Oh, thou! in Hellas deem’d of heavenly birth

How can you not love a book that presents, with a perfectly straight face, the following two lines

The man gaped at her. “Are the apes after Kenny? I knew something like this would happen.” — p. 134

Doyle kept his face impassive, but his mind was racing. God help us, it’s Romany again, he realized. What in hell is the man up to here? What can he hope to gain by brainwashing Lord Byron and turning him loose to make semi-treasonous speeches? — p. 203

Both quotes are from Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates, a time-travel novel that was definitely one of the best books I read this year. A very fun read, if you’re looking for something entertaining and a bit light-hearted. Really, I can’t recommend it enough.

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