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On Stranger Tides

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Aboard the Vociferous Carmichael, puppeteer John Chandagnac is sailing toward Jamaica to claim his stolen birthright from an unscrupulous uncle, when the vessel is captured . . . by pirates! Offered a choice by Captain Phil Davies to join their seafaring band or die, Chandagnac assumes the name John Shandy and a new life as a brigand. But more than swashbuckling sea battle ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Babbage Press (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!

A tossed salad of varied delights: for the historian, we include historical greens as served du
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
Feb 13, 2016 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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 to the movie, even without Johnny Depp.

Among the things I learned from this b
Dec 22, 2010 j rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2010, arrrrgh
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
Oct 30, 2010 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, audiobooks
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
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
Oct 08, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
With a damsel in distress, pirates and pirate ships, voodoo, magic, ghosts, the Fountain of Youth, swashbuckling sword fights, puppet theater, cannons, prisoners, games of wits, Blackbeard, and zombies--with all of these elements, a book like this has got to be fun! And it is; a bunch of really fun characters, fast-moving plot, humorous twists in the story line, all help to make this an enjoyable read.

Actually, I did not read this book; I listened to the audiobook. Bronson Pinchot does an excell
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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
Maya Bohnhoff
Apr 25, 2012 Maya Bohnhoff rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 19, 2015 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel about pirates...Magical Pirates (gasp!). No booty, no hooks for hands, no peg legs, no parrots nor even a single aaarrrggghhh in the entire book. Still a decent enough pirate tale even though a chore at times to read while waiting on some action. Varied from 2.5 stars for the first half to 3.5 stars later with a 2 star ending.
Jan 26, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 28, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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.
May 03, 2016 Ithil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paso de piratas aéreos a piratas algo más convencionales.

Leí Las Puertas de Anubis y me alucinó muchísimo, de tal forma que fue uno de mis libros favoritos de ese año. Quedé encantada con el autor en el Celsius y su forma de hablar y expresarse y, a pesar de comprar muchos de sus libros, no veía el momento de ponerme con otro, hasta En costas extrañas.

Antes de nada debéis saber que me fascinan las historias de piratas, me encantan. Esto es, yo partía con la base de que esta historia me iba a g
Mar 22, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
This is my third pirate book this week, but this one is the first one that is fiction. I loved the first half of this book. It was all about pirates and the the things that pirates did. This pulled me right in. So I'm not exactly sure what went wrong for the last shifted to more of a fantasy vibe and the spotlight was taken from the pirates. I was no longer being tugged along. So 3 stars. The narrator was fluent in pirate-speak and accent. That was actually quite entertaining.
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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
Oct 12, 2011 Robert Magness rated it did not like it
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
Mar 20, 2008 William rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2015 Marijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powers stvarno zna ispresti priču. uzbudljivo od početka do kraja. istina, kao što su i drugi rekli, ženski lik je mogao biti malo jači, i ima potencijala, ali i ovako se našla na pravom mjestu u pravo vrijeme.
Jan 21, 2016 Tita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2014, _d_
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
Timothy Cole
Aug 07, 2009 Timothy Cole rated it liked it
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
Feb 14, 2009 Paula rated it it was ok
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Nov 24, 2011 Raelyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 06, 2016 Luffy rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star, fantasy
I tried to concentrate on what was happening, but I couldn't delve into the details that this book offered. My unfortunate reading experience reflects the score of this flawed book. The prologue and epilogue are the most well written and most climactic parts, respectively. There's something wrong with the author's style, as far as I'm concerned. It's like an ill tuned radio. Nothing really comes out of the pages and grabs you. One of those books I would have- indeed once did - abandoned reading ...more
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
Dec 28, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
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
Jul 19, 2013 Juan Hidalgo rated it really liked it
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
Steve Goble
This thoroughly engaging novel at times made me think of Rafael Sabatini, H.P. Lovecraft, the movie wizard battle between Gandalf and Saruman, Ramsey Campbell, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films ( the last of which adapted the plot of this book), Alexandre Dumas, role-playing games and several other very cool things.

A potent blend of pirate adventure and voodoo, "On Stranger Tides" features big magic, big action, intrigue, weirdness and more. At times fantastically goofy and at times genuinely
Jan 31, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
S nečestností nejdál dojdeš.
Poctivost se nevyplácí.

... prostě, milujme piráty a žijme s kordem v ruce! <3
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Timothy Thomas Powers is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare.

Most of Powers's novels are "secret histories": he uses actual, documented historical events featuring famous people, but shows another view of them in which occult or supernatural factors heavily influence the motivations a
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