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DRINKWATER: A Sobering Tale About A Medieval Knight by [Scamfer, Otto]
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  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Pulsar Products & Publishing (March 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PTH6KC
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Format: Paperback
Drinkwater, by Otto Scamfer.

A knight's tale of old.

With "Drinkwater", Otto Scamfer has chosen the less popular format of the 1st person narrative, which I found somewhat daunting when I first started reading his story. Though I have read my fair share of the genre, both medieval and 1st person narrative, it has been years.

I found myself to be pleasantly surprised by both the tale and the writing style of this first time author, however. The story was engaging from the start, telling the story of young Winston who is dealing with particularly nasty habit of being dependant on alcoholic drinks, in a time where fermented drinks were really the only safe thing to consume.

I thought it to be a charming angle into the entire theme, (alcoholism as much as the era) and while reading about Winston's view of life I found myself to be vastly engaged as he started on his road towards complete sobriety and all its pitfalls along the way. Throughout the pages I could actually feel the way he struggled with his own weaknesses and was pleased to see that throughout the tale he became stronger than even he expected.

Scamfer managed to combine sensitivity with honor excellently, circumventing certain clichés that most stories about this era possess, and creating a rather fresh view on a male protagonist. He was liberal in describing he hero's faults and doubts, not taking heed of the "alpha male" stigma, which is so very popular these days: Just honest human emotions with all their little pitfalls.

The villain:
Though there certainly is one in this tale, the villain serves more as a drive for the main protagonist than anything.
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By bburke79 on September 7, 2011
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This book was not exactly what I was expecting- which makes it that much better! I enjoyed that it included this young man's struggle for sobriety as it is often overlooked in fiction- yet is a theme many people can relate to. It was not an overly long book and that is great for me since I have a toddler. There were twists and turns to keep it interesting and details enough to envision the scenes without getting bogged down. I enjoy historical fiction and this book even showed me some vocabulary I had not yet ecountered which means that I learned something too! Overall I really enjoyed this book and my Dad has already started in on it! :) I think it is a great book that has enough difference from the other stories out there to make it worth purchasing!
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You know, I must be quite thick-headed. When I saw Otto Scamfer's Drinkwater: A Sobering Tale about a Medieval Knight offered up as a Member Giveaway on LibraryThing.com, I somehow failed to notice that alcoholism was its primary focus, despite the fact that the title contains two puns on drinking and sobriety. Working off of the description the author provided, I fancied it to be a fun historical swashbuckler that just happened to have a drunkard as its hero, which seemed to me a pretty original touch. Imagine my surprise when the e-text arrived in my inbox, and turned out to be little better than an anti-alcohol tract with a plot attached!

I relate this story mostly to provide a bit of background, as I realize these circumstances may have biased me against it. In the end, though, I feel its faults speak for themselves.

The unlikely hero of our story is Winston Tabor, a lord's son and more than a bit of a sot. As the story opens, his father Lord Tabor has just been assassinated by the bailiff, Cyrus Everett, in such a way to make it look as though Winston were responsible. Warned by his beloved tutor (Prince Caspian, anyone?), the drunken youth escapes to the woods, pursued by Cyrus. The drink having dulled his sentences, he is unable to make much of a defense against the bailiff, and is left almost dead in an obscure corner of the forest. Luckily, a hermit discovers him there, brings him into his home, and proceeds to nurse him back to health. (Lesson: no matter how obscure a corner of the forest one finds, there is bound to be a helpful hermit wandering there. You just can't get away from them.) Winston spends the rest of the book recovering from alcoholism, falling in love, befriending various medieval personages, and planning his revenge upon Cyrus.
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"It (Alcohol) brings out the devil in some men and takes their soul away," Emery answered staunchly. "I've seen many a good man ravaged by the drink."

Winston is a disgraceful alcoholic (or drinkwater) and presumed murderer of his father, Lord Tabor. Cyrus Everett is Lord Tabor's bailiff who falsely accuses Winston of murdering his father and almost murders Winston as well. However, Winston is taken in by an old man, Emery, who nurses him back to health and teaches him how to defend himself with a sword.

The story is predictable showing how Winston learns to stay away from the drink, becomes a knight and plans his revenge against Cyrus who is wreaking havoc on Winston's family and village.

I normally enjoy medieval tales, but I just did not like the main character and it spoiled the whole story for me. I found Winston to be a fool, even when he became a knight and I didn't think he deserved the lordship or the girl he professed to love because I felt that the men who helped him did most of the work for him.

All in all I found the story and the characters to be quite boring.
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