The Anubis Gates by Tim PowersThe Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

The Anubis Gates

byTim Powers

Paperback | January 1, 1997

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Take a dazzling journey through time with Tim Power’s classic, Philip K. Dick Award-winning tale...

“There have been other novels in the genre about time travel, but none with The Anubis Gates’ unique slant on the material, nor its bottomless well of inventiveness. It’s literally in a class by itself, a model for others to follow, and it's easy to see how it put Powers on the map.”—SF Reviews

Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.

Caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by Egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by Coleridge, Doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious Ashbless than he could ever have imagined possible...
Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including The Anubis Gates, Dinner at Deviant's Palace, The Stress of Her Regard, Hide Me Among the Graves, Three Days to Never, Declare, Last Call, and On Stranger Tides, which inspired the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award...
Title:The Anubis GatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0441004016

ISBN - 13:9780441004010

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Frustrating? Yes. But worth the trouble. More time travel than steampunk, although it has been categorized as the latter, Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates is fun, but it leaves one feeling a little short changed. The problem is that Powers' story has the narrative scope of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, but it is packed into a mere 380-ish pages. Beggar's guilds, Egyptian wizards, Romantic poets, business magnates, and prize fighters mix with cross dressing vengeance seekers, mad clowns, body snatchers, fire elementals and gypsies. Time slips from 1983 to 1810 to 1660-something and back to 1811, seemingly following a linear path of cause and effect, then spilling paradoxically into a strange whirlpool motion where effect can be cause before effect. And all of this is tremendously effective. It generates curiosity, makes one read at high speed, fills the imagination with wonder and provides great entertainment, but it is not enough. There are huge gaps in the tale, like Brendan Doyle's/William Ashbless' time in Egypt, where the story jumps too quickly, leaving the promise of more adventure -- sweeping adventure, epic adventure -- unfulfilled. Powers creates characters so compelling, even his supporting characters, that one finds oneself wanting more, but the more never comes. We spend a tantalizing amount of time with Horrabin, the puppeteer-clown-beggar master, but it is never enough. We barely get to know Powers' versions of Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and then they are gone. There is simply never enough of these characters, and it leaves one feeling cheated. So in case you haven't already guessed, the great failing of The Anubis Gates is that it leaves the reader wanting more -- too much more. Occasionally that feeling can be healthy, but in this case it is mostly frustrating. Had Powers reduced the scale of the Anubis Gates, or increased the size of his story to match the scale, it could very well have been his masterpiece. But without serious alterations, The Anubis Gates is little more than an entertaining sci-fantasy confection that is difficult to recommend. But recommend it I shall, to anyone who likes time travel or creepy clowns or good, old fashioned chases. No matter how frustrating The Anubis Gates is, it is never boring nor a waste of time.
Date published: 2008-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is It. My favourite book ever. It came to the point where, in each chapter, I didn't think Mr. Powers could outdo himself. The rollercoaster ride of a plot will leave you breathless; each convolution is more stunning--and the fact that it all makes sense, better yet, ties itself up in a perfect bow at the end, is merely the delicious cherry on top. Time travel paradoxes, feisty women in disguise, truly frightening monsters, horrid villains, Egyptian sorcery, narrow escapes from certain death, body swaps, body doubles...all combining in a nightmarish Dickensian London to produce a book that could never be too long. I loved every page of this.
Date published: 2000-11-17

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The Anibus Gate is the classic time travel novel that took the fantasy world by storm a decade ago. Only the dazzling imagination of Tim Powers could have created such as adventure

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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