Alternate Routes

Alternate Routes

Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways?phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked offramps that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway?and Sebastian Vickery, disgraced ex-Secret Service agent, is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But another government agency is using and perhaps causing the freeway anomalies, and t Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways?phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked o...

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Title:Alternate Routes
Author:Tim Powers
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1481483404
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Alternate Routes Reviews

  • Andrew
    Aug 18, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

  • Nick
    Jun 06, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

  • Taylor
    Sep 21, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

  • Doug
    Aug 21, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

  • Graham Bradley
    Aug 29, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

  • John
    Aug 13, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

  • Annarella
    Aug 06, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

  • brian dean
    Aug 31, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

  • Jules
    Sep 23, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

  • Ron
    Sep 04, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

  • Deborah
    Jun 12, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

  • Jeff Miller
    Aug 17, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

  • Samuel Lubell
    Aug 20, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

    I hate giving Tim Powers a two star review but I hangglide and that part of the story was ridiculous, could have been researched a tiny bit. But the whole last half of the story was a slog to get through. Should have just reread Declare. ...

    Mr. Powers is the master of the there-is-more-than-you-can-see-going-on fiction. Alternate Routes delivers a ghost story with a secret government agency all set around the highways of LA. Wonderful as usual! ...

    I'll write a full review later. Basically, this is a Tim Powers novel about ghosts and the magic of freeways. ...

  • Mark
    Sep 09, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

  • Kevin Frost
    Sep 15, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

    I hate giving Tim Powers a two star review but I hangglide and that part of the story was ridiculous, could have been researched a tiny bit. But the whole last half of the story was a slog to get through. Should have just reread Declare. ...

  • Soo
    Sep 26, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

  • Randi Kennedy
    Jun 24, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

  • Richard Pomeroy
    Sep 07, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

    I hate giving Tim Powers a two star review but I hangglide and that part of the story was ridiculous, could have been researched a tiny bit. But the whole last half of the story was a slog to get through. Should have just reread Declare. ...

    Mr. Powers is the master of the there-is-more-than-you-can-see-going-on fiction. Alternate Routes delivers a ghost story with a secret government agency all set around the highways of LA. Wonderful as usual! ...

    I'll write a full review later. Basically, this is a Tim Powers novel about ghosts and the magic of freeways. ...

    Enjoyable--as all Powers' books are for me. But it felt a little-bit "phoned in" at times. ...

    Interesting. ...

    (ARC from Edelweiss.) Maybe 2.5 stars, I don?t know. I liked the premise and for the most part the characters, but the execution didn?t work for me ? too many important parts happening offstage (for the first half of the book I felt like I was behind or had mistakenly pick...

    ...

  • Autumn Is Azathoth
    May 10, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

  • David
    Aug 19, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

    I hate giving Tim Powers a two star review but I hangglide and that part of the story was ridiculous, could have been researched a tiny bit. But the whole last half of the story was a slog to get through. Should have just reread Declare. ...

    Mr. Powers is the master of the there-is-more-than-you-can-see-going-on fiction. Alternate Routes delivers a ghost story with a secret government agency all set around the highways of LA. Wonderful as usual! ...

  • Theo Logos
    Aug 09, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

  • Paul Leonard
    Aug 20, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

  • Ralph Carlson
    Aug 29, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

    I hate giving Tim Powers a two star review but I hangglide and that part of the story was ridiculous, could have been researched a tiny bit. But the whole last half of the story was a slog to get through. Should have just reread Declare. ...

    Mr. Powers is the master of the there-is-more-than-you-can-see-going-on fiction. Alternate Routes delivers a ghost story with a secret government agency all set around the highways of LA. Wonderful as usual! ...

    I'll write a full review later. Basically, this is a Tim Powers novel about ghosts and the magic of freeways. ...

    Enjoyable--as all Powers' books are for me. But it felt a little-bit "phoned in" at times. ...

    Interesting. ...

  • Marc Hutchison
    Aug 15, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

  • Doug
    Sep 12, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

    I hate giving Tim Powers a two star review but I hangglide and that part of the story was ridiculous, could have been researched a tiny bit. But the whole last half of the story was a slog to get through. Should have just reread Declare. ...

    Mr. Powers is the master of the there-is-more-than-you-can-see-going-on fiction. Alternate Routes delivers a ghost story with a secret government agency all set around the highways of LA. Wonderful as usual! ...

    I'll write a full review later. Basically, this is a Tim Powers novel about ghosts and the magic of freeways. ...

    Enjoyable--as all Powers' books are for me. But it felt a little-bit "phoned in" at times. ...

  • Sarah
    Oct 03, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

  • Travis
    Sep 16, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

  • Isabelle
    Jun 18, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

    This was a strange modern fantasy, the only one I can remember where the world's oldest freeway plays a role. If there are supernatural powers in the world, would a government agency wanting to utilize them really surprise you? The only real shock is just how crazy one of the governme...

    First thoughts: more of a 3.5 than a 3. A solid sci-fi adventure that's part Night Vale, part crime noir, and part Greek myth. My only criticism is the two-dimensional, incomplete characterization of the villain. Either really commit to "hapless govt employees misusing something they d...

    Tim Powers delivers a very urban urban fantasy in this novel of ghosts interacting with the freeway system of Los Angeles. Sebastian Vickery, a former Secret Service agent, and Ingrid Castine, an agent with a covert agency using the ghosts of LA in some sinister ways, get caught up in ...

    I?m a massive Powers fan, albeit perhaps more for his historically set novels than his weird modern Americana, so if you?ve tried Powers and found him not to your liking then this is unlikely to change your mind. That said, this seems to be a bit more entry-level Powers than some o...

    Trying not to spoil things. Not the worst Powers but not his best either. His setting in LA captures the feel of the city (as far as I know, I've never even been there) as a grimy real place with a hidden underbelly churning under the surface. The main protagonist is well-drawn for ...

    5 Stars for Narration 4 Stars for Story Mini-Review: Tim Powers has become one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy the way he weaves various myths, fables, legends, religion, philosophies, history and more into a surreal world that is close to home. It's here. Oddly enoug...

    This is another inventive supernatural no-romance story set in LA. It is a good book but not Powers' best. Of course, when the best includes On Stranger Tides, Anubis Gates and Stress Of Her Regard, second tier is still pretty high. Three notes. I was surprised at the end(view sp...

    Tim Powers mines L.A. typography once again to bring a spooky story to the readers of Alternate Routes. Sebastian Vickery used to be a Secret Service agent based in L.A., but disappeared after killing members of the TUA. So when a member of the TUA tracked him down, he was less than pl...

    This here's some hard-core Tim Powers. It's deep in (what I call) his "ghost mechanics" genre, where we learn along with the characters all the rules for how ghosts work -- lots of ghostly nuts and bolts. (Oh, why isn't there a Tim Powers RPG?) His short story "Down and Out in Purgator...

    In true Powers fashion, this was an absolutely demented mashup of ideas and symbols and characters that congealed into a plot by the end. I spent a lot of time soaring up to high peaks only to plummet into uncanny valleys, at times wondering what in the heck was going on. By the end, m...

    Tim Powers has to be the most creatively original fantasist alive. In this book he first grounds us in a starkly real Los Angeles, then takes us off a nonexistent off ramp of the Pasadena Freeway into a desert netherworld where nothing makes sense and anything is possible. Powers is...

    Umm, very odd. It started out very well, got very weird, then turned solid again. Guess that's a result of the topical material, but someone with more flare for the occult would enjoy this one way more than I did. It's not a bad story, just not my cup of tea, but it was good enough tha...

    I enjoyed it, and things picked up toward the end with interesting details, but really I expected a lot more from Tim Powers. The characterization was kind of flat and it just felt like a book that had most of the meat left out. ...

    This is an ARC. The release date is August 7, 2018. I won this book from Baen Books at ConCarolinas. It is a very interesting ghost story. It is a stand alone book. I actually prefer series because when I like the characters, I want more stories involving them. ...

    2.5 stars. I just couldn't get into this book. There were a lot of terms and back story that didn't make any sense to someone who just picked this author up. It really felt like the second or third book in a series to me. ...

    This is my second Tim Powers book, and I?m starting to think his stuff is just not for me. I like the concepts, but I just couldn?t get into it. Maybe it?s his style of writing, or the characters? Not sure. 2.5 ...

    There's no thing like a bad Tim Power's book. And this one is excellent. I was not able to put it down and found it both enthralling and amusing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Baen and Edelweiss for this ARC ...

    I hate giving Tim Powers a two star review but I hangglide and that part of the story was ridiculous, could have been researched a tiny bit. But the whole last half of the story was a slog to get through. Should have just reread Declare. ...

    Mr. Powers is the master of the there-is-more-than-you-can-see-going-on fiction. Alternate Routes delivers a ghost story with a secret government agency all set around the highways of LA. Wonderful as usual! ...

    I'll write a full review later. Basically, this is a Tim Powers novel about ghosts and the magic of freeways. ...

    Enjoyable--as all Powers' books are for me. But it felt a little-bit "phoned in" at times. ...

    Interesting. ...

    (ARC from Edelweiss.) Maybe 2.5 stars, I don?t know. I liked the premise and for the most part the characters, but the execution didn?t work for me ? too many important parts happening offstage (for the first half of the book I felt like I was behind or had mistakenly pick...

  • Andrew Shultz
    Aug 28, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...

    Yes another quirky Tim Powers novel with odd systems regarding the supernatural. Quite enjoyable. While having his framework this novel stands on it own story wise. There are also Catholic elements to the story I also enjoyed. ...

    The collected works of Tim Powers can be read as a haunted universe. From the haunted 19th century London of The Anubis Gate, to the haunted 18th century Caribbean of On Stranger Tides, to the haunted 20th century Las Vegas of Last Call (and all books in between), Powers signature is h...

    This book was Tim Powers fanfic written by Tim Powers. It was everything about him turned up past when it's interesting and on to being self-parody without knowing it. He's done great things, go reread them instead. ...

  • Debrac2014
    Sep 05, 2018

    Review: ALTERNATE ROUTES by Tim Powers There is no author equivalent to Tim Powers. Mr. Powers and John Connolly are the two authors I consistently count on to "take me away," to transport me to a realm at first seemingly like ours, but a realm undergirded and overtoned by a truly m...

    Once again, I find myself wishing for half stars or a sliding scale on Goodreads. This could be anywhere between a 3 and a 4 depending on how much you love the books of Tim Powers. I am a big fan and did enjoy this novel, but it fell short in some key areas for me. The biggest was t...

    I was lured into this story by it's synopsis! Ghosts showing up around the Los Angeles freeways because the of the currents produced by traffic! it's a good story, very offbeat, but the odd twists and turns were confusing at times! The two main characters, Vickery an ex-Secret Service ...