Oooh, pirates, zombies, and voodoo: On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. Creepy? Sometimes. Inspirational? Yes, you may go out and commandeer a passing car in the name of Blackbeard, or turn your neighbor into a zombie to do your nefarious bidding. Overall it’s hard to completely explain how awesome this book is…if you have read other books by Tim Powers you probably understand. There’s voodoo, as mentioned, as well as zombie action, a bit of swashbuckling, creepy trips up strange rivers…wait a sec, some of the cover text will explain what you are in for far better than my ramblings:
A hunt for unearthly spirits with the aid of a mummified two-headed dog. A journey through the Florida swamps in search of the Fountain of Youth. A battle at sea with the Royal English Navy. An encounter with sunken ships crewed by zombies.
All that pirate zombie stuff got me excited – and now I must link to The World Of Monkey Island! Say hi to LeChuck for me.