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Starred Review. World Fantasy Award–winner Powers (Three Days to Never) demonstrates a precise control of complex narratives in this reprint of his rollicking and enchanting 1987 novel. Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy's struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, though at times key events happen so quickly that they get lost in the shuffle as Jack tries to comprehend where he's going and what's at stake. This dark fantasy tale will appeal not just to pirate fans but also to anyone who appreciates Powers's talent for blending the most unlikely elements into a brilliantly cohesive whole. (Apr.)
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“One of the most original and innovative writers of fantasy currently working….The quality of Powers’s prose never falters….His writing defies characterization and he never repeats himself.” (Washington Post)
“[On Stranger Tides] promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all. You’ll love the characters, you’ll stay awake all night reading it, and when you finally do sleep, you’ll find this story playing through your dreams.” (Orson Scott Card)
“Tim Powers is an uncommon literary talent….Exceedingly readable….If heavenly muses were to put Dean Koontz, John Le Carré and Robert Parker into a creative blender, then molded the mix into a brand new writer, the result would be something akin to Tim Powers.” (Denver Post)
“Powers [has] considerable gifts.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Powers has forged a style of narrative uniquely his own, one filled with sharply drawn characters, fully imagined settings, elaborate underpinnings that pull all rugs out from under us and let us glimpse terrible, ragged floors beneath.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favorite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear….The qualities I most admire in him [are] intelligence, narrative sparkle, great dialogue, speculative imagination, and emotional power.” (Peter Straub)
Long live the old pirate tales! I've always been a lover of pirate lore and this is one rocking one. I highly recommend it to any other lovers of pirate tales!Published 1 month ago by Marie Mulkey
I just could not stay interested in this book... very strange story.Published 1 month ago by avid reader U.S.
I like all of Tim Powers' books, but I remembered this as being one of his best. It was adapted as a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but very loosely so, and the book is as usual... Read morePublished 2 months ago by robosnake
I read this because I'm a huge Monkey Island fan. Really glad I did.Published 4 months ago by R. Cox
I really like this book so far and it has enough content to keep you engaged in the story. It doesn't rely on using material from other places to keep you engaged in the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lord Swig
I gave this book four stars, but really it's more three-and-a-half. I had read this novel when it first came out in the late 1980s and recently bought the Kindle version to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Letterer