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The setting is an otherworld whose people were the inspiration for legends of elves. Unlike many depictions of Faerie, it isn't stuck in Medieval Stasis, but has developed a technology level and society equivalent to our world's in the 1930s. Very equivalent. While it is regarded as an association of sun worshippers, Japan and Germany are getting kinda close. . . .
Consists of two novels:
- Doc Sidhe (available free from the Baen Free Library)
- Sidhe Devil
- Aliens Speaking English: The native language of the fair world is, by a convenient coincidence, exactly the same as English. In the novel Doc Sidhe, this is made a plot point, as it turns out to be one of the signs that Doc's world and ours are fundamentally interconnected.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: In Sidhe Devil.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Duncan Blackletter to Doc.
- Celibate Hero: Discussed and averted. Harris thinks Doc might swear off relationships until he retires. "Why would anyone punish himself that way?"
- Cold Iron: The people of the fair world find the touch of iron painful (which makes things interesting for construction workers building 1930s-style steel-framed skyscrapers). In Doc Sidhe, Doc and his colleagues are surprised to learn that the human protagonist, Harris Greene, carries a pocketknife with a steel blade, and even more surprised when he demonstrates that he can touch the blade with no ill effect.
- Deadly Doctor: Alastair explains that his world's equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath only applies to his patients — and the guys he shoots aren't patients until after he shoots them.
- Diesel Punk
- Disney Villain Death
- Driven to Suicide: Doc's wife in the backstory. Queen Maeve in the sequel.
- Everything's Louder with Bagpipes
- Extreme Doormat: Harris Greene starts out as one.
- Eye Scream: Happens to Duncan Blackletter courtesy of an exploding TV.
- The Fair Folk
- Fake in the Hole: Jean-Pierre does this in the first novel. When the gunmen invade Doc's office, Jean-Pierre throws a paperweight at one, shouting "Stickbomb!". While the thug is trying to get away from the supposed bomb, Jean-Pierre shoots him.
- Fantastic Racism: forms the backbone of the plot in Sidhe Devil.
- Faux Affably Evil: Duncan to his henchmen.
- Flashed Badge Hijack / Follow That Car!: in the novel Doc Sidhe
- Grew a Spine: This is the main character development arc for Harris Greene. The key Grew A Spine moment is when he holds to doing the right thing even though it will mean losing his fiancée. Fortunately, it turns out to be a Secret Test of Character -- she wants him to do the right thing, and if he'd folded to try and keep her, he would really have lost her.
- Groin Attack: Angus Powrie likes giving these out. Also how Zeb wins his Olympic fight.
- Heroic Bastard: Doc is the unacknowledged son of the Prince Consort.
- Hot Chick with a Sword: Noriko
- Meaningful Name: Doc and his group need someone to pose as Teleri Obeldon. The lookalike they find is named Swana Weiss -- and yes, "Weiss" is German or, locally, Burian for "white." To rub it in, Swana owns a dog called Odilon.
- Doc's proper name is Desmond MaqqRee. "Maqq" is clearly much the same Patronymic as Gaelic "Mac," and "Ree" may be a variant of "Ri," meaning "king." King's son. He's actually a Prince Consort's illegitimate son, but close enough for government work.
- Mythology Gag: The physical description of the villain in the novel Doc Sidhe bears a striking resemblance to The Shadow.
- So does Zeb in Sidhe Devil -- dressed in black, fedora pulled low, scarf pulled up over his face, and unnerving laughter:
He rode atop them, cloaked in the night, his training and the pistols in his pockets ... making him more dangerous than any of them.... A laugh bubbled up out of him, and had any of the soldiers aboard the train heard it, they would have been chilled by the mad humor in it.
- Offing the Offspring: averted. Gaby and Harris go to great lengths to prevent Doc killing Duncan. See Disney Villain Death.
- Our Elves Are Different
- People of Hair Color: Played with. Blonds are considered a separate ethnicity from brunettes, but no distinction is made among darker-skinned characters.
- Pineapple Surprise: Doc does this while possessed by the spirit of the Warbringer in Doc Sidhe; using magic to cause the grenades Blackletter's men are carrying to detonate while they are still wearing them.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Sidhe-Devil, Rudi Bergmonk catches the man most responsible for him being forced to kill his eldest brother. The guy tries to surrender. Rudi, a crook who's working with Doc Sidhe only in order to avenge his brother, replies, "You've mistaken me for one of the good [guys]." Bang.
- Raised by Orcs: Darig the Changeling was raised by Angus Powrie, who pretty muchly is an orc.
- Reality-Changing Miniature: In Sidhe Devil miniature models of a city are used to cast spells that effect the real city.
- Samaritan Syndrome: In Sidhe-Devil, Zeb Watson is upset because a mistake he made may have kept him from reducing the death toll in a terrorist attack (even further than he did). And Doc Sidhe tells him:
"That's why I am still in this business, Zeb. The newspapers talk about the good we do. But when I dream, only the ones I failed to save come to visit me. And I think, 'Maybe next time. Maybe then I'll get everyone out. Maybe then I'll take the killer down in time.' I owe it to the ones I've failed."
- Save Both Worlds
- Scary Black Man: Zeb when he has his war face on.
- Senseless Violins: The thugs who attack Doc's office in the first novel arrive at the building dressed as musicians and carrying instrument cases
- Starbucks Skin Scale: Ish has 'coffee-with-cream' skin.
- Technopath: Gaby
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Subverted with Duncan Blackletter's death. Doc feels this way. The others really don't, and go to great lengths to stop him.
- Two-Fisted Tales
- Uncoffee: Xioc. (It's unsweetened cocoa.)
- Up the Real Rabbit Hole: There's a moment in Sidhe Devil when the main viewpoint character, Zeb, apologizes to Doc for having taken the attitude that the fair world was "Less real than where I come from." He's changed his view after failing to completely prevent a terrorist attack; a little girl died of her injuries as he was carrying her to a doctor. Now It's Personal.
- Zeppelins from Another World