Gideon the Ninth

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Does the dog die?
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There is no dog in this book.
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banak
There extra material after the glossary in the paperback version
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banak
There is a gribbly thing that is presented as appearing vaguely demonic. It is not associated with Hell.
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Does someone have a meltdown?
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Is existentialism debated?
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Abandonment
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Off screen
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Abuse
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gobtooth
Harrow's parents tie a noose for her to use when they commit suicide, expecting her to do the same. She thinks of them as kind, but we later learn (in Harrow the Ninth) they were neglectful.
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gobtooth
Gideon and Harrow, yes. Harrow is framed by Gideon as more of a nemesis or an enemy on equal footing, which she is not. Harrow has much more power in their dynamic, instigated all mentioned fights, and kept Gideon against her will on their planet (from enlisting to join their army) where she is a social pariah. Harrow does have character growth and much of the more violent abuse she is blamed for is actually another character's (Crux's) doing, unbeknownst to Gideon.
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Is someone stalked?
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Undeadcat
Mentions of following and spying between characters.
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gobtooth
This is probably getting "Yes"s because, before the characters develop a very VERY subtle romance, they got into vicious fights throughout their childhood and adolescence.
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gobtooth
Not in a sexual way. A female character is left gruesomely murdered for another to find, with a message written in blood in the wall above them.
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banak
Harrow is abusive to Gideon due to her wider frustrations, which appears to be from a combination overburdening a child to a degree that would would be seen as abusive (see "is a child abused by their parents")
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MacArthurFrancesHowe
Arguably most of the characters, byt the hidden villainof the piece.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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Kris
Main character suffered abuse throughout childhood, but it is not discussed in great detail.
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Are animals abused?
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Undead creatures
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
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Undeadcat
A woman is slapped by another woman
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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A character believes she is about to be held underwater but instead is embraced
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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Is someone restrained?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Anonymous
one character bites into her own hand for necromancy purposes
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Undeadcat
A characters kneecap slides out of place and I believe someone else’s shoulder.
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Is there throat mutilation?
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MacArthurFrancesHowe
The Seventh House Necromancer at several points, due to chronic illness.
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Varanidae
The decapitation itself isn't shown onscreen, but a character does find a severed head.
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Is there cannibalism?
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AdamTheAlpha
In a very minor way. A character consumes part of another character's hair and a thumbnail, and bites their hand. It's a very minor thing and is part of their magic
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Is someone crushed to death?
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gobtooth
there are bodies found in an incinerator but they were killed before burned
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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AdamTheAlpha
A character loses their arm in the final fight
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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HollyRose
Yes, specifically described group suicide with multiple references in the book
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Yes three characters, before the main events by hanging.
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keysmashing
There's a scene in the first chapter where a character loses multiple teeth during a fight. They are later put back into place with magic, but it mentions that the reapplication was rough and still causes her pain weeks later.
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AlexanderK
C20
Gideon at one point after a trial
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Kris
Many, many broken bones discussed to varying levels of detail.
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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AprilMayandJuliet
One notable occasion is a force field that corrodes the body within seconds of entering, and is described attacking both a hand and an entire body.
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Is someone tortured?
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gobtooth
not onscreen?? its possible to interpret some offscreen deaths as having involved torture
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gobtooth
they don't actually, and its offscreen, but a death is at first blamed on a fall down a ladder.
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naganonamy
It is suspected and discussed once
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is someone stabbed?
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Kris
Corpses and violent deaths are described in detail. A character has magic relating to flesh and blood and those descriptions are quite graphic.
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Kris
Two children, age 13 and 14, both die graphically and violently.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Does a major character die?
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Does a non-human character die?
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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Kris
Both leads have deceased parents, and the nature of those deaths are discussed at various points throughout the novel.
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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gobtooth
off screen, mentions of several characters parents dying
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Kris
Near the end of the novel a character is possessed by a violent spirit and attacks another character.
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Are there ghosts?
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banak
Yes, referred to as "revenants".
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Are there clowns?
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Undeadcat
The book mostly takes place in a large building surrounded by the ocean.
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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banak
A character stating they will not ask their retainer to shave their head.
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AlexanderK
There is a bath-like scene in a pool between leads at one point but they are clothed, and Gideon describes taking a bath and using a high tech shower-like device but nothing is described in much detail
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AlexanderK
No, but there are skeletons that move on their own due to magic that are perhaps mannequin-like
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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gobtooth
A character eats a chunk of another's palm, which he consents to, and later his heart.
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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banak
A prison has its location mentioned and some communication with it occours. The titular characters is an indentured servant kept in poor conditions in a cell, and frequently punished for trying to escape.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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gobtooth
No. It's a LGBT+norm society so nobody bats an eyelash and the majority of the main cast at some point or another is implied to be LGBT+
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Loss
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Incredibly old manuscripts wither in light or to the touch.
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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banak
Two major characters are scientists who partially function as medics, and they have some medical equipment, apparently including IVs, though no space that would consitute a medical facility.

There is a morgue.

The final scene in the Eplilogue takes place in a hospital.
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Is there menstruation?
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Kris
The seventh house necromancer has terminal cancer, and she discusses her expected death openly.
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Mental Health
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Kris
Both Gideon and Harrow have had terrible childhoods and are traumatised by it. Throughout the novel, as more characters die, the remaining characters become more and more traumatised by the events. The ending leaves Harrow extremely traumatised and the sequel deals nearly entirely in her PTSD from the events of this book.
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creativeCadaver
Harrowhark Nonagesimus canonically has schizophrenia, which is explored further in the second book.
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Kris
Harrow repeatedly harms herself but only to use her blood for necromancy and to use her blood as ink. However, her blasé nature about it makes Gideon uncomfortable at times.
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Kris
Debatable. Harrow has schizophrenia, but is not violent because of her mental illness and, as far I remember, is only physical in self defense and/or during typical fantasy fights.
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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gobtooth
CharacterA attempted suicided but decided she wanted to live. Immediately after, her parents do commit suicide. At the end of the book, another character sacrifices herself so characterA can live.
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
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Is there misophonia?
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Is there ABA therapy?
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Is there body dysphoria?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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AprilMayandJuliet
One of the characters in wrapped in a cocoon of bone for a period of time, but as a form of self-protection.
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AprilMayandJuliet
One of the characters rarely turns up for meals and sees food as a necessity, rather than a thing to enjoy. This is very subtle and not really openly pointed out in the narrative.
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Three characters hang themselves and two others sacrifice themselves.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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banak
Two characters have a conversation in water, briefly going underwater during it.
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Is there screaming?
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AlexanderK
Several characters use profanity including the lead Gideon who does so frequently. But it is not especially vulgar and mostly as sort of a tonal gag in the writing
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
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banak
Some characters secretly watch others in a detective like manner, trying to work out what the others are doing.
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Kris
Mentions of the main character being an infant, and discussions of infants, particularly of infants and children dying.
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CupcakeSouls
It's vaguely referenced that one character cannot conceive children
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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HollyRose
Not in particular, but one character is described in pretty anti-fat stereotypes
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Does the black guy die first?
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Homophobia would be a foreign concept in this universe
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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moonlitdaydreams
Most of the characters are LGBT, and there's a lot of death. It's not a token gay character dying or anything like that.
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AlexanderK
Possibly. A severely chronically I’ll character is doted on and requests to be treated that way from Gideon
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
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banak
A character has a complicated vaguely romantic or adjacent association with another with a large age gap.

A character has an intense obvious crush on their seven year older friend, since at least the age of 13, aged 20 and 27 in the book. These feelings are taken as serious feelings with tact and sympathy, despite the romantic portion not being recipicated. The younger character accepts this, particularly as they are aware that they are too young for the older one to even concieve of being interested being in them.
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Religious
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DmitriVorscov
No real world religions are discussed, but the characters all belong to an empire called the nine houses, whose ruler is their god. The main character belongs to the ninth house, also known as "Shadow cultists" due to their unique religious focus within the empire.
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Sex
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AprilMayandJuliet
Lots of porn magazines mentioned
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there nude scenes?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there BDSM?
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Does someone lose their virginity?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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AprilMayandJuliet
Those twins are weirdly close, but it’s more meant to create an unnerving atmosphere rather than imply incest.
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Are there fat suits?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Kris
Most of the characters are dead by the end, and the remaining ones left alive are deeply traumatised.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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captainmander
Not a plane but a space ship. Minor characters are on the ship when it explodes.
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
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AlexanderK
Not in this book. One is referenced in subsequent books
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Is there blood/gore?
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Does someone drown?
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AprilMayandJuliet
A character thinks they are being drowned when pulled under the water, and their acceptance of it is disturbing
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Is there gun violence?
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