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Earthquake Weather (Fault Lines #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,740 Ratings  ·  54 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
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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 -
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
EARTHQUAKE WEATHER was, unfortunately a bit of a slog to get through. Powers mashed together the worlds and characters of LAST CALL and EXPIRATION DATE, but although, like all Powers books, it had its moments, there were just too many characters that I didn't care about, and too much time spent with them all bickering while sitting around in a variety of rooms or vehicles. You know that long bit of the AVENGERS movie where they all act like spoiled kids? It's a bit like that, but goes on for lon ...more
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
Not as good as the previous two in the trilogy, but not bad. In this one, Powers tried to pull #1 and #2 together, but for me it didn't quite work. There were too many characters, and their voices weren't distinct enough from each other. Also, and this is just me, I don't find wine, its flavor, history, agriculture, as magical and fascinating as some people do, Powers among them. Cards, from their tarot forebears to contemporary games of chance and risk were the "them," so to speak, of the first ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Rebecca Gorton
Mar 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the first book, the second book seemed 99% unrelated and just ok, the third book mashed the first two together in a way I found really uncompelling. Reading this book seemed like a chore. If I had it to do over, I'd just read the first book and give the second two a pass.
Benjamin Espen
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Earthquake Weather is Tim Powers' third book in the Fault Lines trilogy. Powers wraps up all the weirdness of the first two into something even stranger than either. In much the same way Last Call and Expiration Date were about the Fisher King and the sad not-quite-life of ghosts, Earthquake Weather is about a desperate quest to appease Dionysus, god of wine and death.

Also, much like Last Call and Expiration Date, this is also a novel about mental illness, and the indignities and injustice of ou
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful. The plot, such that there was, was boring and incomprehensible. The characters were either undeveloped or annoying. The book appeared to be full of literary allusions but they were all lost on me, as I’ve never read Richard II or Troilus and Cressida or A Tale of Two Cities. I struggled through to the end because I hate not finishing books but I think I should have just thrown it in the bin.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, usa, fiction
I read the first book of the Faultline trilogy, Last Call: Fault Lines #1, some years ago and recall having quite enjoyed its novel take on fusing mythology and magic with mundane history, intertwining the legends of the Arthurian Fisher King and the archetypes of the Tarot cards with the history of Las Vegas and its gambling. The cast of characters was weird, the history was arcane, the action was packed and I was loving it. The second, Expiration Date: Fault Lines #2, introduced the secret w ...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
Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle
Oct 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Anna Finley
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the hardest of the Fault Lines books to get through. The plot centers around the combined company's efforts to restore Scott Crane (the Fisher King) to life after he was stabbed in the neck by a mentally ill woman. Being a Powers novel, it's stuffed with crazy magical goings on and freaky bad guys. This volume is just a bit overstuffed.

I enjoyed seeing the characters from Last Call and Expiration Date come together, and the two new characters were great, but it turned into a bit of a cro
Stephen Dorneman
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
The Tick
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Eric Smith
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
L.D. Colter
Happy I finally got back to the Fault Lines trilogy to complete the set. It would be impossible for me not to like Tim Powers' books as his themes are among my favorites -- Greek mythology, the Fisher King, ghosts, Shakespeare -- but his ability to weave them into a complex and engaging plot make me love them. In this third book of the trilogy, it was satisfying to see the familiar characters from book one come back and blend seamlessly with book two characters as well as the new faces.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok

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.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Earthquake Weather, Powers brings together the cast of Fault Lines and Expiration Date and gives us a intense, fun tale. We get to see what Dionysus thinks of all this Fisher King business, now that we might need to crown a new one. Powers always delivers a great story, and manages to infuse it with characters we care about.
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.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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…
Oct 15, 2007 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
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Tim Powers fans
Recommended to Mark by: no one
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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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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Other Books in the Series

Fault Lines (3 books)
  • Last Call (Fault Lines, #1)
  • Expiration Date (Fault Lines, #2)