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Hide Me Among the Graves

Hide Me Among the Graves [Kindle Edition]

Tim Powers
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Tim Powers is a brilliant writer... Wonderfully original --William Gibson

Superbly written, wonderfully imagined. --The Times

Tim Powers is a highly talented, much-lauded writer who does a terrific job of grounding the darkest and wildest of vampiric fantasies in carefully researched historical and literary reality. Intelligent, gripping and terrifying to boot. --Daily Mail

Powers conjures a rich mythology based on vampire lore [blending] literature, history and the supernatural. Powers is one of the best fantasy authors, here at the very top of his game. --Financial Times

Powers' sense of time and place is impeccable, and his characters - real and imaginary - leap off the page as the story gallops towards a thrilling finale. A long time coming, Hide Me Among the Graves has been worth the wait. --Guardian

Powers's speciality is secret supernatural histories of the world that offer far more plausible explanations for everything than, say, Dan Brown, and are conceptually far wittier. He is an intelligent, emotionally complex writer with a taste for elegantly conceived nightmare. --Independent

Dickens as directed by David Lynch... both clever and fun. --SFX Magazine

Dickens as directed by David Lynch... both clever and fun. --SFX Magazine

A brilliant gallop through 19th-century London and the ghost-ridden sewers beneath. --Alison Flood, Sunday Times

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From multi-award-winning fantasy writer Tim Powers: a secret history of 19th-century London.

London, 1862: a city of stinking fog and dark, winding streets.

Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinary doctor John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier and the father of her only child, long presumed dead. She has recently learned that the girl lives - but her life and soul are sought by a ghostly vampire. And this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is that of John Polidori, Lord Byron's doctor...

Sweeping from high society to grimy slums, from elegant West End salons to the pre-Roman catacombs beneath St. Paul's, Hide Me Among the Graves blends the historical and the supernatural in a unique and dazzling novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VVK2OQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No...spark. 6 Mar 2013
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I regard Tim Powers as one of THE great fantasy writers, infinitely more original (and clever) than 99% of the hacks clogging up the fantasy booklists, and I've never really disliked anything of his I've read, but I struggled with this. I found I didn't like the characters much (I haven't thought about Dante Gabriel Rossetti since I was a student trying to impress an art-student girlfriend with my - pretty sketchy - knowledge of the Pre-Raphaelites)and more importantly, there was no pace. The plot plodded along for hundreds of pages without much actually happening. As so often with Powers' work you can still see the cleverness in the writing (the way he weaves real historical events into the supernatural elements never gets old, and is the reason it gets up to three stars rather than two it would otherwise deserve), but in this particular case the plotting and characterisation made it difficult to care.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Fun 31 Dec 2012
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A really excellent book featuring vampires who are at once scary, pathetic and sometimes verging on the grotesquely comic. One of them is poor Polidori, who becomes involved in with his niece, Christina and nephew Dante Gabriel Rossetti when their father makes a very bad mistake and the nephilim (who first appeared in The Stress of her Regard) re-emerge, along with a vengeful Boudicca, eager to bring down London again. Also involved is the human vet, Michael Crawford and Adelaide McKee, the mother of his child Johanna, a waif about as far from the conventional Victorian heroine as you can get with her fondness for drink, and her worldly knowledge "I know about such things...I was nearly married to a coster boy last year." Adelaide, as well as making her living in the `Hail Mary trade' - the sale of small birds - aves - knows about the strange sorcerous underworld of London, accessed through tuppenny lodging houses, wells and underground passages, whose passwords are preserved in a nursery rhyme: "Origo lemurum, oranges and lemons."
They take on the nephilim with a mixture of esoteric knowledge, mirrors, garlic, silver and basic human decency - the scene where Michael is saved by the ghosts of the cats he has rescued and cared for over the years is well worth a sniffle - altogether I loved it and I can thoroughly recommend it. One for the Children of the Night Award here, I think.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 12 Nov 2012
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I thought this book was a decent follow-up to The Stress of Her Regard. The descriptions of Victorian London and its characters were great, and I loved the character of Michael Crawford.
I thought Powers painted Dante Gabriel Rossetti as a bit too sympathetic - I am a huge fan of the Pre-Raphaelites and, based on what I have read, Rossetti was one of the most selfish men who ever lived. Powers also never even mentions Jane Morris, with whom Rossetti was obsessed for the second half of his life, which I find a little strange given the nature of the Nephilim.
However, I really enjoyed the book, as ever with Tim Powers the inclusion of little historical and literary snippets make it all the more exciting, and I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We must search among the graves" (spoiler) 22 Feb 2014
Oh, Tim Powers. No other author could write so convincingly of fishy ghosts in the Thames, zombie kids and ethereal vampires stalking the Pre-Raphaelites.

For that is exactly what happens in "Hide Me Among The Graves," a distant sequel to Powers' classic "The Stress of Her Regard." This is a horror novel for people with a love of art and philosophy, entwined with grey mist, childhood nightmares and countless quotes of classic poetry -- as well as beloved poets and writers for both villains and heroes.

The Rossetti family has been haunted by the vampiric presence of their uncle, John Polidori, for countless years. But in 1862, Gabriel and his sister Christina begin to suspect that Gabriel's drug-addled wife Lizzie is being preyed on by not only Polidori, but another vampire. Meanwhile, John Crawford is contacted by an ex-prostitute named Adeleide McKee, with whom he once had a brief affair -- and, she now reveals, a daughter named Johanna.

So now McKee, Crawford and the Rossettis must join forces to save the souls of their loved ones -- to save Johanna from Polidori's clutches, and Lizzie from being enslaved as another vampire. When Lizzie dies unexpectedly, they have an opportunity to shatter Polidori's power.

Fast forward seven years. Both Gabriel and Crawford are shocked when their lost loved ones turn up in their homes -- one living, and one undead. Polidori's power has been shattered, but he's determined to regain it by using Christina's blood. Now the odd bunch must reunite before Polidori and his ancient queen use Johanna for their own ends, which could literally tear Britain apart.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tim Powers' worst book! 1 Dec 2013
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If you haven't read 'The Stress Of Her Regard' this book will be unfathomable. And if you have read it then this book will be unsatisfying, with paper-thin characters who you won't give a damn about. I gave up after getting half way through. Tim - you can do much better (read 'On Stranger Tides' or 'The Anubis Gates' for great stories).
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