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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:19 am 
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Ah well. Am Paying for my sins.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:12 am 
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My beloved brother is a New Yorker, too—born and bred in the Northwest like me, but moved there in his early twenties and will never leave. He still loves being out here for visits with family a couple of times a year, but I don't think he could stand to move here. Even when buildings explode half a block from his apartment.

And I get it. He's found his place, as I found mine (Oregon, where we never lived until we moved here in 1986, but which Tom and I will never leave).

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― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:47 pm 
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I made this Arthurian books thread on TORC years ago :) Lots of observations there but restating some here!

I'd rank Sutcliff, Parke Godwin (Firelord) and Bernard Cornwell (Warlord Chronicles) among the best of the modern historical-Arthurian writers. Cornwell has the best trilogy while Sutcliff and Godwin have the best single-volume takes. Points for brevity. (Though Sutcliff's is part of a larger family saga and Godwin wrote a sequel and a prequel.)

Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy and Mordred spin-off novel The Wicked Day are also good but I like them slightly less. Haven't managed to get Treece's real single-volume Arthur saga, The Great Captains, but The Green Man is his take on Amleth, the original Norse Hamlet, and he throws Beowulf and Arthur into the mix. Intriguing.

A guilty pleasure is Joan Wolf's The Road to Avalon which makes Morgan le Fey and Mordred into innocent good people through and through, and Morgan is Arthur's true love.


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