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The Kings of Eternity

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  167 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Powerful and Epic SF with rich characterisation. One to watch for in upcoming genre award lists. The discovery of a strange artefact lauches a story that spans two different eras and leads to unbelievable changes in the lives of its characters.

1999, on the threshold of a new millennium, the novelist Daniel Langham lives a reclusive life on an idyllic Greek island, hiding a...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Solaris (first published March 2011)
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Mark
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 writ...more
Jason
2.5 Stars

This ia a very accessible science fiction novel that will appeal to new scifi readers and the young adult crowd. It probably will only come across as passable to hard scifi readers like myself. Eric Brown does an unusual thing with this novel. He takes a few deep and high tech science fiction themes / technologies and writes them in a way that totally down plays them. I understand that he wants this book to come across more as pulp-noir fiction novel than a scifi but I feel that the way...more
Liviu
Since my experience with Eric Brown's work is mixed at best - liked Penumbra a lot, Helix mostly, but was meh on Necropath and sequels and thought that Engineman was badly dated and parochial to boot - I did not pay attention to this one until very enthusiastic reviews from Mark and Rob decided me to get it; on finishing it I have to say that the book is very well written, compelling and i stayed way too late to finish it.

The Kings of Eternity is the kind of book that needed a different publish...more
Mark
Here’s a book that I had to be persuaded to read, but I am glad I did. It’s a romance, not only in the conventional sense but also the scientific, and consequently has more than a whiff of the HG Wells’ or the Christopher Priest’s about it.

The story runs in two themes. The present, (well, set in 1999), involves a novelist, Daniel Langham, living a life of quiet solitude in Kallithea, Greece. Here he seems content in whiling away his days writing and being reclusive, though he finds that his mun...more
Rob
Willy Eckerslike
I was looking forward to this novel after thoroughly enjoying the naïve charm of Helix. I was destined, however, to be disappointed. While Helix harked back to the classic Sci-Fi of the 50’s and 60’s, Kings of Eternity could easily have been written by H.G. Wells or Jules Verne. While the undisputed ancestors of the genre, science fiction has progressed far beyond its fairly modest infancy and, in all honesty, their works are heavy going these days (it’s a bit like Dickens – brilliant stories bu...more
Eric
Mar 01, 2012 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Watch The Skies
I'm certain the Kings of Eternity fancied themselves to be quite something. The only thing I would say is they were dependably bland. I had high hopes for this book and it just didn't reach those heights. Slightly up, slightly down, but never so far in either direction to force me to keep turning pages. It was almost a book without conflict.

Even the most important choices in the book are delivered in such a way to minimize their impact. I'm not going to give anything away, but there were many ti...more
Algernon
My first foray into Eric Brown work, and based on what I read here, to be followed soon by more, if they are as good as The Kings of Eternity.
The main appeal for me was the transgenre appeal. The story goes beyond the immediate adventure of first contact and space battle epics. In fact these are secondary to character study, and the main character's search for love, for the meaning of life, for how to deal with his suddenly extraordinary circumstances.

The different threads woven into the story a...more
Ian
A reclusive writer living on a Greek island in 1999 falls in love with the painter who has moved in next to him, but is still reluctant to reveal himself. Four friends in 1935 meet at the country home of one of them and in the woods nearby witness the opening of a portal from another world and rescue the creature which comes through it. The link between the two narratives is not difficult to guess, but that doesn't spoil any enjoyment this novel might have. The narrative set on the Greek island...more
Andrew Chamberlain
This is the first novel I've ever read by Eric Brown, I'm glad I bought it and I did enjoy it. I suspect Eric Brown thinks of himself as something of a literary writer, and at his best I think he probably is. It was beautifully crafted in the early and middle sections of the book, with compelling and enjoyable plot lines, and characters who were constructed with integrity - although the 'Kings' of the title did seem to spend the first half of the book consuming so much alcohol that they must hav...more
Vmichelle Skinner
I found this book on the new sci-fi shelves of Barnes and Noble, and I was intrigued, because it didn't seem to be your typical scifi. I've also been looking for books that treat time travel in some way, although this one didn't exactly. While I enjoyed it, I didn't adore it. It felt a little bit more like a short story than a novel to me, even though it was long. But I don't mean that as an insult. I haven't fully processed it yet, to be able to explain that impression. The main protagonist was...more
Cheryl
I usually love Eric Brown, but I found this one slow to get into. There were a few great scenes that kept me reading, but it was not until about page 200 that I really got into the story.

1935 - some friends get together to investigate strange things in Hopton Wood. They find and help a strange creature from another world which changes their lives. (I was not as interested in the background life of Jonathon Langham - jealous of Carla, his girlfriend, to the point of breaking the relationship apa...more
Noel
It is very rare indeed that, after finishing a book, I return to page 1 and re-read it straightaway. After all, with so many books still sitting on my unread shelf, there's always plenty to pick from.

I returned to page 1 of Kings of Eternity, pausing only to reflect on what a terrific read this book is. Jumping around in time and space, and most importantly populating the story with characters you want to meet for real and shake by the hand.

There are echoes of Wyndham and Baxter and Clarke, and...more
Steve Gillway
A very Wellsian book, and none the worse for it. The main story set in the 1930s is redolent with the phraseolgy, the quips, the way of thinking which you get when reading HG Wells. The interplay between the modern and the old are delicately played out. A really satisfying read.
Scott
This book really is quite special. Beautifully written, mature, thoughtful, exciting, moving - it reads like Any Human Heart rewritten by HG Wells and Lawrence Durrell. Amazing.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Intriguing science fiction flawed by a incompletely conceived extraterrestrial plot juxtaposed with an engaging terrestrial storyline.
Jamie Adams
A classic science fiction romp and a page turner to boot. A little predictable at times but well worth a read.
mark
Excellent mix of old-school scientific romance and speculative science fiction. Impossible to put down.
Michael
Sort of an update on an old H.G. Wells riff. Not at all deep but a good Sunday afternoon read.
Turtle Brennen
A fun classic style romp with a pulp feel with better characters.
Patrick
Excellent book! Really enjoyed reading it.
Arnout Brokking
leuk, maar te veel binnen de lijntjes gekleurd
Stuart Kenny
a two day book. brilliant!
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Eric Brown's first short story was published in _Interzone_ in 1987, and he sold his first novel, _Meridian Days_, in 1992. He has won the British Science Fiction Award twice for his short stories and has published forty books: SF novels, collections, books for teenagers and younger children, and he writes a monthly SF review column for the _Guardian_.

He is married to the writer and medievalist Fi...more
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