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
    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
    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...
  • Andrew
    Jan 16, 2019
    Well its been a while since I have dipped myself in the alternate histories of Tim Powers. It appears he has a knack for his own kind of strangeness - where he is able to create a whole technicolour world of myths and practices and make it sound like we are seeing some modern rendition...
  • Taylor
    Sep 21, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • brian dean
    Aug 31, 2018
    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...
  • Ron
    Sep 04, 2018
    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...
  • Doris
    Mar 26, 2019
    This book by an author new to me wrapped me in a grip that was nearly unbreakable from the first page. The book starts with a standoff on a hillside, with federal agents tracking the main character, Vickery, for some offense that is difficult to grasp (but eventually explained). In...
  • William
    Mar 23, 2019
    I always like Tim Powers' books and I enjoyed this one, although I wouldn't rank it among his best books. I do generally prefer it when he's writing in a historical setting, although there were still some 'secret history' elements in the backstory the modern-day Los Angeles setting was...
  • Jeanene
    Feb 11, 2019
    More 2.5 than 2 I really wanted to love this, but there were a few issues that kept me from enjoying it. 1. The opening was rather abrupt. You're thrust into a situation where the characters are in grave peril, with no chance to develop any sort of attachment to them first. 2...
  • Martin
    Feb 07, 2019
    I frequently love books by Tim Powers, but these characters never grabbed me and ultimately I didn't care for this despite the cool setting. ...
  • Deborah
    Jun 12, 2018
    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
    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. ...
  • Mark
    Sep 09, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Chris Bauer
    Nov 03, 2018
    IMHO, Tim Powers is one of the most exciting and unique writers of speculative fiction around. I've been reading his work for quite some time and have never failed to be amazed by his work. For some reason, however, "Alternate Routes" just didn't quite click for me. - As a reader...
  • Randi Kennedy
    Jun 24, 2018
    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...
  • April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth
    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...
  • Theo Logos
    Aug 09, 2018
    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 Skelding
    Oct 21, 2018
    Tim's novels are always a treat. I find his prose a bit dense and throws the reader right in which is never a bad thing. But with Tim you need a "world dictionary" sometimes to keep up with the amount of stuff coming at you. Warning you may need to reread a few passages more than once ...
  • Marc Hutchison
    Aug 15, 2018
    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...
  • Henry Lazarus
    Oct 07, 2018
    A ghost world has been created from our super highways filled with ghosts who died by them and then took Alternate Routes (hard from Baen). The Secret Service uses access to these ghosts to predict future attacks on the president, and according to Tim Powers, are willing to kill to kee...
  • Garry Geer
    Oct 21, 2018
    If you are a Tim Powers fan, you will enjoy the book. It has all of his trademark flourishes--a consistent supernatural paradigm that seems almost incomprehensible but isn't, someone with a Past, and a clash of ideologies (although there is a bit more subtlety). The execution was a lit...
  • Lori
    Jan 09, 2019
    3 1/2 stars, but enough fun to round up. It's nice to take a break and read a lighthearted story that's not epic in scope, and Powers still manages to work in enough of his trademark elements of literature, poetry, and mythology to keep it interesting. As others have noted, the villain...
  • Robert
    Dec 12, 2018
    Tim Powers at his spooky best. Alternate Routes turned out to be far more a novel of ideas than I expected: Daedalus and the Minotaur, LA's freeways, ghosts, and covert government agents all intertwined deliciously into a propulsive adventure. The characters and relationships were real...
  • Andrew Shultz
    Aug 28, 2018
    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
    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 ...