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The Raid: A Dramatic Retelling of Ireland's Epic Tale (Ulster #1)

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Queen Maeve has declared war upon the province of Ulster in an effort to take possession of the Brown Bull of Cooley. Ultimately, this is an attempt to match the wealth of her husband, King Ailill of Connacht, who owns a magnificent white bull. Only Cuchulainn, a boy warrior, stands between Ulster and certain annihilation. Supported by the Morrigan, the goddess of war, he ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 2nd 2000 by Forge Books (first published 1997)
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Max Carmichael
Feb 13, 2013 Max Carmichael rated it did not like it
A strange product of an enigmatic author who seems to exist on the margins of formal scholarship. He claims that this volume, a fever dream of disembowelments, decapitations, impalements and mass rapes, is a standard textbook. His prose adaptation of the legend has been professionally edited and shows some lyrical flair, but his vaunted carnal descriptions evoke Hefner's Playboy culture of the 60s - it's all about big breasts and creamy thighs - and probably say more about the author's predilect ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Echo rated it liked it
I've read and heard so many references to this story that I thought I really should read it. It was interesting, and I thought the writer did a good job of bringing the tale to life in English.
However, it was a little difficult for me to get through at times because I kept wondering: "Why is all this necessary?" I mean, a woman gets into an argument with her husband about who brings more to the table. The one area he seems to have one up on her is in the territory of livestock, so she decides t
Sep 25, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: ireland
For as old and culture-bound as this story is, Eickhoff does a nice job of making it accessible to the modern reader. I was surprised by how into it I got. There was some poetry I skipped and some "begat" style repetition at one point I skipped but didn't lose the thread of the story. And I'd have to say I skipped more in the Lord of the Rings trilogy than I did in this. (Those landscape descriptions get pretty tedious.) And speaking of Tolken and that ilk, (Lewis too) you can see how tales like ...more
Jul 30, 2007 tory rated it liked it
An interesting take on an early Irish epic. I don't know anything about Irish history, so I can't comment on accuracy or translation, but it was certainly entertaining. Much more human and accessible than other European historic epics or Greek and Roman epics. Lots of sex, killing, and drinking. Delightful.
Dec 19, 2007 Candace added it
Shelves: gave-it-up
I won't make any statements regarding the quality of this book, I just didn't like it very much; it didn't hold my interest. Plus, it's super awkward. :)
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