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The Camelot Papers (English Edition) di [David, Peter]
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A powerful ruler who's considered by many to be simple-minded and vacuous and has serious father issues. A no-nonsense, polarizing woman who favors pants suits and pursues dubious agendas involving social needs. A remarkably magnetic leader of men with a reputation as a skirt-chaser. A scheming, manipulative advisor who is constantly trying to control public perceptions. A man seen as the next, great hope for the people, except there are disputes over his background and many contend he's not what he appears to be.

George W? Hillary and Bill? Karl Rove? Obama?

Try Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, and Galahad.

Whatever you think of the state of today's politics, The Camelot Papers shows you just how little matters have changed in the past thousand years or so. The Camelot Papers presents a fresh perspective on Arthurian legend by using modern day sensibility and combining it with a classic tale to bring a new insight into iconic characters.

The story is told from a unique perspective: that of Viviana (a.k.a. the seductress Vivian in other tales), here revealed to be a bright, knowledgeable young woman who was sold into slavery and winds up behind the scenes in Castle Camelot. Just like many incendiary political tell-alls of modern day, no one is better positioned to comment on the foibles of those on high than someone who is far below.

Learn here, for the first time, the down-and-dirty royal secrets that plagued Camelot as told by someone who was actually there, and adapted by acclaimed New York Times bestseller Peter David. Full of sensationalism, startling secrets and astounding revelations, The Camelot Papers is to the realm of Arthur what the Pentagon Papers is to the military: something that all those concerned would rather you didn't see... but you can see it now.


Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them. In the literary field, Peter has had over seventy novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. His novels include Tigerheart, Darkness of the Light, Sir Apropos of Nothing and the sequel The Woad to Wuin, Knight Life, Howling Mad, and the Psi-Man adventure series. He is the co-creator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books, and has also written such Trek novels as Q-Squared, The Siege, Q-in-Law, Vendetta, I, Q (with John deLancie), A Rock and a Hard Place and Imzadi. He produced the three Babylon 5 Centauri Prime novels, and has also had his short fiction published in such collections as Shock Rock, Shock Rock II, and Otherwere, as well as Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, The Dark Tower, and many others. He has also written comic book related novels, such as The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast, and co-edited The Ultimate Hulk short story collection. Peter is also the writer for two popular video games: Shadow Complex and Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Peter is the co-creator, with popular science fiction icon Bill Mumy, of the Cable Ace Award-nominated science fiction series Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon. He has written several scripts for the Hugo Award winning TV series Babylon 5, and the sequel series, Crusade. He has also written several films for Full Moon Entertainment and co-produced two of them, including two installments in the popular Trancers series, as well as the science fiction western spoof Oblivion, which won the Gold Award at the 1994 Houston International Film Festival for best Theatrical Feature Film, Fantasy/Horror category. He lives in New York with his wife, Kathleen, and his four children, Shana, Gwen, Ariel, and Caroline.

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  • Editore: Crazy 8 Press (5 luglio 2011)
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4.0 su 5 stelle THE CAMELOT PAPERS: The Politics of the Round Table 4 agosto 2011
Di Juniper - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
What if Camelot was a land not of magic and nobility, but rather a kingdom of political manipulation and very flawed people? And what if it had more than a few parallels to contemporary history? This is the setting for THE CAMELOT PAPERS, Peter David's behind-the-scenes look at what would become the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

The framework for THE CAMELOT PAPERS are the recently-discovered journals of Viviana, a slave whose keeps a journal of her day-to-day activities in Camelot. For Viviana, Camelot is filled with perils. Initially they come from the brutish king Uther and the animosity of Rowena, who runs the kitchens. Things become more complex -- and potentially dangerous -- as Viviana becomes an observer of, and sometimes participant with, the rulers of Camelot.

Arthur seems nice, but also forgetful (and sometimes stupid), and he is ill-prepared when Uther is poisoned and Arthur is suddenly king. Merlin is a behind-the-scenes manipulator who continually plots and plans -- and who has Arthur's unquestioning trust. Guinevere finds herself reluctantly married to Arthur and sees him as a way to advance her own agendas. (She's also more comfortable wearing mannish clothes than the dresses expected of a queen.) Guinevere's sister Morgan seems nicer than most and more affectionate to Arthur than his queen -- but could Morgan have her own secret interests? Modred, Morgan's adopted son, is a creepy little boy who seems to appear and disappear from the shadows -- and he is a creepy manipulator in his own right. Lancelot is a mighty warrior, a lecherous womanizer, and a man with his own secret. And there's the filthty, mute stable boy who catches Viviana's interest. All these characters seem very far removed from Gawain, Viviana's ideal and imagined embodiment of the best of the knights.

THE CAMELOT PAPERS is an intriguing look at the potential reality behind the legends of Camelot. Viviana is the ideal character to report on what happens, whether she's forgotten about as an "unimportant" servant or spying on the characters through the castle's secret passages (which are also traveled by Modred). She also grows as a character, going from someone interested in surviving to trying to improve things for others: the people she knows, and later her whole country. While Mr. David makes the parallels between the past and present a little heavy-handed towards the end of the book (including a war based on faulty intelligence, with no foreign support, to avenge an attack on a parent and with the spectre of a hated opponent who is never seen used to justify torture and atrocities), his does an excellent job creating a web of political intrigues. He also makes it easy to imagine that these very human characters could wind up inspiring the Arthurian legends that we all know now.

From the cover of THE CAMELOT PAPERS, I expected a Monty Python-esque romp through medieval legend. Instead, we get an outsider's view at the inner workings of a kingdom where legends were born -- from politicians maneuvering and plotting.
4.0 su 5 stelle Excellent -- a story about truths, half-truthes, and perceived truths 24 agosto 2011
Di Kindle Customer - Pubblicato su
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I, too, have to admit that the cover is a bit misleading. However, when you get into it, it truly isn't misleading at all. The main character, Vivian, is a slave who, hard as she tries, cannot hide her independence. As the story progresses, we find that she is reporting her story as she sees it, and part of what she sees is that the public perception of Uther, Arthur, Guinevere, Morgan, Mordred, et al, is not at all the same as what she discovers when she meets them. As the story progresses, she finds that honesty is not necessarily best, and learns to tell half-truths disguised as truths, even to the canny Merlin, who is not a wizard.

If you read this book expecting a light-hearted romp, be prepared to be disappointed. If, however, you read this book as an exploration of public and private perceptions and how they can all be manipulated as told by a master storyteller, you will be delighted!
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4.0 su 5 stelle Excellent, insightful, de/reconstructive fantasy 31 luglio 2011
Di Gary Mitchel - Pubblicato su
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I'm a big Peter David fan, and a King Arthur fan, so I was very interested to see PAD's take on the Knights of the Round.

The book is told from the point of view of Viviana, a slave who is brought to Camelot while Uther is still king. Viviana is a rarity of the time, in that she is literate and keeps a journal of her life. It's this journal that are the "Camelot Papers" of the title, and it's through her writings that we see the truths that became the legends.

Most of the staples of the Arthur legends are here, from the king himself, his sword, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, the Round Table, Morgan & Mordred, Galahad and the rest, but in a much more down-to-Earth fashion. It's a lot of fun reading the book and getting those "Ahhhh, that's where X came from" moments. PAD has some very clever ideas behind the truth of The Sword in the Stone, Excalibur's origin, Merlin's "wizardry" and the like.

The heart of the book, however, isn't this new spin on the familiar tales, but re-telling their origins while at the same time using them as a lens to examine our modern political situation, especially G. W. Bush's years as President. It's not a direct parallel; PAD doesn't beat you over the head with these themes or use the book as a polemic. These sociopolitical themes are explored quite strongly in some areas, much more subtly in others, and I believe are handled very well. The book demonstrates how even the best of intentions can be warped and spiral out of control.

This leads to my one main complaint about the book, which is the cover. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful piece of art that executed very well, but it led me to expect the book to be a bit different. Based on the cover, I was expecting it to be humorous take on King Arthur and the Round Table having to endure the trials and tribulations of a tabloid press, perhaps run by Editor Morgan la Fey and her chief reporter Mordred.

Instead, it's a bit more serious of a book, a "true account" story, with the "Camelot Papers" being something akin to the Pentagon Papers, revealing the truth behind the myths. The book is very well done, I still enjoyed it very much, but it's not quite what I was expecting.

The book has PAD's trademark humor, solid characterization, fun nods to the traditional Arthur stories, a good mystery, and I stayed up two hours after I should have been in bed to finish the last two chapters. The book has a satisfying conclusion, but is open enough where we could see more of Viviana's true tales of Camelot, which I would really enjoy seeing.

If you're a fan of the Arthurian legends, political satire, and not-quite traditional fantasy, you should enjoy this book.
4.0 su 5 stelle Not your fathers King Arthur - But thats not a bad thing 4 febbraio 2013
Di Arthur David - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Ideally will focus on the independent ebook publisher. And I promise that the next review that appears on this site will be just that. However this review will be on a book from author Peter David.

For anyone not familiar with Peter David, he has a long history of extremely good and award winning work. I first discovered his work from his work on various Star Trek novels, and later his fantasy novels. He has written several episodes of Babylon 5, and co-created the Nickelodeon tv show space cases. He also had a long running history on Marvel's The Incredible Hulk.

Mr David has long been one of my favorite authors, and one of the few whose work I'll buy based on his name alone.
That's not why I am writing this review. I chose to review one of his books because he recently suffered a stroke. It's for this reason that I write this review.
The Camelot Papers, credited as written by Viviana, the royal historian, is introduced as a historical find and seen as a true account of what happened in king Arthur's court. The book we have is a translated version made available for the public transcribed by author Peter David.

The book starts with Viviana's arrival at Camelot. A slave (a fact you'll be reminded of often as Viviana never seems to tire of telling us and everyone she meets this) who quickly is introduced to Uther Pendragon, who is described as a vicious brute. His son Arthur, an affable idiot who seems to have difficulty piecing two coherent thoughts together much less capable if ruling all of Britain.

Soon Guinevere is introduced (tomboy), her sister Morgan and her nephew Mordred (possibly demonic, definitely creepy). Merlin of course is here as the royal apothecary (pharmacist, and feared Wizard).

As events in the castle transpire Viviana manages to improve her station from kitchen wench to royal handmaiden and becomes either directly or indirectly responsible for much of what happens at Camelot's court.

This is not the King Arthur you know. If you are familiar with Peter David's other King Arthur series (Knight Life) it's not remotely related other then it features King Arthur. What it is, is an entertaining read that possibly seeks to redefine Arthurian legend, or more likely has the author's views on current events such as the Iraq war, interrogation techniques, social programs, the divide between the rich and poor and the power of unions. David does not seek to hide this very well as Aesop's fables as lessons are mentioned more then once. All this while displaying the author's trade mark humor and wit.

If you don't want to read his views on these social issues, or don't like the idea of someone messing with the generally established roles in Arthurian legend don't read this book. If on the other hand, you want those views, or can at least ignore them and don't mind a new take on Arthur and you're ok with buying a second (I have little doubt that David intends a second) then you should pick this one up.
5.0 su 5 stelle Contemporary commentary from the Middle Ages 15 agosto 2011
Di A. KAPLAN - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The story of King Arthur and Camelot are so well known that another mere retelling seems completely superfluous. Fortunately, Peter David seems to agree, and instead gives us the "true" story, as told through the diaries of Viviana, Guinevere's slave/handmaid. Through her point of view, we see a Camelot that is very different than the traditional version, and yet one that feels very plausible.

In the end, the story is a commentary on how public perception, historical perspective, and the media put their own respective spins on the truth. This makes it, despite its classic roots, a piece very much of our time, when politics and politicians rely as much on how the media presents their actions as much as those actions themselves. And it makes perfect sense to use the story of Camelot as a vehicle for commenting on the events of today, because all the great stories are told and retold in ways that fit the purposes of the storytellers retelling them, and the times in which they are retold.

Peter David has long been one of my favorite authors. He's perhaps best known for his media tie-in work, but I prefer his own, original creations. As the economic forces of the print marketplace seem to be driving publishers to rely on big-name authors and endless duplications of successful formulas, it's great to see him dodging that system altogether and starting his own publishing company with his friends. We might not have seen this book at all if it had to come through a traditional publisher. Fortunately, the growing success of ebook publishing allows us to read something like this, something a little harder to pigeonhole.

To be fair, the cover does seem a bit more outright humorous than the actual book (which is less humorous than some of David's other work). And while the story does come to a conclusion, it definitely feels more like a momentary pause than an ending. However, it's still an entertaining novel
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