On Stranger Tides
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
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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 dur...more
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...more
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!Just follow Jack Shandy's patented TEN STEP PIRATE PROGRAM
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!
and you too can be a master of your own destiny.
Act now and you will...more
Part of the problem were the darn ship parts. Time after time I had to read half a page mentioning various ship parts, without the explanation what the parts were for, what was thei...more
* Both are about pirates, natch.
* Both are set in the south seas.
* Both combine seafaring lor...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...more
If you like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Disney Parks, or the films based on the ride, you're going to like this book. If you like magic based fantasy set in a historical time frame, you're going to also like this book. If you like action and adventure, you're going to like this book. In fact, I can't really think of any reasons not to like this book at the moment.
This book was used as the basis for the 4th and most recent Pirates of the Caribbean movie "On Stranger Tides...more
With its elements of dark magic, voudon (voodoo), zombie pirate crews and the Fountain of Youth, you couldn't exactly classify Powers' book as strictly historical. But the novel is rooted in a very specific historical time and place—the pirate island of New Providence in the Bahamas, in 1718. This was the year Governor Woodes Rogers came out from England...more
Ein ehemaliger Puppenspieler sticht, als gezwungener Gehilfe, zusammen mit Blackbeard dem Piraten in See um auf der Suche nach dem Jungbrunnen einen verrückten Zauberer daran zu hindern, Unheil über dessen eigene Tochter zu bringen...
Sowas kann nur Tim Powers. Die äußerst gelungene Verquickung von klassischen Piratenthemen, Seeschlachten und Schatzsuchen mit Voodoo-Zauberei und Baron Samedi liest sich wie ein Fantasy-Thriller. Trotz der vielen fantastischen Eleme...more
When it comes to magic in books, I like it to be subtle. The kind of magic where something apparently happened because of the magician’s work, but it could also have been pure luck. The magic in this book is not subtle. It tops out with two vodoun practitioners levit...more
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...more
On Stranger Tides features Blackbeard, voodoo, zombies, and the Fountain of Youth, so it has the makings of a solid story. But so...more
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...more
In the very first pag...more
Couple all of that with a pretty painful take...more
Story: How could I not want to listen to this book? On Stranger Tides is the basis for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, written by Tim Powers and narrated by Bronson Pinchot. What more could I want?
Having previously enjoyed several of Tim Powers books in the past I was really excited about what he had to offer to the world of swashbuckling pirate literature. Powers does not disappoint. On Stranger Tides is full of intriguing, gritty charac...more
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...more
My only quibble with the book is the story arc. It’s strange and while I can’t say that it doesn’t work, I can’t really say that it does work. The book is broken in to four parts: prologue, book I, book II and epilogue. By the end of book I the plot and character conflicts introduced to that point are resolved. Book II begins using most of...more
Jack Shandy reminded me too much of Hero Protagonist from Snow Crash: an unbelievable character with a highly inflated skill set and very little training. The science in the fiction was a little insulting... Newton, Pythagoras and Aristotle were all inexplicably thrown into a single chapter in an attempt to explain the "science" of magic and it just felt flimsy and hal...more
Germen de la citada 'La Cicatriz' y de la saga 'Piratas del Caribe', no es mala carta de presentación para una gran novela fantástica y de aventuras, aunque en mi opinión los hijos superan al padre en ambos casos. Si algo le puedo objetar a Tim Powers en esta y otras novelas es la falta de cont...more
Among the things I learned from this book:
- the ter...more
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...more