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Skipping one: Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles

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:

  1. Tori Amos
  2. Fairies
  3. 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.

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