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5.0 out of 5 starsAnother demanding and rewarding tale.
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2014
You very probably won't understand what is happening at first, or even later, but if that doesn't faze you, Tim Powers is again one of the most satisfying story-tellers you are likely to read. Returning readers will find familiar elements, but this story is complete and pleasing. Highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 starsGood Tim Powers book - heavier going than The Anubis Gates
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2019
I bought this and several other Tim Powers books after enjoying The Anubis Gates recently.
This book took a lot more commitment to keep plugging away, even though the story, after a lengthy and tortuous exposition, is pretty gripping.
The lead characters all have their moments, but juggling names, which Secret Organisation each belonged to and what & how nefarious their motivations were proved challenging and hard going.
I did keep going, however, and am glad that I made it to the end as there is sufficient satisfaction in seeing things through, having decided that for Mr Powers to even have simply constructed the whole Einsteinian edifice, he deserved that I should persist to the finish line.
I'm enjoying reading the author's short story collection, Down and Out in Purgatory and have seen numerous good reports of The Stress of Her Regard, so I am not walking away from Tim Powers any time soon.
I have to say, though, that I don't think I would have been quite so gung ho about buying a bunch of his stuff had I read this book first.
Fans of Tim Powers know what to expect - and they won't at a surface level be disappointed. Complex plot stretching back in history, check. Love interest, but not enough of one to get in the way of the action, check. Supernatural powers and Fate with a capital F, check. The only problem is that this feels a little flabbier than the earlier books. Not quite as much happens. I cared less about the characters. I didn't stay up all night to finish it - indeed, it lay with twenty pages left to read for more than a week, waiting for me to summon the energy. My advice would be, then, to read the 90s and 2000s material first, and only start Three Days to Never if you decide that you are a Powers completist. It isn't a bad book at all, but - as sadly so often - the earlier books are better.
Hidden messages in films, time travelling, Mossad involved in fighting secret occult organisations... And references to some of his other books. A new printing of a book that came out a few years ago,which caught me out as I am a fan
This is a dense novel. Thick with wordy concepts but worth sticking with. The central character's slowly emerging awareness of his grandmother's involvement with Einstein and time travel and it's effect on him and his daughter is well conceived and artfully written.