On Stranger Tides by Tim PowersOn Stranger Tides by Tim Powers

On Stranger Tides

byTim Powers

Mass Market Paperback | April 26, 2011

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“Powers writes action and adventure that Indiana Jones could only dream of.”
Washington Post

“Tim Powers is a brilliant writer.”
—William Gibson

The remarkable Tim Powers—who ingeniously married the John Le Carrè spy novel to the otherworldly in his critically acclaimed Declare—brings us pirate adventure with a dazzling difference. On Stranger Tides features Blackbeard, ghosts, voodoo, zombies, the fable Fountain of Youth…and more swashbuckling action than you could shake a cutlass at, as reluctant buccaneer John Shandy braves all manner of peril, natural and supernatural, to rescue his ensorcelled love. Nominated for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, On Stranger Tides is the book that inspired the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides—non-stop, breathtaking fiction from the genius imagination that conceived Last Call, Expiration Date, and Three Days to Never.

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels, includingDeclare,Last Call,Hide Me Among the Graves, andOn Stranger Tides, the inspiration for the blockbuster film Pirates of theCaribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Powers lives in San Bernardino, California.
Title:On Stranger TidesFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.84 inPublished:April 26, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006209453X

ISBN - 13:9780062094537

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings A bit frustrating. I enjoyed much of the book, which is often very action-heavy and adventurous. I also loved the magic system and the swashbuckling. But, at the same time, the book is very dated, and its perspective on race and gender get pretty painful to read. There are also long sections of the book that are just dull - where all the action just grinds to a halt while the characters spin their wheels for a while. So while I enjoyed it overall, I'm not sure that this is a book that can survive in the long term as anything other than a cultural artefact.
Date published: 2018-01-27

Editorial Reviews

“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.”