Fueling an Old Interest

I used to say that I had an abiding love and passion for anything Arthurian. I do, still, I think, but I haven’t really given into the pleasure that is a well-written Arthurian tale for quite a while. (Save Song of the Sparrow, which I really enjoyed.) I’m going to re-read Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy for the Once Upon a Time Challenge (which I haven’t forgotten; I just haven’t read anything yet…) but then Becky came up with a whole challenge devoted to Arthur and I figured I could come up with 6 books that I’d like to read.

Basic rules: read 6-12 books about Arthur (doesn’t matter what they are; fiction, non-fiction, YA and adult all acceptable) between April 2008 and May 2009. Easy peasy.

I think I’m going to count the Mary Stewart trilogy (Becky said it can count as three books…) — The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment — and either T.A. Barron’s Great Tree of Avalon series (I liked the Merlin series well enough), or Rosemary Sutcliff’s trilogy: The Sword and the Circle, The Light Beyond the Forest, and Road to Camlann. If I’m really feeling ambitious, maybe I’ll even find a translation of Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory and read that. I’ve always kind of felt like I can’t really call myself an Arthurian devotee without having read it…

Sword of the Rightful King, Jane Yolen
Grail Prince, Nancy McKenzie
The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights, John Steinbeck

4 thoughts on “Fueling an Old Interest

  1. I agree, corinne, that musical was a bit on the horrible side. (Though I do sing the title song in my head on occasion…) And I’ll have to look Arthur Rex up Julie. I’ve never read it… could be interesting.


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