A Soul in a Bottle by Tim Powers

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A first edition of a 1968 book of poems, with a sonnet that appears in no other copy -- a mysterious girl with a special fountain-pen, who needs a special favor -- and an old woman who warns used-book dealer George Sydney that helping the girl he's fallen in love with will mean that he will never have fallen in love. Hollywood Boulevard, with its bars and used-book stores and the legendary Chinese Theater, is the psychic killing ground where Sydney must learn the rules of an old supernatural rivalry -- and choose to save either the woman he loves, or his soul.

About Tim Powers

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Tim Powers is the author of numerous critically acclaimed novels, including "Declare, Last Call, Expiration Date, Earthquake Weather, " and "The Anubis Gates". He is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award and lives in San Bernardino, California.
Published November 15, 2006 by Subterranean Press. 83 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this taut, eerie novella from Powers (Three Days to Never ), used-book hunter George Sydney finds he can summon a beautiful poet when he discovers a signed volume containing a previously unknown variant of one sonnet.

Oct 16 2006 | Read Full Review of A Soul in a Bottle


As Georges falls for the woman and the specifics of the story play out the central moral dilemma becomes should George bring the ghostly woman that he loves back to life which may potentially sacrifice the life of another innocent woman or does he save the woman at the expense of the one he loves.

Jan 24 2007 | Read Full Review of A Soul in a Bottle

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