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Book Title: Firelord|
Date of issue: November 7th 1985
ISBN 13: 9780708828557
The author of the book: Parke Godwin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 410 KB
Edition: Futura Publications
Read full description of the books Firelord:This is probably the most definitive version of the legend of King Arthur in the last thirty years, in my opinion. Godwin has done his research, and traces Arthur's origins from a high-born Romanized Briton in the twilight years of Rome's presence through his rise to power and the creation of a well-organized, effective kingdom that is capable--at least for a while--of holding back the encroachment of the Jutes, Saxons, Angles, and other mainland tribes. If Arthur actually existed, well, it could have been like this.
Good as his research is, that's not what makes this book so worth reading. Godwin has the natural ability to bring his characters to life in a way that few other writers can match. There are no "minor characters" in a Godwin book. Everyone is there for a reason, and everyone has their own story to tell, be it Geraint, Lancelot, Guenivere, Isolde, Tristram, even that legendary whipping-boy King Vortigern gets his due. Everyone is at once larger than life but very recognizably human, and all play their parts for good or ill according to who they are and what they think is best. Godwin doesn't stray too far from the broad outlines of the story of Arthur, but within that outline he has all the room he needs.
Read information about the authorParke Godwin was an American writer known for his lyrical yet precise prose style and sardonic humor. He was also known for his novels of legendary figures placed in realistic historical settings; his retelling of the Arthur legend (Firelord in 1980, Beloved Exile in 1984, and The Last Rainbow in 1985) is set in the 5th century during the collapse of the Roman empire, and his reinterpretation of Robin Hood (Sherwood, 1991, and Robin and the King, 1993) takes place during the Norman conquest and features kings William the Conqueror and William Rufus as major characters. His other well-known works include Waiting For The Galactic Bus (1988) and its sequel The Snake Oil Wars (1989), humorous critiques of American pop culture and religion.
Parke Godwin also worked as a radio operator, a research technician, a professional actor, an advertising man, a dishwasher and a maitre d' hotel.
Godwin's short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. His short story "Influencing the Hell out of Time and Teresa Golowitz," was the basis of an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone.
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