When I first got this book, I was a little intimadated by what I had heard about it. I heard that it was a tough read and kind of twisted. Well, I really, really enjoyed this book. Powers has an amazing way of taking a few foreshadowing facts and weaving it into a great story. Here we have a story of time travel, magicly mutated creatures, a scary clown, sorcerers, an obscure Egyptian religion and early 1800 London! Fantastic characters and a great story. It was thrilling, it was adventurous, a little scary at times and very much worth the read!!
Author Tim Powers evokes 17th-century England with a combination of meticulously researched historic detail and imaginative flights in this sci-fi tale of time travel. Winner of the 1984 Philip K. Dick Award for best original science fiction paperback, this book took the fantasy world by storm. In his brief introduction, Ramsey Campbell sets The Anubis Gates in an adventure context, citing Powers's achievement of "extraordinary scenes of underground horror, of comedy both high and grotesque, of bizarre menace, of poetic fantasy." The colonization of Egypt by western European powers is the launch point for power plays and machinations. Steeping together in this time-warp stew are such characters as an unassuming Coleridge scholar, ancient gods, wizards, the Knights Templar, werewolves, and other quasi-mortals, all wrapped in the organizing fabric of Egyptian mythology. In the best of fantasy traditions, the reluctant heroes fight for survival against an evil that lurks beneath the surface of their everyday lives.
THE ANUBIS GATES
Tim Powers has crafted a unique time-travel story which proves to be multifaceted. Alternate history, magic, a werewolf, poets, beggars, body swapping., and a multitude of strange events fill every page of this colorful novel.
Having never read Tim Powers I wasn't sure what to expect, I hoped for the best and my wish was answered. The story is bright, witty, and very well written. Mr. Powers prose flow effortlessly, he has complete command of the English language and a cool sense of timing, and not to mention the vivid imagery his distinctive voice creates.
Elegant and effective.
A time-traveling masterpiece.