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message 1: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
For the Fantasy portion of the December Genre Challenge Cheryl and I will be reading and discussing On Stranger Tides It might also fit the Adventure category. Join us in December!


message 2: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
Just read your discussion on the November thread and jumped right here!
I just checked this book's blurb, it sounds interesting and anyway I don't have anything sorted for next month at present, so I'm in.
Thankfully Amazon has a kindle version that comes in nominal rates as opposed to the physical one that is 10 times the normal price of the book (import duty they say :/)

Anyway, I'm in :D


message 3: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
My book is coming from another library, so as soon as it's here I will start reading it.


message 4: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
Mine became available yesterday from Overdrive, so I'm set to begin tomorrow. I can wait a few days though since I have it for two weeks. (no renewal as there are other holds on it)


message 5: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
I'll get this book today as well.
I forgot to set up a broadcast message for this buddy read so I'm doing it now. So maybe we'll get other readers to come and join us as well.


message 6: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
I've got my book. I'm starting it today as I'm not sure how long it will take me to finish it.


message 7: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
I'm 10% done with the ebook and it is going great so far.Though as the ship has just been attacked by the pirates, I'm sure the real story will begin now.
I was a bit sceptical about the writing initially when Cheryl mentioned that the writing of Powers' is different, but thankfully I was able to get into it from the Prologue itself. Talking about Prologue, it was awesome and served as a great hook.
I do have a co plain though, I gind the name of the lead very, very uncomfortable to pronounce mentally - Chandagnac. I really wish the pirates change his name soon (it was given in the blurb) as I can't handle reading it over and over again.


message 8: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
God... I can't stop reading this book. Sorry, Dagny and Cheryl, I thought I'd read only a couple of pages every day so I started reading it so early, but I can't seem to stop!

I loved the scene where Chandagnac is made to do a puppet show. Some bits made me crack hysterically! I love the writing, it is really, really good!

And finally, the name of the protagonist is changed to Shandy. I'm so relieved!

I'd like to share these that I found quite funny:
"He'll do it," belched one very drunken man sitting nearby. "He'll do it or I'll... kick his arse for him."
All of them seemed to feel that this was the right spirit, and Chandagnac found himself thrust into the open area in front of the fire.


message 9: by Andrew (new)

Andrew (andrew619) | 153 comments Wow! This is an intriguing title and I like the style of Tim Powers! I will start it as soon as I get the book. :)


message 10: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
I have to finish a library book which is due this week, but I'll be starting On Stranger Tides in the next couple of days - or at least by Wednesday since Monday and Tuesday are busy days.


message 11: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
Andrew wrote: "Wow! This is an intriguing title and I like the style of Tim Powers! I will start it as soon as I get the book. :)"

Yes, it is, Andrew! I'm sure you're going to like this book :)


message 12: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
I just picked my book up from the library. Yay! I'll start reading it tomorrow, if not this evening.


message 13: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
Cheryl wrote: "I just picked my book up from the library. Yay! I'll start reading it tomorrow, if not this evening."

Oh good! I got started today.

I laughed in Chapter 1, when one character said to another "you run like a duck and hold a sword the way a cook holds a pot handle."


message 14: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
I'm at 50 percent and the story seems to be going slow for quite a while. Though, in the last few pages it has picked up some speed, so let's see what happens.


message 15: by Cheryl (last edited Dec 06, 2017 06:03AM) (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
Heena wrote: "I'm at 50 percent and the story seems to be going slow for quite a while. Though, in the last few pages it has picked up some speed, so let's see what happens."

I've read 2 books by this author, and in both books the pace of the story was uneven. They would slow down for awhile, then pick up, then slow down. Both had good endings, though. Maybe that's what's going on with this book?

Is the author giving you tons of info about something, and that's slowing things down? That, too, happened in the two books I read. He does alot of research for his books, and likes to put it (ALL of it, it seems) in his plot.


message 16: by Heena (last edited Dec 06, 2017 06:35AM) (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
Cheryl wrote: "I've read 2 books by this author, and in both books the pace of the story was uneven. They would slow down for awhile, then pick up, then slow down. Both had good endings, though. Maybe that's what's going on with this book?"

Yes, that's exactly what is happening. One moment the pace is so high that I can't even get up to get something to eat a few scenes later there is so much description that I feel like skimming over pages till the pace gets up again.

Yeah, seems like he is indeed putting ALL of it in there. Lol.


message 17: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
Heena wrote: " One moment the pace is so high that I can't even get up to get something to eat a few scenes later there is so much description that I feel like skimming over pages till the pace gets up again."

If this book is like those other two, I'd say you shouldn't skim over the slow parts too much. The author will come back and use stuff from the slow parts and make it crucial to understanding a later part of the plot. Not too fun for the reader, though. But maybe this book is different from the two I've read.


message 18: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
I'm about a third of the way through. I like the voodoo magic the pirates use in the story. I think the pace is a bit uneven, but so far the action scenes are pretty interesting. Hurwood and Leo Friend are pretty creepy and definitely up to no good, as far as his daughter Elizabth is concerned.


message 19: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
Cheryl wrote: "If this book is like those other two, I'd say you shouldn't skim over the slow parts too much. The author will come back and use stuff from the slow parts and make it crucial to understanding a later part of the plot. Not too fun for the reader, though. But maybe this book is different from the two I've read."

Exactly... I realized this a while back and since then I'm making sure to read the parts that are too descriptive too. I hate when the author mentions something and I have no context to get the real meaning behind things. Thanks for the heads up :)


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Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
I'm loving the part about Blackbeard acting all rash and savage and intimidating Shandy at every turn. As Cheryl mentioned, the action is high again and I'm again coursing through smoothly!

Cheryl - yes, they both are pretty creepy. I hate Leo Friend's character and would love to see him land in some serious trouble where he won't be able to use his magic to save him.


message 21: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
Cheryl wrote: "Hurwood and Leo Friend are pretty creepy and definitely up to no good, as far as his daughter Elizabth is concerned."

Yeah, what's up with that! I mean, it is his daughter.


message 22: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
I just finished chapter 14. There's some spooky stuff happening in chpt. 13 and 14! Hurwood is even crazier than before, and has some voodoo stuff lined up for his daughter. I hope she can escape from him before anything bad can happen.


message 23: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
Some fun quotes:

Chpt. 16

- "All set?"
"I'd say so, Phil," Shandy answered with a tension-twitchy grin. "Far too many men, nearly no provisions, the rigging all held together with nipper twine, and the navigator a one-armed lunatic taking directions from a severed head in a box."

- "You know anything about raising ghosts?"
"Not really - though the way things've been going I think I'll have it down pat long before I really understand sailing."


message 24: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
I just finished the book. I thought it was pretty good. The second half of the book was better than the first half, with more action and less parts that dragged on. I enjoyed the ending, too.


message 25: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
I just finished this morning too, Cheryl! Ditto the ending. Loved his last action.


message 26: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
I liked how it took both Shandy and Elizabeth to work the magic at the end. Such a fun read!


message 27: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
If you enjoy this book and are looking for more supernatural pirate stories, check out The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson. You can download the free ebook version at Project Gutenberg here:
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10966


message 28: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
Thanks, Cheryl. Actually I wasn't, but I do enjoy Hodgson. I've read The House on the Borderland and another that I can't think of the title offhand.


message 29: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
I should've worded my post better, Dagny. I was just putting the info out about the Hodgson book in case anyone else reading On Stranger Tides (i.e. Heena, or maybe someone starting it later in December) wanted to read another book like it.


message 30: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
Oops, I misunderstood. Yes there are some here and this type of book is right up their alley. And it's hard to go wrong recommending a book by William Hope Hodgson.


message 31: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
Finally, I'm done with the book! I'm glad I started the book when I did as I got busy in the last few days.

I agree with Cheryl and Dagny about the ending. I loved it too! And what I really enjoyed was that initially, I was thinking that the entire story would revolve around getting to the magical fountain (fountain of youth) as was the case with the movie - Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but I was pleasantly surprised when the story went on after that.

Cheryl and Dagny - Thanks for having this book for buddy read!

Cheryl - Thanks for the other recommendation. I guess I might actually read it in the coming year! :)


message 32: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
Heena, I had not seen the movie, so I had no expectations in that direction.

Is anyone still reading? This isn't really a spoiler since I'm sure everyone knows that the good guys survive. What really touched me at the end was when he was tearing up his lace-cuffed silk shirt for bandages. Somehow that just struck me. The truth is out that there are things are more important than material, showy items.


message 33: by Andrew (last edited Dec 12, 2017 01:58PM) (new)

Andrew (andrew619) | 153 comments I am far behind and I've finished only the 4th chapter. I liked the mix of magic and adventure and I'm looking forward to see the part of Blackbeard in the story.
In these first chapters there is few action, with many descriptions about facts and characters, but it's a funny story. Pirates are not completely evil, even though Hurwood and Leo Friend give me the creeps.


message 34: by Cheryl (last edited Dec 12, 2017 02:30PM) (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
Andrew wrote: "I am far behind and I've finished only the 4th chapter. I liked the mix of magic and adventure and I'm looking forward to see the part of Blackbeard in the story.
In these first chapters there is f..."


Hang in there, Andrew! There are chapters in the first half of the book that are slow moving and full of facts. Once you get to the 50% mark, the story really gets exciting, and it has a good ending.

I've read 3 books by this author, and all of them have followed the same pattern. They have an amazing start, then the story slows down with alot of info, then it picks up at the 50% mark and gets better and better and has a great ending. I wonder if that's just his writing style?


message 35: by Andrew (last edited Dec 13, 2017 02:09PM) (new)

Andrew (andrew619) | 153 comments Cheryl wrote: "Andrew wrote: "I am far behind and I've finished only the 4th chapter. I liked the mix of magic and adventure and I'm looking forward to see the part of Blackbeard in the story.
In these first chap..."


I like the story and till now it's funny. I read only one books by Tim Powers, before this one, so I can't recognize his style, but there is action, a background story of the main character and a touch of magic. A good novel! I read little in these days, so I'm proceeding slowly, but I'm satisfied of this book. :)


message 36: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2981 comments Mod
Glad to hear you are enjoying it, Andrew. It can be tough when you have only a limited time to read, so you sure don't want to waste it on a book you're not enjoying.


message 37: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
Andrew,

What was the one book you read by Tim Powers before this one?


message 38: by Andrew (new)

Andrew (andrew619) | 153 comments Cheryl wrote: "Andrew,

What was the one book you read by Tim Powers before this one?"


A couple of years ago I read The Anubis Gates, a funny story with good ideas, around a time travel. Reading this one, I'm thinking that I could reread that one too.


message 39: by Andrew (new)

Andrew (andrew619) | 153 comments Dagny wrote: "Glad to hear you are enjoying it, Andrew. It can be tough when you have only a limited time to read, so you sure don't want to waste it on a book you're not enjoying."

It's a good book, easy to read. Pirates adventures are always funny and full of action. :)


message 40: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1730 comments Mod
Andrew wrote: "A couple of years ago I read The Anubis Gates, a funny story with good ideas, around a time tra..."

I will have to look for that book, too. Thanks for telling us about it!


message 41: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2092 comments Mod
Hey Andrew, you joined us for the read! So good to see you (it's been a long time.)
So glad you're enjoying the book! This book is indeed very good and best enjoyed slowly.
This was my first Tim Powers book and after finishing this one, I searched for more of his books and guess what(!) I decided to read The Anubis Gates next (whenever I get the time.) So it's good to know that you enjoyed that one too, I'll definitely try and read it next year :)


message 42: by Andrew (new)

Andrew (andrew619) | 153 comments Heena wrote: "Hey Andrew, you joined us for the read! So good to see you (it's been a long time.)
So glad you're enjoying the book! This book is indeed very good and best enjoyed slowly.
This was my first Tim Po..."


Hi, Heena, happy to meet you again!
I like Tim Powers style and fantasy, so I hope you like too. This is a wonderful pirates adventure, with naval battles and skirmishes and bad guys that are so evil, but you can't help to cheer for them. :)


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