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The Serpent and the Grail [Paperback]

A.A. Attanasio

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A novelist obsessed with the power of fiction to impart strangeness, hermetic wisdom and, above all, wonder, I've published 22 novels and two short story collections. I love fantasy fiction. I love the courage of the human spirit to invest with real emotion experiences we know are entirely imaginary. And I love all of what 'fantasy' means to poetic thinkers.

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With warfare threatening Britain on all sides, Arthor must uncover the secret of the magic Grail or witness the destruction of Camelot and all he holds dear.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend continues.... 11 July 2000
By Damien Bosley - Published on
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I have just finished reading the serpent and the grail and I must say that it was again one of the best books I have ever read! Just like the rest of the Arthurian books he has out it was in one word...beautiful. The way this author writes is incredible. It is almost like reading poetry. The book taking place after Wolf and the Crown,finds the young king once again in a quest to save Britian. This book was one of the best i've read in the series and hopefully not the last. This book is a must read for A.A. Attanasio fans. But if you've just discovered the author and the series i recommend picking up his first book in the series The Dragon and the Unicorn.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arthurian Legend ..... retold (?) 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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I picked up the first book of this series because I am an Arthurian legend fan. At that time I had never even heard of Attanasio....I am now an avid Attanasio reader.
The Serpent and the Grail is a hard-to-put-down book and continues the fantasy world of Arthur's rule started in the earlier books. The only problem I have with this book is that this is still not the end of the series (I hope!). As an Arthurian fan, I hope that Attanasio will continue telling this story until the end of the legend and that the next book in the series comes out before I forget the characters again (that's another problem ... the wealth of characters!). If you're already familiar with the legend then reading this series is as if you've never heard of Arthur and Camelot before .... very refreshing.
As an Attanasio fan, this is another example of the diversity of Attanasio's vivid epic-telling talents. You need to read other Attanasio's works to appreciate what I mean (personal recommendations: The Last Legends of Earth, The Dark Shore)
My advice to all would-be readers .... get all the books in the series and read them straight through from the first to the last, in sequence. It won't be easy reading, but it will be worth it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality (?) bites. 13 Aug 2002
By Alain Manning - Published on
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Finally, a multi-faceted, richly textured, thought-provoking and deeply woven and embroidered series of "tales" from a rather masterful story-teller who treats his readers as cogent listeners capable of keeping the various skeins of this historical, cultural, psychosociological and demi-religious tapestry flowing. As an avid and voracious reader with somewhat eclectic tastes, I find Mr. Attanasio's spinning of the threads of these tales to be highly intelligent, deeply fascinating, richly image-evocative and teleportational. So much more so than the typical Freudean psychic-cleansing pap that many current editors seem to qualify as saleable fiction. Yes, life is not easy and we all have our "crosses" to bear; however, can't we have a little more story-telling and a little less Freudean-couch revelations? Occassionally, as with any modern-day story-teller, he has to fall back into reiterrations in order to keep those not willing or able to invest the time and/or money in the preceding tales up with the mulitlayered goings-on in these tales; and yes, he sometimes strays across to "New Age-Feel Good" whining or carping. Yet, his characters for the most part are so fully fleshed and "real" that I feel I'm standing, next to, or even looking out of the eyes of, each narrating character.
To be honest, I haven't watched TV since I got hooked on the first book of this Middle Earth adventure, nor even listened to the stereo, as the lyricality of this writing, and the characters, both human and demiurge (sometimes even animal) has enraptured all of my senses, especially my own little dreamworld. He has also led me into new forays through the almost-forgotten magical pleasures of my local library, seeking further illumination on Celtic, Drudic, Christian, British, magical and other tangential gems tossed out as asides in his tale. What an extra-special, unexpected treat! Challenge yourself to reasses your own "reality". Wrap yourself up in these tales.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Arthurian account ever! 30 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I was so amazed by this book that I read the whole series. Attanasio keeps the reader in suspense, and does not disappoint. Mixing science and folklore and Norse gods, this is better than Tolkein
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all in all 12 April 2011
By Sarah - Published on
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A.A. Attanasio is a wonderful writer I loved all the arthur books, the dragon and the unicorn, the eagle and the sword, the wolf and the crown, and the serpent and the grail. I have talked to him many years ago he's very nice he even sent me a signed copy of The Wolf and The Crown before it hit the shelves! He is very good at capturing your imagation and sending you into where he's writing about. I would recomend his books to anyone even young adults that's when I got started. Attanasio is very good and telling every detail of the fantasy world.
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