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Book Eight - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
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Book Eight
I am very behind in this effort of mine to record all the books I read... we'll see if I can make it last.

The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

I don't know how this book came to be in my book collection actually, but I found it on a shelf, looking well-worn and needing new eyes on it. I found it on my shelf and picked it up awhile ago when looking for something new to read. Probably it was loaned or given to me by my mother many years ago; she's always liked Arthurian legend.

It was the story of Merlin's youth and how he came into his powers and legend. It stops right before Arthur is born. I was startled to discover on Amazon that it is the first of a series of books -- shows how little I knew about it before I picked it up.

I enjoyed this book. It was hard to follow at times, very wordy, but an interesting approach to an old legend. I don't know if I'll ever look for the following books in the series though.

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From: writerwench Date: March 31st, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading The Crystal Cave many years ago. Yes, Mary Stewart is pretty wordy when she gets going on Arthurian legends. She's written a number of excellent books, mostly thrillers/whodunnits.
I particularly liked:-
Airs above the Ground
The Gabriel Hounds
The Ivy Tree
Touch Not the Cat

Her style speeds up and becomes much more gripping when she's not shoehorning in tons of information about Arthurian Britain.
For some reason I've always associated her with Anya Seton, whose 'Green Darkness' was a hugely significant book in my teens.
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: March 31st, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I have it, hardcover, as well as the sequel. They were gifts from my grandmother, who loved them. I don't recall if I've read them.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: March 31st, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I read them, it was a trilogy. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and a third one who's title I can't clearly remember, though my brain is offering up The Last Enchantment, but it doesn't sound right to me. IIRC the first two were pretty good, but the third was a bit weaker. It was a lot of years ago that I read them, though. At least high school, maybe late primary school.

cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 1st, 2007 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
You might've gotten it from me, my library's too disorganized to tell now, but I might have the sequel. I certainly have at least one really old and lovely arthurian book you've probably never seen before.
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