The Anubis Gates (1983) is a time travel fantasy novel by Tim Powers. It won the 1983 Philip K. Dick Award and 1984 Science Fiction Chronicle Award.
Well where do I start. I remember first reading this in the early 1990's and like a few other people, I struggled somewhat with the first two chapters. I think if I re-read this now, I wouldn't struggle with being plunged in into the world of 1801 in the rule of the British empire in Egypt.
That said, I implore you to just bear with this initial back story (even if you are left wondering like me at the time "what the hell is going on here!") as it is the springboard on which you will use to dive in to the remainder of the novel and discover it's many jewels of treasure throughout.
It's just one book that you will not be able to put down and will no doubt read in one session. It's a roller-coaster of a tale, which just doesn't slow down to let you take even a short gasp of breath.
Inventive, humorous and thrilling.
I highly recommend it to you and to enter the world of Brendan Doyle and Horrabin the evil clown (yes really...)
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