The Anubis Gates
- Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date:
- 08 September 2005
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This book needs a rating system that goes beyond 5 stars. The story is engaging and quick paced, pulling out all kinds of snippets of history and folklore and combining them into a glorious whole. The sotry has its quirks and twists but handles time travel and foreknowledge really nicely even if, occasionally, divine intervention of the biggest kind is required. A real gem of a book that even rereading again 15 years on holds its place.
The Gates of Anubis is found in the Sci-fi section, but leans way more toward the fantasy side. You'll see why after you read it. I absolutely loved this book...and it is one I would definitely recommend. The action literally never stops from one page to the next, and it is all so entertaining that you won't want to put it down. I VERY highly recommend it if you like sci-fi/time travel/fantasy stories.A brief synopsis: Brendan Doyle is an expert in the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and as our story opens, we find him in the air flying to London to interview for a position as a consultant on STC for one of the world's richest men. The rich man is also very eccentric; he has promised Doyle $20,000 for his brief stay if he gets the job, but guarantees $5,000 just for coming to the interview. So Doyle, it seems, can't lose. So he interviews, gets the position (not a spoiler, you find this out right away), and the next thing you know, he finds himself back in 1810 London, waiting for Samuel Taylor Coleridge to start his lecture. Doyle has been hired to make explanatory remarks to a group of millionaires who have each paid $1 million to jump back through time, attend the lecture and return back to the present. But their arrival back in time is seen by someone who wants to know how they did it, so Brendan is captured and the rest of the time-traveling group returns back to the present. Doyle is in the clutches of a very strange Egyptian magician, and this is just the beginning of a very long and very strange story. He will eventually encounter a deformed & twisted clown, a creature who can shift bodies and automatons which come alive to do various nefarious deeds. Will Doyle ever make it back to the present? And what happens to him while he tries? I can't even begin to go into this story because any more would totally ruin it for the reader.Just go with me on this one...if you like this sort of thing, you will be richly rewarded. I couldn't put the book down and did so grudgingly when I had to sleep.
Lots of great concepts here: time travel; ancient magicians; genetic manipulation; body swapping and spirit projection; fully independent clones; elemental spirits; gender bending; interaction with historical figures ... and this is just one novel! This was my first Tim Powers book, and I'm going to look for more. Excellent!
Just brilliant. The most entertaining fantasy novel of the last thirty years.
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