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The Camelot Papers

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Another fine effort from Peter David

    Having read Peter David's previous variations on the Arthurian cycle, I found myself drawn to this book. Having the cover look like the cover of a tabloid magazine certainly helped my decision to purchase it.

    On the surface, you have Vivianna, a slave, writing about the goings on in Camelot, and all the behind the scenes goings on. And on that level, this is an amusing story.

    It's also a satire of how modern popular and political opinion is manufactured, spun, folded, and presented neatly for public consumption. One could make the case that David's Arthur is a certain former President, and Merlin his media strategist, and would probably be correct. In today's world, there are many Arthurs that are guided by Merlins who shape how their boss is presented to the world.

    All in all, I really liked the book. Once again, Peter David has written very strong female characters, which I think is his greatest strength as a writer. There are some interesting twists and reworkings of parts of the Arthurian mythos. I don't think these take anything away from the story.

    The ending did not go where I expected. Normally, when an author pulls a plot rabbit out of their hat, it's to the story's detriment. Not so here. It actually strengthens the point that facts can be manipulated; winners write the histories, and truths get buried because they aren't convenient.

    Read the book, you'll like it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Metaphorical Musing, Mirth and Mayhem

    I have read everything that Peter David has written and published that I can get my hands on, be it short stories, comics, or novels and never been disappointed or had a complaint....until now. Camelot Papers stole a night's sleep for me because I just could not put it down. I kept telling myself at the end of this day (chapters are kept as "days") and weathered many a steely look from my wife for not putting it aside and getting some shuteye. I am sure when she reads it herself she will understand how hard it is to set aside. Camelot Papers is a wonderful example of how much and how little history can tell us as well as demonstrating in a very humorous fashion how powerfully perception can affect reality in the little things as well as the large. Special extra treat is the preview for the next book to be released by Peter David and his merry band of bards in Crazy 8 Publishing which seems to be like one of those mega bands made up of talented musicians that come together for a major jam session but in a literary sense and I look forward to all the fun reading that they will be bringing to me and you in the future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Scott's Too Short To Be Useful Reviews

    Hate the cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I enjoyed it very much

    Very captivating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Not one of my favorite modern renditions

    Found myself quite bored half-way in. Given the cover art, I thought I would enjoy this one. It started strong. I liked the pseudo-essay about the historical documents. But I think the style is what caused my boredom. Because they were written as journal entries, the scenes fell flat. I felt much of the plot was contrived, the characters not all that fleshed out. Because of the journal entry, the author missed a lot of opportunity for tension and humor. Too much telling.

    Interesting twist to many of the famous characters, but Lancelot fainting at the sight of blood- though funny- wasn't enough for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Loved it!!

    I love Peter David's writing! This book was so difficult to put down. A great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

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    excellent read

    I just finished the Camelot Papers.A great read very enjoyable. This is a very entertaining and different take on the Arthur legends. A lot of fun to read some very funny surprises and quirks along the way. Everything you thought you knew about Arthurian legend and then it turns it around.
    I have read tons of King Arthur stories and different takes on the legends this one is well worth the read. Peter David is always a top notch story teller and this book does not disappoint.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Entertaining

    Not really a Camelot fan, but this was quite good. A whole new perspective beyond the noble, Romantic, shining knight story. Humorous.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Great book!

    This book was so well written I couldn't put it down. I hope this author writes more like this. Best money I've spent on an e-book. Thank you!

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