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    Tim Powers

    Postby lotek » 04 Aug 2010 11:18

    I completely forgot about this author and some random search on pirates reminded me of "On stranger tides", which I really liked at the time.

    I also read "The Anubis gates", and the use of romantic poets' quotes to start each chapter.

    Has anyone read those two and liked them?

    What about the rest of his stuff?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Powers
    EDIT: the following wiki links contain massive spoilers!
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    Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards nominee, 1988

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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby lotek » 04 Aug 2010 11:33

    out of curiosity here are the French edition covers

    On Stranger Tides
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    The Anubis Gates
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    My editions are the ones to the left for both.
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby Freakzilla » 04 Aug 2010 11:34

    Where's the Egyptian-Pirate books? Does KJA know about this gap? :wink:
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby lotek » 04 Aug 2010 11:38

    :lol:

    Yeah the hack's drawn to gaps like flies are drawn to turds...

    But I really liked these books, they are not as cheesy as they look imo(well yes in a way they are but it is a fully conscious process, unlike someone we know)
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby Robspierre » 04 Aug 2010 12:56

    Read The Drawing of the Dark, the Battle of Vienna with beer as a main plot point. Excellent book.

    I thoroughly enjoyed On Stranger Tides.

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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby Omphalos » 04 Aug 2010 13:02

    The Anubis Gates is one of my all time favorite books. The Drawing of the Dark is great too. Last Call is another fantastic book. I have a bunch of the Wm. Ashbless books too, including a signed copy of the Cookbook, and a signed poetry chapbook. I think a new Ashbless book is coming out soon; I've heard its "co-authored" by Blaylock and Powers.

    Has anyone read Declare? I hated that slow turd.
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby lotek » 04 Aug 2010 17:17

    No I haven't read anything else by him but I really feel like going over The Anubis Gates in English, I only read it in French(same for Strange Tides)

    Glad to find someone who has it on his favourite list!

    I remember all those plots linking together so nicely, all that wrapped in romantic poetry from the XIXth century(is that right?)snd a bit of opium visions too...
    Some really compelling story telling!
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby smugetsu » 06 Aug 2010 08:41

    I read Expiration Date by Tim Powers when I was just starting high school. It's about a kid who accidentally inhales the last breath of Thomas Edison and gets possessed by his spirit. For some reason I don't remember, a bunch of ghost hunters start pursuing him through the streets and Edison helps him escape.

    As I recall, it was really weird, but not too bad. Of course, that's what I remember of it from many years ago. Not sure what my opinion of it would be these days.
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby SandChigger » 06 Aug 2010 10:04

    (Poor kid. Edison was evidently a pretty nasty piece of work. :? )
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby D Pope » 06 Aug 2010 12:13

    SandChigger wrote:(Poor kid. Edison was evidently a pretty nasty piece of work. :? )

    I hate Thomas Edison.
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby Freakzilla » 06 Aug 2010 12:44

    D Pope wrote:
    SandChigger wrote:(Poor kid. Edison was evidently a pretty nasty piece of work. :? )

    I hate Thomas Edison.


    So did Tesla.
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby lotek » 06 Aug 2010 12:46

    Spice is the worm's gonads.
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby D Pope » 06 Aug 2010 12:50

    THANK YOU Freak!
    This ain't the place for a full blown rant, I know, but I put Edison in the same catagory as KJA. Broken promises, Nobel Prize, electric chair, who's been more screwed over by history that Tesla?
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby Omphalos » 06 Aug 2010 14:20

    D Pope wrote:THANK YOU Freak!
    This ain't the place for a full blown rant, I know, but I put Edison in the same catagory as KJA. Broken promises, Nobel Prize, electric chair, who's been more screwed over by history that Tesla?


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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby D Pope » 06 Aug 2010 16:34

    Absolutely not!
    Nikola Tesla invented the 20th century and because he wanted free energy for the world he was erased from history- worse smeared & discredited for the parts that they couldn't erase! There's not a single person in America that hasn't used a Tesla invention, very few in the world that haven't.
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    Re: Tim Powers

    Postby Nekhrun » 06 Aug 2010 18:00

    D Pope wrote:who's been more screwed over by history that Tesla?

    Eve.
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