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The Stress of Her Regard Paperback – 1 Aug 2008
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"No one writing today fuses history with fantasy as shrewdly--or as unpredictably--as Tim Powers." --"The Barnes and Noble Review"
"A reigning master of adult contemporary fantasy." --"Booklist"
"The reigning king of adult historical fantasy." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Tim Powers is a genius." --Algis Budrys, author, "The Death Machine"
"Powers plots like a demon." --"The Village Voice Literary Supplement"
"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"
"Tim Powers is a brilliant writer." --William Gibson, author", ""Neuromancer"
"Good serious fantasy doesn't come much better than The Stress of Her Regard."
--Publishers Weekly "Powers's framing of a vast, mysterious conspiracy, with ancient supernatural powers, hidden riddles, and secret societies, rivals anything written by Umberto Eco...."
--Blogcritics Magazine "Intricately laced plots, theories of magick advanced and practical, and strange-but-true historical incidents."
--Green Man Review ..".well-written and overflowing with imagination...."
--Bookgasm "Tim Powers is a genius."
--Algis Budrys, author, The Death Machine "Doing what Powers does best, by interspersing a dozen plot lines and characters with a bucket-load of paranormal and tying them up perfectly, he has conjured a tale that could be taken from the history books and taught as fact, and no one would even bother to challenge it. The unfortunate truth is that it's not real, and that's what it makes it all the more amazing."
The secret history of the Romantic poets: Powers masterfully recasts the tragic lives of the Romantics into a uniquely frightening tale. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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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.
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