• By Force Alone

  • By: Lavie Tidhar
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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By: Lavie Tidhar
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
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A retelling of Arthurian myth for the age of Brexit and Trump, from World Fantasy Award-winner Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone.

Everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

The fact is they don't know sh*t.

Arthur? An over-promoted gangster.

Merlin? An eldritch parasite.

Excalibur? A shady deal with a watery arms dealer.

Britain? A clogged sewer that Rome abandoned just as soon as it could.

A savage and cutting epic fantasy, equally poetic and profane, By Force Alone is at once a timely political satire, a magical adventure, and a subversive masterwork.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2020 Lavie Tidhar (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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was the author paid by the (f) word?

I loved his Central Station. This was too long and convoluted, rambling and foul-mouthed. Added nothing to the legend

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Interesting retelling of the Arthurian Story

The story of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table goes back into the mists of Dark Age England. To the English he is a hero of England. in reality he was a Britain, a leader of the much older Celtic people who inhabited the island when the Romans came. When the British legions were called back to Rome as the Western Empire fell, theby now civilized and Romanized Britons were left to their own devices. New Germanic people -- the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, gradually moved in and conquered the Britannic kingdoms one by one.

Archeological evidence points to a British last stand in the southwest area, roughly modern Cornwall and Wales, and one or more war leaders who actually pushed the AngloSaxons back for a time. The war leader or leaders who led this final defence, and who may well have saved Wales for the British, are believed to be the origin of the tales of Arthur.

The authors of this book have attempted to strip away that accumulation of High Medieval French romance that accumulated around Arthur and get back to something close to the original. In this they succeeded. They also have made it into a much more gritty tale, and in that they may have over-achieved. Then they added a large order of modern SF.

The result is a new direction for Arthur that may well revive the story cycle for the 21st Century. The new story is gripping and packed with enough action to satisfy anyone. It is well written and plotted with strong characters. And it points a way forward for this longest of living story cycles in literature, an accomplishment that few writers have managed. If Arthur lives in literature into the next century, this book has shown the way.

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Terrible

The very worst Arthur book ever written! Words can nott express how bad it is!

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Unexpected. Surprising. Fantastic.

You think you know the legend. This is wonderful. Fantastical. The reading is brilliant of course, but this feels so much more like the real course. Hang in through the first few chapters. You think it’s Guy Ritchie. I assure you, it’s not.

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Horrible narration

Interesting premise that doesnt survive the narrator who spends half the book yelling, and using the same gravely accent for every other character.