Koot Parganas has stolen the ghost of Thomas Edison, preserved in a hidden glass vial. Now he's on the run through the dark underside of Los Angeles, among characters who extend their lives and enhance their power by catching and absorbing the ghosts of the recently dead. Like The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides, this fantasy has an astonishing power that remains long after the last page is turned. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The playful spirit of Lewis Carroll's Alice books-"the Old and New Testament for ghosts," as one character in this screwball supernatural comedy puts it-live on in World Fantasy Award-winning Powers's latest dazzler (after Last Call). The ghosts here aren't malevolent specters but lingering essences of the dead that are snorted and ingested by spirit junkies for the rush of memories they yield. When 11-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas becomes possessed by the ghost of Thomas Alva Edison, a feeding frenzy begins among West Coast ghost eaters eager to absorb the great inventor's genius. Kootie's efforts to elude his pursuers eventually dovetail with electrical engineer Pete Sullivan's quest to prevent his evil stepmother from eating the ghost of his father and thus covering up her complicity in his death. Powers builds this world on a wacky foundation of physics and metaphysics, and he peoples it with eccentrics like Sherman Oaks, a one-armed ghost hunter who detects his quarry with his phantom limb, and Nicky Bradfield, a deceased teen celebrity who subsists entirely on cinnamon candy. Although filled with routine chase sequences, the novel is a minefield of exploding surprises that will have readers convinced that the author has tapped into a more magical reality behind everyday life.
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Theoretically, "Expiration Date" is the second book in Tim Powers' "Fault Lines" series. I have no idea why. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David A. Lessnau
There are too many boring details that don't help move the story along. I was able to skip large chunks of information and still understand the plot. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Bresnahan
Great read by Tim Powers. I had read and liked Last Call last year, and was excited to find out that it was considered part of a loose trilogy. Read morePublished 18 months ago by T. Crandall
This is down as the second book in the Last Call series although in reality its a standalone from the first book and characters from both novels come together in the 3rd book. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by M. King
This work appears to have been assembled from notes for other books. There is no coherent narrative, really, and the various plot threads are not so much woven together as... Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Mike Walsh
Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors. He has an uncanny talent for taking crazy paranormal and mythological concepts, weaving them into settings in the modern world (or in a... Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by Robert S.
the usual huge imagination and talent of the author with intelligent humour,perfect
and complex plot,interesting characters and a rich well researched erudition on the issues... Read more
I enjoyed the Anubis Gates and saw another Tim Powers novel and decided to give it a try. I read a lot. Everything from Milton and Dante to Douglas Adams and Robert L. Read morePublished on December 20, 2007 by Rufro
Los Angeles is a city filled with beings not pumping gas or parking cars. Instead L.A. is a ghost town loaded with otherworldly spirits, some souls with a foot in the grave and... Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by Harriet Klausner