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Post by Divia » Wed April 15th, 2009, 11:50 pm

Does anyone know anything about this:

Sword of Avalon (2009; upcoming novel) written by Diana L. Paxson

I disliked Ravens of Avalon (blah) and Ancestors was decent. Just wondering if anyone had some news.
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Post by Ariadne » Thu April 16th, 2009, 12:22 am

[quote=""Divia""]Does anyone know anything about this:
Sword of Avalon (2009; upcoming novel) written by Diana L. Paxson
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This is the catalog description:

A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents will return to Avalon—and when he does, he’ll be faced with a formidable task: to prove his worth as a son of the kings and priestesses of his land and lead his followers to victory, wielding the newly-forged sword Excalibur.

Been a while since I read any of the Avalon series. I loved Mists, but Forest House depressed me. Lady of Avalon was better. I have the others but haven't gotten to them.

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Post by Divia » Thu April 16th, 2009, 3:10 am

Thanks for the summary. I'll pass. When I think of Avalon I like to think of a more feminist story, not some guy.
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Post by Ariadne » Thu April 16th, 2009, 4:00 am

[quote=""Divia""]Thanks for the summary. I'll pass. When I think of Avalon I like to think of a more feminist story, not some guy.[/quote]

That's a very good point.

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Post by Telynor » Thu April 16th, 2009, 5:00 am

I don't know if anyone else has heard of this one, but Christopher Tolkien is publishing more of his late father's work:

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun -- due May 5th

http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Sigurd-Gud ... 623&sr=8-5

And it's a take on the Volsungsaga. This should be interesting...

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Post by Margaret » Thu April 16th, 2009, 5:39 am

Are you mixing up Diana Paxson with her sister Marion Zimmer Bradley? I like Paxson's novels much better - they're more compactly written, and she has a deep understanding of the Celtic world view. Or is Paxson completing Bradley's Arthurian series? Maybe I'm behind. I stopped reading those after The Forest House because I just didn't find the characters very interesting, and the stories were pretty slow-moving.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu April 16th, 2009, 5:54 am

[quote=""Margaret""]Are you mixing up Diana Paxson with her sister Marion Zimmer Bradley? I like Paxson's novels much better - they're more compactly written, and she has a deep understanding of the Celtic world view. Or is Paxson completing Bradley's Arthurian series? Maybe I'm behind. I stopped reading those after The Forest House because I just didn't find the characters very interesting, and the stories were pretty slow-moving.[/quote]

I think she's completing it because the title has "Marion Zimmer Bradley's" in it and then by Diana Paxson.

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Post by Carine » Thu April 16th, 2009, 7:10 am

I think Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana Paxson are writing the Avalon series together, well it seems so on fantasticfiction

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/p/diana-l-paxson/

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/mar ... r-bradley/

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Post by diamondlil » Thu April 16th, 2009, 7:24 am

Marion zimmer Bradley died a number of years ago. Diana Paxson was writing the series with her, and took over after she passed away.
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Post by Ariadne » Thu April 16th, 2009, 12:58 pm

That's what I understand too. Paxson was the co-author (sometimes uncredited) of all of the Avalon titles except the first book - and wrote them based on Bradley's notes and research as she (Bradley) was very ill as the series progressed. Paxson is her sister-in-law.

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