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Hide Me Among the Graves [Kindle Edition]

Tim Powers
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Book Description

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.



Editorial Reviews

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“Endlessly inventive . . . You might finish this overstuffed novel still unsure about the connection between Einstein and astral projection, but if you give in to Powers’s imaginative leaps and relentless pacing you may find that a mere quibble.” (New York Times Book Review )

“The nonstop action of this diverting steampunk thriller will attract many readers.” (Library Journal on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture...[A] powerful work.” (Locus )

“[I]nternational metaphysical intrigue involving time travel, Jewish mysticism, and Albert Einstein. . . . [I]t all somehow works in Powers’ wily storytelling logic. B+.” (Entertainment Weekly )

“[An] intense, downhill-race of a story . . . the summer sleeper hit of 2006.” (Denver Post )

“[A] stellar supernatural thriller.…Powers works an impressively original variation on the vampire theme....The meticulous attention to historical and literary detail grounds the story solidly in its period and enhances its imaginative reach.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“A wild and wooly romp-fun.” (Library Journal )

“Almost despite its wonderful weirdness, this thriller moves at a frantic clip . . . [the] very outlandishness [of Powers’s metaphysics] makes the story all the more compelling.” (Booklist )

“Machiavellian . . . [A]n astonishingly sophisticated and engrossing narrative.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel )

“In this fast-paced nail-biter... the breakneck pace and labyrinthine plot pull us through history, mythology, mystery, and horror with [Powers’] signature creative verve. ” (Booklist on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

Review

“[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture...[A] powerful work.” (Locus )

“[I]nternational metaphysical intrigue involving time travel, Jewish mysticism, and Albert Einstein. . . . [I]t all somehow works in Powers’ wily storytelling logic. B+.” (Entertainment Weekly )

“[An] intense, downhill-race of a story . . . the summer sleeper hit of 2006.” (Denver Post )

“[THREE DAYS TO NEVER] contains so many genuine pleasures . . . plenty of action, humor and unexpectedly touching human drama. . . . [a] welcoming entry point to [Powers’s] singular fictional universe.” (San Francisco Chronicle )

“A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel )

“A wild and wooly romp-fun.” (Library Journal )

“Almost despite its wonderful weirdness, this thriller moves at a frantic clip . . . [the] very outlandishness [of Powers’s metaphysics] makes the story all the more compelling.” (Booklist )

“Endlessly inventive . . . You might finish this overstuffed novel still unsure about the connection between Einstein and astral projection, but if you give in to Powers’s imaginative leaps and relentless pacing you may find that a mere quibble.” (New York Times Book Review )

“For those who have never read Powers before, THREE DAYS TO NEVER might be a welcoming entry point to his singlular fictional universe.” (San Francisco Chronicle Book Review )

“Grade: A . . . Powers never fails to reward readers with fascinating and believable tales that take them just beyond the edges of reality. Combining historical fact, science-fiction and thriller pacing, THREE DAYS TO NEVER is worth the wait. . . . Savor THREE DAYS TO NEVER.” (Rocky Mountain News )

“Machiavellian . . . [A]n astonishingly sophisticated and engrossing narrative.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

“[A] stellar supernatural thriller.…Powers works an impressively original variation on the vampire theme....The meticulous attention to historical and literary detail grounds the story solidly in its period and enhances its imaginative reach.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“The nonstop action of this diverting steampunk thriller will attract many readers.” (Library Journal on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“In this fast-paced nail-biter... the breakneck pace and labyrinthine plot pull us through history, mythology, mystery, and horror with [Powers’] signature creative verve. ” (Booklist on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“It would be a serious mistake to dismiss Hide Me Among the Graves as something less than art....It’s a smart, exciting and perfectly constructed novel, and it’s hard as hell to put down.” (NPR.org on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“[A] fine example of the work of a much-beloved author, and a spooky ride through Victorian London to boot....Powers’s work engages with something prerational that is buried deep, deep in our brains, and that won’t be bullied into submission by mere reason. ” (boingboing.com on HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES )

“A fascinating exploration of the fine line between inspiration and insanity, this horror/historical fiction/adrenalin blend will make your flesh creep and your heart pound.” (Library Journal )

Product Details

  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061231541
  • Publisher: William Morrow (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O062FS
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stunning Secret History from Powers March 14, 2012
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Tim Powers sets many of his novels of the fantastic amidst historical events and personages and then tells the tale of a secret history of supernatural tragedy supported by the actual words of the writers in letters and poetry that precede each chapter. It is quite a trick and most would be advised not to try this at home, but Powers always succeeds and sometimes he succeeds brilliantly. Hide Me Among the Graves is one of those successes.

A very distant sequel to The Stress of Her Regard, Hide Me Among the Graves follows pre-Raphaelite painter Gabriel Dante Rossetti and poetess Christina Rosetti as they fight the Nephilic vampires banished at such high cost by the Romantic poets Byron and Shelley. Someone re-awoke the Nephilim and Christina invited one of the vampires, in the form of her uncle John Polidori, into her home and person as an unwitting fourteen year old. Now everyone is in danger of not only dying, but of never resting after death and of unimaginable suffering in either state. The Rossetti family is accompanied by an ex-prostitute, Adelaide and her erstwhile lover, the veterinarian John Crawford, who produced a daughter, thought dead but now revealed to be under threat from the Nephilim. All four are connected to the characters in The Stress of Her Regard by descent, with the exception of Adelaide.

And so the scene is set for a journey through a supernatural Victorian London never quite depicted before, despite the current fondness for alternate visions of all things Victorian. Hide Me Among the Graves reads like a rocket ship and is well worth the trip.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We must search among the graves" (spoiler) March 13, 2012
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Oh, Tim Powers. No other author could write so convincingly of fishy ghosts in the Thames, zombie kids and ethereal vampires stalking the Pre-Raphaelites.

For that is exactly what happens in "Hide Me Among The Graves," a distant sequel to Powers' classic "The Stress of Her Regard." This is a horror novel for people with a love of art and philosophy, entwined with grey mist, childhood nightmares and countless quotes of classic poetry -- as well as beloved poets and writers for both villains and heroes.

The Rossetti family has been haunted by the vampiric presence of their uncle, John Polidori, for countless years. But in 1862, Gabriel and his sister Christina begin to suspect that Gabriel's drug-addled wife Lizzie is being preyed on by not only Polidori, but another vampire. Meanwhile, John Crawford is contacted by an ex-prostitute named Adeleide McKee, with whom he once had a brief affair -- and, she now reveals, a daughter named Johanna.

So now McKee, Crawford and the Rossettis must join forces to save the souls of their loved ones -- to save Johanna from Polidori's clutches, and Lizzie from being enslaved as another vampire. When Lizzie dies unexpectedly, they have an opportunity to shatter Polidori's power.

Fast forward seven years. Both Gabriel and Crawford are shocked when their lost loved ones turn up in their homes -- one living, and one undead. Polidori's power has been shattered, but he's determined to regain it by using Christina's blood. Now the odd bunch must reunite before Polidori and his ancient queen use Johanna for their own ends, which could literally tear Britain apart.

"Hide Me Among the Graves" is a vampire novel for people who are literate, intelligent and intrigued by the arts (unlike books like "Twilight").
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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At last foggy, atmospheric London has been used to it's full potential in this supernatural thrill ride. Powers takes us into the brilliant but tragic Rossetti family, as a young Christina reawaken the vampiric spirit of John Polidori (the one time doctor of Lord Byron). So begins a tale of magic, addiction, obsession, hungry ghosts and supnatural beings, who jealously guard their human familiars, violently killing anyone they perceive as a rival.
London 1862, Adelaide McKee informs John Crawford that he has a daughter and she has been taken by a vampiric ghost.
Now the adult Christina Rossetti, along with her sister Maria and brothers Gabriel and William find themselves in a battle to help save the young girl, destroy the Polidori being and so free themselves from Polidori's control.
Winding between the poets, artists, prostitutes and high society to the grim life of Londons 19th century poor, the religious social reformers and underground magicians this complex history unfolds.
They are advised by Trelawny, one of the characters from "The Stress of Her Regard", another tale of supernatural beings by Powers, which involved Trelawny, John Polidori, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Although there are references to this book, it's not necessary to have read it, prior to reading this novel.
The atmosphere, the pace, the settings, the era are all perfectly used by Powers to create a perfect storm of spooky, gothic chills. Using the real people of the time, who did have unusual histories, makes this imaginative plot work on so many levels. It's a marvelous tale, well written and probably, I think one of Tim Powers best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Much weaker than the prequel, hence disappointing
Hide Me Among The Graves is Tim Powers' sequel to the superb The Stress of Her Regard. While the latter featured Byron, Keats, and Shelley, this novel features the much lesser... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Piaw Na
2.0 out of 5 stars KITCHEN SINK WRITING
Powers was brilliant in "Declare," a taut Cold War take on "secret history" fantasy but his first book about the vampiric Nephilim, "The Stress of Her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert F. Jablon
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, but worst cover ever!
Dean Koontz recommended this as one of his top five favorite books, so I had some pretty high expectations going in. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to form for one of may favorite writers. I had been a little...
Back to form for one of may favorite writers. I had been a little disappointed with Three Days to Never, and had feared that, perhaps, Tim Powers might have had his best work... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Doug Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars More power from Powers...
This sequel of sorts to his 2008 masterpiece The Stress of her Regard continues the story that began with Michael Crawford, Byron and Shelley. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars another good but not perhaps spectacular tim powers yarn
Tim Powers is truly the master of fantasy set in worlds where normal history occurred as reported, with the vast majority of people unwitting of a highly 'scientific' magical world... Read more
Published 8 months ago by W. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Never invite a vampire into your house, stupid girl
It's no On Stranger Tides, but Tim Powers never disappoints.He's a great story-teller with a penchant for taking a historical setting and breathing all new life into it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brett G. Wilkes
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent sequel to The Stress of Her Regard
Four and a half stars. Started a little slow but ended up really good. This is a really interesting idea and the setting makes it even more so.
Published 11 months ago by Earl Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another really intricate, really good book.
Like most of Powers' books, this one needs to be read at least twice to be appreciated. And. like all of his books that I've read thus far, I'm sure I'll read this one time and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Clark Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
It's time to say it: Tim Powers is quite possibly the finest fantasist working today. I say this in full awareness of Le Guin and Wolfe and Gaiman and many others. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
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