The Anubis Gates

Author Tim Powers
Published 1997
Pages 387
ISBN 9780441004010
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Melissa
(3 months)
★★★★★
Bronson Pinchot is one of the BEST narrators, and that coupled with a fantastic time-travel story a la Dirk Gently made for one of my favorite reading experiences. I mention Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency because everything ties together, even small asides that you perhaps glazed past the f
Brian
(16 days)
★★★★½
Original review 2016-07-27:
If you've never read Tim Powers, this is the novel to start with. I love his “secret histories”, where he finds pockets of history with real-life unexplained occurrences, then gives them a fantastical explanation. I love his characters, especially in this book. His plots are twisty and fun.

The Anubis Gates follows the adventures of Brendan Doyle, 19th-century poetry scholar. When Doyle gets stuck in 19th-century London, his efforts to survive are threatened when he’s caught in the middle of a magical intrigue.

If there’s a negative, it’s that the book is too short. Powers packs so many great ideas into his books; there were some settings and characters that I felt I didn’t get to see enough. I would have loved an additional couple hundred pages to flesh some of those out.

All of his novels I've read are five stars for me, so here's my current ranking:

The Anubis Gates
Declare
Three Days to Never
On Stranger Tides

Last Call is sitting on my shelf, but I’m going to try to save it for a while. We’ll see how long I can hold out.

[spoilers removed]


Re-read 2020-05-03:
Lot of fun listening to this with Melissa while doing jigsaw puzzles during COVID-19 quarantine. I see I wanted it longer originally; this time I think I appreciate the length better, although Doyle's pivot to hero is a bit abrupt. Still, a great yarn.

4.5 stars
Brian
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