Although not one of Powers' best books, Three Days to Never boasts the usual quirky alternate/secret history with a gee-whiz science chaser and a side of child in danger.
An exceptional modern American Fantasy Novel, even though the events take place 20 years ago! I didn't quite read it in one sitting, but this book reads like a thriller. This is the first book I ever read by Tim Powers, an oversight I intend to correct. For a more thorough review, visit my book review Blog here:
Not Powers' best work -- in fact, I think he's progressively losing his edge. Read _Anubis Gates_, _The Stress of Her Regard_, or _On Stranger Tides_ instead.
Tim Powers is possibly the most difficult of American writers to classify. A disciple of the late Phillip K Dick, of Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep fame, Powers various works range from dystopian futures to the most original take on vampire legends in the past 100 years. His characters are, for the most part, neither barbarian heroes nor fantasy creatures, but instead are the denizens of nightmares and hard boiled fantasies, gamblers, mental patients, and yes, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
This book involves elements as diverse as time travel and the interaction of father with daughter, from the regrets of choices gone bad to the hope that somehow things will work out in the end, from Jungian archetypes and Albert Einstein to Cabala and the Mossad. Always readable, sometimes disturbing, worth the effort, Powers is, in the end, a magical realist of world class talent who remains woefully underknown.
As a side note, if you enjoy Powers' works, please check out James Blaylock, the flip side to the Powers' coin. The works of both men are interlocked in so many ways that it pays to read them together to illuminate the more obscure of the ideas being presented.
I tried to get involved & keep reading this book. I am not a fan of history, true or made up. I did want to read a psychic sory, but not this kind. If you want both this might be for you. My first from this authore, but have no desire for any others.