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3.0 out of 5 stars No...spark., 6 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Hide Me Among the Graves (Kindle Edition)
I regard Tim Powers as one of THE great fantasy writers, infinitely more original (and clever) than 99% of the hacks clogging up the fantasy booklists, and I've never really disliked anything of his I've read, but I struggled with this. I found I didn't like the characters much (I haven't thought about Dante Gabriel Rossetti since I was a student trying to impress an art-student girlfriend with my - pretty sketchy - knowledge of the Pre-Raphaelites)and more importantly, there was no pace. The plot plodded along for hundreds of pages without much actually happening. As so often with Powers' work you can still see the cleverness in the writing (the way he weaves real historical events into the supernatural elements never gets old, and is the reason it gets up to three stars rather than two it would otherwise deserve), but in this particular case the plotting and characterisation made it difficult to care.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2013 15:25:19 BDT
Gothic Fan says:
My feelings exactly. Sadly, this was my introduction to Tim Powers (although I've long intended to read The Anubis Gates one day) and by page 200, I'd really had enough of this rambling, repetitive, non-urgent narrative. I had to skim-read the rest of this yawn-fest just to get to the end.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2015 21:42:43 GMT
Marc Wilson says:
Throw this into a skip and read the Anubis Gates instead, or the Drawing of the Dark.
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