Synopses & Reviews
2012 World Fantasy Award Winner
In his first new collection since 2005, Tim Powers, the master of the secret history, delves into the mysteries of souls, whether they are sacrificed on the pinnacle of Mount Parnassus or lodged in a television cable box.
With two new stories and short fiction only previously available in limited editions, the cornerstone of the collection is a postscript to his harrowing novel of the haunting of the Romantic poets, The Stress of Her Regard. After Byron and Shelley break free of the succubus that claimed them, their associate, Trelawny, forges an alliance with Greek rebels to reestablish the deadly connection between man and the nephilim.
Meanwhile, in a Kabbalistic story of transformation, the executor of an old friends will is duped into housing his soul, but for the grace of the family cat. A rare-book collector replaces pennies stolen from Jean Harlows square in the Hollywood Walk of Fameand discovers a literary mystery with supernatural consequences. In a tale of time travel between 2015 and 1975, a tragedy sparked by an angel falling onto a pizza shop is reenactedand the event is barely, but fatally, altered.
"Terrible choices face the protagonists of six poignant pieces by historical fantasist Powers (On Stranger Tides). Some must learn to release their ghosts, like the eponymous contractor who customizes Bibles by removing unwanted passages. Others learn to hold on, like the twin who has to deal with the return of her smothering sister's spirit in 'Parallel Lines.' The alternative is to be stuck in the past by traumas that not even time travel can unravel, as in 'The Hour of Babel.' Characters aren't daunted by the Nephelim ('A Time to Cast Away Stones,' coda to 1989's The Stress of Her Regard), a notorious artist seeking a second chance ('A Soul in a Bottle'), or the sorcerous last will of a college friend ('A Journey of Only Two Paces'), but Powers makes them face the scariest challenges of all: the hidden desires of their own hearts." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Powers always goes the distance, never taking easy shortcuts that tempt authors with lesser imaginations." Manchester Guardian
"During a 25-year career that includes several highly praised novels and many awards, Powers has earned a reputation as a reigning master of adult contemporary fantasy.... Whether the subject is disillusioned priests or vengeful spirits, Powers is always ready with a surprise around the next narrative corner. A delight for fans and nonfans alike." Booklist STAR on Strange Itineraries
"Powers' first new collection since 2005 assembles five stories and a novella, where he exhibits his extraordinary talent as a fantasist and his uncommon imaginative power." www.SFSite.com (September 20, 2011)
"Most fantasy authors aim at persuading you of the reality of their invented worlds. Mr. Powers makes you doubt the reality of your own. . . . That's what creates a true frisson." Wall Street Journal (October 8, 2011)
"Powers writes action and adventure that Indiana Jones could only dream of. And, just when it threatens to get out of hand, there's a dash of humor and irony that keeps you reading for the joy of it." Washington Post
"Superb. . . . Here, in potent, distilled form, you will find Powers's trademarked secret histories, heroically damaged (or damagedly heroic) losers, creepy supernatural phenomena, and macabre humor." Paul Di Filippo, author, Fractal Paisleys, Fuzzy Dice, and Neutrino Drag
"Powers knows the ways we get haunted - by ambition, loss, greed, and heartbreak - and you finish reading this handful of beautifully crafted tales wishing he'd tell us more." Locus (August 2011)
"Terrible choices face the protagonists of six poignant pieces by historical fantasist Powers." Publishers Weekly (August 30, 2011)
"Tim Powers' first collection of short fiction in over half a decade, The Bible Repairman and Other Stories is a potent six-story collection that plays effortlessly with many of the authors favorite themes." The Green Man Review (September 15, 2011)
"Powers always goes the distance, never taking easy shortcuts that tempt authors with lesser imaginations."
Powers knows the ways we get hauntedby ambition, loss, greed, and heartbreakand you finish reading this handful of beautifully crafted tales wishing hed tell us more.”
Mr. Powers makes you doubt the reality of your own [world]. Are there still sin-eaters and ghost-talkers quietly pursuing their trade in tenements and behind weed-infested yards, with regular tariffs and specializations? If there are, what do they know that you dont? Thats what creates a true frisson.”
Wall Street Journal
Tim Powerss first collection of short fiction in over half a decade, The Bible Repairman and Other Stories is a potent six-story collection that plays effortlessly with many of the authors favorite themes.”
Green Man Review
Powers specializes in hidden histories and all of these stories present a very real exterior and another world inside its cracks.”
Powerss first new collection since 2005 assembles five stories and a novella, where he exhibits his extraordinary talent as a fantasist and his uncommon imaginative power.”
Superb.... Here, in potent, distilled form, you will find Powerss trademarked secret histories, heroically damaged (or damagedly heroic) losers, creepy supernatural phenomena, and macabre humor.”
Barnes and Noble Review
About the Author
Tim Powers has been compared to Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and Clive Barker and was lauded by Kirkus as the reigning king of adult historical fantasy.” His novel Declare, a supernatural secret history of post-WWII espionage, won the 2001 World Fantasy and the International Horror Guild awards. He is the two-time recipient of the Philip K. Dick Award for The Anubis Gates and Dinner at Deviants Palace and a three-time Locus Award winner for Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather. His latest novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, is a sequel to his classic supernatural thriller, The Stress of Her Regard. Powers has taught at the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop and has co-taught the Writers of the Future Workshop with Algis Budrys.