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Subject: can mists of avalon be a stand alone?
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 5:49 PM ET
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hey all sorry if this has been asked before. is mists of avalon by marrion zimmer bradley read alone? Or would I have to read the next book because it ends on a cliffhanger? I watched the movie and wasn't too fond of it. Also, is there a specific reading order I should read them in? thanks all.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 7:03 PM ET
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I only read the first one and it's just fine to read it as a stand-alone novel.  In fact, Mists was the first to be published, but it's the last chronologically.

They were written out of order, so I assume they can be read out of order if you want to.   But like I said, I haven't read them, so I don't know for sure.

Here's the wiki section on series order.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 7:28 PM ET
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I only ever read that one -- it stands alone just fine.

Date Posted: 3/19/2013 6:47 AM ET
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thanks Phoenix and Melanit! I bought the book, came home to post it on my profile here that I was reading it and saw that it was book 1 and got scared =) Did either of you watch the movie too?

Date Posted: 3/25/2013 2:24 PM ET
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yes, it stands alone---and I think it was the best of the bunch!

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 12:32 PM ET
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No, never watched the film version.  I'm not a big movie/TV person.  

Amy
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 3:52 PM ET
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Yes, absolutely. I need to re-read that one... one of these days.

And I have watched the miniseries and it was good. I think you would enjoy it.



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Date Posted: 3/27/2013 4:04 PM ET
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I actually didn't like the series, it was boring. I also thought the actors weren't that great.

Date Posted: 12/15/2013 12:25 PM ET
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it is definately the best of the bunch - and can (and should) be read alone - some of the others - especially the ones by Diana Paxton are just reboots with different names but the saem story

Date Posted: 12/15/2013 4:49 PM ET
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Yes, read it by itself.  As others have said it is the best of the series.  But definately read it!  It's a wonderful fantasy novel.

Date Posted: 1/31/2014 4:04 PM ET
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Mists was written as a stand-alone book so it's perfectly fine to read it as such. You won't feel as if you're missing anything.  It's sensational popularity made it into a series. 

I tried (and failed) to re-read it after loving it as a young teen but found it to be long-winded, stilted, and depressing as an adult.  I'm glad I read it when I did. :)