Search Results: "Tim Powers"


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POWERS by Ursula K. Le Guin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Billed as a 'companion' to Gifts (2004) and Voices (2006), in its musing on this power of story, it complements them beautifully, though readers hoping to reacquaint themselves with characters met in the first two novels will find themselves disappointed until the very end. (Fiction. YA)"
Reared in slavery, Gavir knows and understands his place in the world. Read full book review >

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TIM by Sam Enthoven
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"This may be entertaining for some, but the book could have used some judicious editing and another draft before publication. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
London is in big trouble, and only something really, really big can save the city. Read full book review >

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POWERS by Deborah Lynn Jacobs
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Jacobs writes Gwen's chapters in past tense and Adrian's in present, which is distracting; otherwise, a bewitchingly pulpy and enjoyable fast read. (Fantasy. YA)"
Two teenagers make sparks fly . . . really! Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE TIM by Katie Haworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"The mess is good fun, but the story is a bit bland next to the more emotionally intense likes of No, David! and Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
No need to set off in search of Wild Things when little Tim's in the vicinity. Read full book review >

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THREE DAYS TO NEVER by Tim Powers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Not exactly a shapely construction—but, as Shakespeare's Othello might say, there's magic in the web of it."
Middle Eastern power struggles, the structural integrity of the space-time continuum and the secret life of Albert Einstein are among the ingredients blended with Machiavellian cunning by prizewinning fantasy author Powers (Declare, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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DECLARE by Tim Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"There's never been a novel quite like Declare (though comparisons to Neal Stephenson's recent Cryptonomicon will doubtless be made): one of the protean Powers's most absorbing and rewarding creations."
Powers, for more than 20 years the reigning king of adult historical fantasy (Earthquake Weather, 1997, etc.), surpasses himself—and enters richly promising new territory—with this intricate, inventive tale of Cold War skullduggery and close encounters with malevolent supernatural entities. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"A provocative reconsideration of early modern European history."
British historian Burleigh (The Third Reich, 2000) examines the rise of "the religion of politics," a cultural shift that gathered force in the late-18th century and paved the way for the omnipotent-state ideologies of the 20th. Read full book review >

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EARTHQUAKE WEATHER by Tim Powers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Coagulated and unengaging."
Sequel to both of Powers's previous novels, Last Call (1992) with its gambling, serial immortality, and Fisher King, and Expiration Date(1996), with its ghosts, magic, and psychiatry. Read full book review >

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EXPIRATION DATE by Tim Powers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Powers's highly original and often amusing scenario, painstakingly researched, lacks internal logic; and with the living people almost as inanely obsessed as the dead, it's hard to care what happens to either."
Characteristically weird ghost fantasy set in Los Angeles, from the author of Last Call (1992), etc. Ghosts, it seems, are just the moronic shells of the dead; fascinated by coins, palindromes, and chalk-drawn circles, and sometimes substantial enough to eat bottle caps, they're easily trapped by acquisitive ghost-sensitives, who snort them to augment their own lives. Read full book review >

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LAST CALL by Tim Powers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 1992

"Knockout poker sequences give the symbolism real sizzle, while the genre is enlivened throughout with great lines from Eliot."
Rich, top-flight mythic fantasy based on Jungian archetypes, Tarot symbolism, T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, and the Parsifal legend; by the smartly acclaimed author of On Stranger Tides, 1987, etc. Luck could not flow with more Jungian synchronicity for Powers than his having cast Bugsy Siegel as The Fisher King in this long novel just as Warren Beatty's Bugsy has fixed the nation's eye on the Oscar race, along with Robin Williams's turn as The Fisher King. Read full book review >

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THE TWIN POWERS by Robert Lipsyte
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An agreeably quick-paced time-travel romp. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Double the adventure continues in this stand-alone sequel to The Twinning Project (2012).Read full book review >