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on 1 November 2001
This is a good example of Tim Powers' earlier fantasy work, before his move into novels set in contemporary USA. The main character rescues the children of the wealthy from a bizarre cult, with many a fantastic adventure along the way. If you liked "The Drawing Of The Dark" or other early Powers, then you will love this book.
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on 30 March 2012
This was very entertaining. I have read and enjoyed quite a few books from this author and though the plot is a lot simpler than some of his other work there is still a lot going on, possibly too much at times!

There was plenty of humour and the setting was very well realised and creative. Though the essential plot was fairly linear there were plenty of interesting detours and it wasn't that predictable. There were some great set piece scenes and everything generally made sense. The protagonist was a fully developed character and some of the more villainous people in the book were fascinating.

Essentially this was a very enjoyable and fast paced fun read.
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on 12 February 2014
This early Powers reads and feels like vintage Philip K Dick... A quirky, post-apocalyptic novel which sees Powers playing with the sort of novel ideas that makes him such a readable author. My only complaint is that this Kindle edition is littered with typos - spelling mistakes, or a word which is correctly spelt but clearly the wrong word. Like a spell checker reading thee for the. It makes for a frustrating read and really isn't acceptable when you're paying top dollar. This is the third early Powers I've bought on Kindle because I have problems holding paperbacks these days. Every one was poorly proof-read. Why? I assume that someone must proof the paperbacks before they go to print so why not give Kindle readers the same consideration.
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on 1 May 2015
This is essentially an adventure story set in Los Angeles in a time that appears to be a few generations after a nuclear war. The war has left most things relatively intact but there are references to radiation causing mutations, a submarine glowing crater where LAX airport used to be, 'hot' areas around the city and so on. Some modern day technology is still just about it use, but everything is decaying and in ruins. There is a functioning society but there is clearly a problem with bandits, slavery etc.

All of this is just a backstory. The main character is a musician and 'redeemer'. This is hard to explain but is basically someone who rescues people from a brainwashing religious cult that has gained significant power. Most of the story follows an attempt to retrieve the hero's first crush from when he was a teenager. What follows always feels self-consistent but features some slightly bizarre goings-on that put the book firmly in the fantasy category. It's an entertaining and well written book.
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on 4 June 2012
Taking a post-apocalyptic setting as its backdrop we have a novel heavy with mysticism and religious zealotry. The hero is a washed up alcoholic musician called back into a redemption business that is difficult to describe but is tantamount to soul saving. The story gets a little stretched at times, a little incongruous perhaps but Powers strength is in his storytelling and whilst you might be wondering sometimes just what is going on with the mutants, the flying blobs of vampiric haemoglobin you just have to know whats going to happen. If you like Powers you'll like this.
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on 17 July 2013
Powers is definitely a 'marmite' writer! Loved 'The Anubis Gates' then tried 'Declare' which I just found totally impenetrable and didn't enjoy at all. So after reading a few reviews I gave 'Deviant's Palace' a go. It was better, but his mind still goes to weird places and although the plot is much more accessible I still thought 'huh???' Powers' imagination knows no bounds but I sometimes think it's at the expense of clarity.
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on 23 August 2013
Tim Powers at his best. He does have a tendency to put his heroes through rather too much torment but he doesn't quite go too far in this one.
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on 8 August 2015
An excellent copy of one of Tim Powers' best at a very competitive price. Very pleased to have acquired this Subterranean Press edition.
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