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The Stress of Her Regard

The Stress of Her Regard [Kindle Edition]

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

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

'Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favourite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear... Narrative sparkle, great dialogue, speculative imagination, and emotional power.'
--Peter Straub

'Philip K. Dick felt that one day Tim Powers would be one of our greatest fantasy writers. Phil was right.'
--Roger Zelazny

'Historical fact, dazzling flights of imagination, and wonderful suspense.'
--Dean Koontz

'Tim Powers is the apostle of gonzo history... [He] promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all.'
--Orson Scott Card

'Powers' novels are big in every sense: vast in scope, philosophically deep, impeccably wrought.'

'One of the most original and innovative writers of fantasy currently working.'
--Washington Post

Powers' stellar supernatural thriller... Powers works an impressively original variation on the vampire theme... The meticulous attention to historical and literary detail grounds the story solidly in its period and enhances its imaginative reach. --Publishers Weekly

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Lake Geneva, 1816 As Byron and Shelley row on the peaceful waters of Lake Geneva, a sudden squall threatens to capsize them. But this is no natural event - something has risen from the lake itself to attack them. Kent, 1816 Michael Crawford's wife is brutally murdered on their wedding night as he sleeps peacefully beside her - and a vengeful ghost claims Crawford as her own husband. Crawford's quest to escape his supernatural wife will force him to travel the Continent in the company of the most creative, most doomed poets of his age. Byron, Keats and Shelley all have a part to play in his fate, and the fate of Europe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00902L2AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gothic horror 26 Aug 2012
This highly acclaimed 1989 novel by Tim Powers has been re-released as a "prequel" to the recently published Hide Me Among the Graves. Having read and generally enjoyed "Graves" I was eager to see for myself what the fuss was all about regarding the first book.

It is lengthy at over 500 pages, but, I can happily report, it was well worth it. With the original premise of following the poets Byron, Keats and Shelley and blending their exploits with fiction, Powers has pulled a master-stroke in the genre of horror/fantasy.

This Gothic novel is descriptive, atmospheric, gripping, gory, chilling and utterly compulsive. Unlike its sequel, the characters here are exciting and charismatic. You really feel for the main character of Michael Crawford and the terrible predicament he finds himself in.

A story that has vampires, nephelim, living statues and a supernatural curse as the reasons for literary greatness gets my vote! This is about enjoying talent, but at a great personal cost.

Lyrical, ambitious, sprawling and epic, "The Stress of Her Regard" sees horrific events taking place against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of Europe: a neat juxtaposition.
This is about outcasts living in forced exile in Europe, being stalked by ancient mythical creatures. Frantic and fast-paced, the desperation leaps off the page.

Its only faults are some anachronisms: English and Irish 19th century poets would not use American slang and terms of phrase for example, exclaiming "Goddamit!" repeatedly. Also, they would not describe autumn as "the fall."

Nonetheless, this is an excellent novel and fully deserves the plaudits it already has, and it should enjoy new fans and a wider readership this second time around.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historic fantasy at its best 11 Nov 2002
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"The Stress of Her Regard" is a marvelous and well-researched work of historic fantasy based on the lives of several of the great Romantic poets (Keats, Byron, Shelley). Their muses are real, but they are no kindly Greek goddesses. They are obsessive and jealous supernatural creatures that have co-existed with humans for centuries, inspiring but untimately destroying their lovers/victims. Michael Crawford, the novel's hero, attempts to uncover the history of these vampire-like beings in an effort to find a way to free himself and others from their grasp. "The Stress of Her Regard" is a thrilling work that manages to be both intellectual and action-packed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, eerie read 14 Jun 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A dark book about a man who inadvertently `marries' a statue - and a rather jealous one at that!

While not quite on a par with "On Stranger Tides" (but then, what is?) this is still a good read and with all the usual Powers' descriptive excellence and the mixing of fictional characters with historical ones. It starts off atmospheric and eerie enough but doesn't seem to keep up that level of gothic horror. Also, although there's humour and some well-drawn characters, it's not as memorable as "The Anubis Gates".

All the same, it's another solid offering from Powers and better by far than all those `sucking up ghosts' novels he went on to write.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent twist on the vampire Idea 19 Nov 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
A book that seems to use as it's basis that soom of the last centuries darker poetry, was a fanciful version of the truth. Well written, absorbing, but in many ways original, it ties together many legends with great ease. For many pages i felt as confused as the main character, and needed to find the answers. I ended up reading it all in one sitting and at 500+ pages, that took a while. But well worth the time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story 10 Feb 2013
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An alternative view of the lives of the romantic poets. A vampire fantasy that fits beautifully with the facts that are known about the extraordinary lives of Keats, Byron and Shelley. It is compulsive reading and the European setting is well drawn. There is one aspect of the book that stops me giving it 5 stars and instantly broke the spell that was cast by the otherwise well written narrative. Every now and again (actually, quite frequently in places)one of the very British poets would come out with some very American word or phrase that was completely incongruous. This book really should be overhauled by a British editor because this issue really blights an otherwise excellent book.
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