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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482931699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482931693
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 15.5 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Tim Powers is the author of several acclaimed works of speculative fiction. His books have won both the World Fantasy and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Awards, twice. He has received the Locus Award three times. He lives in San Bernardino, California. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Evans on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FatBat on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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A sequel to 'The Stress of Her Regard' (with some Expiration Date, Declare and other Power's tropes thrown in). There clearly was a fairly strong idea here, that the burial and exhumation of Lizzie Siddall, Dante Gabriel Rosetti's wife and muse, in Highgate Cemetery was a real life example of the Lucy Westenra sub-plot of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Coupled to this was the idea that the poem 'Goblin Market' by Dante's sister Christina might be autobiographical and the fact that John Polidori, vampire writer of 'Stress of Her Regard', was their uncle, and you have the makings of a first rate Powers historical. Which he unfortunately fumbles very badly. Of the potentially brilliant pre-Raphaelite supporting cast, only Swinburn and the ancient Trelawny of the Romantic era feature. In their place are some wafer thing caricatures, Dr Crawford the 'Veterinarian' (as we don't say in England), McKee the reformed prostitute (a tiresome steam punk heroine, with enough tissue flimsy veneer of Victoriana to say things like 'Mr Carruthers, how dare you mention an ankle in a lady's presence!' while maintaining all the independence and ideas of a modern feminist) and their tiresome daughter Johanna, possibly mislaid from the stage show of 'Les Miserables' or 'Oliver!' as the typical resourceful urchin mid 19th Century capital cities abounded with. These are insubstantial characters whose easy acceptance of the supernatural milieu they move in robs us of much needed exposition. We are indifferent to their fate and frankly 'Either Christina Rossetti, famous poet and carol writer or one of these made up characters must die to satisfy the Vampire's lust!' doesn't really add up to much of a contest.

Overall, I felt the book badly outstayed its welcome. The 1860 part up to Lizzie's burial would have got 4 stars.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
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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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