richf714, June 14, 2012 (view all comments by richf714)
For all you Tim Powers fans this book does not disappoint. For those who have never had the opportunity to read Tim Powers, read this book. This book contains a story of poets and vampires, but not in any traditional sense. It is written in the typical matter of fact Tim Powers approach to the ethereal.
It is a relatively easy and enjoyable read.
Tim Lewis, April 15, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
Using real historical figures and giving them unique personalities, this is historical fantasy at its best. Reading Hide Me Among the Graves made me feel the same way I felt after reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for the first time. Powers places you right amongst the characters and makes you feel and fear as they do, especially when facing the supernatural and as they make new discoveries of the unknown. Pushing past Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this is my new favorite vampire novel.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The vampiric specter of John Polidori, who published the first work of vampire fiction in 1819 and died a probable suicide in 1821, haunts 1862 London in Powers's stellar supernatural thriller, a sequel of sorts to 1989's The Stress of Her Regard. In particular, Polidori menaces his nephew and niece, pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his poetess sister, Christina, who turn for help to reformed prostitute Adelaide McKee; Adelaide's veterinarian lover, John Crawford; and Edward John Trelawny, who, like Polidori, was a member of the Byron and Shelley circle. Polidori is plotting with other members of his ancient race, the Nephilim, to victimize not only the families to which they're attached but the city's entire populace. Powers works an impressively original variation on the vampire theme, and makes the Rossettis' crusade extremely poignant through the revelation that they are their most creative only when under the vampire's malignant influence. The meticulous attention to historical and literary detail grounds the story solidly in its period and enhances its imaginative reach. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers."
by Library Journal,
"The nonstop action of this diverting steampunk thriller will attract many readers."
"In this fast-paced nail-biter...the breakneck pace and labyrinthine plot pull us through history, mythology, mystery, and horror with [Powers'] signature creative verve. "
"It would be a serious mistake to dismiss Hide Me Among the Graves as something less than art....It's a smart, exciting and perfectly constructed novel, and it's hard as hell to put down."
by Peter Straub,
"Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favorite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear."
by Harper Collins,
From Last Call to On Stranger Tides to Declare to Three Days to Never, any book by the inimitable Tim Powers is a wonder. With Hide Me Among the Graves, it's possible that the uniquely ingenious Powers has surpassed even himself. A breathtaking historical thriller in which art and the supernatural collide, Hide Me Among the Graves transports readers back to mid-19th century London and features a reformed ex-prostitute, a veterinarian, and the vampire ghost of Lord Byron's onetime physician, uncle to poet Christina Rossetti and her brother, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. A novel that, like all his others, is virtually impossible to pigeonhole — or to resist — Hide Me Among the Graves is the taut, gripping, and utterly remarkable literary thrill ride that Tim Powers fans have been eagerly waiting for.
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