The Bible Repairman and Other Stories
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Title: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories
Publisher: Subterranean Press, Mich
Publication Date: 2011
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: Limited/Signed; First Printing
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The Bible Repairman is Tim Powers's first new collection since Strange Itineraries appeared in 2005, and it is well worth the wait. In five stories and an ambitious historical novella, it offers one example after another of the author's wit, ingenuity, and sheer imaginative reach.
The title story takes us into the life of a man with a most unusual profession, one that claims a little bit of his soul with every transaction. 'Parallel Lives' and 'A Soul in a Bottle' are thematically linked ghost stories in which the dead attempt, with varying degrees of success, to exert their influence upon the living. In 'The Hour of Babel,' an assortment of damaged people experience, once again, the inexplicable encounter that altered their lives more than thirty years before, while in 'A Journey of Only Two Paces' a simple legal procedure is transformed into a nightmarish Kabbalistic ritual.
But the real centerpiece of this resonant collection is the novella 'A Time to Cast Away Stones,' previously available only in a very limited--and very expensive--edition. Set in the semi-fictional universe first described in The Stress of Her Regard, this beautifully realized narrative centers upon Edward John Trelawny, a contemporary and compatriot of the poets Byron and Shelley, and the momentous decision that faces him. In classic Powers fashion, the story shows us an actual, if little known, historical event reclaimed and transformed by a powerful imagination. The result is a distinctive contribution to modern fantasy and a significant milestone in a unique, constantly evolving career.
Tim Powers has been compared to Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and Clive Barker and was lauded by Kirkus as the reigning king of adult historical fantasy.” His novel Declare, a supernatural secret history of post-WWII espionage, won the 2001 World Fantasy and the International Horror Guild awards. He is the two-time recipient of the Philip K. Dick Award for The Anubis Gates and Dinner at Deviant’s Palace and a three-time Locus Award winner for Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather. His latest novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, is a sequel to his classic supernatural thriller, The Stress of Her Regard. Powers has taught at the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop and has co-taught the Writers of the Future Workshop with Algis Budrys.
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