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Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson
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Dec 29, 11

Read in December, 2011

In Other Kingdoms, Alex is an 82-year-old writer known by his pen name, under which he apparently has authored successful yet crappy novels. He constantly feels the need to remind us of this, by alluding to his alter ego upon every accidental incident of alliteration. He also wants his readers to understand that many of the circumstances that occur during the narration are the result of being 18, and having an age-appropriate uncontrollable libido. Beyond these small (read: huge) annoyances, this is a fairy tale that adds nothing to the genre. Alex is a young American soldier who joins WWI to escape his abusive father. When he is injured in the trenches, he regroups in a village described to as a gorgeous place by a fallen comrade. Alex meets a witch and faeries, and doesn't know who is the bad guy (even though I could pretty much guess from the beginning), and mischief abounds. Other than that, it's a series of episodes where nothing much really happens, other than Alex being beaten up pretty frequently. Unfortunately, no matter what the events, Alex is always destined to grow old and be a boring and terrible writer, and no fairy tale can prevent that.
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