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(Does a re-read after fifteen years even count as a re-read? Introducing "When Did I Lose My Memory?: part one of an ongoing essay")

On Stranger Tides is a grippingly entertaining novel. For one reason or another (read: memory failure), that and "pirates" was all I had remembered about the book for about the last decade before picking it up again, so it was a deja-vu-tinged brand new experience to get into it this week. It's a very Powersy story indeed, with Blackbeard and other historical figures featured in a magical secret history that, by the time you're done reading the book, seems like it obviously describes the way things really happened.

The protagonist, John Chandagnac (aka "Jack Shandy") is thrown into increasingly harsh circumstances and gets his goals and body repeatedly smashed, but keeps on fighting anyway, despite being up against a series of powerful, obsessively determined (and creepy!) rivals. There's really no way to describe it more thoroughly without breaking out the spoilers, so I'll just recommend it!

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avocadovpx
May. 4th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
>> Introducing "When Did I Lose My Memory?: part one of an ongoing essay")

Hmm, dear, you posted part one of that essay last week. :)

I should re-read Tides. It hasn't been fifteen years, but probably five or ten.

I re-read Kelly Link's novella Magic for Beginners a few weeks ago and realized I had forgotten a major plot point. And the last time I had read it would have been one or two years ago.


nayad
May. 4th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
What essay are you talking about? ;)
fingle
May. 4th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
That book is eighteen layers of awesome!! It was so poignant, you know, at the end, when the kids are playing with the puppet? Tim knows his stuff!
nayad
May. 4th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)
I believe it's no secret that I'm a fan. :)
lonesomenumber1
May. 4th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
I just got the new Sub Press edition, to replace my battered old ex-library copy, so I have a good excuse to reread it. Not that I really need an excuse. :-)
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