Here Lies Arthur – Phillip Reeve [A Weekly Geek Style Review!]

Here Lies Arthur by Phillip Reeve
Here Lies Arthur by Phillip Reeve

3. Later, take whichever questions you like from your comments and use them in a post about each book. I’ll probably turn mine into a sort of interview-review. Link to each blogger next to that blogger’s question(s).

Before we start, here’s the book’s synopsis:

Gwyna is just a small girl, a mouse, when she is bound in service to Myrddin the bard – a traveller and spinner of tales. But Myrddin transforms her – into a lady goddess, a boy warrior, and a spy. Without Gwyna, Myrddin will not be able to work the most glorious transformation of all – and turn the leader of a raggle-taggle war-band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.

And now the questions!

Julie asked:
How does Here Lies Arthur compare with other modern re-tellings of the story? If you’ve read others, which is your favorite, and why?

Well, the only other thing that is anything similar, is Gatty’s Tale by Kevin Crossley Holland, but that doesn’t really compare, as that focuses on a pilgrimage by one of his friends (and incidentally excellent!) whereas this Reeve’s book is most certainly focused on Myrddin (Merlin) and Arthur. Where this book probably deviates from most traditional tellings and re-tellings is the cynical way it portays the relationship between the two of them, and the way Myrddin spins the legend of Arthur.

Joanne asked:
My question is about “Here Lies Arthur”

Do you think that reading this book would inspire someone to research other legends of King Arthur?

If people are that way inclined, I think it most certainly will. This version of the story is certainly different to what I’ve come across before and is far removed from the fairytale-esqe versions most people are used to.

bybee asked:
What genre is Here Lies Arthur?

That would be, Young-Adult & Arthurian Legend mixed with a little Political Shenanigans and a splash of adventure.

Becky asked:
What is your favorite (or least favorite) thing about Here Lies Arthur? Is it something you’d definitely recommend to others or not so much?

My favourite (and least favourite thing) is the same thing! and that’s the previously mentioned look at how the legend of King Arthur might have come about, it’s good to have your preconceptions challenged of course, but sometimes it can reduce the delight you take out of the book. However saying that, I’d absolutely recommend this book to others.

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