- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Solaris (1 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907519718
- ISBN-13: 978-1907519710
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Eric Brown is the award-winning author of a huge number of SF novels, such as "Helix," "Kethani" "Necropath," "The New York Trilogy" and "The Fall of Tartarus," as well as many children's books, radio plays articles and reviews. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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 are very likeable, possessing the necessary frailties to make them lifelike and realistic.
The story does have a pace to it, but there is an element that it takes a little time to warm up, and whilst that seems contradictory, it is only later on that you can appreciate the background.
Only once or twice does the author seem to 'pull' at a situation rather than let the story tell itself but all in all it is a good read.
I thought the period feel of the characters came through particularly well, which added a balance between the time lines periods portrayed. You could tell by the writing which period you were in which helps draw you in to the story.
Not "hard core" SF, but possibly better as it could expand the readership beyond those that only tend to read SF, quite clever Mr Brown.
The ending clearly leaves room for sequels. If you haven't read any Eric Brown, this is a good intro.
Why, you may ask, am I telling you this. It's quite simple really: The Kings of Eternity is another typical Eric Brown novel, one that uses an SF staple at its core, yet tells the story through its characters. The cover may suggest interplanetary travel, alien worlds and intelligence, and perhaps even that sense of wonder that SF is known for, but what you will find within the pages of The Kings of Eternity is more personal, but thoroughly science fictional.
The Kings of Eternity is split into two very distinct sections, one focusing on writer Daniel Langham and his secluded life on a small Greek island during 1999 and the other on Jonathon Langham, Edward Vaughan and brothers Jasper & Charles Carnegie in London and the English countryside of 1935. Daniel Langham is a writer who enjoys his privacy, always conscious of people trying to get close to him for an exclusive interview or whatever else he suspects them of.Read more ›
Of course, there's also everything in-between.
In 1935, one of the writers is Jonathan Langham. He's got a vaguely promising career in front of him, a vaguely satisfying relationship with an actress and a vague sense of purpose that's somehow wrapped up with his dying father. His relationship takes a turn for the worse (oh, actresses!) so when his slightly bonkers editor calls and asks him out to the country, Jonathan jumps at the chance. He needs a break and the run of the brandy bottle - the chance of a mystery is an unasked-for bonus.
And, flaky as the editor is, there is indeed a mystery in Hopton Wood. Every eight days there's a strange sort of light show in the woods. As Jonathan and his friends trek out (slightily boozily) for a viewing, they take in far more than they expected. The light show seems to give glimpses of other worlds - and if it can show them, maybe they can reach them as well...
In 1999, Daniel Langham, grandson of Jonathan, is a famous novelist. His piles of bestseller money help fund his isolated lifestyle on the island of Kallithéa. He works to a very strict routine. He writes in the morning, eats his meals at the same cafe every day and sips a beer while watching the stars at night. Occasionally he's disturbed by tabloid journalists, but he's always been able to run them off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Kings of Eternity is a very readable and well-written novel with a clever narrative device that keeps the reader intrigued for most of its length. Read morePublished on 14 May 2012 by houndtang
I was looking forward to this novel after thoroughly enjoying the naïve charm of Helix. I was destined, however, to be disappointed. Read morePublished on 22 April 2012 by Willy Eckerslike
The Kings of Eternity I could not put the book down ! Its worth a read you can get a sample free.
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. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2012 by A. J. Poulter
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... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by Amazon Customer
This starts out really well with an opening chapter that HG Wells would be proud of. Alien contact in Victorian England. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2011 by Sammy Birch