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The Kings of Eternity Paperback – 1 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • 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.

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Format: Kindle Edition
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 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.
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A very enjoyable story which seemed fragmented at the start but became more cohesive as the chapters went by.

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.
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Having been disappointed with the last Eric Brown release I really was hoping that this one would get back to a wonderfully woven title in much the same way that Engineman was. What unfurled was a modern interpretation as War of the World's meet modern thriller. It is cleverly written, the characters feel like the type of people that you can hang out with and share a beer or two and finishes off with a touch of romance backed by a wonderful story arc. Add to this a great understanding of pace as well as enough hooks to keep you glued and this is perhaps one of Eric's better releases. Whilst for me it won't out do Engineman it might well help fans forget the last release (Guardians of the Phoenix) as they relish this one to the last page.
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Last year I read a half dozen books by Eric Brown, and he very quickly became one of my favourite authors. It wasn't like I hadn't read anything by him before, I had all of his Solaris releases up to that point, but after reading the final Bengal Station book, Cosmopath, in late 2009 I knew I had to track down some of his other work. Eric Brown is the kind of author that can write about very human traits, crafting his stories to deliver an emotional and personal experience. The fact that he writes SF is all the better, but he doesn't force the ideas and technology on to you through his stories, and while they are an integral part to the plots they do not dominate them. It's a style that is very successful, and goes to show just how skilled he is at telling a story.

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.
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The Kings of Eternity (2011), by Eric Brown, is a tale of divisions. The primary, narrative separation is between the years 1935 and 1999. In the former, two writers are summoned from London to help an editor friend out with "strange lights in the woods". In the latter, a reclusive author on a remote Greek island decides whether or not to open himself up to making a new friend.

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.
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