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On Stranger Tides Paperback – 26 April 2011

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  • Paperback : 322 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062101072
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062101075
  • Product Dimensions : 13.49 x 1.92 x 20.32 cm
  • Publisher : Harper Paperbacks; Reprint Edition (26 April 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 233 ratings

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"One of the most original and innovative writers of fantasy currently working....The quality of Powers's prose never falters....His writing defies characterization and he never repeats himself."--Washington Post

"Tim Powers is an uncommon literary talent....Exceedingly readable....If heavenly muses were to put Dean Koontz, John Le Carré and Robert Parker into a creative blender, then molded the mix into a brand new writer, the result would be something akin to Tim Powers."--Denver Post

"Powers has forged a style of narrative uniquely his own, one filled with sharply drawn characters, fully imagined settings, elaborate underpinnings that pull all rugs out from under us and let us glimpse terrible, ragged floors beneath."--Los Angeles Times

"Powers [has] considerable gifts."--San Francisco Chronicle

"[On Stranger Tides] promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all. You'll love the characters, you'll stay awake all night reading it, and when you finally do sleep, you'll find this story playing through your dreams."--Orson Scott Card

"Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favorite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear....The qualities I most admire in him [are] intelligence, narrative sparkle, great dialogue, speculative imagination, and emotional power."--Peter Straub

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Aboard the Vociferous Carmichael, puppeteer John Chandagnac is sailing toward Jamaica to claim his stolen birthright from an unscrupulous uncle, when the vessel is captured . . . by pirates! Offered a choice by Captain Phil Davies to join their seafaring band or die, Chandagnac assumes the name John Shandy and a new life as a brigand. But more than swashbuckling sea battles and fabulous plunder await the novice buccaneer on the roiling Caribbean waters-for treachery and powerful vodun sorcery are coins of the realm in this dark new world. And for the love of beautiful, magically imperiled Beth Hurwood, Shandy will set sail on even stranger tides, following the savage, ghost-infested pirate king, Blackbeard, and a motley crew of the living and the dead to the cursed nightmare banks of the fabled Fountain of Youth.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for that excellent pirate novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You couldn't really want for better pirate fare
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rollickingly good fun.
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