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Here is the magical legend of King Arthur vividly retold through the eyes and lives of. Good lord I haven t ever hated a book as much as this oneI picked up The Mists of Avalon because I really love Nordic myths and usually any stories about King Arthur Everyone seems to adore this book even my librarian told me that this was a really good Arthurian tale Well it s not It s horribleFirst let me say how turned off I was by all the bashing and hating there was of Christianity And I m saying this as the atheist that I am I don t believe in God yet that doesn t mean I am not bothered by the unnecessary and often narrow minded hate towards a religion That s all there was in the first 150 pages and it was a very recurring theme throughout the book As if having one stupid priest wasn t enough the author just had to fit in several and call each stupider than the previousYeah there were dumbevil priests and followers of that religion who did horrible things but there will always be bad people who call themselves followers of a religion However this amount of blabbering about stupid mean cowardly priests did nothing to advance the plot At all I mean if you wanted to write a book in which the antagonists were all evil Christians then you re on the right track but this was supposed to be a book on King Arthur dang it not of your personal hate issues with Christians Personally I really don t like it when authors bring up religions in books that aren t nonfiction theologypsychologyhistory works Stuff gets brushed over and embellished to make the book in uestion seem interesting and it s infuriating what you ll read That s exactly the case with The Mists of Avalon Keep that in mind Marion Zimmer Bradley You can rant to a therapist but don t take it out on a book THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT A WELL LOVED FANTASY TALE Just don t take it out on a book in general What s worse the author couldn t seem to create a halfway decent female protagonist in all the 800 pages and the countless women charactersIgraine No She s a whiney pushover who convinces herself she s in love with a man her husband hates because she hears a prophecy that she s supposed to bear that man s child if I heard a prophecy like that I d run away Okay she didn t love Gorlois but he was good to her up until she started spending time with a man he clearly distrusted and told her to stay away from not that I really like Gorlois but wouldn t you be freaking mad if your wifehusband got all cozy with someone you consider evil And besides stabbing her husband Igraine doesn t do anything She just sits at home Wow my new heroVivianne plotted adultery and incest acted like she loved everyone but in reality did horrible things to them She was even surprised when Galahad who she barely had anything to do with didn t love her Also did anyone else notice how Vivianne always corrected people and told them All gods and goddesses are one and then proceeded to ridicule the Christian God and call him and his followers morons Hah Ha ha I don t know if that was meant to be funny or if Ms Bradely was just too stupid to notice the contradiction Morgaine failed at everything in life I felt bad for her at being used like that then for being rejected by Lancelet But then again she couldn t care less for her child hated pretty much innocent Gwenhwyfar and came up with plans to have Lancelet sleep with her even though she knew he didn t love her so whatever sympathy I had for her went pretty uick And it gets even better she gets married sleeps with several people goes to Avalon again and acts like she s the main goddess even though she did so many un goddess like things I loved how Niniane thought She should be here in my place the GREAT Morgaine of the Fairies HAH What did Morgaine ever do besides sleep with her own brother Gwenhwyfar was worse than Igraine On the other hand it was so obvious that Bradely created her solely to make fun of Christians She must have been like Oh I ll create this woman who s a dumb little bitch in heat who everyone will hate And bonus I ll mention how beautiful she is every two pages to make sure all the female readers will be jealous of her and hate her even Then I ll make sure to have her pretend to be a pious follower of Christ even though in reality an adulteress is not a pious follower of Christ and I ll have created a perfect epitome of all Christian women to show the world what nasty morons they are YayI mean really And a lot of people actually agree with this exaggerated biased ridiculous nonsenseWhen I was browsing through 5 star reviews of this book to try and understand why exactly human beings love this trash someone actually said this book makes me want to leave behind my life and become a pagan That wasn t the exact uote but that was the gist of itI just I can t even Oh yes I can Become a pagan then and have a baby with your own brother at a drunken bonfire Next make sure you neglect your child and run around effing tons of other men By the way back then protection didn t exist so be sure not to use any of that either and see how many STDs and unwanted pregancies you ll get Homeless and vulgar isn t Morgaine s portrayal of a pagan lifestyle just wonderful Back to the characters the males were all one dimensional and flat They were all extremely handsome and extremely skilled knights and extremely horny Coughs A little originality please Bradely Maybe divert from your view that all men are chauvinist pigsThe one character I kind of liked was Morgause she s independent seemed to have a good relationship with her children and kept Morgaine s secret But she wasn t anything I really cared aboutThere also seemed to be a whole lot of describing boring day to day activities that just like all the Christian hate did nothing to advance the plot It s like somebody gets up stares in the mirror and thinks about some complicated love web goes downstairs starts knitting talks to an old woman who came in from the cold 47 pages later something tiny happens that helps the story along Then another good 15 of the book was made up of describing how beautiful this and this person was and then another person is introduced who is WAY MORE beautiful and so on and so on In Morgaine s case it was terrible One minute she s plain then someone calls her beautiful then she s called ugly then she s supposed to have an inner beauty then Morgain does something horrible so I can t see what inner beauty they re talking about then she s beautiful ugly beautiful uglyLike did the author have bipolar attacks while writing this I honestly don t spend a whole lot of time detailing characters faces Tell me they re tall red haired have a scar on their face and that s just perfect I m interested in the plot not the size of everybodys big toes SeriouslyThe writing itself could have been okay but because its subject was crap it was not okay This book was bad it really was After a good 150 pages I just skimmed another 500 and then skipped the last part and skimmed the epilogue I honestly could care less what happens stupid

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The women who wielded power from behind the throne A spellbinding novel an extraordin. OK I admit when I told my college Arthurian Lit professor that I d read and enjoyed this book he proceeded to give me a uick before the next class comes in lecture about how Marion Zimmer Bradley s interpretation skewed wildly from the genreBut I don t care It s a difficult book long and utterly depressing but it takes the first in depth look at both women and the pagan Celtic religion of Britain which Christianity usurped around that time Evil sorceress Morgan Le Fay is transfered into multi faceted Morgaine a woman deeply committed to her family especially her aunt Viviane half brother Arthur and cousin Lancelet Gwenhyfar the simpering Christian princess was my least favorite but even she had some complexity an unhappy childhood inferiority complex made worse by her bareness and obvious jealousy issues with Morgaine concerning the womens relationships with Arthur and Lancelet Perhaps the most dour of Morgaine s familial ties is that with her son Mordred the illigitimate heir of her brother whom she foolishly put up with her aunt Morgause easily the most shallow and greedy woman in the entire bookReligion wise I found it impossible not to root for Morgaine s Avalon not only because I knew it was destined to recede into the mists but because it was matriarchal and so much comforting to me than the expansionalist narrow minded and mysoginistic version of Christianity prevalent during those times At the end Morgaine herslf shows the most tolerance and versatility for diverse cultures she outlives most everyone else and grows to accept that her mother goddess is now worshipped as the virgin mary uite the contrast from the crone like Morgan Le Fay whose only purpose is to destroy the kingdom of Camelot

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Ary literary achievement THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to com. Y all need to tell me when I start reading a book by a child rapist At least I only made it 85 pages before figuring out this was that author warning the later paragraphs of this post turn homophobic

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  • The Mists of Avalon
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • English
  • 10 November 2018
  • 9780345350497

About the Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series often with a feminist outlookBradley's first published novel length work was Falcons of Narabedla first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds When she was a child Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner Edmond Ham

10 thoughts on “The Mists of Avalon

  1. says:

    In 2007 I joined Goodreads and wrote reviews of some of the books that had most transformed me as a reader I have since over the years taken an absurd amount of geek pride that my review of this book is I think the

  2. says:

    Good lord I haven't ever hated a book as much as this oneI picked up The Mists of Avalon because I really love Nordic myths and usually any stories about King Arthur Everyone seems to adore this book; even my librarian told me that this was a really good Arthurian tale Well it's not It's horribleFirst let me say how turned off I w

  3. says:

    My final book of 2017 I did not think I would finish it before the end of the year I started it back on October 1st and it was slow going I often found myself not reading it for days at a time It really wasn’t capturing my interest But with a week to go in 2017 and about 300 or so pages left I buckled down and finished it at around 815 on December 31stYou might think that my opinion of this book will not be stellar considering

  4. says:

    Hmmm I would like to see the mini series to this book I felt it was a good book although it did get boring at times or ma

  5. says:

    This is my favourite book about the Arthurian legend and I have read possibly than I can remember Marion Zimmer Bradley succeeded in breathing new life into the Arthurian saga and at the same time she didn't step too far away from the spirit of it Placing the emphasis on the fascinating female characters that

  6. says:

    OK I admit when I told my college Arthurian Lit professor that I'd read and enjoyed this book he proceeded to give me a uick before the next class comes in lecture about how Marion Zimmer Bradley's interpretation skewed wildly from the genreBut I don't care It's a difficult book long and utterly depressing but it takes the first in

  7. says:

    Y'all need to tell me when I start reading a book by a child rapist At least I only made it 85 pages before figuring out this was tha

  8. says:

    The Arthur myth from the point of view of Morgaine le Fay pagan priestess Supposedly a feminist take on the old legends There is one main problem with this approach let's face it women's lives in the dark ages were pretty boring And rather than break out of this mold with strong female characters Bradley talks a lot about spinning weaving and having babies The female characters are either contemptible or irritating or both The male charac

  9. says:

    My favorite fantasy novel written by a serial rapist and child abuser Now that I think about it I'm interested to remember that the person who recommended it to me was also a big fan of Nietzsche

  10. says:

    This is one of the few books that I hate I'm a feminist and I love King Arthur stories and The Mists of Avalon makes me vaguely nauseous I read the whole thing hoping it would get better and it didn't though there

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