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The Kings of Eternity

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  250 Ratings  ·  32 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
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Solaris (first published March 2011)
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Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
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
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
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
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Intriguing science fiction flawed by a incompletely conceived extraterrestrial plot juxtaposed with an engaging terrestrial storyline.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave up on this book several times. It's fairly short, but I was a full 25% of the way into it before anything happened. I was just done with it. I didn't particularly like the character, it kept jumping back and forth between two time periods and my lack of interest in the character made it difficult to follow (in one time period there is a girlfriend named Carla and in the other there is one named Caroline, and I'm bad with names so I kept getting them crossed with each other which ma ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging story with early and late sections interleaved, turns into a thriller. Some familiar themes for Sci-Fi readers, but with a new mix. Marvelously done.
Super Marge
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story that I wished wouldn't come to an end. This is the second book of Eric Brown's that I have read and both were just superb.

Read this book and you won't be disappointed.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those book reviews that I find a little difficult to write, which may seem strange for a book to which I’ve given five stars, but as I begin to write I’m struggling to put down in words how much enjoyment I got from this. Therefore it’s probably going to be a rather short review.

I’ve not read a book quite like it, and while this is a great sci-fi book written by one of today’s finest authors of any genre (in my humble opinion), it actually starts out quite different and it’s not u
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Willy Eckerslike
May 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lee Pfahler
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eric Brown fans and fans of scientific romances
Shelves: science-fiction
Another great novel by Eric even though I have not read many, if any, scientific romances before which made it a different read for me who usually reads space operas, hard sf and adventure sf.

This novel further impressed me with Eric's diversification as a writer as he has shown again his ability to write outside of more than just one or two SF sub-genres by focusing more on his characters and plot development.

Perhaps if this novel would have been published as a hardcover with a less "spacey" co
Steve Gillway
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read (5 hours) and a likeable story. The first 100 or so pages (of 367)do not drag but after that the story really takes a different turn while holding onto the initial plotline. A good solid adventure.
May 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mix of old-school scientific romance and speculative science fiction. Impossible to put down.
Stuart Kenny
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a two day book. brilliant!
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
A combination of some not so good sci-fi and an interesting romance/philosophy part
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Excellent book! Really enjoyed reading it.
Arnout Brokking
leuk, maar te veel binnen de lijntjes gekleurd
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
Colin Sinclair
An entertaining tale, but at times it seemed that there was something far more exciting going on elsewhere.
Sort of an update on an old H.G. Wells riff. Not at all deep but a good Sunday afternoon read.
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Eric Brown was born in Haworth, West Yorkshire, in 1960, and has lived in Australia, India and Greece. He began writing in 1975, influenced by Agatha Christie and the science fiction writer Robert Silverberg. Since then he has written over forty-five books and published over a hundred and twenty short stories, selling his first story in 1986 and his first novel in 1992. He has written a dozen book ...more
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