Three Days to Never
Albert Einstein's groundbreaking scientific discoveries made possible the creation of the most terrible weapon the world had ever known. But he made another discovery that he chose to reveal to no oneâ”to keep from human hands a power that dwarfed the atomic bomb.
When twelve-year-old Daphne Marrity takes a videotape labeled Pee-wee's Big Adventure from her recently d...more
Why is the Daphne in this story "good" while the one who injured future Frank "bad"?
Was there a timeline where Daphne died?
Explain the scene where future Frank's leg heals while he's driving, then suddenly it isn't.
At one point did the ghost kid/cartoon ghost have his timeline erased, and by whom? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
In its defense I’ll admit that I probably wasn’t in a good frame of mind for something like this. I’ve been distracted by a couple of things, and it’s that glorious time of year where for 10 days in the spring and fall I ...more
I mean, what does Einstein and Charlie Chaplin have in common with time-travel that mimics the trajectory of a swastika? Or a novel that attempts to do the same in it's plot progression? Theoretically, these are some damn cool villains.
The opening is solid and grounded, and even all ...more
So this book is awesome! It's a whacky weird skiffy thriller about a father and daughter, and family secrets, and time travel, and Einstein, and ESP, and Israel, and just, stuff. Wildly creative and totally absorbing, with some funny tucked in around the edges. And it's not perfect – the thematic movement about determini ...more
As usual, I was captivated by the sheer weirdness of the elements of the plot--golden swastikas powering a mag ...more
For me, here Powers mines what these days has become his usual formula -- twists on souls, espionage, alternate history, people using unusual powers, fantastic explanations for ordinary events -- and, well, finds it pretty much tapped out. In "Three Days to Never" EVERYONE has amazing abilities, not everything is adequately explained, and the competing groups (I won't even ...more
With Three Days to Never, Powers manages to make his fantastically ...more
I picked this up because it promised to have a bit of time travel in it. It ended up having a bit of everything in it.
One and a half acts into this book I had no idea what was going on. I didn't like it. There was just too much happening for me to follow. That, plus with so many supernatural things spinning about, I had a hard time understanding the ground on which the book stood. I considered giving up numerous times but something told me to wait and that it was all about to ...more
The novel opens with the mysterious death of Lisa Marrity on Mount Shasta. Just before her death, she calls her grandson Frank Marrity and tells him she has burned down the shed behind her house. Worried, Frank ...more
It seems like Tim Powers readers breaking into two groups: Those that prefer more of a fantasy setting set in Romantic England, and those who like the contemporary stuff, like Declare. I definitely prefer the modern work. Whether ...more
This is another one where I see high ratings and thrilled reviews, that's why I looked this book up. I found a long ...more
OK. I gave this book 80 pages, which is close to my standard 100pg cutoff point.
There's stuff about psychics that is sort of interesting, and it's all wound up in a Jewish conspiracy that involves kabbalah and Israeli intelligence agencies...but it just didn't grab ...more
This book combines supernatural, science fiction, and spy genres. I thought the combination was deftly handled, but the book might be a bit too densely packed for some readers.
The main charact ...more
Powers also manages a fairly complex and intertwined action plot with a lot of skill. He even deftly copes with two very different characters who have the same name, something anyone ...more
I wouldn't be surprised if the interconnectedness of it all was more profound than I could absorb. By three-fourt ...more
Unfortunately, despite the numerous elements in the story that should have made a gripping yarn I was left with "Is this it?" There were a group of rogue agents. Israeli spies. Psychic daughters. Einstein, Chaplin, time trave ...more
I picked it up because I was intrigued by the story line: secret Einstein inventions coveted by opposing sides, occult, ghosts, psychics, time travel, and the ability to change things you've done in your past and be granted and entirely new life. It all sounded like something that would be right up ...more
Then, finally, Powers makes it to my reduced list of favourite authors.
The time travel side is really original (how it operates). However, it is far from satisfactory and ...more
Though I found myself engaged enough to hold my interest to the end, I never really found myself enjoying it that much. We're dropped straight into the fray as a whole host of strange things are going on. The c ...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