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* RatKing: In ''Rats and Gargoyles'', the titular [[RatMan Rats]] {{Rat|Men}}s are ruled by groups of nine of their number with [[BodyHorror their tails deliberately fused together]].


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Mary Gentle is a British fantasy and science fiction author.

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Mary Rosalyn Gentle (born 29 March 1956) is a British fantasy and science fiction author.

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* RatKing: In ''Rats and Gargoyles'', the titular [[RatMan Rats]] are ruled by groups of nine of their number with [[BodyHorror their tails deliberately fused together]].


* SweetPollyOliver: A driving characteristic of many female characters in her works. Notably [[spoiler: Floria/Florian]] of ''Ash: A Secret History'' and [[spoiler: Dariole]] of ''1610: A Sundial in a Grave''. In the short story "What God Abandoned," Miles claims to be one. [[spoiler:S/he's a [[GenderBender sex-shifter]]; it ''still'' backfires on [[PronounTrouble zir]].]]

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* SweetPollyOliver: A driving characteristic of many female characters in her works. Notably [[spoiler: Floria/Florian]] of ''Ash: A Secret History'' and [[spoiler: Dariole]] of ''1610: A Sundial in a Grave''. In the short story "What God Abandoned," Miles claims to be one. [[spoiler:S/he's a [[GenderBender sex-shifter]]; it ''still'' backfires on [[PronounTrouble zir]].them]].]]

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* PrescienceByAnalysis: ''1610: A Sundial in a Grave'' revolves around a form of mathematics that can predict future actions, with such precision that a mathematician with no sword-wielding aptitude is capable of winning a fight by predicting it several months in advance and then practicing the exact sequence of moves that will result in victory. One character turns out to be manipulating events because he's foreseen a catastrophe four hundred years in the future that can only be averted if he starts laying the groundwork now.


* ''Literature/WhiteCrow''



* {{Action Girl}}/{{Lady of War}}: {{Recurring character}} Valentine [[IHaveManyNames White Crow/Roseveare/Branwen/Whatever-Her-Surname-Is-This-Time]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Whenever Valentine and her perennial love interest Baltazar Casaubon ''don't'' have this going on, they're married. (Which isn't to say that the two scenarios are mutually exclusive.)
* BigEater: Baltazar.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}/{{Genius Ditz}}: Baltazar, again. He's decidedly eccentric, a bit of a [[GeniusSlob slob]], and more than a bit of a flake; however, he's definitely a sharp cookie.



* GeniusBruiser: Yep, Baltazar again.



* HermeticMagic: Used quite widely in ''Rats and Gargoyles'', and has been one of Valentine's shticks a couple of times.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Valentine and Baltazar. While Valentine seems to be average-sized, Baltazar is [[TheBigGuy 6'5" and well over 300#]].
* LikesOlderWomen: Zar-bettu-Zekigal in ''Rats and Gargoyles'' is a lesbian example. (So much so, in fact, that when she becomes attracted to a woman about ten years her senior, it surprises her because "she's a ''baby''!")



* PettingZooPeople: Katayans [[LittleBitBeastly look basically human, but have long furry tails]]. [[YouDirtyRat Rats]], from the same setting, are...well, seven-foot-tall [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rat]] [[IntelligentGerbil people]]. (Who are ruled by [[StealthPun Rat-Kings]]—that is, a ruling council of Rats with [[BodyHorror their tails all fused together]].)
* RedheadedHero[=/=]HeroesWantRedheads: Valentine and Baltazar, ''again''; they're both redheaded, although Valentine is usually greying (regardless of age).
* StoutStrength: Baltazar is always described as fat. However, his strength and endurance are deceptive.


* The ''Literature/{{Orthe}}'' duology, science-fantasy with a human woman visiting another world, populated by humanoid but deceptively different people

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* The ''Literature/{{Orthe}}'' ''Orthe'' duology, science-fantasy with a human woman visiting another world, populated by humanoid but deceptively different people



* The Literature/WhiteCrow books, fantasy/AlternateHistory books featuring heavy use of Renaissance hermetic magic/alchemy and the same characters in different settings:

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* The Literature/WhiteCrow White Crow books, fantasy/AlternateHistory books featuring heavy use of Renaissance hermetic magic/alchemy and the same characters in different settings:



* ''[[{{Literature/Grunts}} Grunts! A Fantasy with Attitude]]''
* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', the story of a female mercenary captain in an alternate fifteenth century Europe. Published in four volumes in the US.
* ''[[Literature/IlarioTheLionsEye Ilario: The Lion's Eye]]'', set in the same world as ''Ash''.
* ''[[Literature/SixteenTenASundialInAGrave 1610: A Sundial in a Grave]]''
* ''Literature/TheBlackOpera''

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* ''[[{{Literature/Grunts}} Grunts! ''Grunts! A Fantasy with Attitude]]''
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* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', ''Ash: A Secret History'', the story of a female mercenary captain in an alternate fifteenth century Europe. Published in four volumes in the US.
* ''[[Literature/IlarioTheLionsEye Ilario: ''Ilario: The Lion's Eye]]'', Eye'', set in the same world as ''Ash''.
* ''[[Literature/SixteenTenASundialInAGrave 1610: ''1610: A Sundial in a Grave]]''
Grave''
* ''Literature/TheBlackOpera''

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''The Black Opera''

!!Works by Mary Gentle with their own trope pages include:
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* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory''
* ''{{Literature/Grunts}}''
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!!Other works by Mary Gentle contain examples of:


** Or General Ashnak (leader of the Fighting Agaku orc tribe) and Magda Brandiman (hobbit dominatrix)



* ScienceFantasy


* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The orcs of ''Grunts!'' are a cross between WarhammerFantasy and the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' orcs. Big, burly, [[FangsAreEvil sharp-toothed]], vulgar, and aggressive, with skin that varies from black through shades of green and gray to pure white. Prone to ComedicSociopathy. And they have [[AlienBlood green blood]].


* {{Doorstopper}}: Most of Mary Gentle's novels are this.

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* {{Doorstopper}}: Most of Mary Gentle's novels are this. Another writer wrote a 50-word story on Usenet that boils down to "When Mary Gentle writes a shopping list, a spruce tree in Norway shivers."

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Mary Gentle is a British fantasy and science fiction author.

Her works include:

* ''A Hawk in Silver'' (1977), a young-adult fantasy
* The ''Literature/{{Orthe}}'' duology, science-fantasy with a human woman visiting another world, populated by humanoid but deceptively different people
** ''Golden Witchbreed''
** ''Ancient Light''
* The Literature/WhiteCrow books, fantasy/AlternateHistory books featuring heavy use of Renaissance hermetic magic/alchemy and the same characters in different settings:
** ''Rats and Gargoyles''
** ''The Architecture of Desire''
** ''Left to His Own Devices''
* ''[[{{Literature/Grunts}} Grunts! A Fantasy with Attitude]]''
* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', the story of a female mercenary captain in an alternate fifteenth century Europe. Published in four volumes in the US.
* ''[[Literature/IlarioTheLionsEye Ilario: The Lion's Eye]]'', set in the same world as ''Ash''.
* ''[[Literature/SixteenTenASundialInAGrave 1610: A Sundial in a Grave]]''
* ''Literature/TheBlackOpera''

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* {{Action Girl}}/{{Lady of War}}: {{Recurring character}} Valentine [[IHaveManyNames White Crow/Roseveare/Branwen/Whatever-Her-Surname-Is-This-Time]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Whenever Valentine and her perennial love interest Baltazar Casaubon ''don't'' have this going on, they're married. (Which isn't to say that the two scenarios are mutually exclusive.)
* BigEater: Baltazar.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}/{{Genius Ditz}}: Baltazar, again. He's decidedly eccentric, a bit of a [[GeniusSlob slob]], and more than a bit of a flake; however, he's definitely a sharp cookie.
* {{Doorstopper}}: Most of Mary Gentle's novels are this.
* GeniusBruiser: Yep, Baltazar again.
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Ilario.
* HermeticMagic: Used quite widely in ''Rats and Gargoyles'', and has been one of Valentine's shticks a couple of times.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Valentine and Baltazar. While Valentine seems to be average-sized, Baltazar is [[TheBigGuy 6'5" and well over 300#]].
** Or General Ashnak (leader of the Fighting Agaku orc tribe) and Magda Brandiman (hobbit dominatrix)
* LikesOlderWomen: Zar-bettu-Zekigal in ''Rats and Gargoyles'' is a lesbian example. (So much so, in fact, that when she becomes attracted to a woman about ten years her senior, it surprises her because "she's a ''baby''!")
* NobodyPoops: So, '''so''' averted in all her novels.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The orcs of ''Grunts!'' are a cross between WarhammerFantasy and the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' orcs. Big, burly, [[FangsAreEvil sharp-toothed]], vulgar, and aggressive, with skin that varies from black through shades of green and gray to pure white. Prone to ComedicSociopathy. And they have [[AlienBlood green blood]].
* PettingZooPeople: Katayans [[LittleBitBeastly look basically human, but have long furry tails]]. [[YouDirtyRat Rats]], from the same setting, are...well, seven-foot-tall [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rat]] [[IntelligentGerbil people]]. (Who are ruled by [[StealthPun Rat-Kings]]—that is, a ruling council of Rats with [[BodyHorror their tails all fused together]].)
* RedheadedHero[=/=]HeroesWantRedheads: Valentine and Baltazar, ''again''; they're both redheaded, although Valentine is usually greying (regardless of age).
* ScienceFantasy
* StoutStrength: Baltazar is always described as fat. However, his strength and endurance are deceptive.
* SweetPollyOliver: A driving characteristic of many female characters in her works. Notably [[spoiler: Floria/Florian]] of ''Ash: A Secret History'' and [[spoiler: Dariole]] of ''1610: A Sundial in a Grave''. In the short story "What God Abandoned," Miles claims to be one. [[spoiler:S/he's a [[GenderBender sex-shifter]]; it ''still'' backfires on [[PronounTrouble zir]].]]

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