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On Stranger Tides

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  4,110 ratings  ·  461 reviews
On Stranger Tides is Tim Powers's great Disneyland ride through pirates, puppeteers, treasure, and thrill a minute action that carries on from page one.

In 1718, John Chandagnac, a bookkeeper and puppeteer, unwittingly sails into the company of Blackbeard the pirate, encounters zombie-crewed wrecks, and is caught up in a search for the Fountain of Youth.
Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Corvus (first published 1987)
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mark monday
On the menu tonight: ON STRANGER TIDES

Amuse Bouche
This treasured bit of savory Pirate en Papillote will tantalize your taste buds: a choice cut of ole pirate lore and Caribbean history, spiced with traditional Creole seasonings, and glazed with a stringent sea salt reduction to further whet the appetite. Ahoy, diners, prepare yourself for a repast that is simultaneously light and fulfilling!

Appetizer
A tossed salad of varied delights: for the historian, we include historical greens as served dur
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Brad
THE SHANDY METHOD*
Become the YOU you've always wanted to be in just 6 short months!!!
You want to work MAGIC? ... You can do it!
You want to become a MASTER SWORDSMAN? ... You can do it!
You want to CAPTAIN your own ship? ... You can do it! You want to be a MASTER OF SEAMANSHIP? ... You can do it!
You want to cook Bouillabaisse like a FIVE STAR CHEF? ... You can do it!
Just follow Jack Shandy's patented TEN STEP PIRATE PROGRAM
and you too can be a master of your own destiny.

Act now and you will
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Joel
If you are as nerdy about movies as you clearly are about books if you are visiting this here book website, you probably recognize "On Stranger Tides" as the name of the fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Belabored Franchise Subtitle series. This is wholly appropriate. After all, you can't read the book these days without thinking of the movie trilogy extended cash grab saga:

* Both are about pirates, natch.
* Both are set in the south seas.
* Both combine seafaring lor
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. This is an excellent book and one that I could easily see myself giving 5 stars to if I had been more in the mood for a slightly leisurely pace. The writing is superb, the plot is complex and intelligent and the magical elements are really uniquely done and very interesting. I especially enjoyed the discussion near the end of the book of WHY magic has disappeared from the European continent). These kinds of details always add to the richness of the narrative.

In brief, the stor
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Sandi
On Stranger Tides may be the best audiobook I've listened to so far. Bronson Pinchot's narration brought this story to life in a way that my brain never could have if I had read it it print. He performed it rather than read it and the result was the most fun I've ever had listening to a book.

For a long time, the rumor mill has been saying that On Stranger Tides is to be the basis for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. While I was listening to this book, I looked on IMDB and found that the
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Jokoloyo
I give this book 3.5 star.

From a perspective, this is a unique book for me. I have never read a pirate fiction, or naval adventure fiction before, or voodoo-based magic. I admit I am still confused with the ship terms, which means i could not imagine a complete picture when reading about a scene on a ship. Regardless of the trivial details of the setting, I could follow the storyline.

But from other perspective, this book is so standard with stereotype plot formula. The first and second chapter i
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Maya Bohnhoff
Apr 25, 2012 Maya Bohnhoff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a little magic in their reality
This is one of Tim's older novels, but it's a doozy. I love the characters, the action, the whole magic, the use of nautical history... I love sailing ships, so this was a special treat.

The underlying human story is about how John Chandagnac goes from proper, uninvolved and rather shallow gentleman to Jack Shandy, a pirate with the emotional depths of the seas he sails. This is a perfect storm of a book in many ways. I mean, it's got a virtuous yet flawed hero (who cooks!), towering evil for hi
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
I seem to have a pattern of getting books I really look forward to, only to be somewhat disappointed in them. Perhaps if I had not had such high hopes and expectations I would've liked it more?

The pacing was a bit slow, and it was definitely not one where I couldn't wait to get back into it. I did like Shandy and Davies and Skank. I think my favorite part was watching Shandy turn into a pirate and accept his role, and to find that they were, despite their wicked ways, actually good guys. Honor a
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Eric
Jan 26, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure stories, pirates and/or unique fantasy
Shelves: pirate
I bumped this up my reading list because I wanted to read it ahead of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie ruining adapting it, and I'm glad I did. I really can't see how they are going to do this book justice, and I honestly don't think they'll try -- they'll likely steal a few easily borrowable elements like the voodoo magic and the quest for the fountain of youth, and ignore the main story, which would be tricky to cram Jack Sparrow into. I wish that Pirates of the Caribbean would not ha ...more
Adam
Another nutty Powers adventure combining Leiber styled swashbuckling, gothic horror, and quirkiness worthy of a Terry Gilliam film. Like Waldrop, Powers can cram a narrative to the brim with eccentric facts and connect the dots into seamless fun. Here he throws voodoo, Native American magic, Blackbeard, quantum physics, zombies, the fountain of youth, battling magicians, and Puppet Theater. One unbelievable and tidy coincidence at the conclusion is one of the few hitches in the fun adventure. If ...more
Adam
Tim powers does it again. This may be my new favorite pirate adventure ever. Seafaring lore, oddball characters and a realistic basis for magic that I loved. I have yet to read anything by Powers that I have not liked and this story was just about perfect. An outstanding novel that I heartily recommend.
William
Mar 20, 2008 William rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pirate fans, horror fans, fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
Pirates, voodoo, the caribbean, black magic... stop me if you've heard this story.

But OST is much more than a cobbled together version of a Disney ride. Powers has created a swashbuckling epic, and has enough ideas for any three other novels. There's epic sea battles, drunken sailors, some extremely nasty vilains, and a nightmarish trip to the Fountain of Youth that is worth a read all on its own.

Powers has a fantastic imagination, and the skill to get it all onto the page. I'm in awe of his tal
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Patricia Rodrigues
Mais um livro que estava na estante há tanto tempo (julgo que o comprei em promoção com uma revista) e tenho a sensação de há uns 3 anos ter tentado pegar nele, mas após as páginas iniciais voltou para a estante.
Esta é uma história cheia de piratas, entre os quais o Barba Negra, com muitos feitiços, maldições, mortos-vivos e mistérios, que todos combinados conseguem manter o leitor interessado na história.
O autor faz uso do jogo de palavras, de modo a termos também algumas passagens mais cómicas
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Timothy Cole
In this book, Tim Powers tells the story of John Chandagnac, an itinerant puppeteer on a journey to the Caribbean to confront the uncle who cheated his father out of the family fortune. Things get complicated, however, when his ship is captured by pirates and he finds himself made an unwilling member of their crew. As he comes to fully inhabit the world of the pirates, he encounters the terrible powers which still hold sway in the untamed New World. All the while, he must find a way to save the ...more
Paula
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Raelyn
On Stranger Tides is by far one of the best historical fantasy books I’ve read. John Chandagnac is aboard the Vociferous Carmichael, pursuing a hidden agenda, when the ship is taken over by pirates. Given the choice between death and joining the crew, John settles in to piracy. Christened “Jack Shandy” by his drunken captain, he is lead on an dangerous expedition deep into the Florida forests to find the blood-demanding Fountain of Youth… and that’s only a third of the book.

In the very first pag
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[Name Redacted]
The prologue is gripping, the first chapter drags a bit, but the rest of the story is incredible. Powers manages to weave together the history of piracy, the age of sail, new world vodoun, and old world magic into an amazing tale which has served as the basis for both the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and the Monkey Island computer game series -- indeed, re-reading it now as an adult I realize that many elements from the first half of the book were used as a jumping off point for the televi ...more
Robert Magness
I really did not care much for this book and it worries me--though it doesn't surprise me--that this is what Disney looks to loosely adapt for Pirates of the Carribean 4. All the outlandish and ridiculous elements of Pirates 2 and 3 are ramped up to 11 in this story. The prose is fine; the characters are interesting enough; but the problem is the supernatural elements. It's too supernatural for its own good and looses the suspension of disbelief early on. Remove a few supernatural sequences and ...more
Lazy Seagull
This book has been sitting in my to-read pile since seventh grade, when my English teacher sat next to me on a plane out to wherever we were visiting for a school retreat trip. He was reading this book. I asked him about it, and he said it was about pirates and told me to mind my own business.

So yeah, it's been a long wait. But I've finally read it!

It was neither overwhelming nor underwhelming, neither incredibly avant-garde nor too comfortably formulaic. Jack Shandy made for an enjoyable prota
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Célia
Primeiro de tudo, deixem-me lamentar a escolha do título português deste livro. Do original "On Stranger Tides", a editora resolveu traduzi-lo de forma a fazer a ligação com o filme "Piratas das Caraíbas"... Mas adiante.Tim Powers é um autor de fantasy e ficção científica, e neste livro (que data de 1987) leva-nos numa história de aventura e magia. Gosto bastante de histórias relacionadas com piratas e foi isso que me fez comprar este livro... E não fiquei desiludida. É uma boa história de avent ...more
Brooke
I might just be a little burned out on all things pirates having just read Michael Crichton's Pirate Latitudes before this one (my reading selection is often dictated by what has to go back to the library soon), but I enjoyed On Stranger Tides much less than I enjoyed the other Tim Powers book I've read, The Anubis Gates.

It was fun, but by the end, I was skimming through fight after fight while trying to keep track of what each antagonist's motivation was.
Juan Hidalgo
Es La isla del tesoro, pero con más magia y Vudú. Al principio de estar leyéndola comencé a enfadarme porque pensé que era un plagio de la película Piratas del Caribe,luego, tras indagar por Internet, descubrí que es justo al revés: la cuarta entrega de la saga fílmica se basa en este libro (tendré que verla ya que me quedé en la tercera).
Creo que es la lectura ideal para evadirse en verano: muy bien escrita, aventuras y luchas por todas partes, piratas zombis y magia bastante negra, algún toque
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Algernon
I liked this one a lot better than The Anubis Gates. For one thing it has pirates and battles at sea, voodoo monsters and that vegetal Thing from the Florida marshes, animated skeletons and rum bottles, a damzel in distress and a sultry temptress. If it sounds like the last episode of the Pirates of the Carribean francise, that's because On Stranger Tides is the source material for the movie. Frankly, I prefer the book, even without Johnny Depp.

Among the things I learned from this book:
- the ter
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Nev Percy
What an excellent read! Pirates of the Caribbean, now we know where you got it from, only yours was a kiddie-friendly action adventure and this is rather grimmer and pays more attention to the dark sorcery (necromancy/vodun='voodoo').

Fantasy magic fans will discover a synthesising and internally consistent concept of magic, which is at its rawest and most powerful on the uncivilised New World, where native 'bocors' have been known to share their knowledge with pirates, the greatest of whom being
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Jeff Miller
I have been waiting to read this book for awhile as it was out of print. Previously I had gone on a Time Powers binge where I read several of his books one after another. As this book now has some connection to the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie it is finally being published again and I bought the Kindle version.

It was quite worth the wait as it was a very satisfying Tim Powers story. This time a young man headed for the Caribbean from Europe to confront his uncle is captured by pirates and
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Jeff Young
Just put down the ereader upon finishing the book - I would really like to call up another Jack Shandy story and dive right in. But in reality, I swear I would need to catch my breath. The Pirates of the Caribbean movie will simply never do this book justice. You could probably make a trilogy of movies from this novel and perhaps do it justice. There is simply so much over the top action at the end, that its almost overwhelming. Take a firm grasp on your belief and set it aside and simply enjpoy ...more
Carly
Jan 03, 2014 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who liked the Pirates of the Caribbean movies or The Pirates' Own Book
**edited 01/03/14

The entire time I was reading On Stranger Tides, the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean was stuck in my head. And with good reason. This is basically a more intelligent, more creative version of the Pirates franchise. Pirates, fighting dead men, skeletons, blood curses, captured girls,...this book's got them all. The major difference: Powers fitted his story seamlessly into the real time period and the ancient legends of the region. Oh, and no Jack Sparrow. Anyway, a fun and
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My Awful Reviews
First, let me just say that...I like pirates. There's just something about a swashbuckling adventure that I can't help but love. So, obviously, I had to try very hard to put my nerdy love of pirates aside and make at least a half-hearted attempt to review the book as a book and not as, "Dude, it's got pirates."

On Stranger Tides is a novel by Tim Powers. Qualifications? Yep, he's got 'em. Two World Fantasy Awards, and this novel was optioned for adaptation as the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean m
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Justin
I saw the title of this book bandied about as inspiration for the Monkey Island computer games; being a diehard fan of said games, On Stranger Tides made its way on my to-read list quite some time ago. After another mention by a pirate-loving friend (and a timely re-release of the hilarious Monkey Island games), I finally got around to picking this one up.

Honestly, this book has everything that a seeker of pirate adventure and voodoo shenanigans can hope for. John Chandagnac, a hapless puppeteer
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Leah
An exciting and action-packed magic/adventure story that suffers from a lack of attention to characters and some annoying writerly cliches.

Initially I gave up on this book, after the first chapter dealt with a native-spirit-earthy-magic in a completely matter of fact way. 'Magic?!' I scoffed. 'Pah! No subtlety to the idea!'
It sat on my 'unfinished' pile, mocking me, for a good three or four months, until I felt in the mood for a pirate story again. And this time I skipped the somewhat obvious in
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