By Tim Powers
International delusion Award–winner Powers (Three Days to by no means) demonstrates an actual regulate of complicated narratives during this reprint of his rollicking and enthralling 1987 novel. Puppeteer John Chandagnac, certain for Jamaica to get well stolen cash from his uncle, turns into Jack Shandy after pirates assault his send and strength him to affix their team. Shandy's fight to just accept his new lifestyles grounds the tale for readers, while Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everybody away to dreamlike lands the place the Fountain of minor itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, even though from time to time key occasions occur so speedy that they wander off within the shuffle as Jack attempts to realize the place he's going and what's at stake. This darkish delusion story will charm not only to pirate enthusiasts but additionally to somebody who appreciates Powers's expertise for mixing the main not likely parts right into a brilliantly cohesive entire.
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Shandy laughed too, if a little forcedly, and said he thought it was more Friend's unfailing cheer and lifeof-the-party attitude that did it. He turned down an offer of more stew but accepted another beheaded bottle of Latour, and he plodded away from the fires south along the beach toward the Carmichael. The ship's bow was still up in the narrow inlet, supported by a stout wooden framework and a last couple of cables moored to trees, and the stern sat very low out in the harbor; but in spite of her present awkward posture she seemed much more like his ship now than she had during the month he'd been a passenger on her.
The boy struggled to his feet, hobbled up to the front door, and, silently, went in. He heard the old man noisily gobbling the cake in another room, and Friend waited in the dusty entry hall until the chomping stopped and the whimpering began. He walked boldly into the next room then, and saw the old man rolling on the floor between indistinct, sheet-covered pieces of furniture. "I've got the medicine hidden," the boy piped up. " He had to repeat this a few times, more loudly, but eventually the old man had understood.
He had to repeat this a few times, more loudly, but eventually the old man had understood. htm (37 of 185) [2/14/2004 1:05:00 AM] ON STRANGER TIDES - Tim Powers explained to the boy the basis for the exchange that was sorcery, as simple a concept, but as unevident, as the usefulness of a purchase and block and tackle to dramatically increase a pulling force. The boy grasped the notion quickly, but insisted that the old man actually teach him to move things at a distance before he'd fetch the antidote; and after young Friend had successfully impelled a couch against the ceiling hard enough to crack the Plaster, the old man had begged him to end his pain.
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers