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Free Book Friday! Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers


Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers



From the award-winning author of Hide Me Among the Graves, Last Call, Declare, and Three Days to Never, a phantasmagoric, thrilling, mind-bending tale of speculative fiction in which one man must uncover occult secrets of 1920s Hollywood to save his family. In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and his sister, Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline’s return to the childhood home they once shared. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their shabby South-of-Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this haunted “House of Usher in the Hollywood Hills” that is a conduit for the supernatural. Decorated by bits salvaged from old hotels and movie sets, Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film stars. A collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time – to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are both puzzling and terrifying. Though their cousins know little about these ancient “spiders” which provoke unpredictable temporal dislocations, Ariel and Claimayne have been using for years – an addiction that has brought Claimayne to the brink of selfish destruction. As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat’s spell, Scott discovers that to protect her, he must use the perilous spiders himself. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family’s past and finally free them. . . or be pulled deeper into their deadly web?

ISBN 9780062262462, Paperback

There are currently 9 Members wishing for this book. 1 lucky member will win a brand-new copy.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this Blog post. You must be a PaperBackSwap member to win.

We will choose 1 winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 12 noon EDT, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!



Note: All the books given away on Free Book Friday are available in the PBS Market. We have thousands of new and new overstock titles available right now, with more added hourly. Some of the prices are amazing – and you can use a PBS credit to make the deal even better!

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90 Responses to “Free Book Friday! Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers”

  1. Summer R. (summer-rose) says:

    Love to read a new book =}

  2. Dennis O. says:

    Something something comment, something something free book

  3. Elaine C. says:

    Never enough books! I would love to read this!

  4. What a great idea – giving away a book! I hope I win!!

  5. Karen R. says:

    Sounds like an interesting read.. I’m not familiar with this author.

  6. Heather D. (daylily77) says:

    This sounds intriguing and right up my alley.

  7. Dorthy H. (Blueiris) says:

    How exciting! A chance to read a new, to me, author writing a book that sounds like it’ll keep me up all night just reading. Sure home my name is chosen. (Cross fingers, cross fingers!)

  8. Chas D. (charleyd) says:

    Sounds interesting!

  9. Sherrie M. (bookjunkiescafe) says:

    I love historical book. This sound like a good read.

  10. Lisa G. says:

    How fun. What a good idea!

  11. Thanks for the contest.
    Plug me in as a player.

  12. Vicky A. (dunnville) says:

    Would love to try something by this author! Good luck everyone!

  13. Denise C. (charb) says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  14. Terryn says:


  15. Andrew K. (kuligowskiandrewt) , says:

    Not familiar with the book or author – but from the description, sounds like I’d LIKE to be.

  16. Pat A. (mysterybookenthusias) says:

    This would be a new genre for me…sounds very exciting!

  17. Bully L. (roxanne3) says:

    This is a new to me author. It sounds intriguing! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  18. Esther A. (kulnana) says:

    I have been with paperback for many yrs. now and I have never been disappointed with any book I’ve read. This one sounds like something I would love to read so…I hope I win.

  19. Denise C. (jazzcat) says:

    I have not heard of the author, but the summary of the story sounds really good. Please, please, pick me because my library doesn’t have this book and now I want to read it!!!

  20. Emily S. (emilystallman) says:

    Pick me!

  21. Lori W. (catsndogsnbooksohmy) says:

    sounds like a great book!

  22. This is a new author for me. I love the summary, sounds really interesting.

  23. Lisa G. (bookjunkey) says:

    This would be a totally different type of read for me – but I’m curious!

  24. Elizabeth M. (straightace) says:

    A perfect read for anyone who loves Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as much as I do!

  25. Nikki J. (LadyCamaro) says:

    Sounds interesting!

  26. Tracey W. (tracey13) says:

    Lots of interesting plot lines!

  27. SirryD says:

    Wow this one sounds good! I am ready to read it right now!

  28. Amy S. (frugalgoddess) says:

    Bringing history and mystery together plus the 1920’s are a few of my favorite reads. Thank You for bringing free book Friday to us. Good luck to everyone!

  29. Lynn M. says:

    Love to read.

  30. Natasha R. (pittsteelfan) , says:

    Always looking for new authors to read. Sign me up Please!

  31. Natalie C. (gone-reading) says:

    Sounds interesting. Yay for free book Friday!📚

  32. Leanna P. says:

    Never a dull moment with a book to read and your imagination.

  33. princessleia says:

    Pick me! 🙂

  34. LYDIA K. says:

    This sounds like a great read. I’m a book hoarder but only of good books like this one!

  35. Jodi S. (jodisaylor0307) says:

    Hooo… Would love it!

  36. Cindy N. (canesl59) says:

    Just love Tim Powers!!!! I have read Last Call several times and would be honored to receive this book to add to my collection! Please!

  37. Nicole P. (fay) says:

    I think my boyfriend would love this book.

  38. Andrew L. (mythreeblondes) says:

    I really liked “Drawing of the Dark”; I’d like to try another of his books!

  39. Leketoy says:

    This is really good book. Thank you.

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