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Drawing of The Dark, it isn t you, it s me I just don t like fantasy Much like beer Ad this book has way too much of both Thing is I m not sure why it s even necessary here, because to me at least history is fascinating, intriguing and bizarre enough without the interventions of sorcery Siege of Vienna by Ottoman Empire in 1529 is at the center of the story and it s an event of incredible historical import Essentially it checked the progress of Ottoman Empire in central Europe and redirected it toward the Mediterranean It was essentially a crazy political play that announced to the world a major power player and set in motion over 150 years of military unrest It really is interesting enough without magical adornments, but then again the point of the book was probably how cleverly Powers weaved them in with known facts So there is magic and wizardry and sorcery and mythological creatures and reincarnated legends and beer, lot of beer, and it just didn t really grab me I finished it because I tend to do that and Powers is a good writer and even occasionally funny, but at no point did the book wow me or made it seem particularly worth the time Fans of fantasy would most likely love it though. My favourite Tim Powers book and one of few modern fantasy books i have read that was a truly great read.I liked it cause of his style of writing, his characters ,the humour,action and the awesome blend of historical setting and the supernatural His themes are very interesting.A ripping yarn A great historical fantasy. I read this book years ago 79 or 80 I believe and forgot about it till it was resurrected as a lost fantasy classic , which I agree it is This one predates the glut of Arthurian pastiches, adaptions and outright rip offs that got so popular for a while Here we start with the story of a 14th century soldier of fortune com adventurer who s traveled and been a rogue and mercenary among other things , Brian Duffy Faced with what might be termed an affair of honor facing 3 men he finds it convenient to take a job as bouncer at an inn brewery that was once a monastery As might be expected things are not as simple as they seem and before it s over Duffy will meet people, beings and creatures out of myth and history and quite possibly hold the fate of not only the West but all of Christendom in his hands This was a story that stayed with me, I like liked it and I remembered it as soon as I ran across the re release I may actually re buy it and put it back on my shelf as my older paperback copy is long gone. THE DRAWING OF THE DARK is Tim Powers at his most playful.Sure, he drags a whole bevvy of archetypes on stage as is his wont, with Fisher Kings and wise men to the fore But we also get drunk Vikings, enchanted swords, wild journeys with high magic through the mountains, beer, and large scale battle scenes.The plot revolves around the secret history of Europe, and a brewery that conjures up the stuff that champions are made of It s fantasy, Jim, but not as we know it.It s early powers, so it s not as intricate or tight as his later work, and not as densely lyrical But it s an awful lot of fun, especially after the Vikings turn up and the mayhem proper gets under way And did I mention that Merlin is in there too And that he has a fondness for smoking dried snakes Powers invention is fully to the fore in this one, and also his way with a set piece, with the aforementioned trip through the mountains being a highlight, along with a descent deep into the bowels under the brewery with Merlin, where much that is hidden is revealed and the plot, and the beer, thickens.A fantasy novel about beer, and Arthurian archetypes by one of the greatest novelists of our time That ll do for me. I enjoyed this, but there was a bit of a mish mash of stuff, and a couple things didn t ring true for me, but I still give it a 3.5Brian Duffy is a bit of an Irish Jack of all Trades, and when he is offered a job in a famous brewery in Vienna, he decides it s the perfect opportunity to look up his old love he had never forgotten.He gets there and reconnects with her almost immediately, but as he starts his new job at the brewery, strange things start to happenI don t mind a spiritual mish mash, I do think most gods are just different interpretations of each other And I m okay with reincarnation, as I beleive it happens in some form or another But some of how this all played out didn t feel right to me, especially the parts surrounding Brian s lost love, and the resolution to that It s hard to say without spoilers, but he cared for her much than that.anyway, it s still an interesting story, which is the point of fantasy books after all and it s about magical beer What s not to like This is a rare five star classic, a book I would review to anyone Tim Powers a colleague and conspirator with James Blaylock often lapses into the mythic using fantasy reality tropes This book, and perhaps the famous ANUBIS GATES, treat the fantastic as part of a perfectly understandable world, which makes for an interesting writing style.Duffy is an aged soldier on the road to the Siege of Vienna, where he hopes to achieve some employment as a defender of the city Along the way he seems to wander in and out of Faerieland he certainly receives hints of a higher purpose for himself The ensuing story has a little bit of everything thrown in to it turks, mongols, magick, King Arthur, the Siege of Vienna, seedy Vikings, nuns, cannons, and most of all, BEER the title references the annual drawing of the Dark Batch of Bock Bier at a particular bar in Vienna, which figures large into this plot.The Drawing of the Dark is a romp unapologetically throwing everything AND the kitchen sink into the mix and achieving wondeful results I recommend it to anyone. Never have I read a novel infused with so much drinking of beer I could not turn a page, it seemed, when the protagonist Duffy doesn t quaff yet another tankard of ale The very title itself refers to the drawing of the special, dark brew of beer that is performed once every few hundred years in order to invest the agents of the west with its magical, life enhancing properties.Punctuating the relentless beer drinking is plenty of action Duffy is beset by antagonists at every turn trying to thwart him and the cause that he is at first not even aware of The author seems quite at home constructing action scenes that are well described and prevent boredom ever setting in.So, those are the things I liked about the book What I didn t like so much is the premise of an age old struggle between east and west, this time manifesting itself in a crucial battle for Vienna by the Turks in the fifteenth century that, if successful, could lead to the ultimate triumph of east over west Duffy get swept up in events, not because he s particularly interested in who wins, but because he is the latest incarnation of the great western hero who has been King Arthur among others in a previous life Manipulated and coaxed by Merlin into taking part in the battle for Vienna, he reluctantly goes along with it.There is an underlying humour to it all that occasionally made me chuckle and helps glue the narrative together, moving things along quite nicely but it didn t help the fact that I was still left feeling that the plot ambled along often without much direction and going down seeminglessly pointless digressions.I did enjoy reading this book but overall I felt it was a bit too long and should have been a tad focused I ll leave you with the opening quotation from Tim s fictional poet William Ashbless that pretty much sums up what this book s all aboutIf but we christians have our beer, nothing s to fear This was my introduction to Tim Powers work, way back in about 1990 or thereabouts I don t recall now what attracted me to it it can t have been the bloody awful cover art perhaps the notion of a fantasy hero working as a bouncer back then, the notion of the fantasy hero not being a Big Shiny Hero was new and exciting to me Anyway, I ve just been rereading it for the first time in some yearsand it s stood up reasonably well under the passing years.Brian Duffy is a middle aged mercenary in 16th century central Europe As the book opens, he takes a job as bouncer in an inn in Vienna This may prove to be a bad move, as the Turkish army is advancing on the city never mind Duffy s personal issues , but as a bunch of aging Vikings, a sorceror, reincarnation, and various attempts at blackmail and bribery come into play, things become very complicated for Duffy indeed.Brian is a well drawn character, though neither heroic nor especially nice but then, would you expect a 16th century mercenary to be nice His refusal to accept what s really going on does get a bit tiresome after a while, though The other characters are lightly sketched in, and the only female character gets a thoroughly raw deal, which is annoying.The plotline is based on the idea that there is magical stuff going on underneath the real, historical events of 1529 in Vienna, and the author weaves his fantastical bits well into the history, and does a good job of portraying a thoroughly unromantic view of mercenary soldiers of the time without making them utterly unsympathetic.The prose is at times clunky he seems to have taken to heart the writing rule about not naming your character too often, and epithets such as the Irishman , the magician , the hunchback , the captain , etc abound , but mostly serviceable if nothing.Overall, despite the testosterone heavy feel, it s still a good read. Tim Powers is a mad genius.The siege of Vienna, Vikings, and the Fisher King Oh, and Merlin, of course I m tired, and lazy as hell, so that s about all the plot summary I can muster On one level this is a book about beer, as might be inferred playfully from the title It s the secret history of what the Ottomans were really after when they marched on Vienna, and a forgotten chapter of Arthurian Legend This is one of Powers s early novels, and I found it a little concise than some of his later works The later books sometimes get a teensy bit saggy or unfocused in the middle I say that as an ardent fan Having read most of his work in random order, rather than the order in which it was written, I enjoyed coming to this late because it meant I could watch his first explorations of certain ideas that have become important recurring themes in his later work The Fisher King, in particular, reappears in several of his other works, including most notably Last Call and Earthquake Weather I think I might have also spotted an embryonic form of the Jacks from Last Call.In Powers s later works, the Fisher King loses some of the overt trappings of Arthuriana, and becomes a unique Powers construct His sense of magic becomes much refined and subtle with each book, but the seeds of his characteristic style are all here I say it all the time, but seriously if magic were real, it would work like it does in a Tim Powers novel One of the things I enjoy most about Powers s secret histories is that I always come away wondering just which parts were fictional and which parts really happened Did a Viking longship really show up on the Danube just before the Siege of Vienna I m not sure, but if Powers says so, I m willing to buy it. `DOWNLOAD E-PUB ⇲ The Drawing of the Dark ⇬ The Drawing Of The Dark Is Not Only One Of My Favourite Tim Powers Novels, It S Simply One Of My Favourite Novels The Seamless And Seemingly Effortless Blend Of Action And Humour, The Wonderful Characters, The Rich Settings, The Brilliant Plot All Of It Is Perfect James P Blaylock