The ad for this book in my google account was what prompted me to ask the list about the Inklings as characters. :)
I read the first chapter and a half for free online, and couldn't really get behind it, but I might give it a try on a non-backlit screen -- or paper. (Of course, the author hit one of my pet peeves about Arthurian lore -- that the Glastonbury monks may have "made up" the discovery of the grave to get more pilgrims to arrive [which isn't supported by the historical documentation, according to Geoffrey Ashe, who I've had the pleasure of listening to as a speaker a number of times] -- in the first few pages, and my bristling at that certainly impacted the rest of my reading.)
On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 7:24 AM, John Davis <john@...>
Has anyone read this?
It looks interesting, but I must admit to being a
little worried that it is a book is about a
journey through the English countryside by a US writer, a
countryside which - to judge from the picture of Glastonbury Tor on its
cover - will include places I know and love. (I'd certainly never dare set a
book in the US!)
Or am I being needlessly paranoid?
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Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 11:54
Subject: [mythsoc] The Inklings as
Returning to a topic which the
list discussed a few months ago...
What I've copied below appeared as an ad in my
Facebook account this morning.
Please note that I am a bit behind in reading
group posts, so if this thread is already running and I am behindhand, my
- Company Overview:
is 1940, and American Tom McCord, a 23-year-old aspiring doctoral candidate,
is in England researching the historical evidence for the legendary King
Arthur. There he meets perky and intuitive Laura Hartman, a fellow American
staying with her aunt in Oxford, and the two of them team up for an even
more ambitious and dangerous quest.
Aided by the Inklings-that illustrious circle
of scholars and writers made famous by its two most prolific members, C.S.
Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien-Tom and Laura begin to suspect that the fabled
Spear of Destiny, the lance that pierced the side of Christ on the cross, is
hidden somewhere in England.
Tom discovers that Laura has been having
mysterious dreams, which seem to be related to the subject of his research,
and, though doubtful of her visions, he hires her as an assistant. Heeding
the insights and advice of the Inklings, while becoming aware of being
shadowed by powerful and secretive foes who would claim the spear as their
own, Tom and Laura end up on a thrilling treasure hunt that crisscrosses the
English countryside and leads beyond a search for the elusive relics of
Camelot into the depths of the human heart and soul.
fast-paced narrative with actual quotes from the works of the Inklings,
author David Downing offers a vivid portrait of Oxford and draws a welcome
glimpse into the personalities and ideas of Lewis and Tolkien, while never
losing sight of his action-packed adventure story and its two very appealing
main characters. (read
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