Book (Short Story) of the Week: The Properties of Rooftop Air.

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.

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Book of the Week: The Stress of Her Regard.

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.

Book of the Week: The Anubis Gates.

Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates is one of the best time travel novels ever written. I don’t say that sort of thing lightly. What makes it stand above most of the rest of this particular genre is in Powers’ uncanny ability to find hollowed-out places in the historical records where one is able to pour in a story or three. You are left with the sense that while things might not have turned out the way that he portrayed them (usually a safe bet, since he writes fantasy novels), but they should have turned out that way and there’s no way to disprove it now anyway. This was the first one of his that I read, and I’ve been buying Tim Powers on sight ever since.

And so, adieu to Carter and Lovecraft.

Book of the Week: Medusa’s Web.

I could have sworn that I did Tim Powers’ Medusa’s Web last week, or something; but I can’t find it on the Book of the Week list. Anyway, just started it today, and it’s Powers, so I figure it’s safe to put it up now. So far it seems to be about time travel and madness, which is always a plus.

And so, adieu to …Tim Powers’ Last Call.  Must be why I thought that I had done Medusa’s Web already.

Book of the Week: Last Call.

Tim Powers is always a reliable person to read, of course: and Last Call is undoubtedly the go-to book if you ever want to read about how Las Vegas, poker, the Tarot, Bugsy Siegel and the Fisher King are related.  …And if you never realized that you wanted to read about all of that, well, today’s your lucky day.


And so, adieu to The Awesome.