Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon

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  • In The Mystic Realm of Camelot

    May 27, 2001 by jankp is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: it's like being in the minds of these strong-willed women
    Cons: your tolerance of Paganism and/or Christianity will be needed to enjoy this

    Summary: Morgaine, King Arthurís sister and narrator of much of this seductively told story, shows here why her character can be so easily loved...or perhaps not. Iíll let you decide for yourself: If I were Lady of Avalon, on the nights when the ... read more

  • Beautifully Written

    May 12, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The book itself is a Pro with it's twist on the popular ledgend
    Cons: men probably won't like this version.

    Summary: This book is a wonderful telling of the tale of King Arthur and his knights from the perspective of the women in this classic. MZB totally "did it" for me and I ran through this book twice. I had heard many tell of this books' marvels and so I had to get ... read more

  • Mists of Avalon

    Mar 24, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: a more realistic version of a favorite legend, portrayed from a woman's point of view
    Cons: more on the bias side

    Summary: I love this book mainly because it gives a different point of view. It's written in the perspective of Morgaine, half sister to King Arthur. Although this book is based on the legend, it mainly centers around Morgaine's struggle through different ... read more

  • More than a book!

    Jan 23, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: mystic, different view
    Cons: nothing

    Summary: What is life doing with us? What do we do with our life? You can read a book, you can understand a book but it is also possible to live a book. In the human fantasy is enough space for a fairytale that we would like to belief in. ... read more

  • Breathtaking

    Oct 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautifully written, insightful.
    Cons: Must be very tolerant of the beliefs of others to read.

    Summary: This book is absolutely indescribable, but I suppose I'll have to try. This is the story of Morgaine, sister of the famed King Arthur of Camelot. Many of the popularly held beliefs about Arthur and the Knights of the round Table are refuted in this ... read more

  • Mists of Avalon... a new viewpoint on an old myth cycle

    Sep 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Powerful feminist retelling of a classic myth cycle retains and adds depth to Arthurian lore.
    Cons: It's heavily slanted and some readers may not like the nontraditional view.

    Summary: The Mists of Avalon explores the events of the Arthurian cycle in an only somewhat imaginative retelling. It's as close to the original history as Spenser or any other poetic retellings, perhaps more as Marion Zimmer Bradley researched her additional ... read more

  • How Avalon Came from the Mists to Surprise Me

    Aug 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: vivid imagery, dynamic characters, the whimsical worlds of Camelot and Avalon
    Cons: strong religious themes, feminist portrayal, large number of pages

    Summary: I admit it: books that total near nine hundred pages in length are quite daunting to me. I have enough texts to read for my education and career, let alone throwing on such a huge fantasy novel. However, I took my chances with The Mists of Avalon, and ... read more

  • Oh, if only Avalon existed...

    Jul 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the best fantasy novels ever written.
    Cons: Long...intimidates most people

    Summary: From the first time I started reading this book in high school, I loved it. I went on to read the 2 other Avalon books, and will soon buy the 4th book. This book is not only well written, with engaging characters, but it is also fairly accurate to ... read more

  • The Blue Fairy

    Jul 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful writing style, a unique look at Camelot through its female participants.
    Cons: Some people don't take the religious debate all that well (I think it's great).

    Summary: First let me apologize for the A.I. reference in the title, I hated the whining of "blue fairy, blue fairy", but it is so fitting here. I have grown up with movies like Excalibur, The Sword in the Stone, First Knight (okay, ... read more

  • One of My All-time Favorites

    Jul 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Complex characters and interesting twists of plot.
    Cons: May be offensive to those sensitive to religious or sexual issues.

    Summary: I had to reread this book when I heard TBS had made a miniseries out of it- watch it in July! I'll never forget first reading The Mists of Avalon- and I've read it about half a dozen times. I was fourteen, impressionable, and at my coming of age time ... read more

  • Read this story in three days!

    Jun 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Writing is exceptional, and the plot keeps you on your toes
    Cons: Beginning was a bit long

    Summary: Not many people believe me when I tell them I managed to read this huge book in three days, but at the time I was a teenager, and it was summer, so I had the time to do it. Believe me, my neck ached from the hours I poured over those pages, but the ... read more

  • Arthurian Women

    May 15, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: unique take on the legend
    Cons: won't want to put it down

    Summary: The Mists of Avalon was the first novel based on the Arthurian legend that I ever read, and after finishing, I was hooked. It takes the traditional stories from an entirely different angle from previous versions. Instead of focusing on the men and ... read more

  • A Unique Perspective of King Arthur and His Family

    May 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A different and enlightening perspective on the story of Arthur and Camelot.
    Cons: I can't pronounce all the names...i'll just have to learn.

    Summary: Most of us have heard the story of King Arthur and how he pulled Excalibur out of the stone. He became king and everyone in Camelot was happy until his queen left him for Sir Lancelot. I'm not degrading Christianity, after all I'm a ... read more

  • A Masterfully Written Platform

    Mar 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rich, detailed writing, addictive narrative
    Cons: anti-male, anti-sex, anti-blonde overtones

    Summary: An epic and rich twist on the Arthurian legends, The Mists of Avalon is a masterful example of skilled writing overshadowing biased theme. A reader might well come away from this novel fuming at the blatantly anti-male passages or mystified by the ... read more

  • King Arthur lives on...

    Mar 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The woman are the topic, fanasy elements
    Cons: predjudice against christians, not as well written as it could be

    Summary: I'm about half way through the book, frankly i'm dissapointed. I expected it to be a lot better from the reviews i've read and recieved from my friends. I hardly expect it to improve much at this point. The writing can be interesting, but it is often ... read more

  • The Ladies of King Arthur's Time

    Jan 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautifully written epic, Interesting to read over and over again
    Cons: Some people find it too long

    Summary: The Mists of Avalon is one of the most beautifully written pieces of literature about the King Arthur legend. It tells the story of the rise of power of King Arthur and of the times that preceded and succeeded him. Most importantly, the story relates ... read more

  • Amazing

    Dec 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: MZB's Style of writing
    Cons: Perhaps the length of the book? Otherwise None

    Summary: This book is the best I believe I will ever read.... The way that MZB writes has always been so descriptive and her ability do do so, shines through in this book. Even thought she uses a classic chronological order, its done in a sneaky way..... ... read more

  • Mists of Avalon: A Gift from the Goddess and MZB

    Dec 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy read, excellent character development, pace will keep your attention
    Cons: 800+ pages!

    Summary: It took a book club to get me to read the Mists of Avalon - the 800+ pages were daunting! But I say to everyone who looks at the book & thinks of passing - take the plunge! This provocative book has it all: battles, romance, mystery, murder, ... read more

  • The Mists of Avalon

    Dec 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It will keep you wrapped up for hours!
    Cons: It flips from one character to another and often leaves you wanted to know what is happening with the other.

    Summary: The story is that of the five main women behind the throne. Igraine, Arthur's mother, is trapped in a loveless marriage, and must be unfaithful to her husband in order to fulfill her destiny. Morgaine (Morgan le Fay), Arthur's half sister, gives herself ... read more

  • Omniscient viewpoint makes all the difference

    Oct 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great storytelling, historically accurate
    Cons: none

    Summary: 'The Mists of Avalon' is the traditional Arthurian legend re-told from the viewpoint of Morgaine, King Arthur's sister, Priestess of Avalon. Using this point of view, Zimmer puts an amazingly wonderful spin on the ancient legend. She weaves a world of ... read more

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