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Ace Books is proud to present this classic novel of time travel in a beautiful new trade edition. It took the fantasy world by storm a decade ago, and now fans can savor this Philip K. Dick Award-winner for the first time all over again. Only the dazzling imagination of Tim Powers could have assembled such an insane cast of characters: an ancient Egyptian sorcerer, a modern millionaire, a body-switching werewolf, a hideously deformed clown, a young woman disguised as a boy, a brainwashed Lord Byron, and finally, our hero, Professor Brendan Doyle.
Published: Penguin Group on Jan 1, 1997
ISBN: 9781101575895
List price: $13.99
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This book needs a rating system that goes beyond 5 stars. The story is engaging and quick paced, pulling out all kinds of snippets of history and folklore and combining them into a glorious whole. The sotry has its quirks and twists but handles time travel and foreknowledge really nicely even if, occasionally, divine intervention of the biggest kind is required. A real gem of a book that even rereading again 15 years on holds its place.read more
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In 1802, Doctor Romany and Amenophis Fikee perform an incantation at the behest of their master, an incantation that should allow Anubis to come forth and sorcery to rule the world. In 1983, Brendan Doyle receives a summons from a rich old man who wants to travel to 1810 to observe Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and wants Doyle to lecture his fellow travelers before they set off.Powers weaves a deft, complicated tale in which both of those apparently divergent tales have much to do with one another. Filled with eccentric characters and the danger of the London streets, the many threads of this story come together in sometimes surprising ways with breakneck pace. I wish there had been a little more character development and a little less blood, but overall it was a fun ride.read more
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A whimsical, fun, time traveling, adventure. Lots of fun parts. The author can be funny at times, but the book is serious most of the time. When starting this book, i was worried as there are definitely parallels to [book:timeline], but its a much better book than that. Theres tons of characters and a handful of interwoven plot-lines, and this is good for the most part, but it can get tricky to follow at times. Great ending.read more
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This book needs a rating system that goes beyond 5 stars. The story is engaging and quick paced, pulling out all kinds of snippets of history and folklore and combining them into a glorious whole. The sotry has its quirks and twists but handles time travel and foreknowledge really nicely even if, occasionally, divine intervention of the biggest kind is required. A real gem of a book that even rereading again 15 years on holds its place.
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In 1802, Doctor Romany and Amenophis Fikee perform an incantation at the behest of their master, an incantation that should allow Anubis to come forth and sorcery to rule the world. In 1983, Brendan Doyle receives a summons from a rich old man who wants to travel to 1810 to observe Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and wants Doyle to lecture his fellow travelers before they set off.Powers weaves a deft, complicated tale in which both of those apparently divergent tales have much to do with one another. Filled with eccentric characters and the danger of the London streets, the many threads of this story come together in sometimes surprising ways with breakneck pace. I wish there had been a little more character development and a little less blood, but overall it was a fun ride.
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A whimsical, fun, time traveling, adventure. Lots of fun parts. The author can be funny at times, but the book is serious most of the time. When starting this book, i was worried as there are definitely parallels to [book:timeline], but its a much better book than that. Theres tons of characters and a handful of interwoven plot-lines, and this is good for the most part, but it can get tricky to follow at times. Great ending.
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This is a time travel novel with many twists and a cast of very unusual characters. American Professor Brendan Doyle is asked to come to England to lecture on Samuel Taylor Coleridge by an eccentric millionaire. When he arrives he discovers that the lecture is just the beginning of a time travel vacation package for a group of rich intellectuals. Doyle gets lost in 1810 London where he meets Coleridge, an evil clown beggar king, a young woman disguised as a boy, a body snatching werewolf, a sorcerer and his duplicate, and Lord Byron. There are Egyptian gods, magicians and monsters. The action is fast and furious. Will he be able to get back to his own time or will he live out his life in the past?There is a lot of foreshadowing based on Doyle’s knowledge of past events. Character’s move in and out of the storyline becoming more important or less important as the story unfolds. This keeps the momentum going as you realize who people are and how they fit in the novel. This book will keep you guessing until the very rewarding end.
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Overall this is a very creative, well-written book. While the various pieces may seem disparate, anachronistic, maybe even jarring, it all works without trouble. His research and use of historical detail is impeccable. In addition, with the time travel, there appears to be no anomalies. However, with that said, I feel that the author played it safe and I was able to easily anticipate various plot points which was rather disappointing.
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One of my all-time favorite books.
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