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The Anubis Gates (Ace Science Fiction) Paperback – January 1, 1997
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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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Praise for Tim Powers
“Powers has all the writing skills needed to dazzle...[he] writes action and adventure that Indiana Jones could only dream of. And, just when it threatens to get out of hand, there's a dash of humor and irony that keeps you ready for the joy of it.”—The Washington Post
“Tim Powers is a genius.”—Algis Budrys, Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
“The best fantasy writer to appear in decades.”—Manchester Guardian
“Powers deserves wider attention.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“No author alive can take such notions and make them so utterly believable. No one but Tim Powers.”—David Brin
“One of those writers with an utterly unique voice and sense of vision.”—OtherRealms
“Tim Powers is a name to be reckoned with.”—Science Fiction Chronicle
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How-ever, I found The Anubis Gates a little bit hard to follow at times. I needed to persevere with the book until things made more sense. I still enjoyed the concept, particularly the switches that occurred in the book (without giving too much away)
I was originally just intrigued by the title and cover picture, but the book drew me in and had me engrossed. I think it's likely time for a re-read