Hide Me Among the Graves

Hide Me Among the Graves

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by Tim Powers
     
 

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From Last Call to On Stranger Tides to Declare to Three Days to Never, any book by the inimitable Tim Powers is a wonder. With Hide Me Among the Graves, it’s possible that the uniquely ingenious Powers has surpassed even himself. A breathtaking historical thriller in which art and the supernatural collide, Hide Me Among

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From Last Call to On Stranger Tides to Declare to Three Days to Never, any book by the inimitable Tim Powers is a wonder. With Hide Me Among the Graves, it’s possible that the uniquely ingenious Powers has surpassed even himself. A breathtaking historical thriller in which art and the supernatural collide, Hide Me Among the Graves transports readers back to mid-19th century London and features a reformed ex-prostitute, a veterinarian, and the vampire ghost of Lord Byron’s onetime physician, uncle to poet Christina Rossetti and her brother, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. A novel that, like all his others, is virtually impossible to pidgeonhole—or to resist—Hide Me Among the Graves is the taut, gripping, and utterly remarkable literary thrill ride that Tim Powers fans have been eagerly waiting for.

Editorial Reviews

Bill Sheehan
Powers holds this complex enterprise together with wit and unflagging ingenuity…his language is consistently evocative and precise. He delivers a wonderfully detailed portrait of two very different cities: the "real" London with its slums, salons, poverty and grandeur, and an alternate London, a subterranean realm where secret, unrecorded histories take place…Finally, he has a knack for creating arcane, oddly plausible rituals that permeate the narrative. These rituals…might seem contrived or even silly to an unsympathetic reader, but they are ultimately quite effective, imposing a quasi-scientific logic on the most extravagant imaginative flights. The result of all this is entertainment of a very high order, a seductive account of love, art and supernatural terror that only Tim Powers could have written.
—The Washington Post
Locus
"[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture...[A] powerful work."
Entertainment Weekly
"[I]nternational metaphysical intrigue involving time travel, Jewish mysticism, and Albert Einstein. . . . [I]t all somehow works in Powers’ wily storytelling logic. B+."
Denver Post
"[An] intense, downhill-race of a story . . . the summer sleeper hit of 2006."
San Francisco Chronicle
"[THREE DAYS TO NEVER] contains so many genuine pleasures . . . plenty of action, humor and unexpectedly touching human drama. . . . [a] welcoming entry point to [Powers’s] singular fictional universe."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers."
Booklist
"Almost despite its wonderful weirdness, this thriller moves at a frantic clip . . . [the] very outlandishness [of Powers’s metaphysics] makes the story all the more compelling."
New York Times Book Review
"Endlessly inventive . . . You might finish this overstuffed novel still unsure about the connection between Einstein and astral projection, but if you give in to Powers’s imaginative leaps and relentless pacing you may find that a mere quibble."
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"For those who have never read Powers before, THREE DAYS TO NEVER might be a welcoming entry point to his singlular fictional universe."
Rocky Mountain News
"Grade: A . . . Powers never fails to reward readers with fascinating and believable tales that take them just beyond the edges of reality. Combining historical fact, science-fiction and thriller pacing, THREE DAYS TO NEVER is worth the wait. . . . Savor THREE DAYS TO NEVER."
Library Journal
The late John Polidori, author of The Vampyre, returns to Victorian London to haunt his young relations, Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his sister, poet Christina. Polidori's malevolent presence prompts the siblings to join forces with a reformed prostitute and the father of her missing child, whose life is also threatened by Polidori, to destroy the vampiric creature. This is a semi-sequel to The Stress of Her Regard (1990), a supernatural take on the Romantic poets, from the always inventive and genre-blending Powers. VERDICT A fascinating exploration of the fine line between inspiration and insanity, this horror/historical fiction/adrenalin blend will make your flesh creep and your heart pound.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482931716
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/19/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.90(d)

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