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Strange Itineraries
Tim Powers
1892391236
July 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The nine eccentric, label-defying selections (three written with James P. Blaylock) in Powers's outstanding first story collection offer the same literary pleasures as this World Fantasy Award–winner's novels (Declare, etc.). The eerily atmospheric "Pat Moore," in which numerous Pat Moores collide (some male, some female, some living, some ghosts), is far from your conventional ghost story. "Through and Through" is a brilliant study of a disillusioned priest and his penitents within the confessional. The reader hopes that Bernard Wilkins of "The Better Boy" can keep the worms away from his prize tomato plant, that he can preserve his beloved "inventor pants" and, finally, just stay alive. In "Night Moves," perhaps the volume's finest entry, memories and dreams pervade the hero's life,...


13 Phantasms and Other Stories
James P. Blaylock
0441010148
April 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
James P. Blaylock has been publishing singular, literate, evocative stories since 1977, but Thirteen Phantasms and Other Stories appears to be his first (and a complete) collection. Its 16 stories have little concern for genre; Blaylock slides from the fantastic to subtle horror to slipstream, sometimes in the same story. His introduction, with its mentions of an antique shop of mysterious orientalia and of aquaria stocked with obscure oddities, perfectly prefigures the concerns of his stories. The past is sometimes the setting, and it often haunts or drives the characters. But this is no simple nostalgia; Blaylock knows the past, irrecoverable yet inescapable, can be a burden and a trap. Mysteries, too, compel or lure many characters, with their strangeness and shadows and dangers. And some characters pursue--or are...


The Devils in the Details
James P. Blaylock
1931081891
October 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Blaylock and Powers (The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook) are the Peter Cook and Dudley Moore of fantasy fiction, writers whose characteristic playfulness is a measure of their control of craft and confidence in their materials. This slim three-story collection shows a slightly darker side of their imaginations, but is no less an index to their inventiveness and skill at using unadorned prose and everyday situations to evoke the uncanny. "Through and Through," a solo shot from Powers, is a haunting story of a fallible priest who is shocked to discover that his latest confessor is a troubled ghost to whom he can actually bring salvation. The title tale, by Blaylock, begins as a clever satire on the inherent absurdities of academic multiculturalism, but ends as a exercise in gothic horror centered on a...


Digging Leviathan
James P. Blaylock
193023516X
September 2002
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Book Description
Science Fiction. Southern California -- sunny days, blue skies, neighbors on flying bicycles ... ghostly submarines ... mermen off the Catalina coast ... and a vast underground sea stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Inland Empire where Chinese junks ply an illicit trade and enormous creatures from ages past still survive. It is a place of wonder ... and dark conspiracies. A place rife with adventure - if one knows where to look for it. Two such seekers are the teenagers Jim Hastings and his friend, Giles Peach. Giles was born with a wonderful set of gills along his neck and insatiable appetite for reading. Drawing inspiration from the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Giles is determined to build a Digging Leviathan. Will he reach the center of the earth? or destroy it in the process?


In for a Penny
James P. Blaylock
1931081824
July 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Simply, almost artlessly written, the six fantasy stories in this slim collection from Blaylock (Thirteen Phantasms), set in the gentle, loving territory of his personal California world, verge on the sentimental but never slip into the banal. In the brief "Home Before Dark," the tale's hero gets an unusual glimpse of heaven. In the nostalgic "His Own Back Yard," Alan revisits his old childhood home ("The abandoned house was boarded up, its chimney fallen, the white paint on the clapboards weathered to the color of an old ghost") and has the satisfaction of meeting a vision of his young father and discussing the past. "Small Houses" is a poignant reverie on age and shared love in which Johnson builds his own burial casket, to his wife's dismay. "The War of the Worlds" focuses on some suburbanites who believe that...


Homunculus
James P. Blaylock
1930235135
July 2000
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Book Description
Homonculus is a fascinating trip to a London that never existed ... but perhaps should have. Darkly atmospheric, Homonculus weaves together the stories of Narbondo -- a mad hunchback who works tirelessly to bring the dead back to life, of the members of the Trismegistus Club -- a surly group of scientists and philosophers who meet at Captain Powers' Pipe Shop, and of the homonculus -- a tiny man whose powers can drive men to murder.

From the Publisher
Few writers dare attempt a historical fantasy in an effort to best Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, and Robert Louis Stevenson at their own game, but back in 1986 - long before the current alternate history craze - James Blaylock not only tried, but succeeded brilliantly. Homunculus was awarded the Philip K. Dick Award.


Rainy Season
James P. Blaylock
0441007562
July 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The central conceit of this elegant, accomplished contemporary ghost story is that fuentesAsprings in which children have been ritually drownedAare portals of inexact time travel. A byproduct of the ritual, and of time-traveling, is that memory is cast off in the form of a crystal stone, which allows its holder to experience the cast-off memory, which "might be transferred to living flesh." Hale Appleton, leader of the Societas Fraternia, a spiritualist cult, creates one such crystal in 1884. The stone is then stolen, and pursued to the present day. Timelines and characters overlap here. Scenes from previous centuries take place on the periphery of the present story line, wherein Phil Ainsworth, an insular photographer who lives in Southern California, where Appleton made his sacrifice, gains custody of his...


Thirteen Phantasms
James P. Blaylock
159606045X
December 2005
Paperback
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Thirteen Phantasms and Other Stories
James P. Blaylock
0441012574
February 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
James P. Blaylock has been publishing singular, literate, evocative stories since 1977, but Thirteen Phantasms and Other Stories appears to be his first (and a complete) collection. Its 16 stories have little concern for genre; Blaylock slides from the fantastic to subtle horror to slipstream, sometimes in the same story. His introduction, with its mentions of an antique shop of mysterious orientalia and of aquaria stocked with obscure oddities, perfectly prefigures the concerns of his stories. The past is sometimes the setting, and it often haunts or drives the characters. But this is no simple nostalgia; Blaylock knows the past, irrecoverable yet inescapable, can be a burden and a trap. Mysteries, too, compel or lure many characters, with their strangeness and shadows and dangers. And some characters pursue--or are...


The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook
James P. Blaylock
1931081468
February 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
James B. Blaylock and Tim Powers give their fictional poet his own real-life recipes, and more, in The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook. There's Chicken … la Ashbless and Can O' Beans Salad, mini-essays inspired by Ashbless's letters to Dean Koontz, lots of good-natured cooking advice and even an afterward attributed to Ashbless, who indignantly notes that he isn't dead after all. Goofiness abounds. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


Winter Tides
James P. Blaylock
044100444X
August 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Haunted by the memory of only being able to save one twin girl from drowning, Dave Quinn abandons surfing for a safe life in Earl Dalton's theater-props company in Huntington Beach, California. When Canadian artist Anne Morris is drawn back to the town where twin sister Elinor drowned 15 years before, she and Dave find themselves shadowed by Elinor's malevolent spirit. Earl's son Edmund believes that Elinor's spirit is Anne's dark side and obsessively pursues her. Blaylock's (All the Bells on Earth, LJ 11/15/95) vivid descriptions and deft characterizations place ordinary flawed people in escalating horrific situations. This contemporary ghost story exposes the underbelly of human nature and belongs in most fantasy and horror collections.Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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