PunBasedTitle: "Sidhe Devil" is pronounced "she-devil".
7th Feb '13 9:41:56 PM PaulA
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* [[spoiler: AntagonisticOffspring: Duncan Blackletter to Doc.]]

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* [[spoiler: AntagonisticOffspring: Duncan [[spoiler:Duncan Blackletter to Doc.]]



* [[spoiler: OffingTheOffspring: averted. Gaby and Harris go to great lengths to prevent Doc killing Duncan.]] See Disney Villain Death.

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* [[spoiler: OffingTheOffspring: averted.[[spoiler:averted. Gaby and Harris go to great lengths to prevent Doc killing Duncan.]] See Disney Villain Death.]]
7th Feb '13 2:43:48 PM foxley
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* FlashedBadgeHijack / FollowThatCar: in the novel ''Doc Sidhe''

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* FlashedBadgeHijack / FollowThatCar: in the novel ''Doc Sidhe''Sidhe''.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: For the 2013 re-release, Allston rewrote ''Doc Sidhe'' slightly to more closely match his current prose style.
17th Jan '13 7:30:42 PM foxley
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* OlderThanTheyLook: As a pureblood sidhe, Doc ages very slowly. Harrison's initial estimate of Doc's age is off by several decades.



* Really700YearsOld: As a pureblood sidhe, Doc ages very slowly. Harrison's initial estimate of Doc's age is off by several decades.
17th Jan '13 7:29:09 PM foxley
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* Really700YearsOld: As a pureblood sidhe, Doc ages very slowly. Harrison's initial estimate of Doc's age is off by several decades.
26th Aug '12 7:59:42 AM Byzantine
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* ''Doc Sidhe'' ([[http://www.webscription.net/p-110-doc-sidhe.aspx available free from the Baen Free Library]])
* ''Sidhe Devil''

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* ''Doc Sidhe'' ([[http://www.webscription.net/p-110-doc-sidhe.aspx available free from the Baen Free Library]])
Library]]) (1995)
* ''Sidhe Devil''
Devil'' (2001)
28th Jul '12 4:40:34 AM lu127
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* ActionGirl: Noriko



* HotChickWithASword: Noriko
18th Jul '12 6:50:30 PM foxley
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* CombatMedic: Alastair
29th May '12 4:14:22 AM foxley
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* PineappleSurprise: Doc does this while possessed by the spirit of the Warbringer in ''Doc Sidhe''; using magic to cause the grenades Blackletter's men are carrying to detonate while they are still wearing them.
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