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* PaintingTheFourthWall: Not as prevalent as ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' or ''OnlyRevolutions'', but the retelling of the story is designated by five different colors of quotation marks to signify the five narrators (hinted to be the five orphans in the story). Occasionally the text will be modified to reflect the storyteller's journey.
* ShoutOut: A single-word reference to Danielewski's previous works. When the word "always" is used, the word "allways" appears later in the same sentence, surrounded by [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves blue]], [[OnlyRevolutions purple, green, and gold]] quotation marks.

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* PaintingTheFourthWall: Not as prevalent as ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' or ''OnlyRevolutions'', ''Literature/OnlyRevolutions'', but the retelling of the story is designated by five different colors of quotation marks to signify the five narrators (hinted to be the five orphans in the story). Occasionally the text will be modified to reflect the storyteller's journey.
* ShoutOut: A single-word reference to Danielewski's previous works. When the word "always" is used, the word "allways" appears later in the same sentence, surrounded by [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves blue]], [[OnlyRevolutions [[Literature/OnlyRevolutions purple, green, and gold]] quotation marks.


''The Fifty Year Sword'' is technically the second book by [[Creator/MarkZDanielewski Mark Z. Danielewski]] (of ''HouseOfLeaves'' fame). Maybe even the third, if you count ''The Whalestoe Letters'' as the second. In any case, originally published in 2005 under a limited release, ''The Fifty Year Sword'' was republished in October 2012 in a newly formatted and updated edition.

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''The Fifty Year Sword'' is technically the second book by [[Creator/MarkZDanielewski Mark Z. Danielewski]] (of ''HouseOfLeaves'' ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' fame). Maybe even the third, if you count ''The Whalestoe Letters'' as the second. In any case, originally published in 2005 under a limited release, ''The Fifty Year Sword'' was republished in October 2012 in a newly formatted and updated edition.



* PaintingTheFourthWall: Not as prevalent as ''HouseOfLeaves'' or ''OnlyRevolutions'', but the retelling of the story is designated by five different colors of quotation marks to signify the five narrators (hinted to be the five orphans in the story). Occasionally the text will be modified to reflect the storyteller's journey.
* ShoutOut: A single-word reference to Danielewski's previous works. When the word "always" is used, the word "allways" appears later in the same sentence, surrounded by [[HouseOfLeaves blue]], [[OnlyRevolutions purple, green, and gold]] quotation marks.

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* PaintingTheFourthWall: Not as prevalent as ''HouseOfLeaves'' ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' or ''OnlyRevolutions'', but the retelling of the story is designated by five different colors of quotation marks to signify the five narrators (hinted to be the five orphans in the story). Occasionally the text will be modified to reflect the storyteller's journey.
* ShoutOut: A single-word reference to Danielewski's previous works. When the word "always" is used, the word "allways" appears later in the same sentence, surrounded by [[HouseOfLeaves [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves blue]], [[OnlyRevolutions purple, green, and gold]] quotation marks.


''The Fifty Year Sword'' is technically the second book by Mark Z. Danielewski (of ''HouseOfLeaves'' fame). Maybe even the third, if you count ''The Whalestoe Letters'' as the second. In any case, originally published in 2005 under a limited release, ''The Fifty Year Sword'' was republished in October 2012 in a newly formatted and updated edition.

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''The Fifty Year Sword'' is technically the second book by [[Creator/MarkZDanielewski Mark Z. Danielewski Danielewski]] (of ''HouseOfLeaves'' fame). Maybe even the third, if you count ''The Whalestoe Letters'' as the second. In any case, originally published in 2005 under a limited release, ''The Fifty Year Sword'' was republished in October 2012 in a newly formatted and updated edition.


This being a Mark Z. Danielewski book, it goes downhill from there.

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This being a Mark Z. Danielewski book, it goes downhill from there. there.


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''The Fifty Year Sword'' is technically the second book by Mark Z. Danielwski (of ''HouseOfLeaves'' fame). Maybe even the third, if you count ''The Whalestone Letters'' as the second. In any case, originally published in 2005 under a limited release, ''The Fifty Year Sword'' was republished in October 2012 in a newly formatted and updated edition.

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''The Fifty Year Sword'' is technically the second book by Mark Z. Danielwski Danielewski (of ''HouseOfLeaves'' fame). Maybe even the third, if you count ''The Whalestone Whalestoe Letters'' as the second. In any case, originally published in 2005 under a limited release, ''The Fifty Year Sword'' was republished in October 2012 in a newly formatted and updated edition.



This being a Mark Z. Danielwski book, it goes downhill from there.

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This being a Mark Z. Danielwski Danielewski book, it goes downhill from there.



* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The title sword, which can cut through anything, but will not affect its target until fifty years have passed.
** Actually when that thing becomes fifty years old. The woman killed fell to pieces on the stroke of her fiftieth year.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The title sword, which can cut through anything, but will not affect its target until [[spoiler: anything at least fifty years have passed.
** Actually when that thing becomes fifty years old. The woman killed fell to pieces on the stroke of her fiftieth year.
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* PaintingTheFourthWall: Not as prevalent as HouseOfLeaves or OnlyRevolutions, but the retelling of the story is designated by five different colors of quotation marks to signify the five narrators (hinted to be the five orphans in the story). Occasionally the text will be modified to reflect the storyteller's journey.

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* PaintingTheFourthWall: Not as prevalent as HouseOfLeaves ''HouseOfLeaves'' or OnlyRevolutions, ''OnlyRevolutions'', but the retelling of the story is designated by five different colors of quotation marks to signify the five narrators (hinted to be the five orphans in the story). Occasionally the text will be modified to reflect the storyteller's journey. journey.
* ShoutOut: A single-word reference to Danielewski's previous works. When the word "always" is used, the word "allways" appears later in the same sentence, surrounded by [[HouseOfLeaves blue]], [[OnlyRevolutions purple, green, and gold]] quotation marks.

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* PaintingTheFourthWall: Not as prevalent as HouseOfLeaves or OnlyRevolutions, but the retelling of the story is designated by five different colors of quotation marks to signify the five narrators (hinted to be the five orphans in the story). Occasionally the text will be modified to reflect the storyteller's journey.

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** Actually when that thing becomes fifty years old. The woman killed fell to pieces on the stroke of her fiftieth year.

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-> ''One sword will kill a season. One will kill a country. One I'm making now will even kill an idea.''

''The Fifty Year Sword'' is technically the second book by Mark Z. Danielwski (of ''HouseOfLeaves'' fame). Maybe even the third, if you count ''The Whalestone Letters'' as the second. In any case, originally published in 2005 under a limited release, ''The Fifty Year Sword'' was republished in October 2012 in a newly formatted and updated edition.

Five speakers (it's unclear who they are: they might be the five orphan children, or someone else entirely) tell the story of an unusual Halloween night in East Texas, where one Belinda Kite is having her 50th birthday. Chintana, a local seamstress, finds herself in attendance despite the fact that Belinda cheated with Chintana's husband, leading to Chintana's divorce. During the night, Chintana comes across five orphans and their social worker, who in turn says that she's invited a storyteller to tell them a ghost story. The man turns out to be a huge shadowy figure bearing a sword with no blade--according to him, a Fifty-Year Sword.

This being a Mark Z. Danielwski book, it goes downhill from there.
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The title sword, which can cut through anything, but will not affect its target until fifty years have passed.
* {{BFS}}: One of the swords the Man with No Arms made is described as being more than a ''sky'' long. Perhaps not a conventional BFS, but still.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Possibly Mose Dettledown]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Five of them, to be exact.
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