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Old Nov 27 2004, 05:28 PM   #1
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As was mentioned before I am also a fan of Mary Stewart although until recently I hadn't read any of her books in years. They are terribly dated now (the non-Merlin ones, that is) but I still think they are a fun read. I know there are others who like her books too. Maybe we can discuss the stolen horse or the dolphin or the secret citadel?
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Old Nov 27 2004, 06:04 PM   #2
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I'm going to need to reread them to make any intelligible contribution to a discussion, but I like all of her books that I've read. Touch Not the Cat is probably my favorite and the one I remember the most about.
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Old Nov 27 2004, 06:44 PM   #3
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When my life gets a little less hectic (yeahsureright) I hope to read the Merlin series again
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Old Nov 27 2004, 09:00 PM   #4
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I loved the Merlin books. I am trying to remember if she wrote "Hawk of May" "Kingdom of SUmmer" and "The Wicked Day" as well? They were about Modred.
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I think I'm going to have to try and get my hands on the Merlin books. I adored Stormy Petrel.
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Old Nov 28 2004, 06:41 AM   #6
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Her Arthur trilogy is one of the best, if not the best, I know! At one time I had several of her other novels but I gave them away. The only book I kept besides the trilogy is the "companion book" The Wicked Day.

I enjoyed reading her other novels but they were not "my scene" An enjoyable read but not to keep...
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Old Nov 28 2004, 01:18 PM   #7
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I am so glad to know so many people share my love of her Merlin books! For years I thought I was the only one. Guess I was just talking to the wrong people, huh?
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Old Nov 28 2004, 01:34 PM   #8
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I am so glad to know so many people share my love of her Merlin books! For years I thought I was the only one. Guess I was just talking to the wrong people, huh?

Obviously!

I think it was actually my mother or my aunt that handed me THE CRYSTAL CAVE when I was bout nine, and told me to go enjoy!
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Old Nov 29 2004, 03:35 AM   #9
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Mary Stewart is one of my favorite authors! Her decriptions have always made me long to visit the places in her novels...especially the ones set in Greece. Maybe one day. As for favorites..hard to say, though "My Brother Michael", "Madam Will You Talk", and "Airs Above the Ground" come to mind immediately.

I was in the library recently looking through the books for sale, and I bought two old paperbacks for 25 cents! Got "Wildfire at Midnight" and "Nine Coaches Waiting".
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Old Nov 29 2004, 09:26 AM   #10
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I was in the library recently looking through the books for sale, and I bought two old paperbacks for 25 cents! Got "Wildfire at Midnight" and "Nine Coaches Waiting".

Don't you just LOVE when that happens??
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Old Nov 29 2004, 10:46 AM   #11
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I hate to admit it but I'd forgotten about Nine Coaches Waiting even though it was my favorite when I was a teenager. Wildfire at Midnight is the one I just finished re-readind. It's still a fun read after all these years.
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Its been years since I read most of Stewarts books, though I always manage to squeeze in Airs Above the Ground every couple years.

Her Merlin books are really good reads. I went through a spell when I read every "Arthurian" based book I could get my hands on ...and hers were among the best, I think.

Now you've got me wanting to search my boxes to see which ones I have to re-read in 2005!
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Obviously!

I think it was actually my mother or my aunt that handed me THE CRYSTAL CAVE when I was bout nine, and told me to go enjoy!
I think my mother introduced me as well. (Hmmm is that even more proof that we're related AnnMarie )
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I love Mary Stewart's works and have around a dozen of them

If I were forced to choose a favourite it would have to be "Airs above the Ground". How could I resist the lure of an MS story involving my other passion, horses?
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I loved the Merlin books. I am trying to remember if she wrote "Hawk of May" "Kingdom of SUmmer" and "The Wicked Day" as well? They were about Modred.
"The Wicked Day" is a Stewart book and does come after the three Merlin books, but "Hawk of May" and "Kingdom of Summer" were by Gillian Bradshaw.

The Merlin books hooked me--I like her vision better than MZBs. But my favorite of the others is probably "Touch Not the Cat" as well, followed by "Rose Cottage." We just watched "The Moon-Spinners" movie this weekend, which turned out to be a pretty decent movie even if they were a bit liberal with the story.

Does anyone know if she's still alive?
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"The Wicked Day" is a Stewart book and does come after the three Merlin books, but "Hawk of May" and "Kingdom of Summer" were by Gillian Bradshaw.

The Merlin books hooked me--I like her vision better than MZBs. But my favorite of the others is probably "Touch Not the Cat" as well, followed by "Rose Cottage." We just watched "The Moon-Spinners" movie this weekend, which turned out to be a pretty decent movie even if they were a bit liberal with the story.

Does anyone know if she's still alive?
Thanks Dawn! And wasn't there a third to the Bradshaw books? (I have them, but they're packed away)

The MoonSpinners! I remember that one, I think! Was that set in Greece or Italy?
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"In Winter's Shadow" was the third Bradshaw book.

"Moonspinners" was on Crete.

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Although I know she was born in 1916, sailorchk, I have never come across a death notice yet.
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Old Jan 11 2005, 02:58 PM   #19
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Well this is really exciting, what a cool thread. I started reading her novels when I was 12, my mother got me started. I have read all of her books except the childrens books. My favorite have to the ones about Merlin and King Arthur.

I have been wondering as well wether or not she is still alive. I did read an interesting interview today:

http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot...ws/stewart.htm


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Thanks for the link, Allwen!
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That was an interesting interview. Thanks for the link

Here's a trivia challenge: Who remembers the name of the book she talked about writing early on in third person?
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That was an interesting interview. Thanks for the link

Here's a trivia challenge: Who remembers the name of the book she talked about writing early on in third person?

My Brother Michael?
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Old Jan 13 2005, 09:39 AM   #23
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Nope. It was one I only read once or twice because, as she said, it wasn't her best work. It involved a person with a limp.
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Nope. It was one I only read once or twice because, as she said, it wasn't her best work. It involved a person with a limp.
This has to be one of her later works. Thornyhold?
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Old Jan 16 2005, 11:33 PM   #25
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No, I think it was one of her earlier books. The title does start with "T" though. I should say that I read it as a teenager and didn't care for it much (the only one of hers I didn't like) but it was a favorite of my sister's.
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No, I think it was one of her earlier books. The title does start with "T" though. I should say that I read it as a teenager and didn't care for it much (the only one of hers I didn't like) but it was a favorite of my sister's.

Sorry you got me.
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I can think of all the books that start with a T but dont remember anyone with a limp.
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It was "Thunder on the Right" and to be honest I don't remember much else about it.
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It was "Thunder on the Right" and to be honest I don't remember much else about it.


arrrrrgggghhhhhhh

Dang I cant even remember the plot and I am pretty sure I read that one.
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Old Jan 18 2005, 12:14 PM   #29
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I'm the same way

Do you remember the one about the girl pretending to be a girl pretending to be herself?
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Do you remember the one about the girl pretending to be a girl pretending to be herself?
No, does this story have the main character actually a school girl?
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Do you remember the one about the girl pretending to be a girl pretending to be herself?
Oooh, is this Madame, Will You Talk?
I don't usually remember much about the plots of her non-Merlin books, but I've reread this one more often because I picked up a copy at a yard sale eons ago.
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Oooh, is this Madame, Will You Talk?
I don't usually remember much about the plots of her non-Merlin books, but I've reread this one more often because I picked up a copy at a yard sale eons ago.
I like that one too, it's a car chase across France. The one I was talking about is The Ivy Tree. It's about a girl who leaves the family farm under difficult circumstances then returns in a very unusual way.
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I like that one too, it's a car chase across France. The one I was talking about is The Ivy Tree. It's about a girl who leaves the family farm under difficult circumstances then returns in a very unusual way.

I love that one, and I thought it was very well written. So you were not talking about Thunder on the Right?
Sorry I was confused there.
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Sorry for the confusion. Thunder on the Right was the one in third person. Madam, Will You Talk? was the car chase and The Ivy Tree was the girl pretending to be a girl pretending to be herself.
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GUess what I got at the library's book sale yesterday?

"Touch Not The Cat"


For fifty cents!
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I am so glad to know so many people share my love of her Merlin books! For years I thought I was the only one. Guess I was just talking to the wrong people, huh?
You must have been Sandi, because I think that particular set of merlin books is the best sold one, so there must be many thousands of whom you are meeting just a few here
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Old Jan 24 2005, 10:09 AM   #37
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GUess what I got at the library's book sale yesterday?

"Touch Not The Cat"


For fifty cents!
I'm jealous!! Somewhere in my various moves I lost that one. It was a hardback too
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I loved her merlin books, but for some reason wasn't so keen on the others I read. My sister loves them, maybe I'll give her another try sometime.
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Just found a motherload of her books at a used book store.
Re-read several of them.
I love her books.
My favorites after the Merlin novels would be:
My Brother Micheal
Nine Coaches Waiting
The Gabriel Hounds
Airs Above the Grounds
The Ivy Tree
This Rough Magic (one of her best)
Wildfire at Midnight
Touch Not the Cat
Madame Will You Talk
The Moonspiners

She is such an incredible author but I feel the other books dont have the depth as these ones do. I know some of these she was not happy with either.

Does anyone know how many/which of her novels were made into movies?
And I think after the one I was thinking about was made she decided not to do have any more movies as she was very dissapointed in the adaptation.
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I remember a Disney movie starring Haley Mills that claimed to be based on Moonspinners or maybe This Rough Magic. Which ever it was, it bore almost no resemblance to the book other than the title and the Greek Island setting. I have little doubt she wasn't pleased by what they did to her work.
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