Thursday, December 17, 2009

Top 60 Novels of 2000-2009 Countdown, No. 14

Declare by Tim Powers

A wildly imaginative "secret history" novel wraps the notions that d jinn actually exist, that Noah's Ark actually existed, that Stalin employed supernatural help, and that world history turned on the exploits of one man of dubious, sinister parentage, together into an epic novel, complex and exciting novel. Like Three Days to Never and Last Call, the novel creates a fascinating mythic realm out of our reality with heavy overtones of Christianity (particularly Roman Catholicism) in which actual historical figures interact with fictional characters in a tremendous conspiracy with competing elemental forces of good and evil. Even if you have to read some complicated passages twice to figure out what's going on (the expedition up Mount Ararat was a toughie), what you get out of it is worth the effort.  

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