As I mentioned in a previous post, I feel no shame in walking away from a book that doesn’t grip me. I give a book about roughly 100 pages to lure me in, even just a little bit, before I put it back on the shelf. I am also a fan of revisiting books that I read, and enjoyed, in the past. Rarely, however, do I wind up losing interest in a book that I once loved and even recommend to other people.
This happened very recently when I tried to revisit Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles. It may be important to note to note here that as a teenager I was quite fond of the following:
- Tori Amos
- Pre-Raphaelite Artwork
While I don’t dislike any of the above at 27, I’m not nearly as enthusiastic about them as I was then (well… except for the Pre-Raphaelite artwork). And this may have colored my experience of the novel… both times. Rosalind Miles is an excellent writer, the tale is engaging, and there is a lot of action, drama, and romance. The entire series contains a little bit of everything, but I just couldn’t get past the first 100 pages with any excitement to follow it through.
A part of me hopes that I will be able to read this book again sometime in my lifetime, but I believe that my desire lies more in the existence of some nostalgia for my younger self, interests, and beliefs rather than a true yearning to experience the world of Arthurian legend again.
Despite my ability to get through the book, you might enjoy it. Buy this book on Amazon.