- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (12 July 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0586072837
- ISBN-13: 978-0586072837
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 4.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,006,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Stress of Her Regard Paperback – 12 Jul 1993
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Tim Powers is a brilliant writer... Wonderfully original'
'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.'
'Philip K. Dick felt that one day Tim Powers would be one of our greatest fantasy writers. Phil was right.'
'Historical fact, dazzling flights of imagination, and wonderful suspense.'
'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.'
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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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.
I didn't find it slow-paced at all - I'm a huge fan of Victorian novels, so the pace felt comfortable, and I loved wallowing in the world the author created. Most importantly, the narration was unobtrusive and never once drew me out of the story (once I got the picture of Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer out of my head). The depiction of time and place felt authentic.
This is a very original take on vampire mythology and on the romantic poets, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I'll never look at statues and stones in quite the same way again.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a rollicking tale of romance, monsters and madness... the author's quill dancing dextrous and inspired across the lives of poets, priests and beasts... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D
An excellent novel and a pleasure to read. A retelling of the stories of Byron, Keats and shelly with an unearthly twist. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting take on the muses, and the byronic. Very well-written, and to my mind, his best.Published on 8 Dec. 2014 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
Michael Crawford is on his way to get married. During a drunken evening with his friends he places the wedding ring on the finger of a statue, which he later finds he is unable to... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2012 by S Riaz
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