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4.0 von 5 Sternen Euripides, The Grail, The Golden Bough, etc.,
Dionysus, the mask that death wears in Last Call, returns, this time in full Euripidean Splendor, right out of The Bacchae, and embellished with the symbollism of The Golden Bough. Powers' books, like the works of P.K. Dick, trancends the Sci/Fi fantasy genre, and his sublime grasp of the sympathetic magic of words is almost Borroughsian. Like so many other great 20th...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen "Earthquake Weather" No Great Shakes
I am a huge Tim Powers fan. I own multiple copies of all his books and have met him at book signings every chance I get. However, being a fan does not blind me to his deficiencies as a plotter (note I did not say writer - as a writer, he is unparalleled). A common problem with Powers is his inability to reign himself. He has a wonderfully wicked mind that is...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen "Earthquake Weather" No Great Shakes, 16. Oktober 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Earthquake Weather (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I am a huge Tim Powers fan. I own multiple copies of all his books and have met him at book signings every chance I get. However, being a fan does not blind me to his deficiencies as a plotter (note I did not say writer - as a writer, he is unparalleled). A common problem with Powers is his inability to reign himself. He has a wonderfully wicked mind that is constantly working, so he comes up with an enormous number of ideas. But he doesn't know when to stop. It is a truism of a Powers book that the first third will be flawless, the second third will lose focus and the final third will unravel like a sweater on a nail. Imagine my pleasure and shock, then, when I first read "Last Call" - it was flawless, a stunning and beautiful piece of writing. It's followup, "Expiration Date", was chock full of great ideas that didn't pan out. What the heck happened? It wasn't until I read "Earthquake Weather" that it all made sense - this was a trilogy. Firts third, flawless, second third unfocused, final third a total mess. Perhaps I'm being harsh because I am such a big fan. I expect so much more from a Powers book. Granted, a mediocre Powers book is better than 90% of the books out there - perhaps that is why other people are raving about this one. But let's be straight about this one - Powers tried way too hard on this one. The characters are unrealized, the plot is slim in places and non-existent in others. You WILL NOT get it if you have not read the other two, and if you have read the other two, you'll wonder why you stayed with it this long. Do yourself a favor. Read "Last Call", read "On Stranger Tides", read "The Stress of Her Regard". "Earthquake Weather" is only for the most rabid of fans.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Euripides, The Grail, The Golden Bough, etc.,, 15. Mai 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Earthquake Weather (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Dionysus, the mask that death wears in Last Call, returns, this time in full Euripidean Splendor, right out of The Bacchae, and embellished with the symbollism of The Golden Bough. Powers' books, like the works of P.K. Dick, trancends the Sci/Fi fantasy genre, and his sublime grasp of the sympathetic magic of words is almost Borroughsian. Like so many other great 20th century american writers the author is concerned with a modern day approach to the grail motif, on top of that he takes a fresh look at Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities (his best and strangest book). But Power's greatest strength, however, is his ability to divine an obscure, kabbalistic history out of the mundane (in Last Call it was how he revealed Las Vegas and the Flamingo hotel). Here he retells the California Wine Country and explains the Winchester Mystery House. Indeed, the book is like that Escheresque house, with crazy staircases, doors that lead nowhere, etc., Even the much debated by siesmologist general concept of Earthquake Weather, gives further food for thought. Powers' insight has not diminshed since the pinnacle of Last Call, it has simply become more esoteric. If you're the kind of person who took Eliot's advice in his notes for The Wasteland and went back and read From Ritual to Romance and the Golden Bough, then, this is your kind of book. Of course it is the third work in a trilogy and those earlier works must be read first for a thorough comprehension.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's Averaging only 3 1/2 Stars?!?, 17. August 1998
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Dianna Deeley (San Francisco,, CA USA) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Earthquake Weather (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Ok, to read Earthquake Weather, it helps to have 1) read Last Call and Expiration Date; 2) a pretty thorough acquaintance with magic and esoteric societies of the last couple centuries; and 3) taken Crank Lit 101.
On the other hand, if you've done none of the above, read it anyway. None of what Powers is telling you is incidental, or just showing off. Pay attention! If he tells you about Mammy Pleasants, it's for a reason. What's more, he usually gets it right. Each of these references makes the story deeper; none of it is just to show off.
I discovered Powers back in the early '80s, which means I'm not one of the early true believers, but I've gotten every single thing he's written and kept it, even when it's had to be taped back together. Maybe Earthquake Weather isn't the hottest thing; maybe his characterizations are not that believable, but who cares? Just get out there and buy all his books, including Earthquake. You will not regret it.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing and overlong, 15. Januar 1999
I expect great things when I pick up Powers. I've read most of his novels, including hard to find ones like The Drawing of the Dark and Dinner at Deviant's Palace. I expect to learn about some area of mythology while being swept up in the new world he synthesizes from the material. I consider Last Call and The Anubis Gates to be two of the best fantasy books of the last 15-20 years. But it took me three months to force my way through Earthquake Weather. All the parts were there, but it couldn't hold my attention for more than a few pages at a time. Maybe I'm tired of the sameness of Powers's characters and plots, or maybe there was a decent 450-500 page book buried here. Maybe it's because I live in the Bay Area and the sense of place didn't ring true. [e.g. I don't know anyone here that refers to freeways with the definite article. That's an LA thing...] I don't know. I hope there's more enthusiasm in his next effort.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Powers should avoid series, 21. Oktober 1999
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Tim Powers is a masterful novelist. He shares an immortality obsession with the late Roger Zelazny, but with diverse and interesting historical context. However, he is best when he writes novels with diverse and seperate plotlines. The Drawing of The Dark, Anubis Gates, and On Stranger Tides had common themes, but stood alone and as a result, the intricate plot was resolved in each book. In this series, he has become so intricate that the story looses impact. Series are popular because many modern fantasy authors cannot seem to finish a complex tale in a single book (or want to milk a concept). Powers CAN write without resorting to such means, and simply writes better books when he does so. This series has simply gone on too long with the same plot line and characters. I look forward to his next effort and hope it is more like the novels addressed above.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Confusing and crazy but I read the whole thing..., 4. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Earthquake Weather (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This is the first Tim Powers book I've ever read. His style of writing is eclectic and although this book did not live up to the expectations I had, I'm willing to give him another try. I found the plot to be completely confused. Perhaps if I had read the previous books in this series I might have enjoyed it more. In fact, I think with this book it is a must since I had no idea what was happening or why nor was I very interested by the end. Mr. Powers penchant for getting off the track of the story were by and large indulgent and unnecessary and added to the problems I had in finishing the book. In fact, there were several times I simply put the book down and started another. The funny thing is however is that even though I disliked this book, I did come back to it. This must be a testament to the excellence of his writing, although I cannot pinpoint why.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Does Tim Powers have an editor?, 21. Mai 1999
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Earthquake weather can best be described as a "sequel" to the author's previous Last Call and Expiration Date; particularly in the sense that one should not even bother to try and read it without having finished the other two. Unfortunately, rather than returning to the rich vein of modern mysticism that worked so well in Last Call, Powers buries an interesting premise under page after page of mind-bending self-reference. (Witness the "houdini-hands" phenomenon, a barely explained plot point from Expiration Date that repeatedly inserts itself into the story.) I began the trilogy with no expectation or preconception, was fascinated by the first volume, confused by the second, and frankly annoyed by this final installment. To those readers new to Powers - finish Last Call and walk away. You'll be glad you did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Complex but worth the effort., 10. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Earthquake Weather (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I must start by saying that I am a fan of Tim Powers from way back and thus am somewhat biased..however this is Tim Powers most ambitous work to date and has turned what was two seperate novels (Expiration Date and Last Call) into a gripping trilogy. The amount of research that Mr.Powers must have carried our to write this book is staggering. Throw away references conceal what must have been weeks of research (such as the reference to the Serpent Rouge of France which raises it's head in Umberto Ecco's Faucaults pendulumn and the Holy blood- holy grail) are littered throughout. Although diffrent, this book must rival that of his other masterpiece "The Anubis Gates". I highly recomend this book but suggest that people read the other two books in this "series" first - or suffer the consequences. Great stuff Mr.Powers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant conclusion to the King of Kalifornia trilogy, 31. Dezember 1998
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Superlatives aside, "Earthquake Weather" is the third part of the Scott Crane story and brings this part of the story to a conclusion of sorts, as Crane learns a rather harsh lesson of kingship. Koot, Pete, and Angela are back, along with some new/old characters. I couldn't read this darn book fast enough, only to finish it and wish I'd taken my time... so I read it again. Powers has been exploring the Fisher King theme for some time ("Drawing of the Dark" was the first?), and his treatment of the mythos is simply brilliant. Solid place descriptions, believable, sympathetic characters, and some simply outstanding scenerios make this a choice read, for fans of Powers and Blaylock, and for anyone else, too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Living Fantasist keeps getting better, 16. März 1999
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Powers has really hit his stride. Last Call was brilliantly engrossing, and Expiration Date perhaps a bit of a letdown to many (not to me), but Earthquake Weather fulfills all the promise of the first two books and then some. (BTW, don't try to read this without reading the first two.) Powers is unmatched in creating a "real" world where fantastic things happen, and they happen a lot in this book. Sit back and enjoy the author's mastery of the off-kilter. When I finished it, I was moved to go back and reread the first two volumes all over again..... Powers, like Jonathan Lethem, is comfortably inhabiting the house Philip K. Dick built, and each is adding new wings. I eagerly await his next offerings.
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