I'm starting a new section in my blog.
I want to share my favorite books with you, dear reader.
Books that have stayed with me all of my life, comforted me in the depths of gloom and lifted me up to the sharpest beam of sunlight at high noon.
First, here is my heart-book...the book that I've read more than any other and that I read every couple of years, just because...
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
A long, hard look at the legend of King Arthur, from a woman's point of view.
Why do I love this book so much that I've read it every 2 years for the last 14?
Mostly because it's a ranting great read, but also because Marion Zimmer Bradley gives all of the women in her story their own set of balls!
Honestly, that's why I love it.
In most of the other Arthurian legends that I've read, and I've read most of them, the guys are the white and black knights in shining armour and the women sit around waiting for the guys to speak to them, kiss them on the cheek as they ride off to war, AGAIN; or ask the girls to make a decent meal and be right smartly, now, lass...pour the brave lad a glass of great ale.
Ms. Bradley stirs the pot a lot and makes Morgaine and Morgause gutsy broads, and the ineffectual but ever-sought-after Gwenhwyfar becomes a strong and loudmouthed woman who tells her darling Arthur what a jerk he is, when he is being a jerk.
These women are real.
These men are real.
Not the fictionalized fairy tale characters of other legends of Arthur.
Real honest blood and balls people.
That's why I love the book so much.
That, and also because she writes the best damned fairy tale for adults that I've ever read.
"She turned her face toward the guesthouse.
Should she go there and breakfast with the nuns, speak perhaps of the old days at Camelot?
Morgaine smiled gently.
She was filled with the same tenderness for them as for the budding apple tree, but that time was passed.
She turned her back on the convent, and walked down to the Lake, along the old path by the shore.
Here was a place where the veil lying between the worlds was thin.
She needed no longer to summon the barge...she need only step through the mists here, and be in Avalon.
Her work was done" ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley
Julianna Margulies as Morgaine in "The Mists of Avalon"