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Salvage and Demolition Hardcover – January 31, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition edition (January 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159606515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596065154
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* It might be small, but Powers’ novella packs a wallop. Rare-book dealer Richard Blanzac receives a box of items on consignment, among which is a verse manuscript written, apparently, by one Sophie Greenwald. Before he’s quite figured out what the manuscript is, he gets a call from a stranger, an elderly woman, who begs him to destroy it. And, soon after that, he encounters a man claiming to be a scholar who seems quite intent on getting his hands on the manuscript. Baffling as those two incidents are, they pale by comparison to the next thing that happens: Blanzac is transported 55 years back in time, where he meets the author of the manuscript, who tells him that she has already encountered him earlier that same day (although that meeting lies, apparently, in Richard’s own future) and that the manuscript, if it lands in the wrong hands, could have terrible, world-altering consequences. Evoking such genre notables as Richard Matheson’s Bid Time Return, Jack Finney’s Time and Again, and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife (along with such films as Source Code and The Terminator), the book is a sort of literary Möbius strip, looping around on itself, finding its ending in its beginning. Powers is an acclaimed SF and fantasy author—The Anubis Gates (1983) is considered a time-travel classic—and this new title has the feel of a cult favorite, the kind of small-press jewel that will develop a devoted following. --David Pitt

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The story has nice twists and turns which keep up the excitement.
Joseph M. Reninger
If you like Tim Powers you will enjoy this short time-travel themed book.
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You can read it in an afternoon, but you will enjoy it for weeks!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia McPherson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 21, 2013
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Tim Power's Salvage and Demolition is the best sort of homage, and owes something to the Maltese Falcon and the novels of H. Rider Haggard and even the to the genre of lost arcane knowledge novels made popular by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, though I wish I could find a better example of that genre to reference.

Richard Blanzac is a rare book dealer in his mid forties, scraping a living in his dusty shop when he receives a bonanza on consignment, the works and letters of a minor Beat Poet of the fifties, Sophie Greenwald. The items come oddly package, signed first editions by Ginsberg and company mixed in with a TV guide, an Ace double science fiction paperback, letters to and from Sophie Greenwald and the more famous poets of the time and what appears to be a religious manuscript in verse, all packed together with newspaper and the contents of an ashtray. Richard of course receives the de rigueur mysterious phone call about the contents of the box and is bounced back in time to meet Sophie Greenwald, though the time travel is non-sequential and Richard doesn't always remember previous visits and events.

Written in spare prose that mimics the noir style, in contrast to Power's usual rich Victoriana, Salvage and Demolition moves deliciously fast, in fact, there is enough here that is toothsome that it could easily have been a full length novel, but works well as a love song to the genres of noir, adventure and time travel. I am a fan of Powers in general and Salvage and Demolition gave me a couple hours of pleasure on a snowy afternoon and I will re-read it some day. The highest praise from this reader.

Subterranean Press editions are always beautiful, but this edition surpasses even the usual with the photographic realism of the pencil and ink illustrations by J.K.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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Note that this is a mere 21,000 word, 160 page book. It's "merely" a novella. But for it's briefness, the prose shines more brightly.

Beautiful illustrations, lovely prose, and a gem of a printing job.

Now- on to the story. As Powers has done before, we have a "everyman" who buys old books from estates, etc. He discovers some mysterious manuscripts and then gets a mysterious phone call- which sets off some decidedly non-normal adventures & even a relationship of sort. Crossing Dashiell Hammett with Midnight in Paris, if that makes any sense.

But as wonderful as this little gem is, it's price is high for such a short read. Not for an introduction to Tim Powers, but a must for the dedicated fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Berdanis VINE VOICE on August 29, 2013
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There is nothing like Powers at his best. This story was just a nudge short of that list, but still very good and exhibiting many of the elements of greatness.

The time travel elements were written both smartly and tightly. For it is strange to think of 160 pages as just a short novella, when I grew up reading scifi books that averages about 180-200 pages in length versus the behemoths we have now. A 400 page book is not short! <grin>

I liked the characters and was drawn into their stories. The puzzles were there but not so convoluted that it requires a lifetime of study to decipher them.

Another good Powers book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2013
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this novella (took me about 2 hours to read) is pure powers: the everyman unwitting protagonist stumbles into finding the world isn't as simple as it seems--that the romantic world of myth is alive tho subdued in our modern quotidian experience.

the big question is: is it worth the money for 160 pages or so? for me, the answer is emphatically YES. Not only is the length right for the story, it allows Powers to tell just the story: no filler or padding needed. I detest the 600 page tomes that would have los nothing if they were 200 pages--which, unfortunately, is true more often than not.

the story leaves me yearning for a happier ending, and to know more, to hope that there is more, but that poignancy is delightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Perry on August 12, 2013
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I'm a big fan of Tim Powers, less so of shorter fiction in general. That being put on the table, this story fits well in the shorter form. It carries off its conception of a time-travel incident, and homages to Noir and older fantasy of the A. Merritt style, among others, tightly. Could Powers have spun this into a full-length novel? Of course he could (one of his strong points is spinning out amazingly intricate yarns from much simpler premises). But this tasty tidbit stands on its own and it's a long time between the novels.
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Great work by Tim Powers as always. This novella showcased all the skills that made Anubis Gates and Declare the huge delight that they are. Wish it could have been longer. Always looking for more of Powers than is available. Many thanks again Tim for some time well spent in two eras.
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By Amanda Cravotta on February 25, 2014
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Loved the beat poets on the perimeter of this tale. Powers captures the essence of San Francisco - engaging characters and engaging premise. Left me feeling nostalgic and jazzed for more.
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By M. T. Campos on January 17, 2014
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The most complicated time travel piece I've ever read . . . In a good way. Luckily it was a novella because I had to go back a couple of times. Enjoyed it though despite my confusion . . Or because of my confusion. Wish it was longer and that I had the physical book instead of the kindle version.
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