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Literature / Watching Yute

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Science fiction novel written by Canadian Joseph Picard.

Tropes found in this book include:

  • Applied Phlebotinum: Nanites, nanites, nanites!
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Yute spears that the temple guards use, but this is averted because of the mysterious force that prevents firearms from being used inside the temple.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: Happens near the end with Cassidy and Cipriana.
  • Blade on a Stick: The preferred weapon of the Yute temple guards, who have no guns on base.
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  • Bomb Disposal: While jumping on top of a grenade isn't exactly the best way to deal with it, Cassidy was ready to do just that when two maniacs threatened tourists with them.
  • Booby Trap: Horad has a spring loaded one in his hideout, but it rarely sees action, as people know how to disable it and pass.
  • Break the Cutie
  • Bury Your Gays Averted with Cassidy.
  • Cast Full of Gay: And lesbians.
  • The Chainsof Commanding: Cipriana goes through this shortly after Marcus is killed.
  • Chase Scene: Happens early in the book to introduce Cassidy.
  • Cloning Gambit: Used by Kirison. Doesn't necessarily clone himself, but instead makes multiple copies of his brain to use.
  • Command Roster:
  • Cool Old Guy: Major Marcus Douglas.
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  • Darkest Hour: After Cheryl's sudden death, what more could Cassidy do until she is asked to help find the killer? Cry her lungs out? Oh, yeah.
  • Drama Bomb: Pretty much the entire second half of the novel.
  • Fag Hag: Cassidy is more relaxed hanging around Jim than anyone, who is straight.
  • Fake in the Hole: Due to the "magic" in the temple, the grenades couldn't go off.
  • Gaydar: Cipriana has a legendary one. Might just be taking one to knowing one, however.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Cassidy hates them, but reluctantly takes one when she is offered the chance to kill or capture Horad.
  • Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: Cassidy to Jim, and vice versa.
  • Heroic BSoD: This happens with Cassidy, often turning her Ax-Crazy in the process.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The explanation for all the events that occur in Watching Yute. Hell, it's the explanation for most of the events that happen in real life, too.
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  • Interrupted Suicide which leads into Happily Failed Suicide
  • Karmic Death: Averted with and played straight.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kirison, who made Horad believe that everything he did in the story was for the glory of the Aguei.
  • Memento Macguffin
  • Nice Hat: Said about Cassidy's trademark cap.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business
  • Precision F-Strike: Happens several times in the story, but most notably with Cipriana.
  • Technical Pacifist
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Seen in some of the official art for the book.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Horad believes that the Aguei have forgotten their true roots and disgraced the Yute temple, which leads him to work with and believe everything Kirison said about restoring the Aguei to their former glory.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Cipriana (with a few swears mixed in) after she interrupted Cassidy, who was just about to kill herself.


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