Kéthani

Kéthani

Eric Brown Christian Dunn / Feb 20, 2020

K thani When a mysterious alien race known as the K thani make contact with the people of Earth they bring with them the dubious gift of eternal life These enigmatic aliens will change the course of the human

  • Title: Kéthani
  • Author: Eric Brown Christian Dunn
  • ISBN: 9781844167128
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a mysterious alien race known as the K thani make contact with the people of Earth they bring with them the dubious gift of eternal life These enigmatic aliens will change the course of the human race forever but also touch people s lives on a personal level, not least in a small town in the English countryside But do the K thani have a hidden agenda and will the huWhen a mysterious alien race known as the K thani make contact with the people of Earth they bring with them the dubious gift of eternal life These enigmatic aliens will change the course of the human race forever but also touch people s lives on a personal level, not least in a small town in the English countryside But do the K thani have a hidden agenda and will the human race choose to evolve or turn in on itself in the face of this momentous revelation Contents Prelude The Coming of the K thani 2008 Ferryman 1997 Onward Station 1998 The K thani Inheritance 2001 Thursday s Child 2002 The Touch of Angels 2006 The Wisdom of the Dead 2003 A Heritage of Stars 2005 Matthew s Passion 2008 with Tony BallantyneA Choice of Eternities 2004 The Farewell Party 2007 Coda Diaspora 2008

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      • Eric Brown Christian Dunn

        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 books for children young adult titles as well as books for reluctant readers He has been nominated for the British Science Fiction Award five times, winning it twice for his short stories in 2000 and 2002.His work has been translated into sixteen languages and he writes a monthly science fiction review column for the Guardian His hobbies include collecting books and cooking particularly Indian curries He lives in Dunbar, East Lothian, with his wife and daughter.


    262 Comments

    1. I liked this book. I found the milieu and characters fairly real to life, although I agree with other reviewers that the depth of the characters is much wanting. The book is basically a bunch of short stories containing the same core fixtures published over a 10-year period in various magazines. This causes the story to loose much of its continuity as it instead amounts to a series of incidents that are more or less adroitly stitched together via the 'interlude' chapters. A bit more engaged reda [...]


    2. The cover blurb says this book is "a future classic" and I have to say "Meh" to that. This book is interesting and I enjoyed it, but unlike many other books I've read, I have zero interest in ever reading Kethani again. I think that perhaps my opinion is flawed by a liking for the more action-oriented stories rather than this slower-moving tale where very little overtly happens. It's a psychological study more than anything else, a study in first person by a group of people who are alive during [...]


    3. I have thrown this book across the room half a dozen times in frustration. The characters are nothing more than stereotypical cardboard cut-outs with whom I can find no way to sympathize (despite enormous personal tragedies, at times). The prose is uninspiring and falls flat far more often than not. Franky, there are times that I'm flabbergasted with how terrible the writing is. The plot is only rarely engaging. Eric Brown manages to take the most optimisitc, sickeningly sweet view of how humani [...]


    4. imagine you've just had the great idea to make an alien-invasion film with your mates; you've got no money for script, lighting, special effects, location, wages in fact all you've got is 25 years to waste shooting anecdotal footage in your local pub drinking pints of liver-rot and one blurry hand-held shot of an inverted icicle close to the camera overlooking a snow-covered landscapeat's this book.432 pages of NOTHING HAPPENS, in a classical narrative sense - it's an un-book, less-than-soap, a [...]


    5. Nooooo, I was fooled by the nice synopsis. It drags on and on with the different characters soulsearching and I couldnt help but thinking why all this useless speculating? The answer was so simple. At the end the story just fizzles out to nothing.It tries drama with a sci-fi setting but fails to tell the drama and the the sci-fi sucks.I feel sorry for readers who enjoyed this.


    6. This turned out to be a British literary / thoughtful / philosophical work about alien invasion.Quite enjoyable, but not really moreish…


    7. I liked this book and the ideas it brings. It isn't perfect but it works for me somehow, though feels a bit thin in places. I've re-read it a couple of times and got to know it a bit more.It starts off in the real and is grounded there, yet takes you off and away, following the central premise to the novel. Not hard to read or get your head round, it's running with the possibility of coping with years and years of an extended life. To say any more would give the story away and spoil it.No, it's [...]


    8. I'm not much of a SF reader. I've always maintained I didn't do SF, until I started reading my husband's Kris Longknife books and loved them. Since then I've been trying to expand my reading and try more SF. After reading Mark's reviews of Eric Brown's books over at Walker of Worlds, I really wanted to try his books and having read Cara's review of Kéthani over at Speculative Book Review, that seemed a good place to start. And if Kéthani is anything to go by, I think I need to read more of B [...]


    9. “Vivid, emotional, philosophical, this is a work to feed the mind, heart and soul”That’s what Stephen Baxter used to describe KETHANI, the latest book by Eric Brown, and I couldn’t have agreed more. If so, I would add “provoking” to the list of adjectives. Perhaps the idea of “immortality” have been used before, perhaps, it isn’t even original within the context of Science Fiction, given that the sole concept of Science Fiction allows for changing any context and exploring or p [...]


    10. "At first I thought the speed with which the Kéthani's implants became universal was a little bit unlikely. After all, given the overly mysterious nature of the aliens, and the fact that every major religion in the world opposed them, wouldn't people be a bit more reluctant? If you believe in a spiritual afterlife, don't you also believe it's supposed to be better than physical life? But the book changed my mind: I think if physical immortality became a real possibility, doubts would fade prett [...]


    11. This is a thoughtful meditation on mortality and its implications for morality, set in a fine first-contact sf novel. Set in the moor country of northern England, it describes the effects of a worldwide gift from unseen aliens of reincarnation technology, and the concomitant gifts of general wellness in the reconstrued bodies and minds and the opportunity to travel the galaxy with the benefactors. That said, the novel never leaves the single county in England, following a group of people through [...]


    12. The premise and the opening chapter engaged me. The focus on ordinary people of rural Britain would be good. I like books where the protagonist(s) is someone like me (except I'm not British). I appreciated how the concept of being resurrected as often as necessary affected species-long assumptions and supposed limitations. However, I feel about this book like I did after viewing the last episodes of the ABC series "Lost". I felt that I had been provoked to think differently about some things, bu [...]


    13. Surprisingly readable for a looong book where nothing much happens.Aliens have come to Earth and this time, instead of wrecking havoc on Los Angeles or New York, they come bearing a gift. Immortality. For reasons that are never really explained, the Kethani have granted humankind immortality in the form of a implant on the forehead. When a person dies, the implant provides the means by which the person will be reborn, younger, stronger and bestowed with a kind of zen-like peace.The story centers [...]


    14. A science fiction novel without any science. Except that sounds negative, and it’s the terminology that’s to blame, not the book. Maybe this a case where the term ‘speculative fiction’ really would be better.Brown never describes the science of the powerful alien race the Kéthani, how they travel throughout the galaxy, revive the dead, or transport them to and from their home world, because the whole point of the novel is how humans react to the gift the Kéthani bring: resurrection and [...]


    15. This is not - as the blurb would have us believe - a "superbly crafted novel', but a collection of short stories, linked by new material which, in the majority of cases, actually gives away the twist or moral of the story it is meant to be prefacing. I didn't find this to be as philosophically interesting as many have; I actually thought it was trite and superficial in its refusal to explore the Kethani race in any way whatsoever, given that they were supposed to be improving humans, who resolut [...]


    16. A low-key post-disaster novel where the disaster really isn't one, a bit like a murder mystery where there is no murder but even there there can be a mystery, and here there is a sufficiency of character and incident, even too many narrative viewpoints I felt. The continuing mystery of the Kethani themselves - what do they want, why are they doing this, what do they look like - is unsolved and there is even a hint at a secondary plot regarding Kethani 'spies' among us who only seem to be human [...]


    17. I found the concept quite interesting. It was the story of a group of friends and how they are affected by the choice of immortality. This book I thought was very good, and at times I could not put it down. Unfortunetly, it never amounted to much. There was no grand finale or explanation behind the reasons humaity was given the choice of immortality. I was also disappointed that the only religious points of view were crazy extreme Catholics. There was one priest and a "not so good" Buddhist, but [...]


    18. I found this book to be a really interesting concept, but I was more interested in finding out the reasons behind the aliens choices than the stories of the characters. This may be the fact that this book is a string of short stories only cohesed by the interludes. It also, for no particular reason, bothered me that despite the fact that the book takes place over 15 or 20 years, every story that was told in the book took place in the winter. That really annoyed me for some reason, as if the auth [...]


    19. First you have to understand that I almost never stop reading a book in the middle, no matter how much they suck. I've only done it a handful of times in my entire life. I just feel like it will be easier to put behind me if I finish the story.In the case of Kethani, however, I'm very close to doing that. This book is billed as Science Fiction, with aliens coming to Earth and all, but really it should have been called a morality book, and not a particularly well written one at that. Specifically [...]


    20. This is a book that I read not really expecting to like it so much. I'd initially picked it up after reading a couple of other Eric Brown books.Kethani tells the stories of a mixed group of people and their lives and experiences with an alien species that has come to Earth offering wonderful things. Not least they offer the ability to be "reborn" after death and see the galaxy, etc.The peoples' stories are wonderful as they grapple with their own dilemmas as to whether or not to receive the gift [...]


    21. Excellent first-contact story set in rural village England. The aliens are never directly involved, but do have the historic impact you'd expect. And this is the joy of this novel: the multiple tensions Eric Brown plucks and then lets hum through out the novel. Mortality and Immortality, isolationist and galaxy traveller, friendly aliens or world conquerors, life over death over life. I don't want to say more and spoil the pleasure of discovering Brown's story on your own, but suffice it to say [...]


    22. I did enjoy this book quite a bit, but the characters were at times two dimensional, and the social extremes between the characters felt highly specific and generic, especially contrasted with the diversity in modern society. That said, it WAS enjoyable to read, and I really like exploring themes surrounding the question of "what actually happens when mankind meets aliens.ns so unlike us that we cannot begin to understand their motivations or history using our own experiences and culture as a st [...]


    23. Through The Eyes Of Eternal Life, Humanity Is ExaminedAliens arrive, offering eternal life to all who want it, would you accept, it seems an obvious answer but this novel shows the real value of human life and the reasons a group of friends have to say yes or no, a very personal novel which is the strongest I have read from Eric Brown, he shows his experience in the field here and shows what it may be like if humanity was offered this great or cursed gift, thought provoking and well-crafted nove [...]


    24. LikeThe Serene Invasion, Kéthani explores how the arrival of an alien species could affect humans. I've enjoyed both of these for being something more than your run of the mill little green man are evil let's shoot them all novel (not to say there would be anything wrong with that, everything has its place). The optimism of these book is refreshing and so is the fact that Eric Brown likely share the same views on humankind.


    25. I enjoyed Kethani but it is really a book of short stories not a novel. The author created short pieces to link all the stories together. Also the book does not really deal with the aliens themselves. Rather it deals more with the psychological aspects of an alien race coming to earth bearing gifts and how humanity responds to them. While I did enjoy many of the stories and ideas presented I was hoping for space opera not space drama.


    26. Eric Brown's Kethani describes what happens when an alien race arrives on Earth bearing the gift of immortality. The story is told as a series of interviews or reconstructions of events as related by the various characters, the overall structure connected by the narrator and significant character, Khalid.The premise has promise, but the resulting novel is disjoint, repetitive, and lackluster. I was unable to finish it.Recommended for teen +, adult topics (mostly adultery and some sex)


    27. I was excited for this book and it was a letdown. It was about what happened to normal people's lives when the world was finally contacted by aliens and given the opportunity to choose to live forever. The stories were bland and many of them dealt with the same old theme of divorce and people who chose not to live forever. Virtually nothing about the aliens themselves and absolutely void of any stories about actual contact between humans and aliens.


    28. While this particular idea (humanity forced to evolve by an extraterrestrial species) has been explored before, I thought Eric Brown took an interesting new path by telling his tale via a series of interviews. Other than that, all I could think was that this was a kinder and friendlier version of "Childhood's End."


    29. As a novel collecting the Kethani short stories, now linked together by interludes, this is one of the most touching and thought-provoking collections I've read. Although it is sci-fi, it's loosely so as we focus on a group of friends - this is what gives the collection heart and soul.Highly, highly recommended stuff - one of my reads of the year.


    30. Aliens come to earth and make contact. They come in peace and have a way of helping people live forever when they die they are sent away and return immortal. There is discord among the people on earth as to whether to accept the aliens or not. Kind of like the discord people have over everything today


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