The Anubis Gates

The Anubis Gates

by Tim Powers

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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441023820
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/1984
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including The Anubis Gates, Dinner at Deviant's Palace, The Stress of Her RegardHide 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 twice, and the World Fantasy Award three times. He lives in San Bernardino, California.

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The Anubis Gates 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
tapestry100 More than 1 year ago
Holy cow, what a roller coaster ride of a book! You've got time travel, magic, science fiction, Egyptian mythology, world-conquering villains and more all wrapped up into 387 pages of almost non-stop action. I almost put the book down (about 20 pages from the second part, it turns out) because Powers takes no time in throwing us into his story; in fact, I felt that Doyle ended up being convinced far too quickly of the possibility of time travel and felt like maybe Powers was just going to keep that kind of pace up through the rest of book. And while the pace really never does let up, it just seemed that he was taking forever to get all of his characters into place, and I was just so desperate for the story to finally move along that I was growing quickly impatient and was ready to walk away from the whole thing. A friend, thankfully, convinced me to stick with it, and I'm glad that I did. The second part of the book finally starts to take the significant number of threads that Powers started, and begins to weave them together into a fine web of a story that completely caught me up in its telling. I do think that the second part suffered from a little excess story telling again, but it was all necessary to bring the story and all of its characters together. The way that Powers worked so many characters and plot threads into one book, and managed to tie them all together and tie them up nicely into one big package is amazing. There is just so much that goes on in this book! Even when I was working my through the parts of the book that I found a little tedious, I still felt that Powers' world and characters were completely tangible. His writing had an easy, relaxed flow to it that made the book really accessible and easy to get into. All in all, a really fantastic tale that I'm glad that I stuck with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will have to read the book to understand the headline. Tim Powers has prepared a master work of historical fiction, combining fantasy, science fiction, magic and horror into a single well constructed story. He also has a talent for constructing supernatural characters and entitities and making them entirely real to those among his main characters who believe and invisible or unimaginable for the rest. His site research and descriptions of people and places are so good that the reader can easily place himself in the scene, walking down the same streets, alleyways and staircases into the dark unknown. I recommend all of his works written since this title and am waiting for an imaginative producer to attempt to develop one of Powers' novels into a decent film. Buy two copies at a time - one to read and collect and the second to give away to like-minded friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first of Powers' works that I read and it made a fan out of me. I read it twice and I never read anything twice. I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first. The style is fast paced and very clean and every string of the plot is neatly tied up somewhere, somehow. If you become a Powers fan like I did you will become familiar with his uncanny ability to imbue mundane items with captivating magic and to do it in such a way that it is believable and gritty. Go from this work to 'The Stress of Her Regard.' From there you're on your own. Enjoy.
Bryden More than 1 year ago
Great book about a guy stranded back in time. Characters are interesting and often strange. It takes place in historical context but some of the characters and situations border on Stephen King.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, I was blown away! If you read this book, I promise you will be saticefied. I had a record of reading the same book five times in a row. Now, it has been changed to ten! This is an outstanding book that no one should miss!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is awesome! I couldn't put it down! It was like, Mission Impossible or James Bond meets The Time Machine meets The Mummy. Just when I thought I knew exactly what was going on, KABOOM, the scene changed and I was tossed into an entirely different world. And it would be terrible of me to forget the charachters! I swear, the charachters are so unique! I read this book effortlessly in a weekend, it was just that good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An AWESOME read. Tim Powers is so amazing.  This was the first of his books that I've read. I instantly became hooked by Brendan Doyle, who reminded me somewhat of Robert Langdon in the Da Vinci Code. I loved the historical figures, and how the point of view switched from Doyle to the antagonists. It was a little of a slow start, but as soon as there was action, it didn't stop! I felt genuine emotions for the characters, and the plot was one that only Tim Powers could have pulled off with his writing skills. Overall, a great read!
Amaranthae More than 1 year ago
This is a book that generates curiosity, moves along at high speed, fills the imagination with wonder and provides great enjoyment to the reader.  The Author creates all the characters in such a compelling way, even those that play a supporting role that the reader finds themselves wanting more, unfortunately this never comes. A tantalizing amount of time is spent with each of the character, but it is never enough; this leaves the reading feeling they have spent barely enough time with each of them before they are gone. There were simply never enough of these characters, and it left me feeling cheated, and wanting more of them.  One of the problems I found with this novel, and I am not sure if it was intentional on the part of the Author, was there is so much packed into a mere 380 pages.  In this small space the reader encounters Beggar's guilds, Egyptian wizards, Romantic poets and business magnates; prize fighters mix with cross dressing vengeance seekers, mad clowns, body snatchers, fire elementals and gypsies.  They are subject to time slips that bounce them from 1810 to 1983 to 1660 and back into the 1800’s at such a pace that I felt I needed motion sickness pills to get me through but, despite all this jumping the Author manages to keep the plot following a linear path of cause and effect.  On the negative side of all this time jumping there are huge gaps; the story moves on too quickly leaving the reader wanting more of the unfulfilled promise of sweeping and epic adventures.  All of this is, however, extremely effective.  It makes the reader want to continue through the novel, joining in with the good old fashioned chases.  It is also the downfall of this piece of writing. Being left wanting more can be a good thing, particularly with this kind of high fantasy and fast paced adventure read but, in the case of this novel I found it to be extremely frustrating.  To counter this feeling of frustration one of two things could have been done by the Author; either increase the story to match the scale of the book or reduce the epic scale of the book itself, with either of these alterations this book could have become so much more than it is, an entertaining sci-fi fantasy adventure. In the end this novel is far more time travel than Steampunk and leaves the reader feeling more than a little short-changed and frustrated.  Regardless of these shortcomings, reading this book is not a waste of time and I would recommend it to those lovers of the time travel genre and also people who enjoy a good old fashioned adventure story.
ghilbrae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I have finished this book I've had to struggle my way through it. The plot and the premise are very interesting and very promising in the beginnig. In fact, that has been what have kept me reading when I've been tempted to stop.One of the problems for me is the main character, Brennan Doyle, he is just dull and quite 'slow', he seems to stumble from one situation to another without really atempting anything by himself. Almost all of the other characters are far more interesting and actively seek a way out of the problems in which they are thrown, if they are not the cause themselves.Although the writing is good, the way the author keeps changing from place to place is somewhat annoying. It is not that he changes without warning from a set of characters to another but that he frequently describes places or characters as if they were already known. So you read through several paragraphs before realizing that this is a new set of people which will interact briefly with one character and will never appear again.So I am rather disappointed with this one, it has not been as action packaged as I expected and certainly not as entertaining.
catherinestead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After agreeing to act as a time-travelling tour guide to an 1810 lecture by Coleridge, academic Brendan Doyle is marooned in the past - and captures the interest of some distinctly odd characters.A great thriller, with splendidly grotesque characters, manic pacing and a surprising and complex plot. By the end it seemed to be getting a bit repetitive, though; although the ending was good I thought it was a little too drawn out. Very readable, very clever and very macabre. A bit like a Tom Clancy thriller crossed with an Umberto Eco novel and something hallucinogenic.
michaeleconomy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A whimsical, fun, time traveling, adventure. Lots of fun parts. The author can be funny at times, but the book is serious most of the time. When starting this book, i was worried as there are definitely parallels to [book:timeline], but its a much better book than that. Theres tons of characters and a handful of interwoven plot-lines, and this is good for the most part, but it can get tricky to follow at times. Great ending.
maplemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic tale. I'm not entirely sure if this qualifies as steampunk, or not. It depends, as always, on what definition one uses. Technology doesn't seem to play an important part in the story, certainly not the steam engines, or clockwork devices one normally associates with steampunk. Instead, magical powers play an important role. The pre-Victorian era also misses the mark slightly from what is normally seen. The use of real people in the story, in particular Lord Byron, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge does satisfy parts of the definition. Setting aside the steampunk status of the story, The Anubis Gates is an excellent story, and is highly recommended.
Algybama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not exactly steampunk but very fun nonetheless. The things Tim does well (fast-paced without being a blur; well plotted with mysterious flash-forwards; lots of hallucinatory action) outnumber, though unfortunately don¿t hide, what Tim messes up (flat characters and a self-conscious literary style). The big problem of the book is its style. The exciting confusion of the narrative is sometimes bogged down by Tim¿s sometimes convoluted and indirect writing. Sometimes he overwrites, too, like in the first chapter/prologue. It¿s so bad that I almost stopped and started something else. Luckily he soon tones it down and keeps it down for the most of the novel, only occasionally and very painfully flaring back up into poetic nonsense. Sometimes the style is good. Tim uses some interesting verbs, like "bellyed out" or "accordioned back" and pulls off some fancy, though convoluted, prolepses. In fact, the entire book could be described as convoluted, and it works for the most part. I just wish the style conveyed the narrative a little more smoothly ¿ its overwhelming enough.The story has so many elliptically revealed details that I plan on a reread. That¿s a huge accomplishment for B-list sci-fi.
apc251 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The imagination in this book is relentless.Definitely a fun trip.
bookheaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite books.
galacticus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of time travel adventures but this book is the exception. This is one of my favorite all time Sci-Fi books. It is definitely not steam punk. Much like his work On Stranger Tides, the origin of Pirates of the Caribbean, this book is populated by the most enticing characters. The premise is a return to the London, England of the Romantic Poets, Coleridge, Byron and others. Mixed throughout the plot are beggar guilds, thieves, gypsies, secret societies, body snatchers, indescribable creatures living in sewers and even egyptian magicians. No spoiler alert needed: this book has so many twists and turns I would not dare venture a summation. Slight patience may be required but once you pick up the cadence of the book you can not turn the pages fast enough. I just finished reading this for the second time - I originally read this in the 80's - and I definitively give it five stars.
SulfurDog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ho Hum, for me barely readable, was almost put down at several pts. This is the first bk of this type I have read in quite some time and now I know why. If you like Saturday morning TV then this is for you other wise skip it.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a time travel novel with many twists and a cast of very unusual characters. American Professor Brendan Doyle is asked to come to England to lecture on Samuel Taylor Coleridge by an eccentric millionaire. When he arrives he discovers that the lecture is just the beginning of a time travel vacation package for a group of rich intellectuals. Doyle gets lost in 1810 London where he meets Coleridge, an evil clown beggar king, a young woman disguised as a boy, a body snatching werewolf, a sorcerer and his duplicate, and Lord Byron. There are Egyptian gods, magicians and monsters. The action is fast and furious. Will he be able to get back to his own time or will he live out his life in the past?There is a lot of foreshadowing based on Doyle¿s knowledge of past events. Character¿s move in and out of the storyline becoming more important or less important as the story unfolds. This keeps the momentum going as you realize who people are and how they fit in the novel. This book will keep you guessing until the very rewarding end.
dreamingtereza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My initiation into Tim Powers, this novel was a load of fun. My one complaint is that Powers seems to be working too hard at a few points to keep things going at the breakneck pace he has established: at times he piles complications so high that I couldn't help thinking how ridiculous the predicament had grown for the characters in question. But overall, bravo!
JudithProctor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book (which had languished unread on my shelves for a long time) after Tim Powers was announced as a guest for LX, Eastercon 2009. I'd previously read 'Last Call' which didn't impress me at all, but the convention made me decide to give him a second try.I'm glad I did - I enjoyed this book a lot more than the other. It's a cheerful romp through Egyptian mythology, historical London, time travel, poetry and beggars guilds. Some parts of the plot are more plausible than others. I confess to being unable to suspend disbelief during the bit involving the Mameluke Turks (the event referred to is historical, but the protagonists involvement is forced, to say the least).I like the character of William Ashbless, and was slightly frustrated to discover that the writer had created him, as I rather enjoyed the quotes from his poetry and was looking forward to reading all of "The Twelve Hours of the Night"!The story is pretty well researched, but you know the writer is American when his character hears tree frogs in England!
reika33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall this is a very creative, well-written book. While the various pieces may seem disparate, anachronistic, maybe even jarring, it all works without trouble. His research and use of historical detail is impeccable. In addition, with the time travel, there appears to be no anomalies. However, with that said, I feel that the author played it safe and I was able to easily anticipate various plot points which was rather disappointing.
yarmando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diverting novel of ancient Egyptian magics which open portals through time. Brendan Doyle, hired as a tour guide on a time trip, becomes trapped in the early 19th century, and then trapped in another body.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can see why many say this will be one of the classic time-travel books. Mr. Powers gave us wonderful and vivid characters, a great thriller plot, wonderful 19th century atmosphere, and managed the whole "changing known history paradox" issue with aplomb.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
tundranocaps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit... loose, it feels, like at times there are too many threads going about.A very satisfying read though.