Expiration Date

Expiration Date

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Powers has created a strange and wonderful Los Angeles in which to set this novel: a city full of ghosts - and full, too, of unpleasant characters who extend their lives and enhance their power by catching and absorbing the ghosts of the recently dead. Young Koot Parganas is growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990's, but his parents won't let him do anything normal. His weirdo parents venerate the spirits of dead Mahatmas. At the age of eleven, Koot has disobeyed his parents, broken into a plaster bust of Dante, stolen the small glass vial concealed inside it, and set in motion events that will change his own life, and everyone else's. For trapped in the vial was the preserved ghost of Thomas Alva Edison, and there is no telling what power the possession of that ghost could confer. The exposure of Edison's ghost lights up a beacon for those who can see such things. Koot is pursued through the dark underside of the city, aided by allies as strange as his enemies: a bum and his dog; a man concealed by the ghostly mask of Houdini; a psychiatrist sorceress; and a former television child-star who has been dead for several years, but who is not yet ready to leave his body of abandon his revenge on the woman who murdered his godfather.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 381 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 408.24g
  • Orb Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765317524
  • 9780765317520
  • 503,228

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Praise for "Expiration Date":
"There is much humor in the book, some exciting chase scenes, and some beautifully descriptive writing by the author." --"VOYA"
""Expiration Date" is a minefield of exploding surprises that will have readers convinced that the author has tapped into a more magical reality behind everyday life." -- "Publishers Weekly"
""Expiration Date" is fascinating ... It'll have you turning pages as much for his sheer inventiveness as for the plot ... for the remarkable frisson that sparks from the page, the playfulness of the language." -- Charles de Lint, "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction"
""Expiration Date" is Tim Powers's darkest book to date, in both its characters and settings, resulting in a complex, fascinating series of potential disasters. But it is also Kootie's story, where terror alternates with sheer nuttiness and even (dare we say it?) hope." --"Locus"
""Expiration Date"
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About Tim Powers

Tim Powers is the astonishingly popular author of "The Anubis Gates "(winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), "On Stranger Tides, The Stress of Her Regard, ""Last Call," which won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, "Earthquake Weather, "and "Declare." Powers lives in Muscoy, California.
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2,095 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (854)
3 27% (562)
2 5% (113)
1 1% (28)
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