Expiration Date

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Macmillan, 20 mar 2007 - 384 pagine
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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Recensione dell'utente  - bespen - LibraryThing

Expiration Date is a "companion novel" to Last Call. It isn't a sequel, but it shares the same world. A few characters with minor roles in Last Call end up being central in Expiration Date. Expiration ... Leggi recensione completa

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Recensione dell'utente  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reaction to reading this novel in 2002. Spoilers follow. Powers' specialty is creating a secret, fantastical, occult history from disparate elements, a process so cunningly done that, as one review ... Leggi recensione completa

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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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