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Hide Me Among the Graves

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Winter, 1862. A malevolent spirit roams the cold and gloomy streets of Victorian London, the vampiric ghost of John Polidori, the onetime physician of the mad, bad and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Polidori is also the supernatural muse to his niece and nephew, poet Christina Rossetti and her artist brother Dante Gabriel.

But Polidori's taste for debauchery has grown...more
Unknown Binding, 511 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by William Morrow (first published March 1st 2012)
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karen
byron is not in this book.
at all.

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
Tim
The unwary might stumble upon Tim Powers' new novel, "Hide Me Among the Graves" and think: latecomer to the vampire craze. Powers' longtime fans, though, will recognize the book as a sequel to his excellent 1989 novel, "The Stress of Her Regard," but with those readers, belated recognition of the relationship would be understandable: nowhere on the "Hide Me" cover is the link between the books mentioned, so buyer beware. Does it matter? Yes and no. The reader who has completed "Stress" will be f...more
Christopher H.
A couple of observations about Tim Powers and the books that he writes--First, he can weave a hell of a tale! Second, he certainly does his homework, as his blending of historical fact within his fiction borders upon both the sublime and brilliant! Hide Me Among the Graves is only the third novel by Powers that I've read, but it is easily the best. The other two were The Anubis Gates and The Stress of Her Regard.

By way of background, and as some of you may know, I am a huge fan of the Victorian...more
Melissa Proffitt
Like almost every other reviewer of this book, I have to say: do NOT read this if you haven't read The Stress of Her Regard, to which this book is something of a sequel. Tim Powers excels at creating alternate explanations for actual historical events, and at revealing the truth behind those mysteries, but in this case, those revelations all happened in the first book. Combine this with the return of characters (or their descendants) from The Stress of Her Regard and you have a book that can't c...more
Callista
I bought this at the local more-literary-leaning SFF con' after hearing the author speak. He's very witty, and the brief discussion of this book during his session really piqued my interest.
A good read! I would've finished it sooner if not for various external distractions. What an inventive, atmospheric, complex, intelligent, and creepy story! Of the intriguing characters, I especially liked Christina, Crawford, McKee, Trelawny, and Johanna.
Michael O.
Disclaimer: I read the novel in its proof copy, so the published version may be slightly different.

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
Psychophant
This book is a sequel to The Stress of Her Regard, and I suspect that deliberately it is detached and languid as the pre-rafaelites that are the main characters, compared to the fiery passionate Romantics of the previous book. In the 25 years between both books Powers has slightly improved his technique but he has lost the passion that made Stress... resonate so strongly with its lively characters and the Nephilim that preyed on them. The fact that the previous book is one of my all time fantasy...more
Kelly
(3.5 stars) Tim Powers’s The Stress of Her Regard was one of my favorite random used-bookstore discoveries. After reading it ten years ago, I talked it up to all my friends. It was out of print at the time, so I constantly lent out my own copy until the time I didn’t get it back. When I got wind of Hide Me Among the Graves, a sequel of sorts, I was thrilled and hoped it would be one of my favorite books of the year. So how does it stack up? Well, to be honest, I didn’t like Hide Me Among the Gra...more
Reed
There was a time when rumors of a new Tim Powers book sent me into a frenzy of motion to track it down and read it immediately. He produced an amazing run of books that I loved: Anubis Gates, On Stranger Tides, The Stress of Her Regard, and Last Call in particular. Each book was better than the one before, and I thought I'd found a writer who could do no wrong.

Since then Powers has, for me at any rate, faltered from time to time. Don't get me wrong, I still find his writing intriguing and worth...more
Mark
Update: Ripped through it. Didn't love it. Liked it though, enough to slow down and re-read passages, at times.

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
Sean the Bookonaut
It was a disconcerting coincidence that brought this book to me and if I weren’t a skeptic and a rationalist I might be worried. I had been researching the history of Speculative Poetry for a panel I was moderating at Continuum X and had of course come across the English poet Christina Rossetti, most famous perhaps for her poem Goblin Market, a snippet of which is presented below:

Lizzie met her at the gate
Full of wise upbraidings:
'Dear, you should not stay so late,
Twilight is not good for maiden...more
TheBookSmugglers
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

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
Philtrum
Having worked my way through all 500 pages of this work of “speculative fiction” it’s more a case of ‘Hide Meh Among The Graves’.

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
Andrew
I have survived a string of Tim Powers novels that I didn't care much about (but also _Declare_, which I loved). So I worried about a long-interval sequel to _The Stress of Her Regard_. Unnecessary! This is one of the good ones.

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
Laura
This one took a while to get into and figure out what was going on and which version of the vampire/ghost mythology was being put forward.

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
Kim
Please note: I received an ARC of this novel through the First Reads program. The novel itself will be published on 3/13/12.

Tim Powers is an author I have been reading for at least 25 years. His particular blend of dark fantasy and historical fiction may not appeal to everyone, but I have always been impressed with the way Powers weaves his fantasy throughout the historical narrative, without disturbing the threads that are already there. Not surprisingly, my favorite Powers novels tend to be th...more
Lawrence Kapture
In London, 1845 ­ a 14 year old Christina Rossetti, who will become a well known poet, accidentally awakens the vampire-ghost of her uncle. This will set in motion three decades of struggle as Christina, her brother Gabrielle, a hapless veterinarian and a reformed lady of the night are haunted and stalked by the two great vampires of London. The vampires inspire the Rossettis to create great poetry, but jealously kill anybody their poet "family" might love more than the vampires.

Tim Powers write...more
Catherine Siemann
The idea of this one is terrific -- a sequel to my Powers favorite, The Stress of Her Regard (Keats, Byron, Shelley, and lamia-like vampires which spark your creativity but destroy your loved ones). This one has the entire Rossetti family, including some fabulous Christina Rossetti selections as chapter headings, plus Swinburne, Trelawney, Polidori-as-vampyre, and the son of the protagonists from Stress. I liked Powers' characterization of Christina, particularly. The text doesn't quite seem to...more
Jason Modisette
A warning: this is a sequel to The Stress of Her Regard - which, strangely, is mentioned nowhere on the cover. The reader is assumed to be familiar with the non-standard vampire mechanics from the first book. The mechanics are further elucidated here - I admit I came out of Stress without a very good understanding of them - but I wouldn't recommend anybody read this book first.

Tim Powers always has good ideas, but in recent years he seems to have more and more trouble putting together a captiva...more
Stefan
Here's the Fifty Page Fridays mini-review I wrote about this novel:

http://farbeyondreality.com/2012/03/1...

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!
Jennifer
Tim Powers is what I'd call a master of the secret-history fantasy: a story set in what is ostensibly the real world, with many historical characters, yet imbued with a twist that takes it outside what we'd consider normal. In this case, the Rosettis, one of the leading families of the pre-Raphaelite movement in the 19th century, confront a demonic presence from their past that threatens to destroy them and all of London too.

The cover blurb suggests that this book involves vampires, and for tha...more
Jeff Miller
This is a sequel to the 1989 book "The Stress of Her Regard", a title I so liked and really expressed the contents.

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
Tina Rath
A really excellent book featuring vampires who are at once scary, pathetic and sometimes verging on the grotesquely comic. One of them is poor Polidori, who becomes involved in with his niece, Christina and nephew Dante Gabriel Rossetti when their father makes a very bad mistake and the nephilim (who first appeared in The Stress of her Regard) re-emerge, along with a vengeful Boudicca, eager to bring down London again. Also involved is the humane vet, Michael Crawford and Adelaide McKee, the mot...more
Tim Lewis
Read the review and others like it on my blog:
Tim's Book Reviews

Premise: When Christina Rossetti smears her blood on the little statue belonging to her father, she unknowingly releases a curse upon her family: the vampiric spirit of her late uncle John Polidori, physician to poet Lord Byron. Not only does Polidori’s spirit inspire great poetry and painting to Christina and her brother Gabriel, it threatens their other family members and resurrects Gabriel’s dead wife as a vampire as well. They a...more
William
Tim Powers is one of my favourite authors and I think he’s written some excellent books, but one that I had mixed feelings about was his vampire novel “The Stress of Her Regard”. It did some things very well, particularly when establishing a vampire mythology that made them more inhuman than most recent portrayals of vampires with alien and sometimes incomprehensible motivations. I thought that unlike most of Powers’ books it was lacking in sympathetic characters with even the protagonist being...more
Daniel Cann
This is the first Powers novel I have read and I wanted to see for myself whether it lived up to its promise.

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
J.P.
If this book was a beer it would be called Tim Powers Lite because it contains less.
With a Victorian London setting, séances, and things that go bump in the night I should have loved this book. Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors but this isn't his best effort. There is not enough originality here. With garlic in hand he jumps on the vampire bandwagon in this novel although ghosts play a part as well. As in most of his books, there are supernatural goings on with characters joining in as th...more
Derryl Murphy
While not necessary, I do think it's a good idea if you first read The Stress of Her Regard (one of my all-time favorite novels) as well as the story "A Journey of Only Two Paces" from the collection The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, which acts as a bridge between the two. That said, Hide Me Among the Graves could be read as a stand-alone novel, although I firmly believe you would be missing a lot of the undercurrent of awareness that knowing the previous stories supplies you.

As for the boo...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
‘Hide Me Among the Graves’ is a chilling gothic tale full of ghosts, vampires, and Nephilim. Focusing on the historical figures - siblings Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Mr. Powers has given us an alternative view of the origins of creativity and madness. A Victorian London suffused with the supernatural draws you into the clutches of the monsters and ordinary folk. Unlikely acquaintances and future friends are forced to combat the evil Christina Rossetti had quickened many years ago, be...more
David Miller
I've been a big Tim Powers fan since I read "The Drawing of the Dark" years ago, and look forward to each new book. This one is hard to categorize--it's a sort of steam punk fantasy, featuring real characters from English literary history as well as imagined ones out of horror fiction from Bram Stoker to Stephen King. Great characterization, a historically-grounded sense of time and place, and a fast-moving plot; highly recommended if you're willing to give this mix of genres a chance. I'll neve...more
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Timothy Thomas Powers is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare.

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