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“A new Tim Powers novel is always cause for excitement. His latest is a twisted journey through time travel, possession, old Hollywood, addition, and familial violence.” -- Publishers Weekly
“This novel is as weird as anything Powers has written, but he maintains his usual skillful way of making even the most surreal twists compulsively readable.” -- Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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In the wake of their Aunt Amity's suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins do not welcome Scott and Madeline's return. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their south-of-Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this haunted "House of Usher in the Hollywood Hills" that is a conduit for the supernatural.
Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film era. A collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time--to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are puzzling, terrifying, and mesmerizing. Though Scott and Madeline know little about these ancient "spiders" that provoke unpredictable temporal dislocations, their cousins have been using them for years.
As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat's spell, Scott discovers that to protect her, he must use the dangerous spiders himself. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family's history and finally free them from the past . . . or be pulled deeper, perhaps permanently, into the deadly web?--Booklist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00WQZG44I
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (January 19, 2016)
- Publication date : January 19, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 864 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #409,638 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So I was surprised to find myself putting this book down frequently, and eventually unwilling to even pick it up again. He seems to have stepped away from his well-developed skills to make a book with none of the qualities that make him a great author.
The primary characters are opaque and not very sympathetic. The secondary characters are opaque and repulsive. Occasionally we get a third-person interjection that all but yells out "I know you're bored, I promise something interesting is coming later!"
My personal recommendation would be to pick up pretty much anything else he's written - especially Last Call, The Anubis Gates, or Declare - to get a real feel for how great a writer he is. This one is, sadly, not one I'd recommend.
Medusa's Web, like many of Powers' novels, starts introducing confusing and outre events, characters, and clues almost immediately; but Powers' gift is to make them just intelligible enough to keep you reading, digging, and putting the pieces together, all while upping the stakes. He especially excels at hiding (in plain sight) the resolution of key plot points until late in the novel, where they suddenly look obvious in retrospect. It's one (but just one) of the reasons why Powers' novels are so re-readable; it's only on the 2nd or 3rd time through that you see how neatly everything was laid out before you from the very start.
This book has a gothic feel. Utter confusion at understanding character's motivations that become clearer as,you read on. And a great new sci-fi idea.
Well worth the read. Makes me want to go back and re-read others of his.
Top reviews from other countries
Well, we all like a bit of scary, don't we?
So I was drawn in.
With spiders being the link to travelling back in time through body inhabiting,
and the resulting debates over who was inhabited and the deducing of what
was going on, often left me puzzled.
The mixed reviews of this book seems to indicate the different tastes that we
Frequently I was debating whether to carry on reading or simply call it quits.
Well, I did finish it, and quite frankly, I wouldn't recommend it, and in some
ways I was quite relieved when I turned the final page.