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Stress of Her Regard
     

Stress of Her Regard

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by Tim Powers
 

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World Fantasy Award Winner
Michael Crawford is forced to flee when discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed. Yet it is not the revengeful townspeople he fears but the deadly embrace of the malignant spirit that is claiming him as her bridegroom.
Crawford will not travel alone; soon he is aided by his fellow victims, the greatest

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The Stress of Her Regard 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And now for something old and completely different! Think all vampire novels are alike? Not this one. It's odd, macabre, unexpected, compelling, and at times grim. If you are expecting the typical sexual tension found in paranormal romances, look elsewhere (although true love is well represented). In my mind this novel, first published in 1989 and Barbara Hambly's Traveling with the Dead (1996) are genuine fantasy novels that craft their own myth (rooted in Stoker). In a way they are opposites: the Powers plot starts out normal and quickly twists into wild, while Hambly is so restrained that it hardly feels like fantasy. In both books the protagonists are ordinary people struggling to survive the incredible. After the Ann Rice dynasty I was reluctant to pick up anything that mentioned the word vampire. The Stress of Her Regard was a bolt out of the Blue (picked it for the author and really didn't know what it was about) and I resisted Traveling with the Dead, but finally gave in because I like Hambly. Still some of the best, in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is totally 'out there.' I don't think I can read it long enough to find out where 'there' is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With "Anubis Gates" and "On Stranger Tides" and this book, Tim Powers created a new genre and became the indisputed king of it. The settings are real places, the characters were real people, the quotes to start each chapter are right out of real works. Somehow Powers ties them all together in such a believable manner it will have you hitting Wikipedia every other page to see if you can figure out where history ends and the Fantasy starts. A triumph!
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