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Evening's Empire

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

David Herter's first novel, Ceres Storm, was recently published to widespread acclaim. "Distinctive and imaginative, Herter's tale moves to its own disconcerting logic: a debut of immense promise," said Kirkus Reviews. Now Herter moves from SF to contemporary fantasy and to a more literary mode of storytelling.

Evening's Empire is set on the Oregon coast, in Evening, a smal
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2002 by Tor Books (first published June 2002)
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Jun 07, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok
This was a suspenseful, if odd, novel about a small cheese-making coastal Oregon town. The main character's wife died there several years back and now's he's returned to use the environment to write an opera based on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Quirky, no? Yes, and very good.

Except for the last few chapters. Things go haywire and Russ, the main character, has to experience first-hand what the townspeople have been hiding for decades.

The plot and my ability to follow fell apart towards the endin
Feb 18, 2009 Judah rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Well written...and an utter waste of time. I was thoroughly into it, despite the slow pace...then I realized that there was only a finite amount of pages left, they were dwindling rapidly, and the pace wasn't picking up at all. I basically skimmed the last 30 or so pages looking desperately for any kind of closure, to no avail...not even a setup for a sequel, really.
Danica Rice
Aug 01, 2013 Danica Rice rated it liked it
This book was very mystical and fascinating, almost utopian yet with a down-home Oregonian quirk.. Being from Oregon I loved it, and could easily envision it.. It was amazing how the story twisted and turned and its easy to think how it was all symbolic.. but not overtly so.. I know I'll be thinking about this one for some time to come!
Apr 25, 2015 LordOfDorkness rated it really liked it
Well written, interesting. Might not be far off to look at it as "A study in Gene Wolfe," though it seems to hit you over the head with a merciless blandness and blind adherence to sometimes less than exciting material than Wolfe.

But then, what the hell do I know
Carlos Arsenio Garcia
I'd love to give it 5-stars because I really liked this book, but it all culminated into something that was the complete opposite of how a book like this should end.
Evan Jensen
Nov 13, 2010 Evan Jensen rated it it was ok
Sort of a Lovecraftian weird tale about an underground city on the coast and who will and who did live there.
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David Herter is a graduate of Clarion West 1990, where his instructors included Gene Wolfe. In 2004 he spent a month in the Czech Republic celebrating the 150th anniversary of Leoš Janáček’s birth, an experience that led to his First Republic trilogy On the Overgrown Path, The Luminous Depths, and One Who Disappeared. His other novels include the far-future Ceres Storm, the Vernian cheese fantasy ...more
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