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Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
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Oct 22, 2010

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bookshelves: read-in-2011, young-adult, fantasy, historical-fiction, myths-and-legends

I wish I could rate this higher than three stars, because this is a really interesting and oddly delightful (for all the brutality) retelling of the Arthurian legends--sort of a "here's where all those crazy stories came from and here's what really happened." I found it clever and I liked how Reeve isn't always blatant about which stories he's revising, but if you know your Arthurian legends fairly well, you'll spot them. So full marks for that. The problem I had was that I never really felt fully-invested in the story--there was really nobody I got very attached to, including Gwyn/Gwyna, the main character. There really wasn't much emotion here, and maybe that's sort of the point, that the honor and beauty and hope of the Arthurian legends are a far cry from what reality might lie behind them. I get that, but it made for a somewhat dull read at times. For me, anyway. It might be one that's better on second read though--I'll definitely give it another try at some point!

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Reading Progress

October 22, 2010 – Shelved
June 28, 2011 – Started Reading
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
June 28, 2011 –
page 30
June 29, 2011 –
page 72
June 29, 2011 – Finished Reading
November 5, 2011 – Shelved as: myths-and-legends

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