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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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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.
Franklin James Leon-guerrero
Sep 25, 2012 Franklin James Leon-guerrero rated it 1 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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.
Reyannan Miller
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.
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.
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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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Nye started writing stories for children to entertain his three young sons. Nye published his first adult novel, Doubtfire, in 1967.

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