This is a nice, light, easy read with some humor. Not Arthurian, but some of the characters are very interested in King Arthur and the archaeology of...moreThis is a nice, light, easy read with some humor. Not Arthurian, but some of the characters are very interested in King Arthur and the archaeology of 5th century artifacts. The characters visit quite a few "Arthurian" sites like Cadbury, Glastonbury, and Cornwall.
I also read this book, because one of the characters is apparently modeled after Dorothy Dunnett's Francis Crawford of Lymond, whom I adore (the character AND the author!) and this character will return in some of the Vicki Bliss novels, which I plan to read.
Here's the blurb from the back cover..... "For Jessica Tregarth, an unexpected invitation to visit her grandfather in England is a wonderful surprise -- an opportunity to open doors to a family past that have always been closed to her. But sinister acts greet her arrival. A stranger tries to steal her luggage and later accosts her in Salisbury Cathedral. Mysterious villians pursue her through Cornwall, their motive and intentions unknown. Jessica's only clue is an antique heirloom she possesses, an ancient ring that bears the Tregarth family crest. And her only ally is handsome gothic novelist David Randall -- her self-proclaimed protector -- who appears from seemingly out of nowhere to help her in her desperate attempt to solve a five hundred-year-old puzzle. For something from out of the cloudy mists of Arthurian lore has come back to plague a frightened American abroad. And a remarkable truth about a fabled king and a medieval treasure could ultimately make Jess Tregarth very rich...or very dead." (less)
Enjoyable, but I didn't like it as well as The Camelot Caper.
Book Description from Amazon.com Meet art his...moreBook on tape, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
Enjoyable, but I didn't like it as well as The Camelot Caper.
Book Description from Amazon.com Meet art historian Vicky Bliss, She is as beautiful as she is brainy--with unassailable courage, insatiable curiosity, and an expertise in lost museum treasures that often leads her into the most dangerous of situations.
A missing masterwork in wood, the last creation of a master carver who died in the violent tumult of the sixteenth century, may be hidden in a medieval German castle in the town of Rothenburg. The prize has called to Vicky Bliss, drawing her and an arrogant male colleague into the forbidding citadel and its dark secrets. But the treasure hunt soon turns deadly. Here, where the blood of the long forgotten damned stains ancient stones, Vicky must face two equally perilous possibilities. Either a powerful supernatural evil inhabits this place. . .or someone frighteningly real is willing to kill for what Vicky is determined to find.
Series info: Vicky Bliss series 1. Borrower of the night - read 2. Street of the five moons - read ------------------------- 3. Silhouette in scarlet 4. Trojan gold 5. Night train to Memphis 6. Laughter of dead kings
Read for the Renditions of Camelot Yahoogroup. It was great fun to have the author on the list. I found this to be a good adventure story, with the ad...moreRead for the Renditions of Camelot Yahoogroup. It was great fun to have the author on the list. I found this to be a good adventure story, with the added twist of the quest to find Arthurian artifacts. Excalibur is a lightsaber (ala Star Wars) brought to 5th century Britain by time-travelers from the 30th century. What connection do these time-travelers have with Merlin and Mordred, the 12th-century prince, Madoc, who supposedly came to America, and the ancient Anasazi culture? Koloth (named after a Star Trek Klingon character) is a GREAT dog, and of course saves the day. Only one (very minor) flaw - the author has his 5th century Welsh characters speaking a few phrases which are Scottish, not Welsh.
Book Description from Amazon.com Professor Rhod Evans encounters deadly conflict when he finds that the supposed suicide of his best friend was actually murder. Pres Davies, his murdered friend, had refused to reveal to Lucius Valentine, a billionaire art pirate, where he had hidden King Arthur's treasures, which he had found in America. Evans is forced to do battle with the same forces that overthrew Arthur in the sixth century. He finds allies in a priest, who is an expert with automatic weapons, a beautiful and enigmatic British lady, and his Great Pyrenees dog, Koloth. A man of peace must become a warrior, and more than that - he must find Arthur's treasures before his enemy uses them to become the most dangerous man in the world.
Series info: 1. The Mad Dog Connection - read --------------------- 2. The Camelot Tapes 3. Last Plane to Avalon (less)
I enjoyed this book, and think there may be a lot of truth behind the theory, although I felt there were a number of leaps in logic that lost me here...moreI enjoyed this book, and think there may be a lot of truth behind the theory, although I felt there were a number of leaps in logic that lost me here and there.
Book Description from Amazon.com : This intriguing challenge to traditional views of history, provides explanations for many of the myths and legends that continue to haunt humankind. In particular, it argues that, in the last five millennia, the Earth has undergone several catastrophic encounters with comets and their debris--and that mythology has preserved these events better than so-called "factual" records.
An interesting retelling of Malory, which is neither medieval nor quite 5th century. While the author is a cultural anthropologist, this "reconstructi...moreAn interesting retelling of Malory, which is neither medieval nor quite 5th century. While the author is a cultural anthropologist, this "reconstruction" seem more like a fantasy world to me. The Druids definitely come across as the bad guys here, with their human child sacrifices. The love story between Pelleas and Nithe falls quite flat, in my opinion. Otherwise, it is an okay read.
From Publishers Weekly The narrator, Pelleas, bastard son of High King Uther Pendragon, is saved by master smith Myrddin from sacrifice by druids to the Oak God. At Uther's behest, Myrddin, his young ward, the girl Nithe and Pelleas take another of Uther's sons, the just-born Arthur, to the Scillys to rear him in secret. In the political turmoil following Uther's death, Arthur is presented as the High King's heir. The young king must soothe tensions among his Briton, Gaelic and Pictish allies, settle religious disputes between Christians and druids, battle Saxons who would overrun his realm, and uphold his legitimacy as ruler before an often skeptical following. He is supported by his half-brother Pelleas, a leader among the Picts. But Pelleas, chafing under court politics and believing himself spurned by Nithe, cannot abide the court snobbery and jostling for precedence, and he is determined to make his place among his people in Arthur's new kingdom.
Series info: Dragon's heirs trilogy 1. In the shadow of the Oak King - read --------------------------- 2. Witch of the north 3. Prince in Camelot (less)
Book on Tape (unabridged) read by Davina Porter. Now I remember why I quit reading this series way back when. It's an enjoyable story, but it just goe...moreBook on Tape (unabridged) read by Davina Porter. Now I remember why I quit reading this series way back when. It's an enjoyable story, but it just goes on and on, and I wasn't that interested in the scenes in France. This is the kind of series where all the details will (hopefully) be all tied together by the final volume, but until then there are a lot of disjointed details. Listening to the book on tape makes it tolerable. I do plan to continue with the series.
Book Description from Amazon.com
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
ILL book - had to be returned. May try and finish later, but I have other things I want to read. The theory of the Celtic gods and other mythological...moreILL book - had to be returned. May try and finish later, but I have other things I want to read. The theory of the Celtic gods and other mythological figures being comets was touched on in Exodus to Arthur, and this book isn't really adding anything new.(less)
First book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Mostly charming, but a bit tedious at times.
Book Description (from Amazon.com) The book centers on the cha...moreFirst book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Mostly charming, but a bit tedious at times.
Book Description (from Amazon.com) The book centers on the character of Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. Young John Bold turns his reforming zeal to exposing what he considers to be an abuse of privilege, despite being in love with Mr. Harding's daughter Eleanor. The novel was highly topical as a case regarding the misapplication of church funds was the scandalous subject of contemporary debate. But Trollope uses this specific case to explore and illuminate the universal complexities of human motivation and social morality. This edition includes an introduction and notes by David Skilton and illustrations by Edward Ardizzone.
Series info: Barsetshire chronicles 1. The warden - read -------------------- 2. Barchester Towers 3. Doctor Thorne 4. Framley Parsonage 5. The small house at Allington 6. The last chronicle of Barset - TROLLOPE, ANTHONY (less)
Book Description from amazon.com Life should be perfect for Charlie now that his parents have been reunited. But mystery and adventure always find him....moreBook Description from amazon.com Life should be perfect for Charlie now that his parents have been reunited. But mystery and adventure always find him. This time Asa, a fellow classmate who changes into a beast at dusk, and Charlie's sometime-enemy, is missing. His parents seek out Charlie for help. Manfred is holding Asa captive in a forest cave and now Charlie needs the help of the Flames to rescue his classmate.
Manfred has also taken the new endowed student, Dagobert Endless, under his wing and Charlie is highly suspicious of the pair. Can the Flames and Charlie rescue Asa without being caught by Manfred and Dagobert? (less)
Book Description from amazon.com A moving story of the remarkable bond between a journalist in search of a story and a homeless, classically trained mu...moreBook Description from amazon.com A moving story of the remarkable bond between a journalist in search of a story and a homeless, classically trained musician—destined to be a major motion picture from DreamWorks, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.
When Steve Lopez saw Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ skid row, he found it impossible to walk away. More than thirty years earlier, Ayers had been a promising classical bass student at Juilliard—ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans—until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia. When Lopez finds him, Ayers is homeless, paranoid, and deeply troubled, but glimmers of that brilliance are still there.
Over time, Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers form a bond, and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers’s life. Lopez collects donated violins, a cello, even a stand-up bass and a piano; he takes Ayers to Walt Disney Concert Hall and helps him move indoors. For each triumph, there is a crashing disappointment, yet neither man gives up. In the process of trying to save Ayers, Lopez finds that his own life is changing, and his sense of what one man can accomplish in the lives of others begins to expand in new ways.
Poignant and ultimately hopeful, The Soloist is a beautifully told story of friendship and the redeeming power of music. (less)
Just what I needed to continue my "vacation" from the classics - requiring no brain cells, yet pleasantly cozy. Not as good as the earliest books in t...moreJust what I needed to continue my "vacation" from the classics - requiring no brain cells, yet pleasantly cozy. Not as good as the earliest books in the series, but I still like them. Aunt Dimity has become an interested observer rather than an active participant. Once again Lori has let her imagination run away with her......
Book Description from amazon.com Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five-year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods.
Lori is skeptical at first but soon grows concerned enough to consult with her late (but not entirely departed) Aunt Dimity and her dear friend Kit Smith. The vampire-hunting trail leads to Leo, a charismatic vagabond who just returned to England after a self-imposed exile, a bitter old crone named Lizzie Black, and finally to Aldercot Hall, where a mysterious murder took place forty years ago. With Kit and Aunt Dimity’s help, Lori uncovers the secret that will shock everyone—including herself—about the true identity of the twins’ vampire.
With its placid English countryside setting, eccentric characters, and lighthearted charm, Atherton’s newest novel will enchant cozy mystery aficionados and the many loyal readers of the Aunt Dimity series.
Series info: #13 in series See: Aunt Dimity's Death (less)