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Awake, King Arthur [Kindle Edition]

Glen Batchelor , Andrew Campbell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Awake King Arthur

The Once and Future King has returned - to 1970s Britain!

This should hook the reader and tell what your book is about and why they should bother reading it.King Arthur awakes after 1,500 years to regain Britain from the Anglo-Saxons. This time Excalibur is an electric guitar and his knights are a punk rock band, Niggahs Cymraeg. Set in the 1970s the band set out from Wales to Angleland where Arthur rediscovers the Lost Chord of the Chaldeans. Britain is now ruled by Mordred/Mildred, Arthur's nephew who was emasculated by Excalibur's blade 1,500 years earlier. Now Mordred/Mildred wants to swallow up Wales & Scotland to make Britain one country - Angleland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OUEM04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #651,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in (on?) Gibraltar in 1962 and moved to the UK a year later. I now live in the Midlands town of Royal Leamington Spa and spiritally in any Welsh-speaking town.
I've had many short stories published and won a few prizes. Since then I've moved away from short stories and am now concentrating on novels. The first of which is Waking Lloegr, now Awake, King Arthur. Current works in progress are Cheating Karma - a horror novel; ZZ Cop - humour; Aaron the Leper - another horror and Call Me Licker, boxer Randolph turpin's autobiography from beyond the grave.
I also have two short story colletions; Discomfort Zone & A Fistful of Shorts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur as you've never imagined! 8 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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This is one of the most unusual novels I've ever read, and I mean this in a good way. We've all grown up with the legends about King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, and of course, the famous sword Excalibur, but I bet no one has read this version. Mordred--Arthur's greatest enemy--was able to deliver Arthur a killing blow at the same time Arthur used Excalibur to strike down Mordred. Both of these men were destined to die. But what if instead, Merlin used his great magical power to put Arthur into a deep sleep? All sorts of interesting questions could be raised, one of which we read about in this novel.

After sending Arthur into a deep magical sleep, Merlin spends the next fifteen hundred years being reincarnated over and over again, though not as human until the last. At one time or another he has been just about every kind of living thing known to man, including leaves, worms, and of course, an assortment of animals. During these many long years Merlin has had several bad experiences from the teeth and claw end of cats and he has learned to hate them with a passion. I don't want to give too much away, but Merlin's intense dislike of cats will play an important (and amusing) part of the whole story.

I thought it was clever on the author's part to have each of the important characters from King Arthur's past come together again when Arthur awakes after his enchanted sleep. We meet up again with modern-day versions of Lancelot, Guinevere, Merlin, and even Excalibur--only the famous sword is no longer a sword. Broken during his last battle with Mordred, Merlin weaves his magic once again and molds the pieces of Excalibur into an electric guitar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel with a Twist 21 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was drawn to this book because of the time travel element but didn't expect what unfolded between the pages. It takes a lot of imagination and humour to write a book like this and parts of it were disgustingly funny and others evoked a deep sadness coming from the characters, some of whom realised they were incarnations of other times and others (including Merlin to start with) who didn't.

I enjoyed the idea of a punk rock band with Welsh roots and overtones. Arthur's persistence in chasing his Gwynifer of the 20th century and her persistence in defending Lancelot at every touch and turn is amusing and yet the reader feels Arthur should win her back after all those years.

The name of the Venereal Bede made me laugh out loud at its irreverence and the cleverly written story around his Saxon writings was a joy.

Well done, Glen Batechlor, with an imagination like yours you're bound to be a success.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real fun read 19 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I saw this book mentioned among the recommendations on a site I use a good deal. Their description of it caught my attention; It's 1976 and King Arthur and his knights have returned as a punk rock band. An entertaining and original premise told with anarchic verve.

I wasn't disappointed. It's fast-paced, clever and full of wonderfully dark humour. You'll certainly never think of Merlin in the same way again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Chuckle! 2 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The author has a great sense of humour, well, one that appeals to me anyway. Merlin urinating in Arthur's face! Ryan getting ready to eat his cats and the battle between Arthur and Mordred. Nice and gory, dark, macabre humour. The characters were believable and strong and I liked the Welsh language references and how Arthur coped with the reality of modern Britain.

Once it got on to Elfis Presili i laughed out loud! It was already funny before that and I loved what happened to Ryan. The picture of Arthur fiddling with that guitar and then finding the 'lost chord' really struck a chord with me.
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