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Evening's Empire (edition 2003)

by David Herter

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Title:Evening's Empire
Authors:David Herter
Info:Saint Martin's Press Inc. (2003), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 352 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:source: Better World Books, second hand, cheese, music, fantasy

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This book was very mystical and fascinating, almost utopian yet with a down-home Oregonian quirk.. Being from Oregon I loved it, and could easily envision it.. It was amazing how the story twisted and turned and its easy to think how it was all symbolic.. but not overtly so.. I know I'll be thinking about this one for some time to come! ( )
  Danica.Rice | Apr 29, 2014 |
Russell Kent, composer, is trying to deal with the loss of his wife while also trying to write an opera adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. (And that is an opera I would dearly love to see.) As part of his ongoing recovery from grief, he decides to visit the small coastal town, Evening, where his wife died a year ago, and continue writing his opera there.

The town of Evening is a character all on its own. Set on the wintery coastline of Oregon, it survives through its cheese factory and tourism, and is peopled by some of the most dull, cheese obsessed, small minded small town people it has ever been the misfortune of Kent to meet. Luckily, there are some diamonds amongst the dullards; in particular his landlady Megan Sumner, and Bernard Dreerson, owner of the local bookshop, The Warp and Weft. These diamonds seem to be waging a war of some sorts with the town dullards, but it does take a while for the undercurrents to become clear, and they definitely weren't at all what I was expecting.

Herter has written a fascinating story, peopled with highly believable characters, and has made music come alive in words. A book where the unexpected occurs, and where cheese and music are both strong motifs. And it's not many books you can say that about. ( )
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312870345, Hardcover)

David Herter's debut novel, the SF adventure Ceres Storm, appeared amid a flurry of well-deserved praise. With his second novel, Herter turns to contemporary fantasy in the mode of Gene Wolfe and Charles de Lint.

A composer struggling to create in the wake of tragedy, Russell Kent returns to Evening, the Oregon coast town where his wife fell to her death in the shadow of the founder's mysterious mansion. In Evening, Kent finds new creative energy, the possibility of new romance, and a bizarre secret for which he uncovers impossible, undeniable evidence: Evening is built over the entrance of an ancient, subterranean city--one that may still be inhabited.

Though a sensitive, thoughtful, adult novel, Evening's Empire has something in common with a very different work, Disney's kids-oriented animated movie Atlantis: both are an homage to Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and to the whole Victorian-era school of lost- world adventures, a vast genre nowadays nearly forgotten except for Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is regrettable that Herter did not incorporate some of the lost-world adventure's adolescent energy in Evening's Empire. The novel's pace is gentle, the tone muted, and a meandering climax diffuses the tension. --Cynthia Ward

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:17 -0400)

A visitor to the small town of Evening, Oregon, a town famous for its cheese, outsider Russell Kent discovers both love and a bizarre, secret underground world in a cavern beneath the town.

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