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Topic: How many books about Arthur do we need?

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Subject: How many books about Arthur do we need?
Date Posted: 6/11/2008 10:41 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2005
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I get tired of picking up fantasy books at the bookstore only to find yep, this one is about King Arthur, that one is about King Arthur, this one is about Arthur from the women's perspective, this one is about Arthur from the Celtic perspective, that one is about Arthur from the...

You get the point.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the Arthur stories.  The first 5, 6, or 7 times.  But really, I'm beginning to think there should be a 20 year moratorium on new books about Arthur and company.  In the meantime, we will have to get Arthur from T.H. White's Once and Future King, Mary Stewart's series, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, and other already published Arthur stories.

Any one else with me?

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 5:10 AM ET
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Short and sweet - Yes. I tried to like the Mists of Avalon Series. I really really did. I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps I'll try again at a later date. I do agree that they need to "put that concept in the vault".
Subject: Never be an end.
Date Posted: 6/13/2008 2:27 PM ET
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Remember that part of the legend of Arthur states that he will come back at the time of England's greatest need.  That will give fuel for many generation's imaginations.  Look how far the stories go back.  I think that we will see these go on forever.

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I'm in agreement with you -- I'm pretty tired of it. I  have enjoyed several Arthur legends, but I'm ready for a break. Helen Hollick had a good series about Arthur that I really liked, and Stephen Lawhead has one that's very popular, but I'm rather Arthur'd out.