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BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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SPY TOYS by Mark Powers
by Mark Powers, illustrated by Tim Wesson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A riotous thigh-slapper with plenty of Toy Story in its DNA. (Crime comedy. 8-10)"
In a near-future "doll-eat-doll" world, three smart but defective toys join forces to escape the rubbish bin and fight crime. Read full book review >

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TARA'S TIARA by Mark Powers
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Slight missteps with puns and humor do not detract from this charming children's fantasy that deftly integrates real-life facts about an important ecosystem."
The natural world of the redwood forest and a fantasy world of fairy-like creatures combine in Powers' children's tale of a treasure quest and justice served. Read full book review >

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RON POWERS
by Megan Labrise

When Kelly Rindfleisch wrote the words, “No one cares about crazy people,” she never dreamed Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers would read them. 

“I cannot describe to you the emotion, the shockwave, that hit me when I read that quote,” says Powers, author of No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and ...


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BROKEN CIRCLE by J.L. Powers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A gripping, philosophical paranormal thriller. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Adam Jones is a 15-year-old white boy who just wants to be "normal," but his life is anything but. Read full book review >

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MY DAY WITH NUMBERS by Christine Powers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A companion volume, My Day with Animals, is in the same format. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``One child'' puts on ``two slippers'' and is greeted by ``three muffins'' at breakfast, then uses ``four crayons'' to make ``five drawings,'' and so on through a day that ends with ``nine books'' and ``ten yawns'' (labeled with Arabic numerals in their one appearance here). Read full book review >

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AMINA by J.L. Powers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2015

"Readers don't always need another heroine—sometimes a young woman living an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances will wilt stereotypes better than heroics. (map, author's note, timeline, glossary, further reading) (Fiction. 13-16)"
Amina Khalid is a sweet, amiable teenager—and a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis. Read full book review >