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The Anubis Gates (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) by [Powers, Tim]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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A fast-paced and exciting tale of a nineteenth century London that never was by a master storyteller

From the Back Cover

THE CRIMES OF THE ANCIENT TIME TRAVELLER

When scholar Brendan Doyle is flown across the Atlantic to give a lecture on Samuel Taylor Coleridge the last thing he expects is to meet the man himself. Nor does he anticipate being stranded penniless in the teeming, thieving London of 1810.

Every effort to return to the present is thwarted – until he hears someone whistling a refrain from 'Yesterday'.

"The best fantasy writer to appear in decades"
THE GUARDIAN

"A roller-coaster ride through a world teeming with characters ranging from the grotesque to the fiendish: tremendous fun"
CITY LIMI TS

"An adventure novel, an impressively intricate time-travel conundrum, a supernatural thriller, a literary mystery, a horror story, plotted with manic fervour, executed with exhilarating dexterity at breakneck speed . . .A virtuoso performance"
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1123 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway; New Ed edition (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOJJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
There are so many reviews of fantasy books claiming that each one is better and more exciting than the last, but this really is a stormingly good book. It has so many elements to it and such a fast pace that the whole thing sucks you in from the beginning and shakes you in it's teeth until the very end. A huge variety of bizarre, macabre and historical figures all collide and the books is packed with conspiracy, cultists, gypsies, crooks, mad scientists, scary jesters, innocent victims, poets, magic and Eygptology of the best hokum kind, all jostling for space in the seedy backstreets of a not-quiet-London. The plot twists and curves, from chases to black magic to underground dens of thieves. The prose is tight and often grim, but without the longwindedness that so often besieges fantasy writers. This is a wonderful, exciting book crammed with ideas, and great fun to read with the story continuing to surprise until the very end.
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If you think it would be impossible to meld Egyptian gods, time travel, poetry, and historical fiction, think again, because this book does it.
Brendan Doyle, a scholar with expertise in Samuel Coleridge and the (fictional) William Ashbless poets of the early 19th century, is drawn into a scheme to actually travel back to the period of those poets via `gaps' in the integrity of time flow left from the performance of a major spell by a mysterious survivor/sorcerer of ancient Egypt. Kidnapped and marooned in this time period, Doyle is introduced to the underwold of that London, becoming a beggar who must hide from the sorcerer's disciples (and their ka's, replicas grown from the original's blood). Figuring out why he is object of such attention and determining what to do about it forms the balance of this work.
The action is fast paced, the situation complex and in places appropriately horrific, the described environs of London and Egypt in that period very well done. Most of the characters were well drawn, from the ka Romany to Jackie the beggar, and their motivations and actions normally made good sense. Historically, this seems to be quite accurate in terms of known events, from the Duke of Monmouth's attempts to take the English crown to the known early life of Lord Byron. Some of the images and ideas of this book are excellent, from little four inch high men to a valid, believable werewolf. And it does provide an interesting explanation for some of Coleridge's visions.
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Tim Powers has that rare skill of dragging the reader into his world from the very first page. And this book does not disappoint. The characters are many but all are full and wonderful. The reader is never in doubt as to their motives or feelings to their situation or surroundings. Being set in Victorian London, there is always ample going on and Powers puts this across with gusto. Twists and turns in plot as well as the dark alleys of sinister London has the reader continually suprised but not in a way to distract from the main theme. Magicians, scary clowns on springs, half men/dog beings giving chase to our reluctant hero who tries to use his future knowledge to help him get back home.Wonderfully written. Fantastic story line. Characters that you care for. This book stays with you well after the last page. Many read it over and over again. Twenty stars!!
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I picked up a copy of the Anubis Gates 14 years ago and have been hooked on Tim Powers since.
Time travel, gypsies, love story, fantasy, intrigue......The Anubis Gates has it all. As ever Powers weaves a web which sucks the reader in and then takes you on a rip roaring roller coaster ride of your life.
The only bad thing about the book is that it ends!
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I saw this story adapted for the stage, and, while I lost the thread somewhere in the middle, I did enjoy the humour and the performance.
Having a familiarity with the outline of the plot, I decided to actually read the book and see if the adaptation was true to it. I'm happy to say that it was a good adaptation. I liked the humour, the fish-out-of-water perspective of Doyle, the magic of the fading Egyptians, and the way that the grasping real beggars were not as grasping as the rich man who wanted wealth and eternal life.
I'd recommend this as a good read for those who want something out of the ordinary.
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OK firstly, ive been generous today and awarded 3 books 5 stars... i do wish amazon would move to a percentage system so reviews could be more accurate!

With that out of the way, this is a superb time travel book. Everything about it works well for me... great characters, well paced plot and superbly written. Not short on action, and i love the recreations of London from decades and centuries past. It's a shame some of the reviewers found this a tough read, as it is well worth the effort and there are much tougher reads out there in the fantasy genre.

For me, this is one of those books that stands out - i read more than a book a week and so it's easy to forget a lot of them, but this is one i wont, and will certainly read again in the future.

I think this is the kind of book that would be perfect for someone looking to spread their wings from Tolkien-style fantasy too, try something different and take a look at this book.
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