Powers writes action and adventure that Indiana Jones could only dream of.Washington PostTim Powers is a brilliant writer.William GibsonThe remarkable Tim Powerswho ingeniously married the John Le Carr spy novel to the otherworldly in his critically acclaimed Declarebrings us pirate adventure with a dazzling difference On Stranger Tides features Blackbeard, ghosts, voodoo, zombies, the fable Fountain of Youthand 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 Tidesnon stop, breathtaking fiction from the genius imagination that conceived Last Call, Expiration Date, and Three Days to Never....
|Title||:||On Stranger Tides|
|Publisher||:||Harper Auflage Reprint 26 April 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Seiten|
|File Size||:||761 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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On Stranger Tides Reviews
...blend exceptionally well in this action-packed tale of swashbuckling, voodoo, piracy and adventure.I was astonished to have missed this story, written already in the late 1980s, that inspired The Secret of Monkey Island (one of the best computer games ever to have been written) and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (which include the very decent first part of the franchise). It is written very well in the style you get used to and love with Tim Powers. The plot is pretty complicated and I do not want to spoil anything here, so let’s just keep it simple: It’s the dawn of the age of piracy. Britain is sending a governor, soldiers and warships into the Caribbean and there will be a final amnesty for all pirates who repent. Yet, this is still months in the future when the novel starts, and bloodthirsty (yet strangely amicable) pirates still roam the sea. The mightiest of these have allied themselves with bocors, priest of vodun (voodoo) that help them survive lethal wounds, trick their enemies and perform other dees of legend.Tim Powers cleverly weaves historical facts on the iconic persons of the age of piracy with the supernatural without ever getting to the ridiculous lengths of the later Pirates of the Caribbean movies. (Blackbeard‘s seeminlgy erratic actions are brilliantly explained in the nocel to give just one example). The story includes many of the cliches we love with pirate tales, yet adds enough novelty to go far beyond Captain Blood and Treasure Island. I loved every single page and was totally hooked, even though there are quite a lot of characters and a complex story that includes a lot of twists and attention to details.I wholeheartedly recommend this book not only to fans of piracy novels (from which there are far too few good ones) as well as those who like original and clverly written fantasy. An inspiring tale of what fantastic literature can be!
The book's story is actually pretty good, eventhough it took more than half of the book to get me hooked. And even then the big problem was that there's just so much unnecessary description of things and people that, up to the end, I skipped entire paragraphs, because I found them really annoying. Additionally the characters are, well, rather simple. There are lots of flashbacks into their pasts, that do give some information on how they got where they are today, but in the present they seem to act on the basis of one single motivation each.Another thing that bothered me was that the hero, Shandy, who has come to the Carribbean to confront his uncle (who tricked Shandy's father out of his inheritance) and, who has, during the journey, seemingly fallen in love with a fellow passenger, Beth Hurwood, gives up so easily when confronted with an apparent dead end.**Spoiler ahead** When Beth is abducted and supposedly in danger, he sees no reason to do anything about it, as with the voodoo rites she is destined to be used for having to be performed on christmas day, there are several months of time, so why hurry? Instead he sets out to finally confront his uncle only to be informed that the uncle committed suicide just three days ago and there is nothing of his inheritance left. And what does Shandy do? Accept the fact and return to New Providence to drink himself into a stupor after having halfheartedly looked for Beth for a short period of time. Only when, three months later (if I recall correctly), he happens to hear a story about a ship that could be the one Beth was on, he sets out to try and find her again. And so, after wasting months, he happens to be able to save her just in time while, surprise, meeting his supposedly dead uncle who happens to be Beth's jailor. **Spoiler end**With a hundred pages less, I would have given the book four stars, but as I had to force myself to keep on reading through all that useless text, and because of the rather unappealing characters, and in spite of the good story, it's only three.
An exciting romp through the End Times of the Age of Pirates and the Old Magic. However, neither the pirates nor the magicians see it that way.
I picked this up based on the idea that it was the basis of the fourth Pirates of the Carribean movie. After reading it, I can see the similarities, but the book is much better. Unshackled by the movie franchise needs, it can be as dark and spooky as is wants to be.