No two persons ever read the same book. --Edmund Wilson

Saturday, April 30, 2005

#30: On Stranger Tides -- Tim Powers

Nearly impossible to get hold of, yet with strangely familiar plot elements (zombie sailors, the Royal Navy and a mad pirate with the initials JS): this was first published in 1987, and it's been in my book database for quite a while though the original volume seems to have been borrowed and not returned.

Powers does some things extremely well: darkly magical plots with tortuous twists and reversals, naval battles enhanced with voudon, ghosts in the jungle. He does some things less well: I didn't really connect with any of the characters, and the prose did not sparkle. A very enjoyable read, though.

reposted here from LJ in order to keep all my reviews in one place

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