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Monday, October 17, 2005

The Drawing of the Dark, by Tim Powers

I first tried to read The Anubis Gates in high school, and didn't get very far. However, 5 years ago, I found a copy of The Stress of Her Regard at the Santa Clara County Library and found it to be an incredibly good read, combining some of my favorite themes into a nice historical fantasy package.

The Drawing of the Dark, sad to say, does not rise to the heights of The Stress of Her Regard. It's light hearted, easy going, and one can guess the identity of the protagonist long before he is unveiled for the reader (or even to himself). It breaks no new ground, and is light entertainment for about 2 or 3 hours. Recommended when you don't want to use your brain too much.

"How old are you, Brian? You ought to nkow by now that something always breaks up love affairs unless both parties are willing to compromise themselves. And that compromising is harder to do the older and less flexible and more independent you are. It just isn't in you, Brian. You could no more get married now than you could become a priest, or a sculptor, or a greengrocer."

1 comment:

lahosken said...

Tim Powers' writing has improved a lot over the years; approach his early works with caution. I recommend On Stranger Tides (pirates and voodoo) and Declare (afrit and magical radio waves) highly; The Anubis Gates and Dinner at Deviant's Palace (aliens and cult-deprogramming in post-apocalypse LA) kinda.