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Why are Sidorio chapters narrated in the present tense in Tide of Terror?

Sidorio, the main antagonist of the Vampirates series, has several stand-alone scenes dotted through the second novel, Tide of Terror. Although the series as a whole is almost entirely narrated in the ...
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Where can I find illustrations or miniatures of architectures described in Balzac's stories?

Suppose I want to replicate those buildings or entire districts in another part of the world in the hope that similar stories will also take place. Where can I find those blueprints and city plans ...
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Young London pushcart-merchant rises to wealth: identify the novel?

Years ago I read a novel, set in London, about a poor young man, I believe the son of Jewish immigrants, who started with a pushcart and rose to become a prosperous businessman. I can't remember ...
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Why does “The Witcher” series, being mostly about shades of grey instead of black and white, have such an obviously evil antagonist?

It's a point that pops some what frequently in the series, that there's no real "good" and "evil" (or rather, that's Geralt's point of view), and there's only the "lesser evil", and the hardest part, ...
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Do characters in Lawrence Block's books ever meet each other?

Like Matthew Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr, do they know each other?
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What image was in the Autostereogram?

In a part of The Book of Mythicality by Rhett and Link, in the chapter about picking a fight (I believe), there's a couple of pages dedicated to an Autostereogram. I've never been very good at these ...
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How it is possible for the guardians to reach meov island? in N.K. Jemisin - The fifth season

Alabaster and Syenite can't use they powers directly on guardians, but they could make a lot of indirect things. Such as rise several stone columns in a radious from the island forcing the guardians ...
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Is there a term/example for the danger in translating an idiomatic term by a loanword which exists in the language from which one is translating?

What is a technical term, used by professional translators, and are there 'notorious' instructive examples for the following danger when translating a text: I have to translate a text T from language ...
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How did Nita and Dairine's sibling relation change after Dairine became a wizard?

How did Nita and Dairine's sibling relation change after Dairine became a wizard in High Wizardry?
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What does the chorus of “Generations” by Shalsheles have to do with the first verse?

In "Generations", from Shalsheles V (and released as a single), the first verse is about a Holocaust survivor with his great grandson. It's Friday night, peace descends Shalom Aleichem, their ...
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Do the characters in Line (by Israel Horovitz) ever fully grasp the absurdity of their behavior and situation?

In Line (a one-act play by Israel Horovitz), the characters constantly jockey for position in a line. All of the characters seem to have a very different idea of what they're even waiting for, or why ...
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Identify novel where someone repairs or restores an old house and gets involved in an environmental legal battle

When the repairs to the house reached a certain level a native American conducted cleansing or blessing ceremony. The native American may have called the person "Carpenter" and one particular line of ...
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Who is the author of this quote about saying the right words on a mountaintop and changing the world?

I have a recollection of a quote I thought came from Heinrich Heine. My recollection of the quote is something like this: If you go up to the mountaintop and say the right words, the whole world ...
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What is the explanation for the ending of “Mallory's Oracle”?

At the end of Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell, Charles seems to and then in the next scene he is Is there an explanation for this anywhere or is it just a literary miracle?
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What is happening in the scene with Coldmoon and the geisha?

In chapter two of I Am a Cat, we see this scene:  As we turned at Hotan’s corner another geisha appeared. She was slim, well-shaped and her shoulders were most beautifully sloped. The way she wore ...
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In which story does a child survive Hiroshima by diving in a pond?

I am trying to identify a story about a boy who survived the attack on Hiroshima. My clearest memory is the moment of impact: the boy happens to be outside the city and dives into a pond just before ...
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Can Darien Drinkwater be considered evil?

There will be many unmarked spoilers for Kokopelli & Co. In Attack of the Smart Pies by Larry Gonick here. Just a warning. Darien Drinkwater is, indisputably, the main antagonist of Attack of the ...
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Why does the cover of the 5th TombQuest book not have an amulet?

The first 4 books in TombQuest all have an amulet featured on the cover: (Images from Scholastic.) And then... the fifth book: It features this really cool scary guy, who I'm assuming is ...
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Where did the name Nimitseahpah come from?

In the January 2004 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, they ran a story called "Nimitseahpah", by Nancy Etchemendy. 'Nimitseahpah' is the name of the Paiute statue that's part of ...
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Nicanor Parra line: “Nothing important is learned from books. (I read this in a book.)”

This is one of Parra's "anti-poems" but I can't recall the exact wording, or which book it appeared in, and can't seem to find it online. The poem says something along the lines of Nothing ...
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Was Jonah Wizard based on any specific celebrity?

In the The 39 Clues series, Jonah Wizard is the Cahill's famous face - he's a star hip-hop musician, and he gets mobbed everywhere. He's a celebrity - he flies private planes, has tons of money, etc. ...
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What's the meaning of the ending of “Thirteen Reasons Why”?

Hannah says the words "I'm sorry" and "Thank you" on sides A and B of tape 7. Why did she say "I'm sorry" and "Thank you"?
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How is “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck still relevant to readers of today?

I guess isolation and social exclusion of different groups is something of relevance. e.g. Crooks: racism Curley's wife: misogyny Candy: ageism Lennie: ableism But I still can't think of any ...
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What is meant by “strength” in Anathema's “One Last Goodbye”?

The second stanza of Anathema's "One Last Goodbye" goes as follows: I know you didn't want to leave Your heart yearned to stay But the strength I always loved in you Finally gave way ...
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Who or what is the subject of Andrea Bocelli's “Gloria the Gift of Life”?

"Gloria the Gift of Life" is a song by Andrea Bocelli. It's beautiful, but I can't quite figure out what it's about. It seems like it could be God. "Gloria" is a traditional Catholic exaltation to ...
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Georgian London: they had Windows of course but … Linux?

I'm reading (the Italian translation of) The Confessions of Frannie Langton, a novel set in Georgian London, and one of the preeminent characters is the housekeeper of George and Marguerite Benham, ...
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Does David Housewright borrow from Michael Connelly's character Harry Bosch to develop his character Rushmore McKenzie for the McKenzie Novels?

First I read Connelly's books featuring Harry Bosch. Now I'm reading Housewright's books featuring McKenzie. At times, I nearly get the two characters confused because of their similarities. Both ...
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Searching for a statement about development in society

I'm remembering a statement or quote I once read which I think was about society and its development. I don't remember it exactly though and would also like to know its origin. It went something like: ...
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Question about the ending of “A Brief History of Seven Killings”

There's a lot about "A Brief History of Seven Killings" that I don't quite understand, including this near the end:
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How does Yeats compare with Moore in their patriotic stances? Did Joyce prefer Yeats over Moore as Ireland's national poet?

Moore's poetry was by then generally considered inauthentic, tawdry tinsel and his politics meek, servile and toothless. William Butler Yeats replaced Moore as Ireland's national poet. James Joyce's ...
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How to understand these expressions in Kevin Barry's OX Mountain Death Song?

The following excerpts are taken from Kevin Barry's OX Mountain Death Song. There are some expressions that I can't find in any dictionary, and I really want to know what do they mean. Question 1: ...
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Why are The Wild Swans by Andersen and The Six Swans by Grimm so similar to each other?

Why are The Wild Swans by Andersen and The Six Swans by Grimm so similar to each other? Which one is more original?
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“…the gallant vessel on its course and wrecked it—thus!”

How do I understand explicitly the meaning of this last sentence from the fourth letter of Frankenstein? Why would the ship be "wrecked" when it was not? Also, how do I account for the usage of em ...
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Did the uncle really write the story about dead kids in the Chronicles of Narnia?

Is it true that the uncle of the dead kids wrote this story about adventures in an invented world? At the end of the story we know about the accident where the dad, the mother and everyone is dead, ...
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Did J.K. Rowling know the diary was a horcrux when she wrote about it?

As far as I can tell, Rowling had planned out A LOT of details for the main plot of all 7 Harry Potter books even before publishing the first. Such questions have been asked here before (such as this)....
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What type of escapist literature is popular in Latin America?

What type of escapist literature is considered popular “garbage entertainment” for Spanish-speaking readers in Latin America? I'll clarify what I want to understand: I know for a fact that in Asia (...
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What's the technique in 'To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.' from Macbeth?

I see the obvious use of repetition but I felt like there might be some more specific type of repetition/technique to comment about here
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Deeper meaning of Richard Siken's quote

Eventually something you love is going to be taken away. And then you will fall to the floor crying. And then, however much later, it is finally happening to you: you’re falling to the floor crying ...
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Translation source of Miyamoto Musashi Book of Five Rings

I search unsuccessfully the sources of the following translations into english from Gorin no Sho, Miyamoto Musashi. It is not the version of Victor Harris from 1974. Many thanks mort In battle, ...
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What are the differences and similarities between the role of female “sovereignty” in Lanval and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”?

I would like to know the specific differences and similarities and some examples for me to better understand the differences and similarities.
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What does “the cedars where our old ones sleep” mean here?

days pass easy over these ancient hills  i wander near a moccasin path overgrown with rusted cans and weeds i stand in the forest at sunset waiting for a song from the rising wind  it ...
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Story from the perspective of a killer and the victim

Back when I was in school, I remember one of my English teachers telling us about a book she was about to read written from the perspective of both the killer and the killer's victim. Each chapter ...
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Why does the guard call the inmates “girls” in “The Propagator”?

In Simone Kern's short story "The Propagator", there's a line where a prison guard for those convicted of "reproductive crimes" refers to the inmates as "girls": The guard leaned towards me, and ...
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Does 'In a Grove' assume that dead people don't lie?

In a Grove is one of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa best-known short stories, partly due to Kurosawa's film Rashomon. In the short stories, we get several accounts of the death of samurai Kanazawa no Takehiro. ...
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Larry Csonka and the Chocolate Factory confirmation of existence

(Note: Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but this link: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/300800/where-can-i-ask-questions-about-a-broadway-show brought me here.) My ...
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Poem about moving beds

I remember a poem about a little girl who is with her mum and is trying to change the sleeping arrangements or something so that she can stay in her dad's bed. I remember something about the father ...
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Children's book with a grandmother, a musician, and a park lake?

My memories are very fuzzy, but I read a young adult novel around 20 years ago. It featured a girl and her grandmother, and there was some climax in a park with a lake, and a musician? violinist? who ...
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Who is Pound's Hugh Selwyn Mauberley?

Who is Pound's Hugh Selwyn Mauberley? I get that he's a failure, but not if the modernist Pound thought that Mauberley was "wrong from the start". Should he, Mauberley or people like him, not have ...
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How is the theme of innocence featured in the Turn of the Screw?

I noticed that in the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, there is a theme of innocence. It's really shown through how the governess perceives Miles and Flora at first, but then as she ...
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Sartre on amorality and his influence on Vargas Llosa?

I noticed Vargas Llosa credits Sartre with his characters being amoral. I'm wondering when does Sartre write about amorality? About characters not facing repercusions for their amoral acts. I'm very ...

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