The Stress of Her Regard Paperback – 12 Jul 1993
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"A reigning master of adult contemporary fantasy." Booklist "The reigning king of adult historical fantasy." Kirkus Reviews "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 "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 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"Great ambition and intensity ... a complex and satisfying novel." Interzone magazine "No one writing today fuses history with fantasy as shrewdlyor as unpredictablyas Tim Powers." The Barnes and Noble Review "Perfect ... like listening to Chopin ... the most beautiful thing in the world ... immaculate ... transubstantial" pauljessep.com "To read Powers is to become immersed in an alternate world that seems more real than our own." Dead in the South "Well-written and overflowing with imagination." Bookgasm "Dark, decadent, romantic fantasy ... utterly fantastic." J.A. Clemens, author, Orlando and Geoffrey "Intricately laced plots, theories of magick advanced and practical, and strange-but-true historical incidents." Green Man Review
From the Back Cover
THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE
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'"
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Where this book falters is in the execution. The story takes ages to get going and rather dumps the reader in the middle of things without really explaining what's going on or what all the strange terms bandied about mean. The book is further spoiled by the complete unlikeableness of the historic poets (Byron, Shelley & Keats) and the ineffectiveness of the lead character, Michael Crawford, who never really drives the plot, merely tags along behind one or other the poets.
The book does pick up in the final third but still moves at a somewhat glacial pace as Crawford and various poets traipse back and forth across Italy.
If you're into your romantic poets then you might get more of a kick out of this book, but I won't be coming back to this book anytime soon.
This is a story of vampires, the supernatural and Crawford's attempt to free himself from events which threaten to overtake him. He finds himself caught up with Byron and Shelley, whose fates are also touched by these creatures. We travel from the Alps, the stronghold of the old gods, to an ancient king who has achieved immortality at a terrible price. As events spiral out of control, Byron, Shelley and Crawford realise they must save themselves in order to save their children. Interesting novel, with good cameo appearances by real historical characters, who include Mary Shelley and Polidori, amongst others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting take on the muses, and the byronic. Very well-written, and to my mind, his best.Published 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
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... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by Marigolduser
Tim Powers is one of my favourite authors, and three of his books feature in my all-time Top Ten, but this isn't one of them. It's slow, boring, and incredibly depressing. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by MR PAUL JOHNSON
A wonderful book about the younger Romantic poets with an ingenious "what really happened behind the scenes" twist.Published on 3 Jun. 2008 by ensj