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Salvage and Demolition (Anglais) Relié – 31 janvier 2012


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Book by Tim Powers



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A Confection of Noir and Sci-Fi Adventure 21 février 2013
Par Anastasia McPherson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Tim Power's Salvage and Demolition is the best sort of homage, and owes something to the Maltese Falcon and the novels of H. Rider Haggard and even the to the genre of lost arcane knowledge novels made popular by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, though I wish I could find a better example of that genre to reference.

Richard Blanzac is a rare book dealer in his mid forties, scraping a living in his dusty shop when he receives a bonanza on consignment, the works and letters of a minor Beat Poet of the fifties, Sophie Greenwald. The items come oddly package, signed first editions by Ginsberg and company mixed in with a TV guide, an Ace double science fiction paperback, letters to and from Sophie Greenwald and the more famous poets of the time and what appears to be a religious manuscript in verse, all packed together with newspaper and the contents of an ashtray. Richard of course receives the de rigueur mysterious phone call about the contents of the box and is bounced back in time to meet Sophie Greenwald, though the time travel is non-sequential and Richard doesn't always remember previous visits and events.

Written in spare prose that mimics the noir style, in contrast to Power's usual rich Victoriana, Salvage and Demolition moves deliciously fast, in fact, there is enough here that is toothsome that it could easily have been a full length novel, but works well as a love song to the genres of noir, adventure and time travel. I am a fan of Powers in general and Salvage and Demolition gave me a couple hours of pleasure on a snowy afternoon and I will re-read it some day. The highest praise from this reader.

Subterranean Press editions are always beautiful, but this edition surpasses even the usual with the photographic realism of the pencil and ink illustrations by J.K. Potter and the page and chapter decorations that bring to mind Art Nouveau, Mid-Century Futurism and Art Deco all at once. A tasty little novella, wonderful for fans and an easy introduction for new Powers readers that may lead them to his more complex time travel and vampire fiction, The Anubis Gates and The Stress of Her Regard respectively. Recommended.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A small gem of a novella 8 avril 2013
Par Wulfstan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Note that this is a mere 21,000 word, 160 page book. It's "merely" a novella. But for it's briefness, the prose shines more brightly.

Beautiful illustrations, lovely prose, and a gem of a printing job.

Now- on to the story. As Powers has done before, we have a "everyman" who buys old books from estates, etc. He discovers some mysterious manuscripts and then gets a mysterious phone call- which sets off some decidedly non-normal adventures & even a relationship of sort. Crossing Dashiell Hammett with Midnight in Paris, if that makes any sense.

But as wonderful as this little gem is, it's price is high for such a short read. Not for an introduction to Tim Powers, but a must for the dedicated fan.
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Good tightly written story 29 août 2013
Par D. Berdanis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
There is nothing like Powers at his best. This story was just a nudge short of that list, but still very good and exhibiting many of the elements of greatness.

The time travel elements were written both smartly and tightly. For it is strange to think of 160 pages as just a short novella, when I grew up reading scifi books that averages about 180-200 pages in length versus the behemoths we have now. A 400 page book is not short! <grin>

I liked the characters and was drawn into their stories. The puzzles were there but not so convoluted that it requires a lifetime of study to decipher them.

Another good Powers book!
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Excellent Time Travel Story! 9 décembre 2013
Par Joseph M. Reninger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Finding a logically consistent, intelligent, interesting, and serious time travel story is like finding water in the desert. It's not impossible, it's just very rare and a great joy when found. Here is one of those "water in the desert" stories.

Richard Blanzac is a rare books dealer who stumbles across a manuscript in a cardboard box from a 1950s San Francisco poet. It's a translation of an ancient Sumerian text. If you've learned anything about ancient Sumeria from movies, television, and novels, they were a crazy bunch who worshiped the sort of gods that love to mess up the universe. It might be apocalyptic destruction; it might be mass insanity. Any way, it is bad news. Naturally, people are after the manuscript, including some lady in an old-age home who is the legal executor of the poet's estate. She wants it destroyed; others want it for their own nefarious purposes. The big twist hits early when Richard is cast back into 1950s San Francisco where he encounters the young poet. She is also being pestered by cultists for the manuscript but she wants it preserved.

The story has nice twists and turns which keep up the excitement. And, as I say, it is a nicely consistent and smart time travel story that will have you on the edge of your seat. It's very enjoyable as a science fiction story and has interesting characters.

Parental warning: There's a bunch of drinking and smoking (the part in the 1950s), some violence, and one implied sex scene. This isn't for little kids, but teens and older will enjoy it.
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quintessential powers 13 octobre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
this novella (took me about 2 hours to read) is pure powers: the everyman unwitting protagonist stumbles into finding the world isn't as simple as it seems--that the romantic world of myth is alive tho subdued in our modern quotidian experience.

the big question is: is it worth the money for 160 pages or so? for me, the answer is emphatically YES. Not only is the length right for the story, it allows Powers to tell just the story: no filler or padding needed. I detest the 600 page tomes that would have los nothing if they were 200 pages--which, unfortunately, is true more often than not.

the story leaves me yearning for a happier ending, and to know more, to hope that there is more, but that poignancy is delightful.
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