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On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers

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So, while I am waiting for my copy of this book to arrive (move faster, Amazon) , I was wondering how many people have read this, the original inspiration of Monkey Island according to Ron Gilbert (and also mentioned as an inspiration for the upcoming Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island)...

Have you read it? Did you enjoy it?

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  • @Irishmile said:
    I am currently re-reading On Stranger Tides for about the 5th time.

    Oooh me too!!

  • I try to get that book now for.. I don't know how long but it is darn tricky to get the English version here in Germany... but I keep looking for it ^^

  • Funny story actually, after I read the forums and the Grumpy Gamer regarding MI being inspired by On Stranger Tides, I decided to head to the bookstore to snag myself a copy, when I went to the clerk and asked in which section I'd find it...this was basically the conversation:

    Me: Where can I find "On Stranger Tides"?
    Clerk: Hold on second and I'll check, are you looking for it because of that new PoTC movie?
    Me: Not really no.
    Clerk: (looks in computer) it's out of stock and they won't ship it to the store anytime soon....
    Me:With the new PoTC movie that's coming out soon, they'd probably ship it back to the store....
    Clerk: I hope so, I was really looking forward to getting the book.
    Me: Awesome! Are you into Pirates?
    Clerk: What do you think? (shows me the medallion from PoTC and a bunch of pirate tattoos) I also work part time as a pirate down by the pier (I live near the beach)
    Me: Wow. So have you played MI?
    Clerk: Heard of it, never played it.
    Me: Then I recommend playing MI, it's an awesome game about pirates.
    Clerk: Alright! I recommend (and here he began to list off all the pirate books titles for me in an almost pirate voice).

    And after that we parted our ways. Easily one of the coolest Clerks I've ever met.
    ...but yeah no luck so far finding it. :\

  • Easiest way to find the book is Marketplace sellers on Amazon.

    As far as the PotC movie goes, they've said it isn't directly based off the book, but since the movie will deal with Blackbeard and the fountain of youth, they figured they would option the book due to the similarities. Best way to look at it is that it's really only similar in title only, especially since the main storyline with Shandy and Whatsherface probably won't be in the movie (it's essentially the already-covered Will/Elizabeth story anyway, just better lol).

    The thing that really sucks is that it kills chances of an actual OST movie.

  • also
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/On-Stranger-Tides/Tim-Powers/p/9780441626861

    also also here is what Tim Powers said about Disney using his book for POTC 4

    "I've watched all the movies several times, of course, and I think the clear thing they would use is the trip to the Fountain of Youth," Powers said. "My main character doesn't overlap with Jack Sparrow at all [in personality or circumstance]; they're totally different characters. I suppose they might overlap the Geoffrey Rush character Barbossa and Blackbeard. The only thing I feel certain they will hold on to is the Fountain of Youth since they telegraphed that at the end of the last movie."

    more can be found here
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/10/surprised-author-tim-powers-finds-himself-setting-sail-with-pirates-of-the-caribbean-.html

  • Okay , I ordered and read the book now :-)

    And I love it :-)

    This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read.. and I read a lot of books :-)


    I have read on some German side about PotC 4 : On Stranger Tides...

    Apparently Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley won't appear in the new movie.
    This is fitting to OST since they need to introduce a complete new character for Shandy and Beth. Some with no pirate experience at alll.

    I can imagine that they will have Jack Sparrow take over the role of Phil Davies. The only Problem is that at the time Jack enters the story that Davies just gets his new ship..but I think they will handle it some way that he can keep the Pearl..

    In my opinion they simply have to introduce a new character as Blackbeard. There is no point in letting Barbossa do that.
    The question is just what to do with him..
    The only question is what they will do with him.. either they add a new role for Babossa or he will play some minor part.. e.g. Venners the rebelling (almost)quartermaster..

    Well. .. any ways I am curious how it will turn out..
    After the bad 3rd movie the need a good one.. and the script they got is a good one ^^

  • I had mine autographed! :) Still can't figure out how they're going to make a POTC movie out of it.

  • @sladerlmc77 said:

    For the first time, I feel that a worthy addition to Treasure Island has been written. I've enjoyed most of the other prequels and sequels, and filed them away as "alternate universe" stories, but never really part of the official canon.


    Well, a really amazing book is "Long John Silver - The True and Eventful History of My Life of Liberty and Adventure As a Gentleman of Fortune", by Bjorn Larsson.

    It doesn't feel like Stevenson at all in fact... it feels like Silver himself, from whose pov is written ;)

    Highly recommended! :)

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