I’ve thought about it for a bit, and I’ve decided: if I get a chance to have Tim Power sign one of his books at DoxaCon, it’s going to be DECLARE. I hope that, before I die, I will write a book as good as that one. …No, I do not lack for confidence. I’m not very good at false modesty, either.
I’m gonna be reading a bunch of Tim Powers in the runup to Doxacon, probably. Starting with The Stress of Her Regard, which makes an alarming amount of sense as secret history. I mean, it’s about vampires! You don’t want it making historical sense at all!
Tim Powers’ Gothic werewolf novel My Brother’s Keeper will be out in September. Alternatively, you can get the E-ARC now. Guess which one I recommend?
Something to look forward to. Also: happy birthday, Tim Powers!
STOLEN SKIES is available for pre-order, but we all know that I’m just gonna buy the Baen EARC as soon as it’s available. Without shame, too. Giving writers money for an early look at their latest book is exactly what I want to use the Internet for, and I will be doing that until the day I die. And nobody can stop me, either.
PS: I dunno, it’s about aliens or something. Tim Powers, remember?
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: The Properties of Rooftop Air is too short to be anything except a short story or novella. But it’s by Tim Powers, and it draws on The Anubis Gates, and if you’ve never read the latter then do yourself a favor and go buy that first. That’s a Book of the Week all on its own.
More Walls Broken is a novella, not a novel. But it’s by Tim Powers. …Enough said, surely?
I’m picking Tim Powers’ Romantics-vampire novel The Stress of Her Regard because, as I noted years ago, the truly terrifying thing about the book was how much sense it made. It was sort of like that moment in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies where the author realized that putting a British regiment in the countryside to fight a zombie outbreak filled an obvious hole in the original plot. …Well, maybe not, but The Stress of Her Regard is still one of the best books Tim Powers ever wrote. Check it out.