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Merlin's Bones Hardcover – April, 1995

3.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Proving that there's still abundant life in the oft-told Arthurian legends, Saberhagen's (The Book of Swords) reworking weaves together distant past, near future and fairy realm into a compelling and intriguing whole. In the past, a troupe of travelling players is being pursued by a rampaging conqueror. Amby, the youngest of the novel's several narrators, uses his powers of second sight to his advantage as he and his fellow travelers enter the fortress protecting the bones of the recently deceased sorcerer, Merlin. In the near future, Dr. Elaine Brusen is confronted with the Fisher King, Morgan Le Fay and Mordred, all of whom want control of her hypostator machine, a device capable of altering fundamental reality. Elaine must follow her own twisting road, through the realm of fairy and beyond, if she is to remain safe and find true love. The ensuing battles for Arthur's survival, Merlin's bones, the succession of New Camelot and Elaine's heart prove both suspenseful and delightful. Saberhagen's narrative juggling is dazzling and imbues the novel's many paradoxes with an elusive grace. (The Tennyson lines on Elaine's computer terminal add a particularly lyrical touch.)
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Dr. Elaine Brusen's research into the nature of time and space opens a gateway connecting the 21st century with England's post-Arthurian Dark Ages. This creates a nexus of magical energy that centers on the resting place of one of legendary history's most powerful individuals. Veteran sf and fantasy author Saberhagen (Seance for a Vampire, LJ 5/15/94) juxtaposes the perils of a wandering troupe of medieval actors, a Viking warrior's holy quest, the legend of the Fisher King, and a modern scientist's search for the ultimate truth to create an intoxicating blend of romance, adventure, danger, and time-travel. Most libraries should acquire this title.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031285563X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312855635
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,505,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 13, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have had this one on my bookshelf for a while, and I now regret pulling it down. As I was reading the last 100 pages of the 350 in the book, I wondered how Mr. Saberhagen was going to resolve so much with the remaining space. This created the fear that there would be the requirement for a sequel. Worse than that, though, was the reality that the author attempted to resolve certain things with a sentence or paragraph. The overall feeling I was left with was that Mr. Saberhagen produced an outline for an arc, got in the middle of it and decided it was something that he didn't want to do. Thus, we get the one book abridged version. The most interesting character, the Fisher King, who is huge in the first 100 pages is nowhere to be found in the last sections. Argh.
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I agree with the reviewer who praised Saberhagen's ability to juggle plots and multiple storylines but criticized the author's ability to end his books satisfactorily. That's the case here. FS sets the stage and introduces the characters quite skillfully (though he has a medieval character referring to a 'sandwich') and stage-manages the action with aplomb.
But but but. FS really loves time-warps and time-bends, having characters disappear and reappear in other guises, and this story is lousy with them. To the point that he seems to be indulging himself with unhknotting these little puzzles he's created. As with his Dracula books, when Merlin's not around, you find yourself waiting for him to arrive.
The triple-climax in the last 50 pages kind of goes all over the place and the Northman who narrates part of the story in the book's latter half disappears completely--did he die? Wha' happened?
Sturdily constructed but not magical.
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Saberhagen produces a brilliant, exciting version of the Arthurian legend, with technology, magic, and time-travel mixed together fantastically. The book feels unfinished, with the many rough edges making the incredible twists and turns of the plot even harder to follow. However, it is an incredibly creative version of the story, and some of the plot twists are very satisfying.
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I love this book. It has been years admittedly since I read it, and though I can understand some reviews saying jumbled, it was an AWESOME book. I thought it was creative in the way he put it together, and how it kind of revolves around the story of Merlin, without directly intersecting it per se. I still love this book, am ordering another copy since I lent out mine, and I frequently make DnD characters centered around Ivan the berserker. ;-)
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An Interesting concept, and welcome addition to the Arthurian Camelot Mythos. I've been a fan of Saberhagen's since I read Empire of the East in High School in the early 1980's. I usually find his style very enjoyable and well flowing, however, I found that Merlin's Bones took some getting used to the flow and style. It started out slow for me but somewhere just before halfway it picked up speed until it smashed into a brick wall at the end.
In medieval times, sometime after the Days of King Arthur and the Round Table, a group of traveling entertainers seek refuge in an abandoned and run down stronghold with a wall that protects several buildings including a house that has some apparent magical properties. This band of actors, jugglers, and jesters are running from a king they displeased by heckling him in their act. Little do they know that the one place they seek shelter from both the nights storm and the angry king is the final resting place of the mythical magician Merlin from King Arthur's Kingdom of Camelot. The little band of entertainers soon discover that they are indeed protecting the place where the great magician was entombed alive many years earlier, and must pose as the servants to the great oracle of Merlin's Bones.
Meanwhile in the late twentieth, early twenty-first century, a research scientist, who works for an organization that has devoted itself to the study of Reality and Time/Space is experiencing strange events in and around her lab and the surrounding facilities. Strange guests arrive who claim to be associated with the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table. These "Guests" prove to be very demanding and forceful and mysterious as well as cunning.
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This book started out slow, but picked up in speed after the first 100 pages. By that point, it became a whirling confusion with different narrators and time lines. Saberhagen seems to enjoy these time paradoxes and overlaps employed in the book, but they lacked believability. All the jumps made it difficult to give time for proper character development. If given some more time and a few hundred additional pages, this book could work. As it is now, it was a bit contrived.
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Book starts promising, with some likeable characters. But the lack of development in the characters, the frequent jumps in the timeline, and the frequent changes in first person narrative created a book that was hard to follow and like. And the author leaves many questions unanswered at the end.
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