This is a strange, strange, book. But it's also a really fun read. -- Billy Chaka is a writer for a popular teen sports magazine in the U.S. While co...more This is a strange, strange, book. But it's also a really fun read. -- Billy Chaka is a writer for a popular teen sports magazine in the U.S. While covering a martial arts tournament in Tokyo, one thing leads to another and Billy gets tangled up with...everyone. The Yakuza, some other weirder group, a group of motorcycle-driving street toughs... You name it. Oh, and he has quite a thing for geisha. The story sounds bizarre, but I really found it fun to read. The pacing is good, and the characters are interesting to say the least. The style is somewhere between action and that sort of film noir/pulp detective style. And there's just enough humor thrown in to keep it from getting old and overbearing.(less)
Tim Powers has created a hurricane ride through the England of Coleridge, Byron and others. I suspect the book would be even more entertaining if you...moreTim Powers has created a hurricane ride through the England of Coleridge, Byron and others. I suspect the book would be even more entertaining if you have a basic background in these poets and their contemporaries, as the details of their lives feature heavily in the story line. Familiarity with period London might also add to the experience. Such knowledge is not crucial for enjoying the book though.
My only gripe about the book was that the pacing seemed off at times. There are chapters where you get the feeling Powers had pared down a much longer book. Overall however, the story is engaging, the characters are decently fleshed out, and the background details are vivid. The plot is consistent without being predictable. Indeed, I sometimes found myself flipping back to re-read a section the foreshadowed the most recent twist.
I wouldn't say Powers has created a modern masterpiece, but he has crafted an entertaining bit of reading.(less)