Expiration Date [NOOK Book]

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In the second book of the Fault Lines trilogy, Tim Powers dazzles with a dark and extraordinary urban fantasy set in an otherworldly LA, as a young boy finds himself targeted by malevolent ghost hunters

There is a Los Angeles that few people can see, a shadowed metropolis of ghosts, ghost hunters, and ghost junkies who crave the addictive rush of inhaled spirits. When eleven-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas decides to flee the constrictive ...
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Overview



In the second book of the Fault Lines trilogy, Tim Powers dazzles with a dark and extraordinary urban fantasy set in an otherworldly LA, as a young boy finds himself targeted by malevolent ghost hunters

There is a Los Angeles that few people can see, a shadowed metropolis of ghosts, ghost hunters, and ghost junkies who crave the addictive rush of inhaled spirits. When eleven-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas decides to flee the constrictive grasp of his New Age parents, he inadvertently steps into this world. Escaping with his parents’ most prized possession, Koot is soon the object of the most intense supernatural manhunt in history. On an ordinary day, Los Angeles can be treacherous; this “other” LA could prove downright fatal for an unsuspecting youngster who’s suddenly the target of every hungry ghost hunter prowling the City of Angels. But Koot will not be taken easily. And though not everyone racing to Koot’s side means him harm, they are greatly outnumbered by malevolent forces driven by a terrible, undeniable need.

Expiration Date
is the second book in the Fault Line trilogy, which begins with Last Call and concludes with Earthquake Weather. At once exhilarating and terrifying, this book is a bravura display of the brilliant, bold invention that has moved bestselling author Peter Straub to declare World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick award-winner Tim Powers “one of my absolute favorite writers.”
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Editorial Reviews

Carl Hays
Powers' brand of magic realism has a following of critics and readers who almost universally praised his "Last Call" 1992. His new novel conjures the gritty underworld of a select group of Southern California addicts. The unusual wrinkle in their addiction is that their drugs of choice are ghosts. In Powers' scenario, the lives of disembodied spirits can be extended indefinitely when they are inhaled, and such spirits are prized collector's items for LA hobo and sometime spirit dealer Sherman Oaks. When runaway preteen Kootie Parganas accidentally sniffs an uncorked test tube found inside a bust of Dante, he not only finds himself haunted by memories of another life, but discovers that his parents have been brutally murdered and their killer--Oaks--is now out after him. Fortunately for Kootie, the spirit he has inhaled is that of Thomas Edison, who, even as a spook, still has plenty of brainstorms left in his arsenal. Powers' quirky vision may baffle fans of more conventional fantasy, but his colorful characters and delightful sense of the absurd should continue to attract new readers.
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"There is much humor in the book, some exciting chase scenes, and some beautifully descriptive writing by the author." —VOYA

"Expiration Date is a minefield of exploding surprises that will have readers convinced that the author has tapped into a more magical reality behind everyday life." — Publishers Weekly

"Expiration Date is fascinating ... It'll have you turning pages as much for his sheer inventiveness as for the plot ... for the remarkable frisson that sparks from the page, the playfulness of the language." — Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Expiration Date is Tim Powers's darkest book to date, in both its characters and settings, resulting in a complex, fascinating series of potential disasters. But it is also Kootie's story, where terror alternates with sheer nuttiness and even (dare we say it?) hope." —Locus

"Expiration Date is a work of fiction so wickedly rooted in real people, places and events that a lot of readers probably will be hitting the history books and biographies to check out the 'facts' in the novel....This is a must-read book for fans of Powers or anyone looking for a truly different work of fantasy." — The Orlando Sentinel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480434004
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: The Fault Lines Trilogy , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 381
  • Sales rank: 164,208
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Tim Powers is the author of fourteen novels, including The Anubis Gates, Declare, Hide Me Among the Graves, and On Stranger Tides, which was adapted for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie of the same title. His novels have twice won the Philip K. Dick Award and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and three times won Locus Awards. Powers lives with his wife, Serena, in San Bernardino, California. 
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A wonderful story

    Los Angeles is a city filled with beings not pumping gas or parking cars. Instead L.A. is a ghost town loaded with otherworldly spirits, some souls with a foot in the grave and the other on the freeway, and humans seeking to extend their LAST CALL on earth. Life and after life are competitors to obtain immortality.------------- In this weird 1990s Los Angeles, eleven years old Koot Parganas is raised by parents who worship dead Mahatmas and has been warned not to touch certain artifacts. However, the preadolescent ignores his parental warning to stay away from sacred items and breaks the bust of Dante. Inside is a glass vial that contains the preserved ghost of Thomas Alva Edison Koot steals the container and the spirit inside. However, ghosthunters and ghost addicts can ¿see¿ the bright lit spirit of the late inventor. They want it and are inspired because for no perspiration on their part they can gain incredible power. Sensing dangerous Hurricane Weather in which he is the eye of the storm, Koot flees with mortals, semi paranormals, and a canine chasing after him.----------------------- This is an exciting paranormal thriller that grips the audience once Koot disobeys his parents and never slows down as he finds many of the residents (not all living) want what he holds. The story line is fast-paced with many eccentric characters but Koot owns the plot. Readers will appreciate his L.A. ¿joy ride¿.------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    A rare gift for making the common elements of life wonderfully magical

    This book, the bridge work of the series of that starts with Last Call and ends with Hurricane Weather once again demonstrate's Powers' unique ability to imbue the most common elements of life with wonderful, magical powers. You will never look at a cheap portable TV or a glass vial the same. If you're a Powers fan from the Anubis gates days, pick up this one and the two which frame it, you'll be glad you did. A wonderful read.

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