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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and slow
Having seen this recommended in the Financial Times for summer reading I thought I'd take a punt on it, and I wasn't disappointed.

The story is well told, and I enjoyed the narrative device of having two narrators. Thinking back I had no preference for either but as the story switched between them I resumed the relationship easily enough as the main characters...
Published on 25 July 2011 by M D Espley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
This starts out really well with an opening chapter that HG Wells would be proud of. Alien contact in Victorian England. The narrative flips between nearly present day and the Victorian era and the writing style cleverly changes with this. The Victorian sections actually feel as though they were written in this era!
The problem is this flips in the middle and...
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Sammy Birch


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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but does not really take off, 15 Feb 2012
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Having read a lot from this writer over the years, some of this tale was somewhat predictable. We see a novelist living on a Greek island, trying to escape the world. A painter moves into into an adjoining villa and a romance begins with her. We then see another writer, this time in danger of losing his father to illness and his actress girl fiend to jealous suspicions, living in London not long before the start of the Second World War. Chapters alternate between these two threads.

Elements though did not immediately fit. The present day writer has a strange device he calls a 'mereth' and he is being hounded by a journalist who confronts him with a charge of plagiarism from an earlier author. The author back in the 40s has a friend who writes science fiction who invites him down to the country to investigate strange lights in a wood at night...

But it is not long before things start to link up. The story moves along, and finishes on a neat cusp which 'explains' the book. While it certainly is an entertaining read, the 'long-suffering writer' parts simply are not strong enough to suggest real literature while the 'lights in the woods' turn out to be too 'pulpy' to get any real science fiction related sense of wonder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi with romance, 13 Oct 2011
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Eric Brown writes science fiction with a touch of the Barbara Cartlands. The underlying theme for The Kings of Eternity is the bestowing of eternal life on the main characters, by a being from another planet. Mixed in with this are their romantic escapades over 100 years, and the problems of staying young when all of their friends etc. are ageing. It is an entertaining yarn, and one that I think will appeal to lots of women as well as men.
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