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Preview — Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson
1918. A young American soldier, recently wounded in the Great War, Alex White comes ...more
Other Kingdoms is a short story or novella gone wrong. Poorly executed, meandering and seemingly directionless, not specially imaginative or exceptional in any way. It's just sort of there, showing signs of promise, but never trying too much to achieve it.
It's narrated in the first person by Alex White, a 82 year old writer who publishes under the name of Arthur Black. He recounts his experiences ...more
Now, how many times in movies or books has someone said with caution to another, that may be new to the area, "stay on the path".............and always much to the cautioners head sh ...more
At first I really enjoyed the narrator and his self-consciously pulpy voice. But soon Matheson began to belabor the point, indulging in too many parenthetical asides about postmodern nu ...more
Uhg. What a disappointment! I had high hopes going into Other Kingdoms and they were just SMASHED. The more I read, the more I was just SAD about this book. It was just so irritating.
The narrator or the story, Alex White/Arthur Black, is an 82 year old man, recounting a story of his youth - a TRUE story (he reminds us several times.)
The story itself wasn't terrible. It was GREAT, but it wasn't awful. The TELLING of ...more
A fantastical and historical story that’s dark, funny and erotic – it includes fairies and a witch. Set in the trenches of WWI and the forests of Northern England, it’s told from the perspective of the narrator at 82 years old, reminiscing this adventure from his younger years.
About: In 1918 Alex White is 18 and enlists in the army to escape his sadistic militaristic father. Shipped off to the trenches of WWI in Europe, he meets what appears to be a yo ...more
The story, about a World War I veteran who finds a hidden village in England that links to a fairy kingdom, on its face is something that you would expect Matheson to handle well, and the bones of he story are enough for a writer of Matheson's skill to make engaging. But it isn't.
Maybe the problem is that Matheson writes in the (first-person) voice of a man ...more
My Review: Richard Matheson has entertained the masses for over 60 years! He received the World Fantasy Award in 1984 for Lifetime Achievement and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. So needless to say, any new release from Mr. Matheson will be eagerly anticipated.
Told from the perspective of Arthur White (aka Arthur Black) who is reflecting back on his previous 82 years. Matheson begins Other Kingdoms by showing us the hor ...more
This type of book is not my favorite form of literature. But it is Matheson.
Alex White is the eighty-two year old author of the long MIDNIGHT(as by Arthur Black) series of horror novels. He's telling a story he swears is all true and happened in his late teens/early twenties, starting with the friend he met in the trenches of the Great War.
Harold was constantly regaling him of the beauties of his home town of Gatford in northern England. A German grenade in the tren ...more
He met a young British soldier in the trenches, Harrold Lightfoor....And that is where all the supernatural happening began for Alex. He went to Gatford England and bought himself a cottage in the beautiful woods.... Where he found out that the Faerie people were real ...more
Kingdom of witch-rape. Escape
to marry a fairy.
Really surprised I was able to get to the end of this one. As a fan of Richard Matheson, I'm going to think of it as 'doing him a solid' by finishing his book despite the pain. As with any book, the were characters I liked, and interesting scenarios, but those were few and far between. Magda the witch was pretty cool.
What ruined this book for me was bar-none the most grating and obnoxious narrator of any book I've ever read in m ...more
Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The quirky narrative voice didn't bother me as much as it seems to have irritated some other reviewers, nor did the story asides. If you've ever spoken at length with someone who is elderly, you k ...more
I finished this book quickly because, well, it is a small book, but also because the story is flowing through the pages, if you know what I mean. I was not bogged down anywhere during the reading. Although there are some scenes that you can qualify of gripping, mostly it is a simple recount of events that happened 60 years ago. However, this is the kind of book where you can “feel” what is going on at ...more
As a wounded veteran of the Great War, the hero retrns to a war buddy' s home town in England, only to encounter the place' s proximity with the faery kingdom. A love trangle ...more
I hated this one. I found it condescending, snarky, sexist, dull, and completely vacuous. The treatment of women is pathetic. The smoking hot voluptuous woman is--of course--a redhead and VERY BAD. The little tiny fairy is good as gold and tender. There are unrealistic sex scenes. And the hero--whose name I couldn't be bothered to re ...more
Sometimes writers try things and they don't work out. Matheson's signature hyper-masculine voice plugging away about fairy sex, Oedipal ...more
The story has a great deal of potential, but a lot of it seems simply wasted. The narrator breaks the atmosphere of the story by repeatedly reminding the reader that he is speaking from 1982, not 1918 when the bulk of the story takes place. A lot of other reviewers found the narrator unlikeable, but he doesn't bother me so much--though I would have preferred he be portrayed ...more
And sure, there are things to like: the 82-year-old narrator remembering his 18-year-old self gets to voice some of our own problems with his younger self's actions. And...
Well, maybe there's more to dislike here: the plot is thin, the epis ...more
What happens is: ten years later you are swimming in books you have purchased six years ago on flights of fancy with no recollection why you had any interest in it in the first place. Now you own a book you have no interest in reading, but you feel bad because you did buy the damn book (even though it was only wasted st ...more
Divenuto ormai da tempo un autore di culto nel campo del genere fantastico, all'età di ottantaquattro anni Richard Matheson è ancora in grado di stupire il suo pubblico. Altri regni conferma le sue intatte capacità di narratore, unite in questo caso a una vena di leggera autoironia, a una sorta di gioco della scrittura che irride sé stessa, senza peraltro rinunciare ad ammaliare il lettore con una storia sospesa tra il fantasy e l'horror, e che affonda le sue radici nel romanzo gotico inglese. A...more