On Stranger Tides
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On Stranger Tides

by Tim Powers
Release date: 1987
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, history

World Fantasy Award nominee 1988, Locus Award nominee 1988.

The year is 1718. Blackbeard still terrorizes the Caribbean sea, one of the last pirates to challenge the reign of King George.

Sailing unwittingly into this unsavory company comes one John Chandagnac, bookkeeper and puppeteer. He seems an unlikely candidate for piracy, or the machinations of dark sorcery. But, christened Jack Shandy by a drunken pirate captain, he may turn out to be one of the greatest of them all...

A hunt for unearthly spirits with the aid of a mummified two-headed dog. A journey through the Florida swamps in search of the Fountain of Youth. A battle at sea with the Royal English Navy. An encounter with sunken ships crewed by zombies.

"[On Stranger Tides] promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all. You'll love the characters, you'll stay awake all night reading it, and when you finally do sleep, you'll find this story playing through your dreams." – Orson Scott Card

updated 2011-03-08

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