The Drawing Of The Dark (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 14 Nov 2002
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"The Drawing of the Dark is not only one of my favorite Tim Powers novels, it's simply one of my favorite novels. The seamless and seemingly effortless blend of action and humor, the wonderful characters, the rich settings, the brilliant plot--all of it is perfect."
--JAMES P. BLAYLOCK
"Tim Powers does it right! Combining the best of mythology and real history, he takes you on a rollicking magical adventure that is both tense and hilarious. You won't read a more plausible explanation for Western Civilization, or one that's half so much fun. So raise your glass to The Drawing of the Dark."
"I stand in awe of Tim Powers's recent work, but I must confess my secret love for The Drawing of the Dark.Powers was one of the first to put fantasy back in the city where it belongs! If you're sick of endless quests through murky woods and lonely mountains, this is the place to start."
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"Tim Powers is like no other. Tim Powers is granite where others are shale. Tim Powers chuckles like a river at night. Tim Powers is like a butterfly hovering at the pin, ruminating, eyebrow cocked, over the dancing angels. Tim Powers is not like any other, now and far into tomorrow."
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'The Drawing of the Dark is not only one of my favourite Tim Powers novels, it's simply one of my favourite novels. The seamless and seemingly effortless blend of action and humour, the wonderful characters, the rich settings, the brilliant plot - all of it is perfect' James P. BlaylockSee all Product description
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The narrative switches from first person to third person as the characters build from the opening scenes from a little intriguing to well rounded and engaging, Powers has a real talent for this and I consider it his unique selling point along with the sheer breadth of his imagination.
The book, like his others, has so many surprises awaiting the reader, there are developments you couldnt possibly anticipate, a rare thing really, and the book seems like its one part historical thriller and two parts mystical fantasy. Unlike some books in the genre it's never at pains to try and reveal every detail or construct the overarching mythos all at once.
However, for me, one of the unique things about Powers writing is the ways in which the extraordinary features are rationalised and comprehended by the characters who experience them, this truly is the sign of a great story teller that they can take the ordinary or extraordinary and have the reader think about it afresh.
Its possible to encounter fantasy writing where heroes encounter mythical beasts or magic as a matter of course, Powers depictions are much more entertaining and believeable as they try to comprehend things exactly, fail to do so or only partially, muddle through, hope for the best, try their best.
The story is divided into "three books", the first dealing with the questing of the hero, Irishman Brian Duffy, to the inn at which he's expected to be a bouncer, then his adventures in that role and finally the conclusion. This book really doesnt disappoint, very engaging.
I have enjoyed all the books that I have read so far, but this one, "The Drawing of the Dark" is the best I have read. The characters are rich and well drawn. The story is captivating and I read it in one sitting it was that good.
I would rank this as one of the best books I have ever read. Once again it demonstrates Tim Powers' imagination and ability to write great fantasy fiction. It is a pity that he does not seem to enjoy that much success in the UK. Do people only ever buy and read production line books? That can be the only explanation for why the highly innovative and well-written books of Tim Powers never do that well here. Treat yourself - buy this book and read it!
The story involves Brian Duffy, an Irish soldier of fortune, who is lured to Vienna to act as a bouncer by an mysterious old man. Vienna is under siege by the Turks at the time and eventually Duffy discovers the real reason for this (which I won't reveal) and his role in preventing them accomplishing their true purpose. This mediaeval mystical conspiracy theory sounds vaguely ludicrous, as Duffy himself relates to a friend, and this level of wry humour is what has been missing from Powers' recent books. Powers has continued with his mystical conspiracy theories of history, incidentally, "The Anubis Gates" and "On Stranger Tides" being good examples of this (and good books.) He's less successful importing this mystical conspiracy theory stuff into the modern day.
Back to this book. It's well written, interesting, historically accurate in the historical parts (and who can say about the mystical conspiracy theory) and wryly humourous in place. In short, all you could want from a book. Buy it.
Overall Tim Powers has a way of making characters fresh and engaging in a way that too many writers fail to appreciate. The plot of the book itself is largely inconsequential, but that's ok. The action is thrilling, the dialog is sharp and witty and the historical authenticity somehow adds to the fantastic element of the book. The protagonist is very well realised, to the extent that Brian Duffy lives on in your head long after the book is finished.
Although Last Call has a similar protagonist and is by far a better book, The Drawing of the Dark is a short, fun read that easily holds its head above the morass that is modern fantasy.
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