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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
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Oct 07, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: steampunk
Read in March, 2009

Brendan Doyle is an expert on Samuel Coleridge and a contemporary of his, William Ashbless, hired by a crazy millionaire to take part in a trip through a hole in the river of time. Rich clients have paid Darrow, the millionaire, a million dollars each to travel back to a Coleridge lecture in 1805. Only something goes wrong, as it does in most time travel stories...

Powers's writing is good without having needless descriptions. His depiction of the early 1800's is really vivid. I found a few of the plot twists obvious but that might be because Three Days to Never used similar themes.

The Anubis Gates is really good as far as time travel stories go and features such diverse elements as magicians, body-swapping, ape men, two competing camps of beggars, and all kinds of other craziness that seem to be Tim Powers's bread and butter.

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02/28 page 0
03/02 page 157
40.57% "I'm pretty sure Doyle winds up being Ashbless"
03/03 page 182
47.03% "Still sure Doyle is Ashbless"
05/05 marked as: read
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I have this on in the tbr mountain, so I'm glad you liked it. I didn't know this was steampunk. Cool!

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Dan Schwent It's more historical than steampunk. The way Powers does time travel is pretty cool.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I have heard really good things about Powers. Have you read Declare? It has djinn and spy themes combined. Pretty cool mix.

Nancy The Anubis Gates and The Drawing of the Dark are my favorite Powers books. Declare bored me to tears, but I may give it a try again at some point. The Stress of Her Regard looks good too.

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