History SerialEscalation / Literature

20th Jul '16 8:52:30 PM nombretomado
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* ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' - What sort of golem is Judah Low going to whip up this time?

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* ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' - What sort of golem is Judah Low going to whip up this time?
8th May '16 9:20:21 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': What [[CrazyAwesome mind-blowingly awesome]] trick will Harry pull this time? How many new scars can he get? How much more BadAss can Murphy become before she becomes the female equivalent of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]? How bizarre and gory can the villains' tactics get? How much can we scale up the GambitPileup? How pretty can Thomas be? How's Harry going to top [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Dinosaur Incident]]? How much ass can be kicked? How many more mind-blowingly evil and powerful people can Harry piss off?

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': What [[CrazyAwesome mind-blowingly awesome]] trick will Harry pull this time? How many new scars can he get? How much more BadAss can Murphy become before she becomes the female equivalent of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]? How bizarre and gory can the villains' tactics get? How much can we scale up the GambitPileup? How pretty can Thomas be? How's Harry going to top [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Dinosaur Incident]]? How much ass can be kicked? How many more mind-blowingly evil and powerful people can Harry piss off?
3rd Dec '15 11:34:19 PM Yalsaris63
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* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series is made of this with its LensmanArmsRace. ''Galactic Patrol'' starts with spaceships capable of ''[[FasterThanLightTravel ninety parsecs per hour]]'' and firing "super-atomic" explosives (which might be matter-antimatter explosives, since they liberate 100% of their mass-energy). By the beginning of the third book there are flotillas of armed, moving ''planets''; by the end, whole planets made of antimatter are used as faster-than-light projectiles routinely, and there is a psychic super-mind (the "Unit") capable of destroying the Eddorian planet, which "all the physical weapons of all the universes" could not harm.

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* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series is made of this with its LensmanArmsRace. Gee, where to even ''start?'' ''Galactic Patrol'' starts with spaceships capable of ''[[FasterThanLightTravel ninety parsecs per hour]]'' and firing "super-atomic" explosives (which might be matter-antimatter explosives, since they liberate 100% of their mass-energy). By the beginning of the third book there are flotillas of armed, moving ''planets''; by the end, whole planets made of antimatter are used as faster-than-light projectiles routinely, and there is a psychic super-mind (the "Unit") capable of destroying the Eddorian planet, which "all the physical weapons of all the universes" could not harm.
17th Oct '15 8:54:53 AM Divra
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** ''Literature/McAuslan'': How many people can you rope into a Highland reel? Apparently, after trying (and succeeding) for the Black Watch's record of ''sixtyfour'', the General insists that they try for three figures. Said and done, after roping in a bunch of prisoners of war, the sentries from the neighbouring garrison and a bunch of people who have come up from a nearby town to see what the hell is going on, the Regiment dances a Onehundredandtwentyeightsome Reel, a grueling process which takes over two and a half hours.

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** * ''Literature/McAuslan'': How many people can you rope into a Highland reel? Apparently, after trying (and succeeding) for the Black Watch's record of ''sixtyfour'', the General insists that they try for three figures. Said and done, after roping in a bunch of prisoners of war, the sentries from the neighbouring garrison and a bunch of people who have come up from a nearby town to see what the hell is going on, the Regiment dances a Onehundredandtwentyeightsome Reel, a grueling process which takes over two and a half hours.
3rd Oct '15 3:57:33 PM nombretomado
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* For PaulBunyan and other TallTale characters this is pretty much the reason they exist, to make each subsequent story even bigger, more outlandish, and more absurdly implausible than the last. For example, after all the story's explaining how inhumanly large Paul is, there then come along story's like "Paul Bunyan's Cornstalk," where the eponymous stalk of corn grows so fast that, when Paul tries to chop it down, he's never able to hit it twice in the same place; by the time he makes a second swing of his axe, the stalk's grown so high that the first chop mark is over his head and out of sight!

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* For PaulBunyan Myth/PaulBunyan and other TallTale characters this is pretty much the reason they exist, to make each subsequent story even bigger, more outlandish, and more absurdly implausible than the last. For example, after all the story's explaining how inhumanly large Paul is, there then come along story's like "Paul Bunyan's Cornstalk," where the eponymous stalk of corn grows so fast that, when Paul tries to chop it down, he's never able to hit it twice in the same place; by the time he makes a second swing of his axe, the stalk's grown so high that the first chop mark is over his head and out of sight!
7th Sep '15 10:57:40 AM nombretomado
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* The ''NewJediOrder'' series: how many planets and how many billion people are we going to obliterate/kill/sacrifice today while the heroes care little?

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* The ''NewJediOrder'' ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series: how many planets and how many billion people are we going to obliterate/kill/sacrifice today while the heroes care little?
4th Aug '15 6:19:55 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In terms of going figuring out who the BigBad is supposed to be, ''Literature/TheEnchantmentEmporium'' starts with Allie trying to find out what happened to her grandmother. Then she finds out there's a sorcerer in town. Except, he's waiting on the appearance of a Dragon Lord, [[spoiler: that turns out to be Jack, his son]]. Then several other Dragon Lords- [[spoiler: Jack's uncles]]- show up, split between helping and hindering the first one.[[note]]And wanting to kill the sorcerer either way, for something he did[[/note]]. Then [[spoiler:Jack's mother]], a Drangon queen, makes an appearance....

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* In terms of going figuring out who the BigBad is supposed to be, ''Literature/TheEnchantmentEmporium'' starts with Allie trying to find out what happened to her grandmother. Then she finds out there's a sorcerer in town. Except, he's waiting on the appearance of a Dragon Lord, [[spoiler: that turns out to be Jack, his son]]. Then several other Dragon Lords- [[spoiler: Jack's uncles]]- show up, split between helping and hindering the first one.[[note]]And wanting to kill the sorcerer either way, for something what he did[[/note]]. did to [[spoiler:their sister]][[/note]]. Then [[spoiler:Jack's mother]], a Drangon Dragon queen, makes an appearance....
4th Aug '15 6:15:57 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In terms of going figuring out who the BigBad is supposed to be, ''Literature/TheEnchantmentEmporium'' starts with Allie trying to find out what happened to her grandmother. Then she finds out there's a sorcerer in town. Except, he's waiting on the appearance of a Dragon Lord, [[spoiler: that turns out to be Jack, his son]]. Then several other Dragon Lords- [[spoiler: Jack's uncles]]- show up, split between helping and hindering the first one.[[note]]And wanting to kill the sorcerer either way, for something he did[[/note]]. Then [[spoiler:Jack's mother]], a Drangon queen, makes an appearance....
23rd Mar '15 9:49:40 PM nombretomado
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* [[FearAndLoathingInLasVegas How much drugs can Duke and Dr. Gonzo put in their systems?]] Answer: a lot.

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* [[FearAndLoathingInLasVegas [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas How much drugs can Duke and Dr. Gonzo put in their systems?]] Answer: a lot.
31st Jan '15 11:33:56 AM Kakai
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* A RunningGag in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' is that the various races the heroes meet bestow on them progressively bigger armies as a gifts for favors the heroes do for them. And after they have to call those armies into the field, even ''more'' people show up.

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* A RunningGag in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' is that the various races the heroes meet bestow on them progressively bigger armies upon them as a gifts for favors the heroes do for them. have done (and to stick it to the previous race in the chain). And after they the heroes have to call those armies into the field, to fight, even ''more'' people show up.
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