Hide Me Among the Graves
But Polidori's taste for debauchery has grown...more
which is a shame.
when this came in to the store, greg handed it to me and grunted something like, "here. byron."
and i was like "yayyyy!" because of all the millions of books i have read that have byron as a character, tim powers is the only one who ever got it "right." and i skimmed the dust jacket and saw polidori's name and saw byron's name, but didn't really read it too closely because i knew i had to borrow it immediately.
and i kept waiting for byron to appe...more
By way of background, and as some of you may know, I am a huge fan of the Victorian...more
Turns out that John Polidori, friend to Byron and a doctor, became a vampire when he committed "suicide" and he's infected his brother-in-law, Gabriele Rossetti; Rossetti's children, including Dante Gabriel and Christina, take on the role of fighting these risen ghosts. Garlic, metal, silver bullets, staying in an enclosed area and using birds to capture the s...more
A good enough read, but for Powers fans, it'll be familiar stuff, images and ideas already hashed out in "The Stress of Her Regard," "Declare" and others. What seems to be missing is the sense of something larger at stake, which Powers grasps for in the story/legend of the ancient warrior-woman Boadicea (which continually made me think of one of my top 10 favorite words, bodacious), but...more
Tim Powers always has good ideas, but in recent years he seems to have more and more trouble putting together a captiva...more
Short version: looks like a great novel, but it's probably best if you read The Stress of Her Regard first.
Long version: click on the link above!
Read this book: If you like Victoriana or a gothic horror mood.
HMATG starts as a creepy, personal horror story about a family haunted by an unknown power. Then it spirals outward to include more point-of-view characters and a broader story. Characters who were important in the beginning fall into the background and then re-emerge into the foreground sporadically, giving me the unsettling feeling that I never really knew whom the book was *about.* As the villains become better explicated, th...more
This is very moody and atmospheric. I love a good Gothic thriller, and this one manages to build interest and suspense with its shape-shifting vampires, nephilium and ghosts. Here séances take place in a fog-shrouded London that boasts secret tunnels and lairs.
Packed with mystery, matters of the occult, the supernatural, and a family like no other, this is top-notch literary entertainme...more
As for the boo...more
The original book had Byron, Shelley, their crowd of artsy associates, and (protagonist) Michael Crawford. This one, set a couple of decades later, has Christina and Dante Rossetti, *their* crowd of artsy associates, and (new protagonist) John Crawford. Plus the vampires,...more
When I set out to review this one, I didn't realize that there was a prequel of sorts that would help the reader get a bit of historical background on the creatures that roam the dark London streets in this novel so The Stress of Her Regard might...more
Hide Me Among the Graves ranks as a middle-of-the-road Tim Powers novel, which still gets it 4/5 stars from me. The story concerns Rosetti family, famous for their poetry, art and criticism in the Pre-Raphaelite, haunted by the pseudo-vampires who also appeared in Powers' The Stress of Her Regard (which I have not read), and using the concept of eating ghosts which appeared in Expiration Date (whic...more
The cover blurb suggests that this book involves vampires, and for tha...more
The first novel dealt with a doctor who had become under the influence of a female vampire and came into the orbits of poets Shelley and Byron.
This new book involves involves the Rossetti family and John Crawford the son of the doctor from the first novel. Right now I am rather allergic to vampire novels as so many are being published and very few worth reading. Though I am not alle...more
There are three elements to a Powers book: the historical setting he's researched, the unique magical elements he's come up with to explain oddities in the historical record, and the characters that bring it to life.
Since I'd already read The Stress of Her Regard, I...more
In Tim Power’s 1989 acclaimed novel The Stress of Her Regard, the protagonist Michael Crawford battles vampiric forces of evil side by side with Byron, Keats, Shelley et al.
Hide Me Among the Graves is a standalone sequel to that novel, following John Crawford, the son of that novel’s protagonist as he battles the same sort of vampiric forces of evil, this time alongside another group of artists: the Rossetti family (Dante Gabriel, Christina and their s...more
Powers specialises in basing his novels around real historical characters (in this case the Rossetti family) and then weaving in some supernatural hokum (in this case vampires).
This is a sequel of sorts to his 1989 novel ‘The Stress of her Regard’ which need not be read first.
I won’t go through the plot in detail here. It’s reasonably well worked out, and it’s linear (...more
Anyway, this is pure Tim Powers with the meticulously researched historical details mixed with a strange hidden underworld of magic and weirldy specific rituals and techniques. I...more
Powers does a great job recreating 19th century London, detailing the streets, pubs, and even ancient underground sewer syst...more
You could read Graves on its own, but not having the backstory for some of the characters and their mot...more
Then he was breathing again, in rapid gasps, but over the noise of that and his thunderous heartbeat he heard McKee call softly from the darkness ahead, "Crawford, what is it?"
And he could hear in her voice the tightness of nearly unbearable strain, of savage panic savagely suppressed.
Clearly she was experiencing everything that he was, and she was not clawing her way back...more
That said, it contains Powers' usual dense, elegant prose, beguilingly plausible secret histories, and taut, goth...more
Most of Powers's novels are "secret histories": he uses actual, documented historical events featuring famous people, but shows another view of them in which occult or supernatural factors heavily influence the motivations a...more