[Tim Powers] ☆ Medusas Web [woodwork PDF] Ebook Epub Download ¶ A new a Tim Powers book is always a three part pleasure The first is initially reading the book His contemporary novels are like walking through a darkened room filled with half recognized shapes The room slowly lightens as you move through it faster and faster and then suddenly, you re there in the light.
The second is rereading the book Now that all is clear, you can see where all the pieces inevitably fit together to make the whole The third part is rereading the book in a few years when you half remember the book and can recognize the pieces as you reach them You enjoy the ending as a partial surprise I m sad because I ve just finished the reread and as usual, it was a wonderful experience.
Brother and sister Scott and Madeline Madden arrive at the house and grounds of their aunt as requested in the aunt s will Aunt Amity committed suicide a week ago and their presence is requi REVIEW MEDUSA S WEB by Tim PowersReading any book by Tim Powers is to enter a universe of possibilities, where dimensions cross and probabilities intertwine A universe of magic in the broadest scene, where anything within and beyond the range of thought is the universe which Mr Powers imagination populates I first stumbled upon this author years ago when I discovered LAST CALL, and immediately was enrapt Mr Powers interweaves classical mythological strands and personages into consensus reality, so that the themes and figures coexist with our contemporary culture, able to impact us.
In MEDUSA S WEB, the beauty and horror of 1920 s Hollywood align and affect 2015 Hollywood, as occult practices known to the Sumerians and Babylonians of antiquity find practitioners in the From The Award Winning Author Of Hide Me Among The Graves, Last Call, Declare, And Three Days To Never, A Phantasmagoric, Thrilling, Mind Bending Tale Of Speculative Fiction In Which One Man Must Uncover Occult Secrets Of S Hollywood To Save His FamilyIn The Wake Of Their Aunt Amity S Suicide, Scott And Madeline Madden Are Summoned To Caveat, The Eerie, Decaying Mansion In The Hollywood Hills In Which They Were Raised But Their Decadent And Reclusive Cousins, The Malicious Wheelchair Bound Claimayne And His Sister, Ariel, Do Not Welcome Scott And Madeline S Return To The Childhood Home They Once Shared While Scott Desperately Wants To Go Back To Their Shabby South Of Sunset Lives, He Cannot Pry His Sister Away From This Haunted House Of Usher In The Hollywood Hills That Is A Conduit For The SupernaturalDecorated By Bits Salvaged From Old Hotels And Movie Sets, Caveat Hides A Dark Family Secret That Stretches Back To The Golden Days Of Rudolph Valentino And The Silent Film Stars A Collection Of Hypnotic Eight Limbed Abstract Images Inked On Paper Allows The Maddens To Briefly Fragment And Flatten Time To Transport Themselves Into The Past And Future In Visions That Are Both Puzzling And Terrifying Though Their Cousins Know Little About These Ancient Spiders Which Provoke Unpredictable Temporal Dislocations, Ariel And Claimayne Have Been Using For Years An Addiction That Has Brought Claimayne To The Brink Of Selfish DestructionAs Madeline Falls Completely Under Caveat S Spell, Scott Discovers That To Protect Her, He Must Use The Perilous Spiders Himself But Will He Unravel The Mystery Of The Madden Family S Past And Finally Free Them Or Be Pulled Deeper Into Their Deadly Web A deteriorating, creepy old Hollywood mansion full of secrets An old Hollywood family reunited due to the matriarch s dramatic suicide A magical drug like addiction that allows users to trade or share bodies, for a price A loser brother and his even losery sister are dropped into this and must solve the mysteries of their aunt s identity, their parents disappearance, and a long lost film sought by multiple nefarious parties.
While it did become hard to put down toward the end, Medusa s Web is not Powers best work I liked his odd characters he pits a doofy brother and doofier sister against their cousins, a smiling near quadriplegic and a spiteful harridan No likely heroes here And his mystical stuff is fascinating in its potential At least initially.
But the author loses all control of his supernatural elemen Another one sitting read from the great Tim Powers I ve been a fan since reading THE DRAWING OF THE DARK in 1980, and over the years since he s never failed to astonish and entertain me with his skill and imagination This is no exception.
Medusa s Web initially sets itself up as a Gothic horror, with its rambling old house and disfunctional and weird family members, but Powers quickly spins things off into fractured time streams, plots within plots and a mystery dating back to 1920 s Hollywood A word of warning though if you re an arachnophobe, it s probably best to avoid this one, as there are spiders here that ll haunt your dreams.
As ever, it s all heady stuff from Powers There were a couple of places where I felt the complications of the mythos he built, and the amount of exposition needed to keep the plot going, was i Given the option I d probably rate this at 3.
5 stars I m a long time Tim Powers fan and I had this on pre order for months It delivers some of what we ve come to expect in any Tim Powers novel meticulously researched history re imaged through a lens of magic In this case, we have 1920s Hollywood and spiders strange geometric shapes which, when looked at, connect the viewer to other times and places, including other people who have looked at the same spider in the past There are spider addicts, and recovering spider addicts, and a shadowy group trying to get hold of the big spider which is a sort of Platonic ideal of spiders which which possibly grant a certain kind of disembodied immortality through the ability to connect with all those who have looked at spiders before.
However, I felt that the writing in this novel was not up to the standard of Powers best Declare, Last Call, Expiratio I m tempted to say something terribly cliche about Tim Powers being a national treasure, but a writer as audaciously original as Powers does not deserve cliches His ability to pick up seemingly random threads of history and make them make sense together, and relevant to the present, is unparalleled His best books, like Declare and the Last Call Fisher King trilogy, move the mind, the heart, and the aesthetic sense whatever that is , equally.
Medusa s Web can stand with these books unashamed Principally and at the surface, it is the story of the last four members of the Madden family Scott and Madeleine their cousin Claymaine and their other cousin Ariel Claymaine is the sole child of Amity Madden, who recently died in a particularly gruesome suicide he and Ariel have lived all their lives in Amity s house, Caveat Her will, made only an hour before her suicide, If any big city in the United States seems less likely to harbor ghosts than Los Angeles well, no, that s not true, now that I think about it So many hopes and dreams, both fulfilled and otherwiseL.
A must be full of ghosts, if such lingering imprints from life exist anywhere.
Tim Powers knows this He knows Los Angeles intimately, its street corners and alleyways, its histories and moods, the way so much darkness hides beneath its sunny stuccoed exteriors And in Medusa s Web, Powers recreates a little bit of that old Hollywood magic.
Caveat is a house a mansion, really, though fallen into disrepair up in the Hollywood hills, north of Sunset, west of Gower It was owned, until a week before the novel begins, by the formerly bestselling novelist Amity Madden Until she climbed up onto the roof of Caveat and blew herself up with a grenade Amity s will recently revised stipulate
Medusa s Web is a mind bending story about two siblings that have to uncover occult secrets about their family Secrets that goes back to the 1920 s Hollywood Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, a spooky crumbling mansion, after their Aunt Amity s suicide It s been years since they have been back there and the old mansion brings back memories Their cousins Claimayne and Ariel are living at the mansion and they are not too happy that Amity apparently wrote a new testament one hour before she died that requested that they stay a week at the place and if they do will they inherit the place.
Medusa s Web is not like anything else I have read Mind bending is the perfect way to describe the book Claimayne and Ariel Maddens use eight limbered abstracted images inked on paper to be able to transport themselves into the p A new Tim Powers novel is always cause for rejoicing around here, and this one was excellent When the aunt who raised them commits suicide in a spectacular fashion, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned back to her mansion to stay for a week until the will drawn up just before her death is tested But the cousins who still live at the mansion, Claimayne and Ariel, don t want them there, and a secret magic threatens to draw them back into its power Still, how much can happen in a week The magic is complex and creative, mingling aspects of addiction with a form of time travel and alien presences in a way probably only Tim Powers could manage Each of the four main characters is affected by it differently Claimayne embraces it, Ariel is trying to get free of it, and Scott and Maddy are trying to benefit from it without being overpowered by it I loved the complexit