Merlin's Last Days Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01H4NWTVI
- Publisher : Crowhill Publishing (June 15, 2016)
- Publication date : June 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1403 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 109 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,118 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Greg Krehbiel’s retelling of the Arthur legend is a quick, tight read that does something surprising; the novella provides a fresh take on a story that’s been done to death. Krehbiel’s prose is clean and fast, matching the story’s pace. Better still, the tale has a firm subtext, including a most pressing and timely question: What can prevent the world from descending into chaos? Krehbiel’s story of a pagan mage fighting for a Christian king’s attempt to ascend the emperor’s throne in Rome has more on its mind than just a sword in the stone.
Fast moving, visual and timely. If you’re looking for fantasy with thematic bite, Merlin’s Last Days may be the perfect summer read. (Five stars out of five)
The relations between the characters in this story, the most gripping page-turner by him so far in my opinion (but that might just be because I love reading about both academia and Rome), constantly and unapologetically demand the reader’s attention. They rarely needed to apologize.
On the negative side, I will merely observe, without spoiling essential plot points, that sometimes—and once for sure—I thought the narration went further than the demands of authentic art. I thought that the worst acts of passion should be adumbrated obscene—from offstage.
This is in my opinion what makes For Whom the Bell Tolls great literature where it could have been a trashy airport novel, and what to this day gives place to some of the great debates about the greatest stories—the relationship between Sebastian and Charles in Brideshead Revisited, for example, or the tragic end of Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. These could and would today have been weak sidelights that add little more than the low humor of a Will Farrell movie or the cheap thrill of a Dan Brown novel.
Krehbiel has a fine artist’s sense of the limits of the stage and of the sensibilities and abilities of his audience. He challenges his reader’s imagination and rewards us for paying attention. I thought the climax of Merlin’s Last Days was a minor misstep in a fun story that I couldn’t put down once I had started it. He could have written it twice as long, with more character development and more context for the big picture, and I would have been happy with that.
Now what? Read Patriarchy? If you haven’t read Eggs are Expensive, Sperm is Cheap, you’ll find it sheds light on Merlin, and vice versa. As always, art beats argument, and Merlin alone contains a sometimes beautiful reflection of the realities of the relations of men and women.
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This fast-pace story spanning a 1500-year time period encompassed in "Merlin's Last Days" is enabled through the lives and choices of people the reader genuinely grows to care about and relate to. This is not an easy balance for any author to achieve, but here it is.