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Other Kingdoms [Kindle Edition]

Richard Matheson
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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From Publishers Weekly

Genre veteran Matheson (I Am Legend) frames this bittersweet blend of fantasy and romantic suspense as the "true" reminiscences of 82-year-old Alex White, the author of such novels as Midnight Blood Thirst and Midnight Flesh Hunger under the name Alex Black. In the spring of 1918, the then 18-year-old Alex, a wounded soldier who's been discharged from the American Army, settles in the isolated English town of Gatford, where he soon finds himself caught between two supernaturally empowered women: Magda, an alluring witch, and Ruthana, a charming faerie. Alex, himself powerless, is willing to make great sacrifices to be with his one true love, whichever one she might be, but their different natures and disapproving relatives may doom the relationship. Which of the two women Alex will choose is never really in doubt; the loser is clearly unsuitable and conveniently malicious in defeat. The self-pitying Alex may ramble in telling his straightforward tale, but Matheson remains as ever a competent craftsman. (Mar.)
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“Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions.”
—The New York Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004W030E2
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457X8B2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I became excited when I saw that Richard Matheson had a new book out. It had been years since I read anything truly new from this imaginative fantasy writer. I grew up on Matheson's horror/fantasy/science fiction either in print (I Am Legend, Hell House,The Incredible Shrinking Man, Duel) or in film/TV (The Night Stalker, Duel, Trilogy of Terror, The Fall of the House of Usher, What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, "Twilight Zone"). He's so versatile that it's easy to over look his exceptional skills as a storyteller.

Matheson's latest is a dark fantasy novel following horror writer Alex White during his youth fighting in the trenches during World War I. Alex befreinds Harold Lightfoot and Englishman and when Harold dies he leaves Alex an unexpected gift-a large chunk of gold from his home Gatford, England. Intrigued by their discussion of the place and having no where else to go, Alex settles in Gatford but discovers that there's dark creatures in the forest surrounding the run down farm house he buys. Although warned to not stray off the path, he does so and begins a journey into a very different life influenced by the creatures of the forest.

A dark, compelling fantasy with a twisted sort of love story at its heart Other Kingdoms reflects Matheson at his best; the narrative is well structured and the plotting brilliantly thought out. As always he creates credible characters that you develop sympathy for even if they aren't the most sympathetic. Matheson assumes the voice of a character of the time (Alex was born before Matheson and the style reflects that era).

Well into his eighth decade as a writer Matheson may have slowed down in providing us with new material to read but the quality and imagination remains consistently high.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Type of Tale August 19, 2011
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If you think the latest from Richard Matheson picks up where he left off with some of the best known horror stories written to date, you may be slightly disappointed with this tale. I wish I had really great things to say about Richard Matheson's latest book. I love the main character, A. Black and I love his war stories and general attitude toward things. His biting wit was the high point of this book-parenthesis and all. The premise is fun the writing is good, of course, but it lacks in general suspense and entertainment value.

What happened to me while I was reading Other Kingdoms was that I ended up asking myself, why? Why am I reading this book? It started off engagingly enough, but after a hundred or more pages, I started to day dream about what other book I should read next, and then my mind asked, why wait? Not a good sign. Especially from an author that has written spell binding books with great plots, characters, and ambiance. This does not compare.

I think if I were Wiccan, I would certainly enjoy this book about witchcraft and evil fairies who live in the woods. I found it was just a strange book with very little redeeming qualities and it was a struggle to finish for this reader. I found it to be quite a rambling escapade that didn't grip my attention to the fullest extent, and I am not completely sure why.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overuse of parentheses, but the story's fun March 2, 2011
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I have to say I enjoyed reading the story once I got past the cloying voice of the narrator coupled with an overuse of parentheses. Once the character moved out of the trenches of WWI and began his journey proper, I gave into the story. In the end I enjoyed it (I'm a sucker for real-world/fae clashes), but can only imagine how much better this would have been without the prose-related quirks and irritations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment September 24, 2011
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I was looking forward to a new story by one of the Grand Masters of fantasy and horror. But reading this book was like sitting down to dinner expecting prime rib, and being served a bowl of porridge.

The main character was not likeable at all. Yes, he was supposed to be 18 and stupid. We are reminded of this constantly by the narrator ... the main character, age 82. Alex White writes horror novels under the pen name Arthur Black. We're also constantly reminded of this, although Black has nothing to do with the story. Which is about Alex at age 18 and 19. Living through the horrors of World War I. Meeting and Englishman who tells him about his mysterious home. When his friend is killed, Alex goes to England and rents a home in his friend's town, where he runs afoul of faeries and a witch.

The book meanders along with no real point. It's more of a reminiscence than a story. And we are continually pulled out of the story by the annoying Arthur Black making tedious comments every times words starting with the same letter are used ... a "combo". It's tremendously tedious (good combo there). And watch out for three words in a row! It's really rather revolting (nice triplet). The constant information, on almost every page, that we are *being told a story*, and that it is *all true* and *really happened*, and that it's about a *young and ignorant man*, and is being related by an *author of horror novels* ... well, it's rather hard to keep focused on the story. It's like having someone tapping you on the shoulder while you're reading and commenting on the writing. "Isn't that an interesting turn of phrase? What an idiot that character is!"

I made it through the book, but it was a struggle. And in the end, it wasn't worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Love and Enchantment in the Middle World
Once again, master storyteller Richard Matheson has given us a highly unusual novel, this one of a young man who moves to England after World War I and falls in love with a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Berardelli
1.0 out of 5 stars I kept wishing it was over
I kept wishing this book would end, but I'd already put so much time into it before I realized he wasn't going to move the story along. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Divalalake
4.0 out of 5 stars A guy's paranormal romance? I think so.
A fantastical and historical story that’s dark, funny and erotic – it includes fairies and a witch. Set in the trenches of WWI and the forests of Northern England, it’s told from... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Layers of Thought
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing plot hole
My review of Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson - A Tor ebook

Matheson writes of a World War 1 wounded American veteran who convalesces in a quiet Northern England town... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard E. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good
there is no one writing like Richard Matheson and his imagination has taken us to strange places. Here, however, the psyche of the wounded soldier must heal. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Michael Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Matheson's OTHER KINGDOMS is a good WWI-era dark urban fantasy
Richard Matheson's OTHER KINGDOMS is a WWI fantasy novel about Alex White, a British writer and soldier who did and saw it all during the course of World War I. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Barb Caffrey
4.0 out of 5 stars There's More than One King of Horror
Richard Matheson has written extraordinary tales of love, longing, and loss across boundaries of time and death, as well as nightmarish stories that crisp the hair. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Christina Paige
2.0 out of 5 stars A LONG short story
Let me say up front that this is the first book that I have read from this author. I cannot compare this book to past good or bad books. Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by Serena Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Matheson's still got it!
Other Kingdoms is the autobiography of fictional octogenarian Alex White, who, as a young man, seeks out the UK hometown of a dead WWI comrade, hoping to settle there for a while,... Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by Henry W. Wagner
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Change of Perspective
I selected this work as I am familiar with "I am Legend" and several other works by this great writer. Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Robert Stone
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Richard Matheson was born in 1926. He began publishing SF with his short story 'Born of Man and Woman' in 1950. I Am Legend was published in 1954 and subsequently filmed as The Omega Man (in 1971), starring Charlton Heston, and I Am Legend (in 2007), starring Will Smith. Matheson wrote the script for the film The Incredible Shrinking Man, an adaptation of his second SF novel The Shrinking Man. The film won a Hugo award in 1958. He wrote many screenplays as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone. He continued to write short stories and novels, some of which formed the basis for film scripts, including Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1971. A film of his novel What Dreams May Come was released in 1998, starring Robin Williams. Stephen King has cited Richard Matheson as a creative influence on his work.

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