Sword stone table Old legends, new voices

Book - 2021

"Featuring stories by a bestselling, cross-genre assortment of some of the most exciting writers working today, an anthology of gender-bent, queered, race-bent, and inclusive retellings from the vast lore surrounding King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. The stories are so iconic that just a name, a word, conjures romance and betrayal, chivalry and magic. These are legends so embedded in our culture that they feel real; that as early as the twelfth century, Geoffrey of M...onmouth, Thomas Malory, and Edmund Spenser were like, "I gotta get to writing fanfic of that." Indeed, from their very earliest incarnations, these stories were waiting to be reinterpreted and retold; they have lived through the centuries because they were transformed. Sword Stone Table marks a continuation of that tradition and the start of a brand-new one. Here you'll find the Lady of the Lake reimagined as a Ugandan sorceress and the Lady of Shalott as a wealthy, isolated woman in a futuristic Mexico City penthouse spying on Lancelot via advanced technology; you'll discover Excalibur reformed as a baseball bat that grants a washed-up minor leaguer a fresh shot at glory and as a lost ceremonial drum that returns to a young First Nations boy the power and the dignity of his people. There are stories set in turn-of-the-century Chicago, '80s New York, twenty-first century Singapore, and space; there are lesbian lady knights, Arthur and Merlin reborn in the modern era for a second chance at saving the world and falling in love--even a coffee shop AU. Brave, bold, and groundbreaking, the stories in Sword Stone Table will bring fresh life to beloved myths and give long-time fans a chance to finally see themselves in their favorite legends"--

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Adaptations
Short stories
Published
New York : Vintage Books 2021.
Edition
A Vintage Books original
Language
English
Physical Description
xiii, 465 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780593081891
0593081897
Review by Booklist Reviews

This collection revisits the Arthurian mythos through a variety of perspectives that make even the most familiar stories yield new fruit, from Ausma Zehanat Khan's opening "The Once and Future Quadi," in which a Quadi is invited from Cordoba to Arthur's court to judge the queen's fidelity, to Alexander Chee's closing "Little Green Men," a delightful revisiting of the story of the Green Knight, with a Martian twist. There is an appearance from Britomart (Sive Doyle's Do, by Any Due Means), several variations of the tale of Nimue and Merlin (including a fantastic spin from Nisi Shawl), and a late-nineteenth-century take on Arthur's unsavory side from Maria Dahvana Headley in "Mayday," and, of course, plenty of appearances from Excalibur in various guises (including a baseball bat). Whether or not the reader is familiar with the intricacies of Arthurian tales, each of these new additions is well worth savoring—these are legends that don't just allow the gender-bending, race-bending, and queering that the editors aimed for, they flourish with the additions. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Arthurian legend is well-trodden subject matter, but the 16 shorts in this collection (divided into sections called "Past," "Present," and "Future") reimagine the legends with new details and diversity (of race, religion, geography, gender, and sexuality). In "The Once and Future Qadi," by Asuma Zehanat Khan, an Islamic judge from the Maghreb travels to Camelot to uncover the truth about the queen's fidelity. A baseball player must decide if he can follow in his famous father's footsteps, using his bat Excalibur, in Alex Segura's "Black Diamond." In Silvia Moreno-Garcia's "A Shadow in Amber," a nameless woman becomes fixated on Lancelot when she purchases his memories. Editors Krishna and Northington have brought together a selection of quietly moving and well-paced stories, spanning the historic past and the distant future. VERDICT A highly creative and enchanting anthology. Will please Arthurian devotees and readers who are new to the legends.—Kristi Chadwick,Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Krishna and Northington bring together 16 diverse retellings of Arthurian legend to create an anthology of breathtaking breadth, depth, and creativity. Daniel M. Lavery's "How, After Long Fighting, Galehaut Was Overcome by Lancelot Yet Was Not Slain and Made Great Speed to Yield to Friendship; Or, Galehaut, the Knight of the Forfeit" is an utter revelation that casts the concept of chivalry in a new light. Other standouts include Waubgeshig Rice's moving, gorgeous "Heartbeat," about an Anishinaabe preteen named Art who unearths a stone to find long-hidden ancestral drums; Jessica Plummer's hilarious "Flat White," in which the Lady of Shalott acts as Lancelot's barista; Silvia Moreno-Garcia's haunting, understated "A Shadow in Amber," which follows a nameless narrator as she obsesses over Lancelot, whose illegally trafficked memories she pays to experience; and Alexander Chee's "Little Green Men," a Mars-set exploration of reality TV celebrity culture filtered through "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." There isn't a bad story in the bunch, and the anthology offers such a variety of style, theme, and genre that die-hard Arthurian fans and more casual readers will be equally delighted. This is a must-read. Agent: Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary. (July) Correction: An earlier version of this review misidentified the number of stories contained in the collection. Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Featuring stories by bestselling, cross-genre writers, this anthology of gender-bent, queered, race-bent, and inclusive retellings from the vast lore surrounding King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table breathes new life into beloved myths. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Featuring stories by a bestselling, cross-genre assortment of some of the most exciting writers working today, an anthology of gender-bent, queered, race-bent, and inclusive retellings from the vast lore surrounding King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knightsof the Round Table. The stories are so iconic that just a name, a word, conjures romance and betrayal, chivalry and magic. These are legends so embedded in our culture that they feel real; that as early as the twelfth century, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Thomas Malory, and Edmund Spenser were like, "I gotta get to writing fanfic of that." Indeed, from their very earliest incarnations, these stories were waiting to be reinterpreted and retold; they have lived through the centuries because they were transformed.Sword Stone Table marks a continuation of that tradition and the start of a brand-new one. Here you'll find the Lady of the Lake reimagined as a Ugandan sorceress and the Lady of Shalott as a wealthy, isolated woman in a futuristic Mexico City penthouse spying on Lancelot via advanced technology; you'll discover Excalibur reformed as a baseball bat that grants a washed-up minor leaguer a fresh shot at glory and as a lost ceremonial drum that returns to a young First Nations boy the power and the dignity of his people. There are stories set in turn-of-the-century Chicago, '80s New York, twenty-first century Singapore, and space; there are lesbian lady knights, Arthur and Merlin reborn in the modern era for a second chance at saving the world and falling in love--even a coffee shop AU. Brave, bold, and groundbreaking, the stories in Sword Stone Table will bring fresh life to beloved myths and give long-time fans a chance to finally see themselves in their favorite legends"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE WASHINGTON POST • NPR • TORFrom the vast lore surrounding King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, comes an anthology of gender-bent, race-bent, LGBTQIA+ inclusive retellings.Featuring stories by: Alexander Chee • Preeti Chhibber • Roshani Chokshi • Sive Doyle • Maria Dahvana Headley • Ausma Zehanat Khan • Daniel M. Lavery • Ken Liu • Sarah MacLean • Silvia Moreno-Garcia • Jessica Plummer • Anthony Rapp • Waubgeshig Rice • Alex Segura • Nisi Shawl • S. Zainab WilliamsHere you’ll find the Lady of the Lake reimagined as an albino Ugandan sorceress and the Lady of Shalott as a wealthy, isolated woman in futuristic Mexico City; you'll see Excalibur rediscovered as a baseball bat that grants a washed-up minor leaguer a fresh shot at glory and as a lost ceremonial drum that returns to a young First Nations boy the power and the dignity of his people. There are stories set in Gilded Age Chicago, '80s New York, twenty-first century Singapore, and space; there are lesbian lady knights, Arthur and Merlin reborn in the modern era for a second chance at saving the world and falling in love—even a coffee shop AU. Brave, bold, and groundbreaking, the stories in Sword Stone Table will bring fresh life to beloved myths and give long-time fans a chance to finally see themselves in their favorite legends.