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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

The Anubis Gates (1983)

by Tim Powers

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Time travel, body swapping, Ancient Egyptian blood magic, lycanthropy, mutant beings in the sewers of early 19th C London, and a meeting with Coleridge. Yep, it was Tim Powers time again, and a reread of his classic THE ANUBIS GATES.

The Powers imagination is on full throttle in this one right from the start, and it's a wild ride through the aforementioned tropes, with Powers jugging a variety of characters, plots, sub-plots and timelines in a riotously entertaining romp.

He keeps everything just on the cusp of falling apart into incoherence, driving set piece after set piece at you until you give in, go with the flow and get carried along by the sheer manic exuberance of the thing.

It's a wonderful feat of imagination, a wonderful bit of writing and, in the Zeisling Press hardcover I've got, a wonderfully presented package all round, with an intro by Ramsey Campbel for good measure.

It's a favorite thing of mine, and one I recommend to everyone who asks what I think they should read. So, go and read it if you haven't. It's truly magical.

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1 vote williemeikle | Dec 22, 2018 |
He disfrutado de Las puertas de Anubis, pero me costó un buen puñado de páginas entrar en la historia. Llega un punto en el que es trepidante y necesitas saber más, me encantan los personajes... Pero hay momentos que caen en picado para volver a remontar. Quizás os parece poco ponerle tres estrellas a esta novela, pero sería un... 6/10 en realidad, con momentos de cuatro estrellas sin duda. ( )
  Carla_Plumed | Dec 3, 2018 |
The Anubis Gates offers a complicated time travel story with Weird infusions of body-switching and Victorian demimonde hustle. Powers combines intricate plotting with arcane cultural history, the resulting story amounting to a juggernaut conspiracy-cum-secret history of Western civilisation (at least, through 1983). The resulting read is a romp, with action and memorable characters galore: this in itself is enough to commend another Powers novel when the mood hits. (Declare especially looks promising). My overall experience, however, was more than just a fun diversion: detailed morsels from history were the reason, with Powers as wide-ranging in his selection as he is meticulous in his excavation.

The setting is primarily 1810 London with an influential strain of Egyptian magic at play, supplying the occult influence over Western civilisation. (An online check of British history suggests the London setting gives a strong Victorian vibe despite nominally being Georgian / Regency). It is interesting that two camps, each powerful in its own right, are essentially at odds with one another without direct confrontation. This arrangement allows Powers to avoid the cliche of Good versus Evil on the level of superheroes and villains, though perhaps in this case it would be Evil vs Evil, seemingly thwarted by an Everyman.

Ashbless as a fictional poet is as intriguing a creation as the story at large, as is his poem "Twelve Hours of the Night". There exists a chapbook from 1985, produced in connection with a panel presentation by Powers & J Blaylock. That said, Byron and Coleridge have brilliant cameos here, I suspect even more impressive the more familiar the reader is with their specific biographies. ( )
7 vote elenchus | Nov 9, 2018 |
Há livros assim: têm tudo para gostarmos deles e depois o amor não acontece. O “The Anubis Gates” prometia uma viagem mirabolante, e assim foi. A melhor forma de o descrever este livro será como um “Alice no País das Maravilhas” mas sem “maravilhas” e cuja “Alice” é um professor académico muito irritante que se torna no nosso herói acidental.
O conceito de “viagem no tempo” é muito interessante e a explicação deste foi provavelmente a única cena de todo o livro que gostei. Tudo o resto é confuso, bizarro e simplesmente maçador.
Ao início não percebi porque é que o livro estava a ser tão chato, só ao fim de umas 100 páginas é que cheguei à conclusão que era a escrita do autor e não as cenas em si que me aborrecia. É muito desgastante estar a meio de uma cena de acção e ter a atenção desviada para a descrição de objectos ou os lugares onde estas ocorrem. Constantemente!
Doyle deve ser, provavelmente, o herói mais chato e desinteressante de sempre. Passei mais de metade do livro a desejar-lhe a morte, para acabar de vez com o meu sofrimento. As restantes personagens são horríveis, muito além do excêntricas ou fisicamente deformadas. Um verdadeiro circo de horrores.
A história deu várias reviravoltas, a grande maioria confusas, principalmente os saltos para cenas com novas personagens em que era difícil ou mesmo impossível compreender as motivações ou qual a finalidade delas para aquele momento da história. Penso que a grande maioria não teve finalidade alguma a não ser aparecer no “circo de horrores”. E, apesar de tantas reviravoltas, acabei por adivinhar o final a muitas páginas antes deste acontecer.
O meu interesse em ler este livro foi que, além de abordar aventuras e viagens no tempo, era também referido constantemente como uma das primeiras obras steampunk. Ora, eu sei que sou novata em relação ao conceito e por isso agradeço desde já que me elucidem qual foi a parte steampunk que me escapou no The Anubis Gates. É uma história de ficção científica (viagens no tempo) com elementos de magia que acontece no séc. XIX. Não há evolução de tecnologia antes do tempo, não há naves voadoras, dirigíveis, carros, comboios ou barcos a motor. Por isso elucidem-me, onde está o Steampunk?? As explicações serão bem-vindas. Até lá irei remeter este livro para a estante de Viagens no Tempo.

Leia o resto no meu blog Ler e Reflectir... ( )
  Telma_tx | Jul 30, 2018 |
Lots of interesting ideas but not at all what I consider to be steampunk. Egyptian/Gypsy themes were borderline offensive and very stereotypical. Best parts were the boxer and the scenes in the 1600s. Description seemed like it would be made for me, but such a whiny unlikable narrator and such seriously sickeningly awful bad guys. ( )
  kbellwether | Apr 16, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Powers, TimAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bilokur, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brautigan, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campion, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carr, RichardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caza, PhilippeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keulers, NicoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lebec, GérardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacPherson, DonaldCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMurray, JacobDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palumbo, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinchot, BronsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podevin, Jean-FrançoisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potter, Jeffrey KCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riffel, HannesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stuyer Sj, M. K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From between two trees at the crest of the hill a very old man watched, with a nostalgic longing he thought he'd lost all capacity for, as the last group of picnickers packed up their baskets, mounted their horses, and rode away south...
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when literature/
crosses with mad science and/
meets ancient magic
An opium dream
or magic-ridden nightmare
recalls "Yesterday"

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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 1989 edition of the book that took the fantasy world by storm is the first hardcover version to be published in the United States. 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.

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A novel of time travel that combines action and adventure with the surreal and bizarre.

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