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If you were to group Tim Powers' work and style with the work of other authors, who would they be?

Philip K. Dick and Kurt Vonnegut come to mind, PKD is way more scifi and Vonnegut is way more satire.


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Jan. 28th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hard call to make. In some ways, I'd actually associate him closer to Garcia Marquez or Borges. In other ways, yeah, Vonnegut. It really depends on what context you're looking for. If you're writing an academic paper, that's one thing, whereas trying to sell him to your friends is something else entirely.
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to sell him to my friends and I'm looking for other authors to read.
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Well then...

let me think on it. When I worked at the bookstore, I could sell him like nobody's business...but that was in person and I could TALK. Just comparing him to other authors, not sure.

That's on the selling him to your friends side. on the need more people to read side, look at James Blaylock, you could still read Borges (although he's gonna be found in literature and not Sci-fi) and maybe Phillip Pullman just for good measure.
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and lest I forget, Christopher Moore is a brilliant read.
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Connie Willis, for her characterization, and Louise Cooper, for the depth of story.
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
The most Powers-like books I've read that were not actually written by Powers:

  1. A Scattering of Jades by Alexander C. Irvine. But I've only read one other book by him and wasn't impressed.
  2. Neil Gaiman's American Gods, but perhaps even more Powers-like, the follow up Anansi Boys.
  3. Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly. Her other stuff is good too, but not Powers-like.
  4. Tropic of Night by Michael Gruber. Also the sequels Valley of Bones and Night of the Jaguar. These seem to be marketed more as mainstream "thrillers", but I highly recommend them to Powers fans.
  5. Blaylock's stuff, particularly The Paper Grail and The Last Coin.
  6. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. Obviously lighter than Powers and with more humor, but quite different from the Hitchhikers' Guide stuff, and surprisingly Powers-like.
  7. Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter is highly recommended if you can find a copy.
  8. China Mieville's King Rat - his other stuff is not set in our world, so it has much less of the Powers feel.
After this, I would mention stuff that is less Powers-like, but still has some strong elements that remind me of Powers, such as Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume, for example), Connie Willis, already mentioned by Misty (To Say Nothing of the Dog in particular), Sean Stewart (Galveston in particular), Christopher Moore, also mentioned (some are sillier than others; the most Powers-like I've read are Coyote Blue and Island of the Sequined Love Nun). And finally, a recent read: Improbable by Adam Fawer, which has a dash of Powersishness; hope he writes something else soon!
Jan. 31st, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
The trouble with describing Powers in the context of who to group him with is that he's one of those authors to whom _other_ writers are compared - as in "such-and-such's stuff is quite Powerseque".

I guess that's the mark of a true original!
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