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Under in the Mere by Catherynne M. Valente
Edited by Alan DeNiro, Kristin Livdahl & Christopher Barzak
Cover Artist: James A. Owen & Jeremy Owen
Review by Benjamin Wald
Rabid Transit Press Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780981743714
Date: 01 December 2009

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I began Under in the Mere filled with anticipation. I had read some of Catherynne M. Valente's work before, and been entranced by her gorgeous, lush, powerful prose style and carefully drawn and deeply fascinating characters. I also enjoy tales of King Arthur. While not a true aficionado (to my shame my copy of The Mists of Avalon rests unread on my shelf), I have a deep respect for the power of the Arthurian saga, and it presents highly promising source material. Unfortunately, Under in the Mere never quite crystallized for me, leaving me with the occasional memorable paragraph or turn of phrase that will stay with me but no lasting impression as a whole.

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From back of book: Under in the Mere takes Arthurian legend to the furthest limits of the imagination. Incantatory, labrynthine, and both playful and heartbreakin. Full interior illustrations from fantasy artists James A. Owen and Jeremy Owen.

(Source: Rabid Transit Press)

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