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Aboard the Vociferous Carmichael puppeteer John Chandagnac is sailing toward Jamaica to claim his stolen birthright from an unscrupulous uncle when the vessel is captured…by pirates! Offered a choice by Captain Phil Davies to join their seafaring band or die, Chandagnac assumes the name John Shandy and a new life as a brigand. But more than swashbuckling sea battles and fabulous plunder await the novice buccaneer on the roiling Caribbean waters—for treachery and powerful vodun sorcery are coins of the realm in ...

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Overview

Aboard the Vociferous Carmichael puppeteer John Chandagnac is sailing toward Jamaica to claim his stolen birthright from an unscrupulous uncle when the vessel is captured…by pirates! Offered a choice by Captain Phil Davies to join their seafaring band or die, Chandagnac assumes the name John Shandy and a new life as a brigand. But more than swashbuckling sea battles and fabulous plunder await the novice buccaneer on the roiling Caribbean waters—for treachery and powerful vodun sorcery are coins of the realm in this dark new world. And for the love of beautiful, magically imperiled Beth Hurwood, Shandy will set sail on even stranger tides, following the savage, ghost-infested pirate king Blackbeard and a motley crew of the living and the dead to the cursed nightmare banks of the fabled Fountain of Youth.

The novel that inspired the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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Editorial Reviews

Orson Scott Card
“[On Stranger Tides] promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all. You’ll love the characters, you’ll stay awake all night reading it, and when you finally do sleep, you’ll find this story playing through your dreams.”
Peter Straub
“Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favorite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear….The qualities I most admire in him [are] intelligence, narrative sparkle, great dialogue, speculative imagination, and emotional power.”
Washington Post
“One of the most original and innovative writers of fantasy currently working….The quality of Powers’s prose never falters….His writing defies characterization and he never repeats himself.”
Denver Post
“Tim Powers is an uncommon literary talent….Exceedingly readable….If heavenly muses were to put Dean Koontz, John Le Carré and Robert Parker into a creative blender, then molded the mix into a brand new writer, the result would be something akin to Tim Powers.”
Los Angeles Times
“Powers has forged a style of narrative uniquely his own, one filled with sharply drawn characters, fully imagined settings, elaborate underpinnings that pull all rugs out from under us and let us glimpse terrible, ragged floors beneath.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Powers [has] considerable gifts.”
Orson Scott Card
“[On Stranger Tides] promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all. You’ll love the characters, you’ll stay awake all night reading it, and when you finally do sleep, you’ll find this story playing through your dreams.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441626830
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1987
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels, including Declare, Last Call, Hide Me Among the Graves, and On Stranger Tides, the inspiration for the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Powers lives in San Bernardino, California.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Very entertaining and quick read

    It took me a little while to 'get' the world Powers sets up. But once I did, it sure was a fun adventure and perfect summer read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    I wonder if I gave it a reread in the future when I would be better able to give it my full attention, if I wouldn't like it better.

    First off, you may have noticed a similarity of title between this book and the fourth film in the Johnny Depp pirates franchise. Let me list for you now everything that's the same between the book and the film:

    *They both involve pirates.
    *They both have Blackbeard.
    *They both mention the fountain of youth.

    And that's all. Moving on.

    I had a hard time with reading this one, which is my fault. I had a number of distractions which made getting through this book take longer than it normally takes me to get through a three to four hundred page book. But the book didn't make it any easier. There were times where it felt very bloated with characters. We have a couple of characters that are introduced, given a backstory to explain how they came to be a pirate, just so that they can have one chapter where they get removed from the story, and thus screw up some other character's plans in some way. Plus, just about every main character (and a few minor ones) bounces between several different names and identities. And sometimes these secret identities are only known one random new character that gets a backstory just so the reader can understand where this new guy has come from and why he's now become important for a chapter.

    Add to this that the second third of the story is a bit of a slog to get through. I can see what the author was trying to do. Sending your characters into a mystical place with very flexible rules of reality can allow you to get away with doing all sorts of things. But when the best description I can come up with is "characters went in, weird stuff happened, characters came out" I would say your losing your some of your readers to the randomness your putting in there. Also, I've never seen a book before where an epilogue was used to end the story. Not really a complaint, but while reading it, my brain kept asking why this wasn't just labeled chapter 30.

    Most of the book is pretty good, and I wonder if I gave it a reread in the future when I would be better able to give it my full attention, if I wouldn't like it better. But for right now, I can't see myself doing that any time soon.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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