Aside from the crabby service we received on this visit, the food was good--or at least very ok. It's difficult to praise a meal which leaves you hungry an hour later and your wallet significantly lighter. $9 for the house margarita? Come on. This was our second visit to Shell Shack on McKinney, so it must have been great the first time, and the full house of people at 2pm on a Sunday shows how popular this place is, so I leave it to someone else to give it a strong recommendation.
Natalie, Matthew, Megan, and I were in relative consensus about the weaknesses and strengths of the story. Merlyn is the best character, and it's sad that we don't get to read his discombobulated prophecies and pithy comments after the 2nd book (He gets seduced and imprisoned by Nimue, so he's unable to help Arthur hold his marriage and kingdom together). Arthur is a strong character, but there is so much more to be desired in the drama of the famous love triangle than what White presents to us. Instead, White pins the tragic downfall of Arthur's kingdom on the Oedipus complex. Lancelot and Guinevere are not very well-drawn in the book either, though White does add some interesting changes to the legend here and there.
If you decide to pick this one up, be prepared for some boring and repetitive bits along with interesting moral philosophizing, WWII references, silly comedy, poetic descriptions of animals, occasional nudity, and lots of heads getting thwacked.
Like an excited tit which had nursed a cuckoo, Uncle Dap fluttered along behind his prodigy.
There is a thing called knowledge of the world, which people do not have until they are middle-aged. It is something which cannot be taught to younger people, because it is not logical and does not obey laws which are constant. It has no rules.
The winter was the best thing, because then there were the geese on the islands--long smoke lines of them singing like hounds in the cold streak of morning.
Uncle Dap, so old as to be absolutely fabulous, was trying to jump over his walking-stick.