The Drawing of the Dark

The Drawing of the DarkBrian Duffy, Aging Soldier Of Fortune, Had Been Hired In Venice By A Strange Old Man Who Called Himself Aurelianus Ambrosius He Was Supposed To Go To Vienna And Act As Bouncer At An Inn Where The Fabulous Herzwesten Beer Was Brewed That Was Clear Enough.But Why Was He Guided And Guarded On The Trip By Creatures From The Ancient Legends Why Should He Be Attacked By Ifrits And Saved By Mythical Dwarfs What Was So Important About The Herzwesten Beer To The Fisher King Whoever He Was Why Was Duffy Plagued By Visions Of A Sword And An Arm Rising From A Lake And What Had A Bunch Of Drunken, Ancient Vikings To Do With It All Then There Was No Time For Speculation As Vienna Was Besieged By The Turkish Armies Of Suleiman Duffy Found Himself Drawn Into A War Of Desperation And Magic It Was Up To Him To Preserve The West Until The Drawing Of The Dark From The Paperback Edition. When I was home for Christmas I saw this on the shelf and couldn t help but pick it up and read it Cost me some sleep even though I was already exhausted I missed an entire night of sleep reading it As with anything written by Tim Po
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
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 a
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 for
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
Antes de nada, querr a comentar que esta es una de las primeras rese as que hago sobre un libro, as que no se is muy duros al leerla Prometo mejorar con el tiempo, o si no se da el caso os invito a una buena cerveza.Y hablando de cerveza, os voy a empezar a hablar de Esencia Oscura Una historia que si hab is le do la sinopsis de m s arriba, ya sabr is que se enmarca dentro del periodo hist rico donde los turcos asediaron la ciudad de Viena en el siglo XVI Y os preguntareis qu importancia puede tener la cerveza en esta historia Pues la verdad que bastante m s de lo que a primera vista pueda parecer.Pero primero vamos a hablar un poco de Tim Powers Para todos aquellos que no teng is el placer de conocerle os recomiendo que acud is cuanto antes a una librer a o biblioteca y consig is alguna de sus obras , Las Puertas de Anubis es la m s conocida os dir que esta fue la primera novela que sac al mercado nada m s y nada menos que en 1979, y como en la mayor a de sus otras historias, el autor estadounidense nos introduce como escenario dentro de un marco hist rico rese able, en este caso el ya comentado asedio de Viena, al que a ade una pizca de magia, elementos sobrenaturales y d ndol
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 ro
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
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 st
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 anno