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Here Lies Arthur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The Truth About King Arthur

    Here Lies Arthur is an Arthurian-legend novel in which a girl named Gwyna who is servant to the bard Myrddin (Merlin) and helps him try to use storytelling and trickery to make Arthur braver and nobler.This book was okay. I'm a fan of the Arthurian legends--the medieval romance ones--so the gritty, post-Roman, half-barbaric British culture (although probably more historically correct) turned me off a bit. However, there are some very sweet, touching moments and characters (like Peredur) who make the book worth reading.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    A wonderful adventure.

    This was surprisingly a great book. What started off as just a book to waste time and keep me from being lonely, actually ended up in a great adventure, telling the story of the cruelty and greed of men, the power of stories and words, and the difference between men and women. It is interesting seeing Arthur portrayed in such a different light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Here Lies Arthur

    I think that the book was very fun to read, and a delightful twist to what one usually reads about in King Arthur books. It twists character's personalities around and makes some seem like they are more bad than good, and make you question motives of the characters in question. I also found that it wasn't a difficult read but that it still made you think about what you know about the tales and made the characters seem more human with severe flaws. Some things just forced me to reread it and go "No Way!" -- in a good way of course. I do recommend this book to anyone that likes twists on old tales and stories we all know well, as well as King Arthur fans. Albeit a different way to show Arthur, it portrays human flaws very well.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    Father Daughter

    I loved this book very much. The whole book was a good retelling of the well known tale of King Arther.

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

    A new perspective of King Arthur¿

    Here Lies Arthur<BR/>Philip Reeve<BR/>Scholastic Press, 2008<BR/>ISBN: 9780545093347<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 2008<BR/>4 stars<BR/>Anew perspective of King Arthur¿<BR/>Philip Reeve offers a new perspective on King Arthur. Here Lies Arthur is a book for young adults. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl named Gwyna. Reeve¿s perspective of Arthur is not complimentary. This King is not easy to recognize; he is crude and barbaric. There is no magic in Reeve¿s Merlin. <BR/>Here Lies Arthur is a good read, but I found it hollow after growing up on The Midst of Avalon by Marion Bradley Zimmerman and Mary Stewart¿s, The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment. When I hear of Arthur, I want to think of him as noble and elegant. I want Merlin to be magical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    Terrible

    This book completely destroys the story of King Arthur and make Merlin a lying, sneaky old man who spends his life spreading stories of Arthur and making him seem noble when he is really an evil, power-hungry warlord.

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