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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
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Aug 16, 11

Read in April, 2006, read count: 1

This wasn't really a bad book, but it was nowhere as spectacular as I'd been led to believe. Perhaps it was a bit more "historical" than I would have liked, and yet not enough - after having read Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, I have a feeling that a lot of historical fiction is going to come up short. Anyway, I'm having a hard time coming up with solid critiques...

I didn't really care for the story, so there's that. It seemed like it should be interesting, but it sort of fell flat for me. The plot was a peculiar mix of predictability and surprise, though admittedly most of the predictability came pretty close to the beginning... Oh, and I found that the main character, Brendan Doyle, really didn't reel me in at all. I never felt like there was any reason I should be rooting for the guy; he was just kinda... there, an accidental tourist in the past who really sort of just blundered through the story on blind luck.

Maybe Tim Powers just isn't for me. ~shrug~
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