A Merry Read On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers An ocean voyage can fill many a long and weary hour; days at sea with a sky that seems to stretch on forever, and nary a sail is seen to break up the horizon. For all of you pirates who haven't learned to hit the "R" button while you are cruisin' the archipelago, I am tossing you what I think is a lifeline that will save you from drowning in an ocean of ennui. On Stranger Tides is a book written by Tim Powers that I hope will find favor with you. It is a fictional work that relates the history of "Jack Shandy" and his misadventures with Blackbeard and various other pirates, along with distinctly Caribbean supernatural phenomenon, both beneficial and malevolent. One of the things I really enjoy about Tim Power's writing is that while I am reading it I am never certain of whether the elements of his story are based upon factual research, or his own creativity. Voo doo, or Vodun, (along with Homer's The Odyssey,) plays a big part in the lives of the pirates in this book, and Powers' telling of the tale makes, what appears to be historically accurate, odd behavior committed by the real pirates within the book accountable to the dictates and practices of a dark and macabre religion. In short, most of the members of PA should feel right at home in Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides, and I recommend it to you without the slightest hesitation. I hope that anyone else who has already read the book will chime in with their opinion on it, and that anyone who does read it will let me know what they thought about it. I take an especial pleasure in finding out that a book I recommended to someone was something that they enjoyed. I finally figured out how to get my signature set up, so I couldn't resist the urge to make another posting, however, if I get enough feedback letting me know that I am on the right tack with the majorities' reading tastes, I'll come up with more book recommendation posts, as I think of them.