Hide Me Among the Graves: A Novel

Hide Me Among the Graves: A Novel

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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780061231544
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Pages: 511
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including Hide Me Among the Graves, Three Days to Never, Declare, Last Call, and On Stranger Tides, which inspired the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award twice, and the World Fantasy Award three times. He lives in San Bernardino, California.

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Hide Me Among the Graves: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Irishgypsy88 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as an escapist read. The character plots jumped around a bit, so I had to really pay attention to make sure I understood who we were talking about and what the situation was, but I felt sympathy for the characters, particularly John Crawford, who seems brought into everything kicking and screaming. I never appreciate it when someone does something for another person's "own good," because it's really themselves they are helping and I saw that in the character of Adelaide McKee. I was also rooting for Johanna and thought she was a strongly writte character. The Rosettis were largely just annoying, as I felt they were responsible for almost everything that happened to them through their own foolish choices. As I said, I did like this book. It's the type I would read in-between more serious novels.
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you love a story set in the mid 1800's in the dark and cold world of old London, where the monsters that lie await when the sun goes down is your type of thriller/suspense, then Hide Me Among The Graves by Tim Powers will be the perfect novel for you.When I set out to review this one, I didn't realize that there was a prequel of sorts that would help the reader get a bit of historical background on the creatures that roam the dark London streets in this novel so The Stress of Her Regard might be the answer if you find yourself questioning what you're reading as you begin. I implore you to continue your effort because once you understand that there are two different stories that combine as you read on, then the ride will become more enjoyable.The premise behind this one involves the first set of characters The Rossetti family. Through a brief discussion with her father before his dies, Christina is informed that her father possesses a stone figure that has invited supernatural creatures into their lives. The creatures are vampire/ghosts that benefit their hosts by offering them enhanced-talents such as the ability to paint or write well, but there is also a price to pay. Unfortunately for Christina instead of taking her father's advice and destroying the figure, she duplicates her father's ritual and brings forth her dead uncle, Polidori. Only now, she wishes to find a way to get rid of it before the curse destroys more that just her family.The second set of characters that the reader is introduced to are an ex-prostitute known as Adelaide McKee and a veterinary-surgeon, John Crawford who are brought together by their uncanny ability to protect themselves from the creatures of the night. Now years later, Adelaide confesses to John that she lied to him when they first met and subsequently had his child. The child has died and now Adelaide is convinced they have to try and find a way to keep her from becoming a vampire/ghost.I received this book compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers, for my honest review and love the rich detail the author uses to construct the setting and characters for his story. I almost gave up at the beginning because the storyline is a bit confusing but after reading what others had written that read this one, I knew I had to go back with a bit of gusto and complete it. I was so glad I did! This is not your sparkly vampire love story, but one that most writers created long ago, when monsters and shadows did not stay where they should. For those of you looking for those old suspense thrillers, this is the perfect book for you. Be prepared however, the beginning can be difficult but once you know that two sets of characters exist you can proceed along at a great pace. I rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
ronincats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was received as part of the Early Reviewer's program.Tim Powers has written another powerful book. Returning to the era of the romantic poets and The Stress of Her Regard, Powers again inserts his story in the interstices of the recorded history and writings of Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Algernon Swinburne. His story of the vampiric Nephilim and their interactions with mortals makes use of the poems and letters of the key historical figures and explains their most fruitful writing periods and their barren periods as well.I love Powers, and always look forward to his writing, but I will be curious to hear how others perceive this book. I was always so aware of what he was doing, and marveling at the depth of research he must have done, that it was hard to submerge myself into the story as I did with The Stress of Her Regard.
elric17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual a well thought out and developed story using the historical poets of the time, He truly makes one feel, as if he is in London. A vampire tale that could have been, well worth the read. The only negative is the book did not flow well at the beginning, but once you got past it, you couldn't stop reading.
beserene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book, the companion to Powers' 'The Stress of Her Regard', much more slowly than I expected to. I don't think it was the book's fault, but rather a case of poor timing on my part, but I will say that I was not pulled in to this novel as quickly or as fully as I was with the first. Part of the issue is that any reader who has read the first novel recently (as I have) knows exactly what's going on, which means that this book is much more about characters and interactions than it is about the mystery of the Nephilim, so one doesn't feel as compelled by the sense of wonder and intrigue that characterized the previous experience.Fortunately, Powers writes great characters. While his characterizations of famous literary figures -- the Rosettis, Swinburne, Trelawney -- are fascinating and genuine, Powers gives us other obscure or fictional characters who really become the focus of the readers' bond in this story. Crawford and McKee are such marvelously ordinary, good but flawed people that one cannot help but feel connected. While the icons of literature are idiosyncratically fun, Crawford -- with his reluctant heroics and authentic reactions -- is a man we could spend time with. Similarly, McKee and Johanna act almost as a bridge between the ordinary and the extraordinary, making the strange twists and supernatural conflicts of the novel seem oddly plausible. Lest you be discouraged by all this talk of the ordinary, you should be aware that this is still a Tim Powers novel. As is typical, it covers unexpectedly large swathes of time and involves any number of fantastic adventures that occur at a generally unrelenting pace. This novel does not gallivant across the European continent in the way its predecessor did; it has a very strong sense of place, centered on London, and uses the character of the city in wonderful ways. The tone of the novel leans solidly into horror -- there are quite a few adventures into dark places and ending in dark deaths, and the title accurately indicates the ghostly atmosphere -- but there is nothing here that seems gratuitously violent or idly inflammatory. The entire book is tightly planned; Powers even seems to have trimmed some of his tendency toward over-indulgent description, which I sometimes missed. I do love an indulgence.The overall result is probably one of Powers' most balanced and most marketable books. Thoroughly enjoyable, with rich intellectual and emotional presence, the novel curls and careers down fascinating paths without making the reader feel overwhelmed. While a part of me misses that occasional sense of "WTF?" which characterized other Tim Powers reading experiences, I appreciated the elegant lines of this story. Highly recommended for fans of historical fantasy, historical fiction, dark fantasy or just Very Good Books.
jcmontgomery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim Powers is one of a few authors whose works I collect and keep in my home library. I couldn¿t wait to read Hide Me Among The Graves, especially with its connections to The Stress of Her Regard. I highly recommend reading them back to back to get the full effect of the `secret history¿ Powers has created. The Stress of Her Regard came back into print in 2008, it shouldn¿t be too hard to find.You could read Graves on its own, but not having the backstory for some of the characters and their motivations may make it harder to follow some plotlines. Since you¿re going to become a Tim Powers fan (if you aren¿t one already), might as well get both books.I admire the author¿s skill at infusing historical fact with fictional elements instead of the other way around. It¿s refreshing to read a book whose uniqueness is not only in its narrative, but the care taken to craft a story that never fails to entertain. The world he creates becomes frighteningly believable. His characters have a depth and complexity that you¿d usually see in literary fiction, and works well in this story of phantoms and vampires.If you haven¿t read any Tim Powers, may I recommend The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides in addition to The Stress of Her Regard and Hide Me Among The Graves. Then you¿ll truly see how gifted this author is in melding genres or really, transcending them. He writes for the story, not the niche it¿s supposed to belong in.I like that. And you will too.
PirateJenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim Powers, how do I love thee? Since I'm no poet, and since Elizabeth Browning has no place in this novel I'll stop there.Once upon a time, I stumbled upon a book, The Stress of Her Regard, that featured not only some of my favorite poets (Byron, Shelley, and Keats), but one that added a supernatural twist in the form of the muses that inspired them. Lamia they were called in that one. It's been a good twenty years since I read that novel and it hasn't left me. And since then, I've never met a Tim Powers novel I haven't liked.But Hide Me Among the Graves is special. It's special because it returns to the world of Stress of Her Regard. And because it centers on the relationship between Byron's onetime doctor, John Polidori, and his nieces and nephews, the Rossettis (of the Pre-Raphaelites). I love connections like this.Before you go out looking for a copy of Stress (which I believe is back in print, and which you should read anyway), rest easy. This book can stand alone. There are references to Stress, but only in ways that aren't crucial to the plot. John Crawford mentions his parents, but you don't need to know any more of the their story than is told. The influence of the nephilim on the Romantic poets is mentioned, and Edward Trelawney is back. But this is wholly its own story.The story, briefly, is that of Christina Rossetti and what she unwittingly brought into her life when she was fourteen. And how that creature, Polidori, along with Miss B., desires to destroy London. Christina's brother, Dante, brought the creature's attention to one Adelaide McKee (they get so jealous of anyone that someone in their family loves--and "love" has a very loose definition). McKee has a daughter with John Crawford, who happens to be the son of a woman Polidori had attached himself to in the past. Of course Polidori and Miss B. must be defeated.Again, Powers has outdone himself with his research (even to the point of using the name Boadicea, as she was known then, rather than Boudicca). He had me checking London's history to see if some events really happened. And had me thinking that some of the events *should* have happened. For historical fiction with a supernatural twist, you can do no better than Tim Powers.And the cats were awesome.
kbuxton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It had been more than a decade since I read Powers' related The Stress of Her Regard so I didn't quite know what to expect from this one. What I found was a very different take on vampires set in London during the mid-ninteenth century amid poets (Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne), street urchins, and the accidentally involved. (If you read Powers' collection The Bible Repairman, one of the stories is directly tied to this novel)
viking2917 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim Powers is the master of the historical magical fantasy novel. Weaving together fragments of historical truth with magical arcana, any Powers novel is a treat. Declare, for example, connected little known, but true, facts about Kim Philby, Lawrence of Arabia, and Communist Russia with djinn and demons to create a wonderfully atmospheric novel. In Hide Me Among the Graves, he does the same for the Victorian poets, Vampires, and Boudica, the early English queen of the Iceni who razed London when it was controlled by the Romans.Christina Rossetti and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, also historical Victorian poets, are haunted by the vampiric ghost of John Polidori, the (historical) physician to Lord Byron, and author of one of the earliest Vampire stories in English. Being haunted by a Vampire, or bitten by one, seems to give one the power to create poetry of the highest quality, not accessible to normal humans. Byron, Shelley, and Algernon Swinburne (who figures prominently in the novel), all are under the sway of vampires, or are vampires themselves. The various excerpts of poetry selected as chapter headings by Powers definitely seem inspired by the direct experience of the supernatural. The central characters of Hide Me Among the Graves are the veterinarian Crawford and former prostitute McKee, who had a daughter after being thrown together after an encounter with the supernatural, and try to save their daughter from the ghost of Polidori. Victorian England is painted vividly in the novel, and Crawford and McKee experience the usual supernatural trials that await any Tim Powers protagonists. They are assisted by the (again historical) Edward John Trelawny, the associate of Byron, who is himself trapped between the race of Vampires and humans. As with most Powers' novels, there is a well-developed and internally consistent logic to the supernatural and magic that drives the novel. The arcana of Vampires and magical talismans are carefully woven into real history. The result is a fine, enjoyable novel. Perhaps not of the same quality as Last Call or Declare, but close. If you love those novels you will enjoy Hide Me Among the Graves.[I received a copy of Hide Me Among The Graves as part of the Early Reviewers program]
ljbryant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual, Tim Powers has written an intriguing, well researched, and eerily real historical fantasy. There are very few modern authors that can imbue a fantastical story with so much realism and so much factual information.Hide Me Among the Graves returns the reader back to the world of poetry and ancient muse-like vampires first introduced with Stress of Her Regard. While the books are definitely stand-alone, I would strongly recommend reading them both -- if only because they are equally wonderful. If you have enjoyed other historical fantasy by Powers (Anubis Gates, The Stress of Her Regard, On Stranger Tides), this book will definitely not disappoint.
bespen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely thrilled to receive a review copy of the newest book by one of my favorite authors. I probably squealed with glee! I have been a fan of Tim Powers' ever since I picked up a copy of Dinner at Deviant's Palace about 6 years ago at my local library. I have liked just about everything Tim Powers has ever written, which puts him ahead of Neil Gaiman, and closely tied with Jerry Pournelle. So far, the only work of Tim Powers that I haven't liked much was The Stress of Her Regard, the kind of prequel to Hide Me Among the Graves.In interviews, Powers has said he didn't set out to create a sequel, he was simply fascinated by some strange events in the lives of the Rosettis, and when he did his usual digging into the subject, he found a surprising degree of overlap between the Rosettis and Lord Byron, John Keats, and other people who were the subject of the earlier book. Thus, it was only natural to write a book that continues the same secret history of the Nephilim.It wasn't until I read Hide Me Among the Graves that I fully appreciated why I didn't like The Stress of Her Regard. Byron and Keats and the other characters spend nearly the entire book in thrall to the Nephilim. This fits, because the Nephilim are vastly more powerful than humans, and their patronage bestows enviable powers, yet I could never really wrap my mind around the unwillingness, or inability, of the poets to fully repudiate their vampiric masters. Intellectually, I can understand their plight, but emotionally I simply cannot connect with these men.However, this made for a great setup in Hide Me Among the Graves, because the conflict between fighting the monsters, and literally embracing them was played out between, and in, each of the protagonists. This gave me something to cheer for, and something to hope against. For all that, I'm still not a vampire fan, or much of a fan of vampire stories. I like vanquishing vampires, but that exhausts my interest in the topic. Thus I enjoyed the book, but I won't be returning to it like I return to Last Call.
LizzieD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Stress of Her Regard was one of my favorites among Tim Powers's books. I was thrilled to win its sequel, Hide Me Among the Graves from Early Reviewers. Once more we have the OT nephilim active among a new generation of English poets. Two of the nephilim are present in the forms of Boadicea of the Iceni and John Polidori, Lord Byron's physician and the uncle of Maria, William, Christina and Gabriel Rossetti. Edward Trelawny, friend of Shelley and Byron, and Algernon Swinburne are the other two historical figures. From Powers's vivid imagination John Crawford, Adelaide McKee, and their daughter Johanna round out the main cast of characters.Powers has done significant research and recreated the London of the latter half of the nineteenth century. The London underground, Mud Larks, and a crossing sweeper, for example, take on new new roles in the world that Powers has imagined. As other reviewers have noted, the poetry of the Rossettis and Swinburne chosen as chapter headings eerily echoes the otherworldly inspiration that Powers posits.I was a bit detached at the beginning but read the last couple of hundred pages as quickly as I could flip them. There's nothing common about these vampires!
kmaziarz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When pre-Raphaelite poet Christina Rosetti was only 14, she unwittingly unleashed a supernatural horror upon not only her family, but all of London. That horror, a vampire who was once her uncle John Polidori, along with the mysterious Miss B (aka Boadicea, the ancient warrior-queen of the Iceni), plot to destroy London. The Rosettis, former prostitute Adelaide McKee and veterinary doctor John Crawford, both of whom have managed to attract the attention of the supernatural fiends in various ways, plot to stop them and end their undead lives.A complex and compelling plot, fascinating use of historical figures, and a unique and frightening take on the vampire legend make this historical horror novel stand out.
downdb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave up after about a hundred pages. The plot being all over the map is not necessarily a bad thing, but when combined with Powers' rather muddled narrative style, it's deadly. I felt like I was reading something that had been compiled out of random snippets from multiple unrelated, ongoing series.
sdobie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sequel to The Stress of Her Regard, continuing the story of the vampiric Nephilim in 19th century Europe. In this book, the vampires are in London attached to the family of the poet Christina Rossetti. The vampires form a long-term relationship with their prey, which feeds the vampire, while giving a gift of enhanced creativity to their victims. The vampires are also jealous, and tend to kill anyone their victims show affection towards.I read The Stress of Her Regard twenty years ago, so I don't remember too much of the original story, which I think makes this book a little harder to get into. Once the story gets going though it is very good, and builds to a suspenseful ending. I enjoyed the way the humans and vampires interact. The creative powers that people get from interacting with the vampires become a kind of addiction, while the vampires seem to care about the people they are feeding on even while those people seek to destroy them. A good book, but a typical one for Powers, that doesn't really go anywhere new.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! When first starting this book I was a little uncertain about whether I should continue reading. But when I did, I was absolutely hooked. Tim Powers is a great author who really got me interested in the commonness of ghosts and how people deal with that. I did feel a little resentful towards Christina for making such an unwise decision, but my anger was soon lost when the action came in. The storyline was interesting with such a large conflict. The characters all had stories of their own, and I especially loved Trelawny. He was such a rude but clever old man who did lots of bad earlier in his life but did feel remorse for his actions. He was kind to Johanna (somewhat) and Christina. Most of the characters in this book were real people and Tim Powers got all the dates right on their deaths and births. It was an interesting spin on real figures in the past.I also noticed that every major event in the book would happen after a rest period of 7 years. Odd, but still an enthralling and action-packed book. I loved the story and Powers' writing. Do read this book! 
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