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3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  123 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Here is Merlin as he has never been seen before. Spawn of Lucifer, begotten by a virgin, not wholly man or devil. From within the prison of a crystal cave, Merlin gazes back on his wild and wicked life and relives the bawdy intimacies of Camelot. His own conception, attended by his demonic uncles Astarot and Beelzebub. His part in the illicit coupling of Igrayne and Uther ...more
Published November 1981 by Bantam Books (first published 1978)
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Aug 07, 2015 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terence by: Wikipedia reference on Merlin page
Merlin is Robert Nye's irreverent, raunchy and often lyrical (Nye's a poet) take on the Arthur legend. Many scenes reminded me of John Boorman's "Excalibur." To take one example: Arthur and Mordred's fight at their last battle:

Mordred in black armour rode to kill the king. King Arthur ran at Mordred with his spear so that the spear went right through Mordred's body and out the other side.

"Father! My father!" Mordred cries. He thrusts himself forwards along the spear that is killing him. He drags
Jan 09, 2013 Davey rated it it was amazing
Definitely not for the squeamish, but one of my favorite Arthurian retellings. Darkly comic, and also in fact quite scholarly-- manages to work a lot of elements in from various *very* early King Arthur tales (and by very early I mean... 1100s? Some of the earliest Merlin-centric stories, anyway). It's a book that I have returned to more than once, both for its poetry and its bizarre metaphysics.
The best book ever written about Merlin. A longtime favourite of mine.
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Sep 25, 2012 Franklin James Leon-guerrero rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: perverts, hippies, satanists
a nun *bleep*s a virgin's *bleep*, while a priest peeps through a hole in the ceiling, showering *bleep* and *bleep* all over *bleep* *bleep* *bleep*, as the nun smiles and dances underneath it all.

...Not into it.
If you're looking for an interesting spin on the merlin tale, look elsewhere.
If you're looking for a crazed porno starring demons, merlin, and posessed nuns doing mad things to devil-seed impregnated virgins, by all means.
Not my cup of tea is all, and no, I was not able to finish it.
Aug 08, 2010 Evan rated it really liked it
I never read a book before where the characters are aware they are in a book and fight over who gets to be the narrator. But It makes sense when the characters are Merlin, the most powerful wizard who ever lived and his dad the Prince of Lies.

I thought it was very clever how the Author fit the concept of Merlin as a baptized Antichrist into the existing Arthurian Legends. If I remembered more from my high school english class I would probably have enjoyed it even more.
Apr 19, 2012 Caroline rated it it was ok
Good God this was a strange book! It's sort of an erotic novel, I suppose, with a weird stream of consciousness narrative, although a lot of the erotic bits are rather violent, so I can't say it floated my boat. Not sure I'll be reading it again, but interesting nevertheless.
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May 29, 2013 Reyannan Miller rated it it was ok
Seriously, this is not for the faint at heart, I put it down several times. Sick, twisted humor is the name of this game...not quite what I expected and not nearly as entertaining as I thought it would be. Lessoned learned.
Feb 04, 2009 Jon rated it liked it
Picked it up at half price books on impulse and it was a surprisingly enjoyable read. It is sadistically funny and doesn't spare details (very adult) i recommend it for people with a sick sense of humor.
Jul 19, 2010 Manshu rated it really liked it
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Mar 15, 2011 Nate rated it really liked it
Excellent, full of lists, sex, profanity as befits a take about the son of the devil. A great, new take on an olde character.
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I have been reading every Arthurian Legend I can find.
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Robert Nye is an English writer, playwright and poet.

Nye started writing stories for children to entertain his three young sons. Nye published his first adult novel, Doubtfire, in 1967.

Nye's next publication after Doubtfire was a return to children's literature, a freewheeling version of Beowulf which has remained in print in many editions since 1968. In 1970, he published another children's book
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