Earthquake Weather Paperback – Oct 30 2007
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The Fisher King of the American West, Scott Crane, has been killed, and 14-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas's perpetually bleeding wound makes him the most likely candidate for a supernatural successor. But the king's body has not yet begun to decay, and as long as there is a chance that he can be restored to the throne, his right-hand man, Archimedes Mavranos, is willing to risk all to revive Crane. But to do that he'll need the help of the woman who killed Crane, plus that of a recently widowed winemaker who has been touched by the god Dionysus, and the cooperation of Parganas's reluctant foster parents. Chances are they'll all die in the process, but unless Crane can be revived they'll probably all die anyway. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Sequel to both of Powers's previous novels, Last Call (1992) with its gambling, serial immortality, and Fisher King, and Expiration Date(1996), with its ghosts, magic, and psychiatry. The current Fisher King of the American West, Scott Crane, has been murdered by Janis Cordelia Plumtree. Either Janis is possessed by several powerful and malevolent ghosts, or--as analyst and pervert Dr. Richard Paul Armentrout of Rosencrans Medical Center would have it--she's a victim of multiple personality disorder that can be treated with electroshock therapy and a magical Tarot deck. But an earthquake allows Janis to escape Armentrout's clutches, and she heads for the ghostproof and magicproof Solville apartment complex, where teenager Kootie Sullivan bears the Fisher King's unhealing wound while he and his adoptive parents guard the lifeless but uncorrupted body of Crane. If Kootie becomes the next Fisher King, his reign will be brief, troubled, and inconsequential. But how might Crane himself be restored to life? Either way, only the true Fisher King can save the land from destruction. What with the clangorous, hypercomplicated backdrop (the foregoing is but a brief outline), even readers of the two prior books will find this one difficult, if not impenetrable, with plenty of labyrinthine twiddling but very little plot. Coagulated and unengaging. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
On the whole, this focused less on Tarot (part of my initial interest in "Last Call"), and the Las Vegas mythos, having basically diverged into the mystical operations of the need for a new Fisher King. We see many of the same characters from "Last Call," but I'm not sure I like how they've 'grown up,' as this is set about 20 years later, as the cycle continues. I really need to read the 2nd book, I guess, to tie the two together, perhaps that's why I wasn't as thrilled by this book. My advice: READ THEM IN ORDER! Without the story background from the prior tales, I'm not sure how much fun/sense this would make for the first-time reader.
I *did* enjoy the scenery in this tale, as I have with other of his works. From the California vineyards to the Winchester Mystery House, I had a good time thinking about the magic and mystery presented as plausible, and of how an unseen ghost world might continue to be all around us.
Most recent customer reviews
I loved his previous two books -- Last Call and Expiration Date -- but found Earthquake Weather, where the ghost gobbling and Fisher King storylines have been merged, heavy going... Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by G W
If you haven't read the first 2 novels in the series, don't even begin to attempt this one.
"Last Call" and "Expiration Date" were all time classic novels,... Read more
There ought to be a law against publishing a book and not telling you that it is a sequel. This story cannot possibly be read on its own...Don't try. Read morePublished on July 20 2001
Earthquake Weather is the final book in Powers Fisher King trilogy, which begins with Last Call and continues in Expiration Date. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2000 by Atara Stein
The first book I read of his was the equally masterful Expiration Date, which was a fascinating urban fantasy thats very unique story is continued here. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2000
Tim Powers is a masterful novelist. He shares an immortality obsession with the late Roger Zelazny, but with diverse and interesting historical context. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 1999
Tim Power's unique characters and great story concepts shine through in this fun to read adventure. The characters from two of his previous works Last Call and Expiration Date... Read morePublished on July 18 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Though Powers is always interesting, he has a tendency to get so lost in his own ideas that he wanders aimlessly around in them without keeping the story moving. Read morePublished on June 6 1999 by Daniel H. Bigelow
"Anubis Gates" is on of my favourite books, and I love the way Powers can weave a myriad of obscure (and not so obscure references) to create bizarre stories that somehow... Read morePublished on June 3 1999