Three Days to Never
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
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
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
The first few chapters are difficult to get into, as they jump right into the story, with the characters being as confused about events as the reader is. I'm delighted by this type of storytelling, as I'd much rather the author show us what's going on thr...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
Powers does a couple of things better than anyone else I kno...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
Tim Powers's fiction has consistently defied description for three decades. Three Days to Never is no exception, with its "off-the-wall-yet-vaguely-plausible scenario" (San Francisco Chronicle). Powers, whose previous novels include Declare (2000), The Anubis Gates (1983), and a trilogy exploring the Fisher King myth, combines fantasy, thriller, and historical fiction in a novel that will win new fans for the author, even if Powers disciples will recognize some of the material and tricks from ea...more
THREE DAYS TO NEVER is HIGHLY imaginative, like ludicrous amounts of imagination. There are crazy twists and turns, insane happenings that are presented in such a matter of fact manner that you just have to believe them and go on reading. It made for a wonderful story that takes you to places you never imaged: seances, physics, Astral Projection, Mossad ag...more
But Powers isn't just a high concept and plot writer. H...more
Powers does have a writing style that may take getting used to. Luckily I had already read two of his previous novels, but sometimes you do have to tread carefully to fully u...more
Proof of this whimsy allergy is evident when these same people eat up Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS and its ilk: stories that are solidly i...more
I'm pleased to say it moved right along, and I finished it in less than 48 hours....which means it begged for more time, and more time was gladly granted.
I like any book that can send me, curious, to reference material without the entire plot unraveling. It's complex and only drags a bit in the 2nd chapter, whe...more
Alcoholism is more prominent than in all of his previous novels combined. Worse, it's treated like an inevitable decline - why fight it? Just give up and pour yourself another drink. Worrisome, that.
I felt like the most interesting character was Matt. Pity that the entire plot hinges on him (it) being pushed off-s...more
L'écrivain a réussi l'aspect polar/livre d'espionnage/thriller : l'histoire d'un père et sa fille poursuivis par une organisation secrète et le Mossad (concurrents) est prenante, et c'est ce qui a fait que j'ai poursuivi le livre jusqu'au bout.
Le fond de l'intrigue suppose que Einstein a fabriqué une étonnante machine mêlant connaissances scientifiques et ésotérisme (Kabbale, entre autres). Machine héritée par la famille et convoitée par les parties citées ci-d...more
As usual, Powers packs lots of detail into the plot; even describing the type of pipe tobacco the main protagonist from 1987 smokes. Sometimes I find that his striving for authenti...more
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
"Three Days to Never" continues his common practice of setting novels in the contemporary world that contain fantastic or magical elements. Similar to "Declare", the word of "Three Days to Never" has government agencies and secret societies, behind the scenes, working to secure various magical technologies and artifacts. In this work, these are elements of Mossad, from Israel, and a societ...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