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Earthquake Weather (Fault Lines #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,426 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A young woman possessed by a ghost has slain the Fisher King of the West, Scott Crane. Now, temporarily freed from that malevolent spirit, she seeks to restore the King to life.

But Crane's body has been taken to the magically protected home of Pete and Angelica Sullivan, and their adopted son, Koot Hoomie. Kootie is destined to be the next Fisher king, but he is only thirt
Paperback, 627 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1997)
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Dear Earthquake Weather,

I wanted to love you; I really did. Instead I just about like you, and not a lot.

It's not you; it's me. Really.

I loved Last Call, and that's where your whole ethos of transplanting grail myth and ancient gods to modern-day America began. I didn't read Expiration Date, which directly precedes you, and maybe that's why things didn't go well between us. It's my fault for not taking the time to get to know where you're coming from.

I've known and loved books of all sizes -
A two-fer. A reintegration of old mythologies into modern California, and a recasting of personal struggles within a supernatural framework.

The foundation is that in the 1800's Dionysus transplanted his domain from France to California, the Fisher King is his human representative tied to the earth and the ocean, and the Fisher King has just died causing a period of earthquakes during the struggle for succession. Ancient and Californian lore are blended in strange and wonderful ways. For example,
While Expiration Date happens after Last Call, only a few minor characters crossed over. Earthquake Weather takes the surviving characters from the first two books and adds a few more to finally give the books a true sequel.

This book does address one of the main weaknesses of the first two books. This time around, the main protagonists meet up early in the narrative, and we don't need to wait until the book is almost over for the stories to intertwine. The new characters seem better defined, no
Pamela Lloyd
The first section of the book felt somewhat disorienting and fractured, which may have been a purposeful reflection of Janis/Cody/et al Plumtree's multiple personalities. As Plumtree and her new-met friend Cochran meet up with the companions (all familiar from the first two books of the Fault Lines series), the book begins to gain cohesion. In part, this is because the enlarged cast has a single primary goal which provides a focus to both the novel and the characters, even as each of the charact ...more
Unfortunately, Tim Powers' "Earthquake Weather" (the third, and final, book in his "Fault Lines" series) is bad enough that I could no longer force myself to read it after the 34% point. There's nothing special about that point in the book. It's just the place where I finally admitted to myself that I was avoiding picking it up any more. This is the first of Powers' books where that's happened. It's a shame that it's happening in the final book of a series, but it's not much of a series. The fir ...more
I'll give this 4 stars instead of 3 for the shear creative explosion that pits voodoo queens, Dionysian cults, and a one-armed looney against each other in present-day San Francisco. Mix in a love story and the good old fashion power-politics of the undead, and you've got Earthquake weather.

The writing gets a little tedious at times, but overall there are enough fresh ideas to make it fun.
Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle
I really liked the first one of this series, but I found the characters really unlikable in the second one, which was subsequently magnified in this book a thousandfold, and ultimately I couldn't finish it.
I love Tim powers but the whole thing fell apart about halfway through, and I found reading it became a chore, so I just put it down.
As always Tim Powers writes beautifully, but I could not find a single main character to empathize with in this novel. There's the weak, alcoholic, whiny widow
Speculative Fiction/Fantasy. Powers' books always need a little time before they get off the ground, but reading this is like getting on the plane and then sitting on the runway for eight hours. A hundred pages in, I still wouldn't have had a clue what was going on if it hadn't been for the blurb on the back of the book.

Powers is very good at what he does -- creating secret histories and weaving them into what we already know of the world -- but he really borks it up here. This book has a messy
Stephen Dorneman
First caveat - this is not the Tim Powers book you should read first. It is a sequel to both LAST CALL and EXPIRATION DATE, taking place in that same fevered alternate paranormal history of our world, and those books should be your entry point. Second caveat - once you have entered that world, and this book, you will find it very, very hard to leave, until it has been consumed to nearly nothing but a smoky husk that reeks of spilled wine and blood. What's it about? Oh, raising the West Coast Fis ...more
This is a sequel to two other books by Tim Powers, one Last Call and another Expiration Date. I liked Last Call a lot. Expiration Date was also pretty good but I enjoyed it less. This book was a combination of the two with characters from both and a fusion of the various supernatural rules from both. The end result was that there was too much of everything. Too many characters, too many supernatural elements. One of the things I like about some of Tim Powers books is that the supernatural slowly ...more
If your plot demands that the supernatural is occurring all around us under our very noses, it needs to be a lot more persuasive than this.
The Tick
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Eric Smith
Not as enjoyable as Last Call or Expiration Date. The problem seems to be that Powers is intent on cramming far too much into this one book; all the king-related ideas from Last Call, and all the ghost concepts from Expiration Date make it into Earthquake Weather, as well as whole bundle of Dionysian mythology. The whole thing feels rushed, as if Powers doesn't have time to fully develop any plot-point because he's in too much of a hurry to get on to the next brilliant one. Not a bad book, but d ...more
It’s “a sequel of sorts” but there is more than enough internal logic to read on its own. Earthquake Weather follows the death of the Fisher King of the West, and the quest of his profoundly unbalanced murderer to restore him to life…
While Tim Powers continues to spin incredibly well-researched stories that deftly combine mythologies and modern culture, I felt like this book had a little too many angles thrown in. The Fisher King mythos, Dyonisus and occultism, Latin American Brujeria, ghosts and possessions, and multiple-personality disorders all lumped together? Leads to a confusing plot that makes it hard to believe that the characters going through the narrative would really be able to handle it all as well as they did.
I do wish I'd read this closer to the other two in the series instead of waiting nearly four years. I enjoyed it and remembered enough of the previous books to not be completely lost but I went through it with the constant impression that I could be getting more out of it if I could just remember those things that were right on the tip of my tongue, just on the edge of my memory. As a result, I don't feel like I can be fair so I'm not going to rate it until/unless I reread all three.
This was the third in the trilogy about tarot & ghosts. Book 1 was Last Call, about tarot. Book 2 was Expiration Date, about ghosts. This book was a combo of ghosts & tarot. Is was merely likeable. It wasn't tight the way the the 1st was, or as interesting as the 2nd. I'm glad I read it, but it was a little like a rambling hike through the woods where you see lots of nice things, and have a great time, but there is no main feature to know how to remember your hike.
This is a sequel of sorts to Last Call and Expiration Date, bringing the (previously unconnected) sets of characters from both of these books together with a few new characters. It's not without a few blips, but I really love one of the new characters, and most of the secret history (of wine and Dyonisis) that is particular to this book. The new crop of ghosts are even more entertaining then Thomas Edison, and there is a welcome cameo from Nardie Dinh.

The first half was pretty tedious,occasionally punctuated by somewhat fast paced sections. The second half was a much more enjoyable read, but overall there was just too much fluttering about the awesomeness of the realm of magic without actually generating enough interest to make the magic and the background story seem that awe inspiring.
Aug 16, 2008 Gentlyferal marked it as to-read
A sequel to both Last Call [the one about poker, Tarot, and enslaved ghosts] and Expiration Date, involving the characters of both: two fugitives from a psychiatric hospital, the magical nature of multiple personality disorder, and the secret history of wine production in California. (Wikipedia)
Mark Singer
Jun 02, 2010 Mark Singer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Tim Powers fans
Recommended to Mark by: no one
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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This is the first book in ages that I wasn't able to finish. I just couldn't get into it and didn't really care about any of the characters towards the last third of the book. I put it away and may go back to it again someday. I usually love Tim Power's books.
A word to the wise: don't try to read this without first reading Last Call and Expiration Date, whose separate but related mythoi and casts of characters are combined and remixed in this story.
A solid book that occasionally rambles but creates a wonderful picture of a more magical California of a vintage that I'm extremely familiar with. Time to visit the Winchester Mansion!
Matthew Kilpatrick
This is a good one, but not a good place to start if you've never read Powers before. It's pretty weird, even for him. It's also a little slower-paced than most of his work.
Phil Zimmerman
not a great series. definitely not my favorite powers book. uninteresting charaters, confusing and not interesting mythology. overall just eh.
I still like the blend of science and supernatural in the Powers books, but this one wasn't his best.
Ah, heck, this book would've made a lot more sense if I'd known there were two that came before it.
Brennan Griffin
I often really enjoy Tim Powers, but he just got a little too convoluted in this one for my taste.
Apr 15, 2008 Guy marked it as to-read
Shelves: own
Waiting till I have Expiration Date before I read it, which for a while was Out of Stock.
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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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Fault Lines (3 books)
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