The Stress of Her Regard by Tim PowersThe Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

The Stress of Her Regard

byTim Powers

Paperback | September 1, 2008

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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.
Tim Powers has been compared to Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and Clive Barker and was lauded by Kirkus as 'the reigning king of adult historical fantasy.' His novel Declare, a supernatural secret history of post-WWII espionage, won the 2001 World Fantasy and the International Horror Guild awards. He is the two-time recipient of t...
Title:The Stress of Her RegardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:427 pages, 8.96 × 6.32 × 1.09 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:TACHYON PUBLICATIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1892391791

ISBN - 13:9781892391797

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romantic poets and demon lovers I've been awaiting this for quite a while, being a diehard Powers fan, and while parts of this book were well worth the wait, the whole didn't cohere as well as I have come to expect from Powers. The plot centres on Byron, Shelley, and Keats, whose poetic inspiration is here credited to the nephilim, vampiric creatures who bestow creative genius and sexual pleasure but take blood, vitality, and the lives of anyone competing for their victims' affections. The fictional protagonist, Michael Crawford, becomes involved with the nephilim rather accidentally, but faces all the same issues as the poets. The book's plot is a rather repetitive series of attempts to rescue various loved ones from the nephilim. The characterization of Byron and Shelley, and to a lesser extent Keats, is interesting and the fictional events tie in very tidily with the real ones. As always, Powers has a vivid and unique way of writing about the supernatural: this is not like any other vampire story. The traditional attraction the vampire holds for its victims is here heightened by the fact that it offers creative inspiration as well as sexual fulfilment. To a regular Powers reader, though, this book doesn't offer wonders. His trademark characters--alcoholic protagonist, love interest with multiple personalities--feel thin when compared to his Byron and Shelley, and too, his Romantic poets don't have the vitality of some of the historical figures in his other books such as Declare. The repetitive structure tires after a while. However, the ending packs a punch. Temptation lasts as long as life, and we see every character right through to the end of the struggle, along with all the losses at each step of the way. Even without the fictional nephilim, the same motifs would stand in the lives of Byron and Shelley, and all their many imitators: creative genius paid for with penury, banishment, loss and despair.
Date published: 2008-10-07

Editorial Reviews

'Good serious fantasy doesn't come much better than The Stress of Her Regard .'- Oxford Times 'Strewn with literary personages and allusions, the book is entertaining on several levels... .'- Publishers Weekly 'Powers's framing of a vast, mysterious conspiracy, with ancient supernatural powers, hidden riddles, and secret societies, rivals anything written by Umberto Eco... .'- Blogcritics Magazine 'Intricately laced plots, theories of magick advanced and practical, and strange-but-true historical incidents.'- Green Man Review '... well-written and overflowing with imagination... .'- Bookgasm Tim Powers is a genius."-Algis Budrys, author, The Death Machine 'Doing what Powers does best, by interspersing a dozen plot lines and characters with a bucket-load of paranormal and tying them up perfectly, he has conjured a tale that could be taken from the history books and taught as fact, and no one would even bother to challenge it. The unfortunate truth is that it's not real, and that's what it makes it all the more amazing.'- SF Crowsnest "