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SOUL IN A BOTTLE

Powers, Tim.

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ISBN 10: 1596060751 / ISBN 13: 9781596060753
Published by Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:, 2006
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HC in dust jacket, 1/474 signed & numbered copies. 1st Printing. Brilliant new novella from Powers in a beautiful hardcover illustrated by J. K. Potter. A used-book hunter finds he can summon a beautiful poet when he discovers a signed volume containing a previously unknown variant on one sonnet. This limited edition also includes 3 original sonnets (as by the story's haunted poet, Cheyenne Fleming) printed on separate sheets and laid in. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 18096

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Title: SOUL IN A BOTTLE

Publisher: Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:

Publication Date: 2006

Edition: 1st edition

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A first edition of a 1968 book of poems, with a sonnet that appears in no other copy -- a mysterious girl with a special fountain-pen, who needs a special favor -- and an old woman who warns used-book dealer George Sydney that helping the girl he's fallen in love with will mean that he will never have fallen in love. Hollywood Boulevard, with its bars and used-book stores and the legendary Chinese Theater, is the psychic killing ground where Sydney must learn the rules of an old supernatural rivalry -- and choose to save either the woman he loves, or his soul.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this taut, eerie novella from Powers (Three Days to Never), used-book hunter George Sydney finds he can summon a beautiful poet when he discovers a signed volume containing a previously unknown variant of one sonnet. The good news is that he can bring the mysterious woman, Cheyenne Fleming, back to life. The bad news is that if he does, he will never meet her, and the act itself may harm an innocent. Set in Los Angeles, Powers's intricate story shows how Sydney's loneliness and alcoholism leaves him vulnerable to someone (or something) that is not what it appears to be. There are no thin, hairy specters lurking in this tale, and no cold grue to chill one's bones. Its impact is more moral than visceral, evoking the pity and fear that are hallmarks of tragedy. Exquisitely illustrated by J.K. Potter, this slender volume is sure to appeal to epicures of the terrible. (Dec.)
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