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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
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Apr 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: time-travel
Read in October, 2007

A time-travelling expert on early 19th century poets travels back to 1810, confronting beggars, sorcerers, body-swappers, plots and counter-plots, and even Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The tale moving intriguingly between the many characters, and the backdrop of a dingy, dark London, enhances this supernatural thriller.

The only downside, from my point of view, was keeping track of some of the characters, as the body-swapping and sometimes duplication (Ka) of one or two of them, on occasions had me back-tracking the pages to keep up with it. But that could just be me.

For time-travel fans it's one to consider, but there's more dastardly intrigue and sorcery than anything else.

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