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Nice idea but does not really take off,
This review is from: The Kings of Eternity (Paperback)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.