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Koot Parganas has stolen the ghost of Thomas Edison, preserved in a hidden glass vial. Now he's on the run through the dark underside of Los Angeles, among characters who extend their lives and enhance their power by catching and absorbing the ghosts of the recently dead. Like The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides, this fantasy has an astonishing power that remains long after the last page is turned. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The playful spirit of Lewis Carroll's Alice books-"the Old and New Testament for ghosts," as one character in this screwball supernatural comedy puts it-live on in World Fantasy Award-winning Powers's latest dazzler (after Last Call). The ghosts here aren't malevolent specters but lingering essences of the dead that are snorted and ingested by spirit junkies for the rush of memories they yield. When 11-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas becomes possessed by the ghost of Thomas Alva Edison, a feeding frenzy begins among West Coast ghost eaters eager to absorb the great inventor's genius. Kootie's efforts to elude his pursuers eventually dovetail with electrical engineer Pete Sullivan's quest to prevent his evil stepmother from eating the ghost of his father and thus covering up her complicity in his death. Powers builds this world on a wacky foundation of physics and metaphysics, and he peoples it with eccentrics like Sherman Oaks, a one-armed ghost hunter who detects his quarry with his phantom limb, and Nicky Bradfield, a deceased teen celebrity who subsists entirely on cinnamon candy. Although filled with routine chase sequences, the novel is a minefield of exploding surprises that will have readers convinced that the author has tapped into a more magical reality behind everyday life.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This isn't a book to read while recuperating from having one's wisdom teeth. A muddled mind utterly dependent on Naproxen Sodium to recuperate from oral surgery, is no match for... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001
"Expiration Date" opens with Koot Hoomie Parganas, running away from home and into trouble, in L.A. in the early 90's. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2000 by Mike Christie
As soon as I saw the cover, I knew Expiration Date was going to be a thrill. And, I was right! The story about a boy who swallows the ghost of Thomas Edison and as a result is... Read morePublished on July 12 2000
I've been a fan of Tim Powers' work for several years now, and I think it could be argued that EXPIRATION DATE and LAST CALL are his two best works. Read morePublished on June 5 2000 by Texas Annie
I love Tim Powers but I was initially hesitant about this book, mostly because of its length and the fact that I had heard several mixed reviews about it, generally a new Tim... Read morePublished on April 10 2000 by Michael Battaglia
If you've never read a Tim Powers book before, stick with this story early. All his books are impenetrable in the early going, but if you just let yourself go with the flow, you... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2000 by Quint Daulton
There is an awful conspiracy afoot in the fantasy publishing business. As soon as an author writes two or three good 300 page novels, the publishers' thugs kidnap them. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2000 by bimargulies
I really liked this book and the sequal Earthquake Weather.I had never read any of Tim Powers works before and I enjoyed this one. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 1999