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The Stress of Her Regard (1989)

by Tim Powers

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Series: Romantic Poets and Nephilim (1)

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World Fantasy Award Winner Michael Crawford is forced to flee when discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed. Yet it is not the revengeful townspeople he fears but the deadly embrace of the malignant spirit that is claiming him as her bridegroom. Crawford will not travel alone; soon he is aided by his fellow victims, the greatest poets of his day--Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Together they embark upon a desperate journey, crisscrossing Europe and battling the vampiric fiend who seeks her ultimate pleasure in their ravaged bodies and imperiled souls. Telling a secret history of passion and terror, Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, Declare, Three Days to Never) masterfully recasts the tragic lives of the Romantics into a uniquely frightening tale. Back in print for the first time since 1994, this newly revised edition of The Stress of Her Regard will thrill both Powers fans and newcomers to this gripping Gothic tour de force.… (more)
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    A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Both are fictional attempts to fill in some of the historical gaps regarding what was really going on in the lives of the Romantic poets - particularly Percy Shelley - although the two books come to very, very different answers (A Fatal Likeness is a historical mystery, while The Stress of Her Regard goes a more supernatural route).… (more)
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    Fathom by Cherie Priest (bmlg)
    bmlg: mortals caught in elemental wars
  3. 10
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (MyriadBooks)
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    The Venus of Ille by Prosper Mérimée (Jarandel)
    Jarandel: Don't put your wedding ring on the finger of a statue...
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    Les Cantiques de Mercure by Fabrice Colin (corporate_clone)
    corporate_clone: The two books are quite similar in the sense that they both emulate a story running over several centuries, displaying powerful and immortal beings. They also link magical powers with Art.
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    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (MyriadBooks)
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This fantasy/sort-of horror (but it's not scary at all) novel employs the likes of Shelley, Lord Byron, and Keats as characters and explains their real-life eccentricities as symptoms of their various involvement with a species here called the Nephilim and which includes what people have termed lamia, vampires, and the like. It's an absolute hoot and I love the way Powers entwines the poets into the story. Think Pride & Prejudice & Zombies before it was cool. (And take that statement with a grain of salt because I fully admit that I've never read P&P&Z). At any rate, if you like this sort of thing, you'll love this. It's very well paced and nicely written, and again, the plot is imaginative and cool. Also, the audio was read by Simon Vance, so you know it's great. ( )
  electrascaife | Dec 23, 2021 |
Powers nails it like he always goes, once again building up a world just a splinter away from our own. This time his jumping off point is the lives and poetry of Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Keats. Each chapter begins with an epigraph from a poem or letter (sometimes including Swinburne, Milton, Housman, or another) that very strongly hints at the fantastic events that follow. Masterful stuff. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
I abandoned this one for some dumb reason back in the day and restarted it. Tim Powers takes his historical fantasy lens to the Romantic poets and comes up with quite the tale about lamia, statuary, and the relevance of atomic bonds to the Riddle of the Sphinx. It's also probably the scariest of his novels - more than once I jumped when someone walked into the room while I was reading. Worth a read (especially now that you can actually find it in bookstores again). ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
The first of Powers' novels I ever read, and still my favorite. My wife and I brought our scruffy, dog-eared paperback copy along to a convention where he was signing, and the way his face lit up when we sheepishly presented it is something we will never forget. He was delighted to sign a copy that had so obviously been read over and over, versus all the pristine books he'd been signing for people who simply collected them.

I would really like to see this re-released for Kindle, simply for the portability. ( )
  MikeHungerford | Aug 28, 2019 |
One of my favorite Powers books, and that's saying something, this ranks up there with THE ANUBIS GATES and LAST CALL in the pantheon of greatness.

Again, it's a simple enough idea -- what if the muses of the great Romantic poets were actual supernatural beings, a kind of psychic vampire? From that Powers imagination takes flight and we get Nephilim, Byron, Shelley, Keats and all manner of innocent bystanders pulled under the influence of ancient creatures, Lamia, trying to find a foothold again in the world.

As ever with Powers the language is lyrical, the imagery is staggeringly well conceived and the characters meticulously drawn. There are majestic supernatural set pieces high in the Alps and in the narrow canals and palaces of Venice, musings on the nature of reality, and tying it all together a fractured love story that starts, and ends, in an English pub garden.

It's such a beautifully put together novel. I'm in envy of the man's talent. ( )
1 vote williemeikle | Dec 22, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Powers, Timprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blaylock, James P.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gurney, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solé, AlbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Epigraph
...yet thought must see
That eve of time when man no longer yearns,
Grown deaf before Life's Sphinx, whose lips are barred;
When from the spaces of Eternity,
Silence, a rigorous Medusa, turns
On the lost world the stress of her regard.
- Clark Ashton Smith, Sphinx and Medusa
Dedication
For Dean and Gerda Koontz,
for thirty years of
cheerful, hospitable and tolerant friendship
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And with thanks to
Gregory Santo Arena and Gloria Batsford and
Gregory Benford and Will Griffin and
Dana Holm Howard and Meri Howard and
K.W. Jeter and Jeff Levin and Monique Logan and
Kate Powers and Serena Powers and
Joe Stefko and Brian M. Thomsen and Tom Whitmore
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And to Paul Mohney, for that conversation, many years ago
over beers at the Tinder Box, about Percy Shelley
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Until the squall struck, Lake Leman was so still that the two men talking in the bow of the open sailboat could safely set their wine glasses on the thwarts.
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World Fantasy Award Winner Michael Crawford is forced to flee when discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed. Yet it is not the revengeful townspeople he fears but the deadly embrace of the malignant spirit that is claiming him as her bridegroom. Crawford will not travel alone; soon he is aided by his fellow victims, the greatest poets of his day--Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Together they embark upon a desperate journey, crisscrossing Europe and battling the vampiric fiend who seeks her ultimate pleasure in their ravaged bodies and imperiled souls. Telling a secret history of passion and terror, Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, Declare, Three Days to Never) masterfully recasts the tragic lives of the Romantics into a uniquely frightening tale. Back in print for the first time since 1994, this newly revised edition of The Stress of Her Regard will thrill both Powers fans and newcomers to this gripping Gothic tour de force.

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