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by Jane Yolen

A series of interconnected stories and novellas follow the exploits of the legendary wizard Merlin as he places Arthur on the throne of Camelot and falls for the lovely Nimue, who brings about his downfall
Download Merlin's Booke epub
ISBN: 091659503X
ISBN13: 978-0916595036
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Jane Yolen
Language: English
Publisher: Steeldragon Pr; 1st hardbound ed edition (May 1, 1986)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1363 kb
FB2 size: 1463 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 592
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Overall, I enjoyed the variety of stories in 'Merlin's Booke'. There are a few that I definitely don't care for, but most are enjoyable even though often totally not in line with the basic Arthurian legends.
I found this book to be very enjoyable reading. I have always been fascinated with Merlin, and these are very plausible stories of possible events in and surrounding his life.
Jane Yolen has done the research and she delivers the legends and historical writings in a great storyteller's voice. Bravo.
Cherry The Countess
As enchanting as Arthur's court in our own age, MERLIN's BOOKE lures readers of Arthuriana into a timeless myth of literary history--by its title alone. With breathtaking imagination and panoramic scope Jane Yolen delicately draws aside the veil surrounding The Matter of Britain. We may think we are familliar with the legends of the mysterious wizard, but she has skillfully embroidered her own versions of the basic mythos. Who can resist the call of the bejeweled Excalibar, held aloft in shimmering triumph by a dainty hand from beneath the waters of the lake?
Yolen has bequeathed to 20th century civilization this amazing collection of short stories, woven around the provocative and highly-disputed cult of Camelot's sorceror. Readers may expect unique versions of his birth, boyhood, the search for Guineviere, The Sword in the Stone and his sylvan demise. The ensemble is capped by her delightfully cynical scenario of a modern press conference, at which a fervent Arthurian anthropologist and the charming Prince of Wales attempt to convince skeptics of the validity of Merlin's life and death. Let your hearts and imagination run riot: surrender to the spell cast--not only by the wizard himself--but by this talented author, as she swirls the mists of time to reveal a new slant an on old friend.
This collection of short stories and poetry intrigued me as I followed up on Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy. It is not a cohesive whole, rather a collection that shows different facets of the possible Merlins out there. Child of a demon, mage, wild child, fool of love, wise man -- all of these are possibilities and part of the many legends. As with the best fiction, this one makes you think, sometimes to the point of uneasiness.

"What is a magic maker but a mage? A mage deals in images, the prestidigitation of the mind: imagination. Mage, magic, image, imagination. It was all the same."

It is well worth the reading if you enjoy thoughtful fantasy and beautifully used language.