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The Stress of Her Regard [Paperback]

Tim Powers
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Book Description

1 Aug 2008
When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence, but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes. Told in the guise of a secret history, this long-awaited tale of passion and terror is finally back in print after more than 20 years.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391797
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,259,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A reigning master of adult contemporary fantasy." -- Booklist "The reigning king of adult historical fantasy." -- Kirkus Reviews "Tim Powers is a brilliant writer." --William Gibson, author , Neuromancer "Through both innovation and preservation, Tachyon Publications has become one of the most respected publishing houses in speculative fiction." -- Hellnotes: Fiction, Movies, and Art Dedicated to the Horror Genre "Powers has already proved that he is a master of what he terms 'doing card tricks in the dark,' referring to the incredible amount of historical, biographical, and practical research that goes into his works." -- Harvard Review "Powers plots like a demon." -- The Village Voice Literary Supplement "Good serious fantasy doesn't come much better than The Stress Of Her Regard ." --Oxford Times "Tim Powers is a genius." --Algis Budrys, author, The Death Machine

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Dr Michael Crawford wakes to a bed soaked by carnage and the impossibly savaged body of his bride. He flees England to escape the hangman's noose. His only hope lies with the most notorious poets of the age: Keats, Shelley and Byron.

Slowly they bring Crawford to a terrible understanding of the force that damns him as surely as it protects him. For Crawford has another, secret, bride who rules the hours of his sleep. She is as beautiful as she is evil. She is an ancient power that threatens to ravage the lives of each of her lovers.

A masterful blend of the poetic and the grotesque, the real and the imagined, this transfixing novel displays Tim Power's mastery of the genre at his most ambitious best.

"The best fantasy writer to appear in decades"

"Great ambition and intensity . . . a complex and satisfying novel"

"Good serious fantasy doesn't come much better than 'The Stress of Her Regard'"

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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