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Hide Me Among the Graves

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,100 ratings  ·  410 reviews
Winter, 1862. A malevolent spirit roams the cold and gloomy streets of Victorian London, the vampiric ghost of John Polidori, the onetime physician of the mad, bad and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Polidori is also the supernatural muse to his niece and nephew, poet Christina Rossetti and her artist brother Dante Gabriel.

But Polidori's taste for debauchery has grown
Paperback, 511 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by William Morrow (first published March 2012)
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byron is not in this book.
at all.

which is a shame.

when this came in to the store, greg handed it to me and grunted something like, "here. byron."

and i was like "yayyyy!" because of all the millions of books i have read that have byron as a character, tim powers is the only one who ever got it "right." and i skimmed the dust jacket and saw polidori's name and saw byron's name, but didn't really read it too closely because i knew i had to borrow it immediately.

and i kept waiting for byron to appe
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The unwary might stumble upon Tim Powers' new novel, "Hide Me Among the Graves" and think: latecomer to the vampire craze. Powers' longtime fans, though, will recognize the book as a sequel to his excellent 1989 novel, "The Stress of Her Regard," but with those readers, belated recognition of the relationship would be understandable: nowhere on the "Hide Me" cover is the link between the books mentioned, so buyer beware. Does it matter? Yes and no. The reader who has completed "Stress" will be f ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For those of you in the know, all I really need to say is TIM POWERS. You'll get it.

For everyone else, we've got here a VERY period tale that has done an immense measure of research into the lives and times of Christina Rossetti and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, featuring these siblings as main characters in an all-out VAMPIRE novel. And it never feels contrived.

Excuse me, lol. We have a modern audience here. Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a famous poet and painter in the 19th century. Christina Rossetti
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire-fiction
I've been a big Tim Powers fan for many years now, and a new one from him is always a delight. HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES is no exception. I adore the way he attacks a plot with exuberance and bravado. In this one we're tossed into the lives of the Rossetti family, a veterinarian, a prostitute and an adventurer in Dickensian London all plagued by a family blood curse that has come back to claim its own. It's also a sequel to an earlier work, but you don't need to know that to enjoy this one on its ...more
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
A couple of observations about Tim Powers and the books that he writes--First, he can weave a hell of a tale! Second, he certainly does his homework, as his blending of historical fact within his fiction borders upon both the sublime and brilliant! Hide Me Among the Graves is only the third novel by Powers that I've read, but it is easily the best. The other two were The Anubis Gates and The Stress of Her Regard.

By way of background, and as some of you may know, I am a huge fan of the Victorian
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
Was it horror or sci-fi or just a drama? I couldn't really tell. It didn't pull me into the story and it took quite awhile to understand what was happening. Having figured it out, it was a bit too weird for me. but i Wouldn't hesitate to try another book by him, this one was just well....Boring ever with vampires ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) Tim Powers’s The Stress of Her Regard was one of my favorite random used-bookstore discoveries. After reading it ten years ago, I talked it up to all my friends. It was out of print at the time, so I constantly lent out my own copy until the time I didn’t get it back. When I got wind of Hide Me Among the Graves, a sequel of sorts, I was thrilled and hoped it would be one of my favorite books of the year. So how does it stack up? Well, to be honest, I didn’t like Hide Me Among the Gra ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having worked my way through all 500 pages of this work of “speculative fiction” it’s more a case of ‘Hide Meh Among The Graves’.

Powers specialises in basing his novels around real historical characters (in this case the Rossetti family) and then weaving in some supernatural hokum (in this case vampires).

This is a sequel of sorts to his 1989 novel ‘The Stress of her Regard’ which need not be read first.

I won’t go through the plot in detail here. It’s reasonably well worked out, and it’s linear (
I bought this at the local more-literary-leaning SFF con' after hearing the author speak. He's very witty, and the brief discussion of this book during his session really piqued my interest.
A good read! I would've finished it sooner if not for various external distractions. What an inventive, atmospheric, complex, intelligent, and creepy story! Of the intriguing characters, I especially liked Christina, Crawford, McKee, Trelawny, and Johanna.
Melissa McShane
Like almost every other reviewer of this book, I have to say: do NOT read this if you haven't read The Stress of Her Regard, to which this book is something of a sequel. Tim Powers excels at creating alternate explanations for actual historical events, and at revealing the truth behind those mysteries, but in this case, those revelations all happened in the first book. Combine this with the return of characters (or their descendants) from The Stress of Her Regard and you have a book that can't c ...more
Catherine Siemann
The idea of this one is terrific -- a sequel to my Powers favorite, The Stress of Her Regard (Keats, Byron, Shelley, and lamia-like vampires which spark your creativity but destroy your loved ones). This one has the entire Rossetti family, including some fabulous Christina Rossetti selections as chapter headings, plus Swinburne, Trelawney, Polidori-as-vampyre, and the son of the protagonists from Stress. I liked Powers' characterization of Christina, particularly. The text doesn't quite seem to ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Update: Ripped through it. Didn't love it. Liked it though, enough to slow down and re-read passages, at times.

A good enough read, but for Powers fans, it'll be familiar stuff, images and ideas already hashed out in "The Stress of Her Regard," "Declare" and others. What seems to be missing is the sense of something larger at stake, which Powers grasps for in the story/legend of the ancient warrior-woman Boadicea (which continually made me think of one of my top 10 favorite words, bodacious), but
S.B. Wright
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a disconcerting coincidence that brought this book to me and if I weren’t a skeptic and a rationalist I might be worried. I had been researching the history of Speculative Poetry for a panel I was moderating at Continuum X and had of course come across the English poet Christina Rossetti, most famous perhaps for her poem Goblin Market, a snippet of which is presented below:

Lizzie met her at the gate
Full of wise upbraidings:
'Dear, you should not stay so late,
Twilight is not good for maiden
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a time when rumors of a new Tim Powers book sent me into a frenzy of motion to track it down and read it immediately. He produced an amazing run of books that I loved: Anubis Gates, On Stranger Tides, The Stress of Her Regard, and Last Call in particular. Each book was better than the one before, and I thought I'd found a writer who could do no wrong.

Since then Powers has, for me at any rate, faltered from time to time. Don't get me wrong, I still find his writing intriguing and worth
This book is a sequel to The Stress of Her Regard, and I suspect that deliberately it is detached and languid as the pre-rafaelites that are the main characters, compared to the fiery passionate Romantics of the previous book. In the 25 years between both books Powers has slightly improved his technique but he has lost the passion that made Stress... resonate so strongly with its lively characters and the Nephilim that preyed on them. The fact that the previous book is one of my all time fantasy ...more
Michael O.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I read the novel in its proof copy, so the published version may be slightly different.

Hide Me Among the Graves ranks as a middle-of-the-road Tim Powers novel, which still gets it 4/5 stars from me. The story concerns Rosetti family, famous for their poetry, art and criticism in the Pre-Raphaelite, haunted by the pseudo-vampires who also appeared in Powers' The Stress of Her Regard (which I have not read), and using the concept of eating ghosts which appeared in Expiration Date (whic
Lawrence Kapture
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In London, 1845 ­ a 14 year old Christina Rossetti, who will become a well known poet, accidentally awakens the vampire-ghost of her uncle. This will set in motion three decades of struggle as Christina, her brother Gabrielle, a hapless veterinarian and a reformed lady of the night are haunted and stalked by the two great vampires of London. The vampires inspire the Rossettis to create great poetry, but jealously kill anybody their poet "family" might love more than the vampires.

Tim Powers write
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Please note: I received an ARC of this novel through the First Reads program. The novel itself will be published on 3/13/12.

Tim Powers is an author I have been reading for at least 25 years. His particular blend of dark fantasy and historical fiction may not appeal to everyone, but I have always been impressed with the way Powers weaves his fantasy throughout the historical narrative, without disturbing the threads that are already there. Not surprisingly, my favorite Powers novels tend to be th
Amy (libraryofamy)
I read this book several years ago... I can't even remember when. All I can remember is that I spent several hours one day during one summer reading this, finishing most of it in one sitting.

I remember loving the beginning and ultimately feeling disappointed by the end. This story was very repetitive, and I felt like there were so many missed opportunities.

However, I still think about this book often. I truly can't remember what year I read it, but this is one of the few books that burned itself
Amy "the book-bat"
This was a somewhat unusual book and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I will say 3 stars for now, but that could change. ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

In Tim Power’s 1989 acclaimed novel The Stress of Her Regard, the protagonist Michael Crawford battles vampiric forces of evil side by side with Byron, Keats, Shelley et al.

Hide Me Among the Graves is a standalone sequel to that novel, following John Crawford, the son of that novel’s protagonist as he battles the same sort of vampiric forces of evil, this time alongside another group of artists: the Rossetti family (Dante Gabriel, Christina and their s
Christina Vasilevski
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, 2017
The first section was great, but the book didn't quite land the ending. ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have survived a string of Tim Powers novels that I didn't care much about (but also _Declare_, which I loved). So I worried about a long-interval sequel to _The Stress of Her Regard_. Unnecessary! This is one of the good ones.

The original book had Byron, Shelley, their crowd of artsy associates, and (protagonist) Michael Crawford. This one, set a couple of decades later, has Christina and Dante Rossetti, *their* crowd of artsy associates, and (new protagonist) John Crawford. Plus the vampires,
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This one took a while to get into and figure out what was going on and which version of the vampire/ghost mythology was being put forward.

Turns out that John Polidori, friend to Byron and a doctor, became a vampire when he committed "suicide" and he's infected his brother-in-law, Gabriele Rossetti; Rossetti's children, including Dante Gabriel and Christina, take on the role of fighting these risen ghosts. Garlic, metal, silver bullets, staying in an enclosed area and using birds to capture the s
Jason Modisette
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
A warning: this is a sequel to The Stress of Her Regard - which, strangely, is mentioned nowhere on the cover. The reader is assumed to be familiar with the non-standard vampire mechanics from the first book. The mechanics are further elucidated here - I admit I came out of Stress without a very good understanding of them - but I wouldn't recommend anybody read this book first.

Tim Powers always has good ideas, but in recent years he seems to have more and more trouble putting together a captiva
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just love Tim Powers. Well his writing anyway, having never met the man. What's not to love about a book about proper vampires ( they don't glitter) set in 19th century England with Christina Rossetti and her brother Dante Gabriel struggling to avoid being overcome by vampiric possession and maybe save the world as well? This book is up there with the best of Tim's work. So much atmosphere that it practically rolls in off the cold river Thames like an early morning mist...
Just get it and read.
Lana Sims
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a pre-Raphaelite fan and devotee of Christina Rosetti, I loved this book. The book is filled with characters from the time and the characters themselves are imbued with paranormal influences that are oddly apt for what is known of their personalities and writing. This is a masterful blend of poetry, paranormal events, vampires, myth, and adventure. Fans of On Stranger Tides will not be disappointed. While this is not a quick read, particularly if one is tempted to reread the poets during the ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Here's the Fifty Page Fridays mini-review I wrote about this novel:

Short version: looks like a great novel, but it's probably best if you read The Stress of Her Regard first.

Long version: click on the link above!
This one was almost a disappointment, because I loved The Stress of Her Regard so much, and the plot of this book (pretty much a sequel to The Stress) seemed a little stretched, a little repetitive in parts. I still liked it a lot, though, especially because it introduced me to poets and artists I hadn't exactly been interested in before. I looked up Algernon Swinburne during a reading break and spent the rest of the book snickering to myself whenever he showed up. He sure was something.

There w
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
DISCLAIMER. I haven't read the entire book, I didn't finish it(!), but I wanted to review it, so here we are. Some of this stuff may be, and quite possibly will be, settled at the end of the book, please keep that in mind. If you have read this book till the end, feel free to let me know if I'm completely missing the point.
I didn't want to keep reading, simply because I really didn't like it. Here's why:
1), Tolerant View of Prostitution. I don't want to have to go into details, just simply that
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Timothy Thomas Powers is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare.

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

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“We need a pretty substantial favor.” She pointed at Crawford and herself. “He and I want to get married. Uh, Father Cyprian, this is John Crawford, and this is our daughter, Johanna.” The priest nodded sympathetically. “One does tend to keep putting these things off, doesn’t one?” 1 likes
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