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Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson

Other Kingdoms (edition 2011)

by Richard Matheson

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Title:Other Kingdoms
Authors:Richard Matheson
Info:Tor Books (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
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Disappointing. ( )
  outlandishlit | Jun 9, 2014 |
Good, but not great! The style, with the narrator constantly interrupting, bugged me at times. Still, I enjoyed it. The story is told by an 82 year old man recalling when he was 18. He served in WW I, moved to England, and had this adventure with fairies, a witch, and all sorts of craziness! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Mar 14, 2014 |
Meh. I found this rather annoying and pointless. It wasn't terrible, and I managed to slog through, but it was a near thing. Neither erotic, nor enchanting, in my view. ( )
  duende | Feb 6, 2014 |
It's like Avatar, only with fairies instead of 10-foot aliens! OK, not entirely. ( )
  ptdilloway | Nov 21, 2013 |
A passably nice story. Although, how can you expect any less of Richard Matheson. His skill is unparalleled, and he writes with an ease that is easy to overlook. However, all that talent is brought to bear on a fairly inconsequential story.

An 18-year old leaves the trenches of Europe and moves to the British Isles, much of this driven because of a father that he hates. He visits and moves to the small town of one of his trench-mates where he is introduced to witches, fairies, and the strange world of the Middle Kingdoms.

Matheson has done his research – it is evidenced throughout. And, as I’ve already indicated, he brings his considerable talents to bear on the story. However, there just isn’t that much story to be had here. In addition, the scenes that are meant to strike horror do no more than ruffle the reader’s feathers. (One other problem, the contrivance of having an 80-year old author of potboiler horror write this memoir gets old relatively quickly.)

What keeps the reader going is the way Matheson skillfully keeps us guessing about where the truth lies – who is good and who is bad. And there is a sweetness about one of the love stories that does ring of some truth.

Which all leads to a story that is not bad, but is not great. A quick read. An easy read. But a read that, I have a feeling, will disappear as quickly as the memory of some of the stories protagonists. ( )
  figre | Dec 31, 2012 |
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For over half a century, Richard Matheson has enthralled and terrified readers with such timeless classics as I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Duel, Somewhere in Time, and What Dreams May Come. Now the Grand Master returns with a bewitching tale of erotic suspense and enchantment.…

1918. A young American soldier, recently wounded in the Great War, Alex White comes to Gatford to escape his troubled past. The pastoral English village seems the perfect spot to heal his wounded body and soul. True, the neighboring woods are said to be haunted by capricious, even malevolent spirits, but surely those are just old wives’ tales.

Aren’t they?

A frightening encounter in the forest leads Alex into the arms of Magda Variel, an alluring red-haired widow rumored to be a witch. She warns him to steer clear of the wood and the perilous faerie kingdom it borders, but Alex cannot help himself. Drawn to its verdant mysteries, he finds love, danger…and wonders that will forever change his view of the world.

Other Kingdoms casts a magical spell, as conjured by a truly legendary storyteller.

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Wounded WWI American soldier Alex White has a frightening encounter in the forest near the pastoral English village of Gatford. His encounter leads him into the arms of Magda Variel, an alluring red-haired widow rumored to be a witch. She warns him to steer clear of the wood and the perilous faerie kingdom it borders, but Alex cannot help himself. Drawn to its verdant mysteries, he finds love, danger ... and wonders that will forever change his view of the world.… (more)

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