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Strange Itineraries

Strange Itineraries Ghosts accidental time travel a secret clan of immortals and Maxwell s Demon are all subjects in this complete collection of short stories by Tim Powers Elusive and evocative these stories are exc

  • Title: Strange Itineraries
  • Author: Tim Powers
  • ISBN: 9781892391230
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ghosts, accidental time travel, a secret clan of immortals, and Maxwell s Demon are all subjects in this complete collection of short stories by Tim Powers Elusive and evocative, these stories are excursions into strange and dangerous worlds and are as colorful and inventive as Powers s novels A pioneer of the popular Steampunk genre of speculative fiction, his complexGhosts, accidental time travel, a secret clan of immortals, and Maxwell s Demon are all subjects in this complete collection of short stories by Tim Powers Elusive and evocative, these stories are excursions into strange and dangerous worlds and are as colorful and inventive as Powers s novels A pioneer of the popular Steampunk genre of speculative fiction, his complex and tightly researched secret histories blend with compelling fantastical elements to create some of today s most memorable modern science fiction.Contents Itinerary Night Moves Pat Moore The Way Down the Hill Through and Through Where They Are Hid Fifty Cents The Better Boy We Traverse Afar

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    1. Scott on said:

      I had heard much about Tim Powers for a while. I even had a couple of his novels. But I decided to get a copy of his short story collection and read it first a few years ago. I think this turned out to be a bad idea. Though I still did enjoy this collection on a few levels.This, as far as I know, is his only published collection of short stories. He is primarily a novel writer, and I think it showed in this collection. A lot of great ideas that needed more time to get fleshed out. There was one [...]

    2. Tim Hicks on said:

      If I'd stopped after four or five I would have given four stars. But then the stories stopped working for me, and indeed became boring. I skipped the last two. But those early ones were great brain-stretchers, easy to read but challenging to comprehend.

    3. Sus on said:

      Somewhat to my surprise, I find myself more seriously impressed by this collection of shot fiction than by either of the two Powers novels I've read. (Those two are, admittedly, early works -- The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides -- so I should probably read some of his more recent work before making up my mind.)Powers sometimes seems to me to be too light, too jokey, too easy -- and, to my mind, too much into his own sense of humor, which doesn't read to me like a particularly profound or hum [...]

    4. Harlan on said:

      Strange Itineraries is a collection of Powers' published short stories, and as such it is extremely representative of his longer work. It is brilliant, enchanting, yet sometimes inconsistent and full of itself. The first several stories, Itinerary, The Way Down the Hill, and Pat Moore, are remarkably creative stories that would get 5-star ratings if viewed alone. The rest, including those co-authored with Blaylock, seem to be attempts at something that don't quite work. Powers excells at putting [...]

    5. Shane on said:

      I started reading stories from this when I lost my book for a couple days. Not sure if I'll ever finish the collection but thought I would at least comment on the stories I've read.We Traverse Afar (with James P. Blaylock) - This was rather dark and not much really happened. About a widower, hanging out hating life. I guess there's supposed to be some hope in the last line but it didn't do much for me. (4.5)The Better Boy (with James P. Blaylock) - Kind of absurd, southern, sci-fi ala -The Astro [...]

    6. Janice on said:

      As with all collections of short stories, some of the tales in this book are better than others, but I really like Powers' writing, so I was quite happy with the book overall. That said, I'm thinking that the short story may not be the best format for Powers' material. His stories are never happy. Not necessarily wholesale doom and gloom, death and destruction, but things just don't turn out all that well for the protagonist(s). Which is all well and good for a full length novel, but when concen [...]

    7. Douglas on said:

      Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors, and while he shines greatly in the form of the novel, where he has time and space enough to gather up many strands of plot and characters, his short stories are wonderful things. They pack more ideas into them than most novels do, and are very rewarding. The story entitled 'Pat Moore', included in this collection, is one of my favorite fantasy stories and ghost stories ever, and features more than one person named Pat Moore. It's an offbeat and weird sta [...]

    8. Mei on said:

      Ok, I didn't like these as much as the stories in The Bible Repairman. These stories are based on the same premise which Tim Powers tends to do well - ordinary, everyday people in fantastical situations who find themselves somehow crossing from this world into the supernatural. Time travel, ghosts, science. The blurry line between life and death. Yet perhaps because of their length the stories sometimes ramble on, and the characters are a little confusing and less sympathetic. There are one or t [...]

    9. Craig on said:

      This is a collection of short fiction by Powers, three of which were written in collaboration with James P. Blaylock. Like his longer works, most of these stories are thought-provoking in that much of the story (and back-story) is implied, rather than laid out for the reader, so they're capable of being interpreted on different levels through various layers of the narrrative. His recurrent topics of ghosts, time-travel, and religion are featured in the best of this volume.

    10. John on said:

      This is a strange and uneven collection of bizarre, sometimes moving stories; the better ones are a wonderful mixture of Alfred Bester, Philip K. Dick and, well, something else I can't put my finger on. "Itinerary", the first story in the book, I felt was by far the best in the collection, with "The Way Down the Hill" and "Night Moves" somewhat distant seconds. I found the rest of the stories awkward collections of strange ideas that didn't exactly gel into good stories.

    11. Mark Singer on said:

      Although known as a fantasy novelist, Tim Powers has also written short stories and nine of them are collected here for the first time in a collection published in 2005. Three of the nine were co-written by Power's college friend and fellow fantasy author James P Blaylock. All of them bear the Powers touch, and the most striking is "The Way Down The Hill", about a group of body leaping immortals who meet every several decades to reminisce.

    12. Ian Tregillis on said:

      A couple of the stories here were very enjoyable. Most, though, just didn't click for me. Several left me scratching my head and wondering, "So.?"Overall, I think I enjoy Powers's novels far more than his short fiction. When it works for me his short fiction is just as cool as his other stuff. But most of the time it doesn't.

    13. Holli on said:

      Ok, I'd only read one Tim Powers book before, and while it was weird, it was not this dark. This book is bizarre. I would not normally choose this kind of ghost-story nonsense, but it is well-written, and I'm enjoying it well enough. I've read two other books since I started it, and it's small, so obviously not my fav, but I'll probably finish it eventually.

    14. Redsteve on said:

      Meh. Probably my least favorite Tim Powers book. Most of the short stories seem to fall into two categories: 1) good ideas that later got fleshed out in one of his novels.2) poor (or at least mediocre) story ideas.

    15. Coleman on said:

      This is a collection of short stories by Tim Powers. Some are naturally better than others, the first was very hard to comprehend, but that's just him. One of these stories in particular was incredible, and it will probably stay with me for a very long time.

    16. Phil Zimmerman on said:

      I completely missed the point on most of these stories. I was confused and most stories feel rushed and too crammed with ideas. I love Tim Powers but I am not sure his short works are for me. Oh well.

    17. Ron on said:

      Interesting collection of Tim Powers short stories. A number of the stories reminded me of Last Call, Declare and Three Days to Never among others. Enjoyable if you are in the right frame of mind.

    18. Keri on said:

      A worthwhile collection of short fiction. A few stories fall flat, and at least one is a bit morally preachy, but there are several truly effective, chilling gems.

    19. Aneel on said:

      Tried to buy On Stranger Tides by the same author, but neither library nor bookstore had it available. Picked up this short story collection instead. Mostly horror/dark fantasy. Pretty good.

    20. Hilary on said:

      Got bored. I love his novels, but I think I don't connect well with his short fiction.

    21. Tone on said:

      I'm starting to think that Time Powers really, really likes Coors.

    22. Simon on said:

      Some interesting ideas (mostly) but this short story format didn't do it for me in the same way the fully developed full sized books always have.

    23. Booketeer on said:

      First story was brilliant, but I expect them all to be so. (update: didn't get a chance to finish them)

    24. Ursula Pflug on said:

      My review of this wonderful book is up at The Internet Review of Science Fictionosf/q/zine/article/1

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