The Drawing of the Dark
It is the year 1529 and Brian Duffy, a soldier of fortune, finds himself in Venic...more
The siege of Vienna, Vikings, and the Fisher King. Oh, and Merlin, of course. I'm tired, and lazy as hell, so that's about all the plot summary I can muster. On one level this is a book about beer, as might be inferred (playfully) from the title. It's the secret history of what the Ottomans were really after when they marched on Vienna, and a forgotten chapter of Arthurian Legend.
This is one of Powers's early novels, and I found it a little more concise than some of h...more
I liked it cause of his style of writing, his characters ,the humour,action and the awesome blend of historical setting and the supernatural. His themes are very interesting.
A ripping yarn ! A great historical fantasy.
The best thing about this book, is that so many people read it and then it dropped off the radar. That means it'll be a new experience for everyone reading it now un affected by the reactions of others.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I read it prior to 1983. This book gives a remarkable look at Europe's history then overlays that with a tale that rivals Kevin Hearne's wide open "Hounded" for bringing all the old Deities under the big tent.
This one predates the glut of Arthurian pastiches, adaptions and outright rip-offs that got so popular for a while. Here we start with the story of a 14th century "soldier of fortune" com adventurer who's traveled and been a rogue and mercenary (among other things), Brian Duffy. Faced with what might be termed "an affair of honor" (facing 3 men) he find...more
A comic tale set in 16th century Vienna when Turkey tried to invade the West, the story follows hapless mercenary Bryan Duffy as he struggles to defend the West, and to understand the weird dreams...more
From the Amazon.Com review, here is a rundown on the plot:
It is the year 1529 and Brian Duffy, a soldier of fortune, finds himself in Venice. A late-night confrontation with three brothers over a matter of honor convin...more
Tim Powers uses familiar mythological characters and themes to create a truly original story, with the mystical elements of the story slotting seamlessly into the realistic historical setting of Vienna in 1529. I never come away from one of his books thinking I've read it before, nor does he feel the need to stretch a story over twelve volumes when one will do.
While the citizens of Vienna and their hired mercenaries prepare for a siege and wonder wh...more
But it paid off in the end as things came together. Other then that issue the writ...more
I enjoyed the slow unfolding of the story, as the hero, Irishman Brian Duffy becomes a part of the fantastical happenings. Later though, the story seemed to drag a bit for me and the...more
Punctuating the relentless beer drinking is plenty of action; Duffy is beset by antagonists at every turn trying to thw...more
At first, I approached this one as I approach all Powers books, with a bit of trepidation, like an old friend that I've not seen in a long while. I'm not sure we're still going to hit it off. Not certain we still have enough in common to get past the awkwardness. Worried the rapport is going to be stilted and forced. But then I...more
The fundamental message is that beer is the foundation of Western civilization and has the power to change the world, but I'm sure beer drinkers everywhere already...more
il mio spacciatore di letteratura fantastica (strategie evolutive)
melo presentava così:
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Un vecchio mercenario irlandese assoldato come buttafuori di una birreria, durante l’assedio di Vienna da parte dei Turchi, comincia a notare alcune stra...more
But few things are as they seem, and strange ev...more
Duffy is an aged soldier on the road to the Siege of Vienna, where he hopes to achieve some employment as a defender of the city. Along the way he s...more
Brian Duffy, aging soldier of fortune, had been hired in Venice by a strange old man who called himself Aurelianus Ambrosius. He was supposed to go to Vienna and act as bouncer at an inn where the fabulous Herzwesten beer was brewed. That was clear enough.
But why was he guided and guarded on the trip by creatures from the ancient legends? Why should he be attacked by ifrits and saved by mythical dwarfs? What was so important about the Herzwesten beer to the Fisher King -- whoever he was? Why w
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