Kim Ryser's Reviews > The Anubis Gates
The Anubis Gates
by Tim Powers
by Tim Powers
This is a reread. I read this years ago and since I've been reading lots of steampunk books recently, I wanted to revisit this one. I had forgotten how genuinely scary and horrifying this book is. Not the best thing to be reading at night right before turning out the light. The book has some huge strengths, but it also has its flaws. The plot is so complex and convoluted that, to be honest, the author does a great job making it as readable and comprehensible as it is. But the book is full of unexplained events that don't make any real sense. Not just some massive time-travel paradoxes, but then all the mysterious magic elements that are never explained or justified. Including a rather massive and literal Deus Ex Machina at the end. But the things that bothered me the most are when he doesn't explain little things like "How can he understand Arabic all of a sudden? When did that happen?" The pacing of the book is furious and I think the author doesn't want to stop the runaway train to explain things, but those things stick with me and keep distracting me from the text. Overall, it's definitely a recommended book to read, obviously I gave it 4 stars. And it has been very influential over the past almost thirty years. But I find myself frowning about it on having finished it. I've tried to read a couple of the author's other books and found them quite disappointing. On a second reading of this one, I can see some of the same flaws here.
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