Roy C. Lackey rclackey at stic.net
Thu May 17 23:08:57 PDT 2007

My recent reading of CASTLEVIEW forced me to appreciate for the first time
just how many points of correspondence there are between it and TWK. It's
hard to imagine that the former didn't have some influence on the writing of
the latter, and I wonder if one book can be used to inform the understanding
of the other. Of course, I don't have the answer, but maybe it would help to
point out some similarities.

In both books we have a young Arthurian figure whose name isn't revealed
until the end and who hails from modern America. There is a certain
disconnect from an older, absent brother. We have Odin and Sleipnir, the
Wild Hunt and mention of the Green Man. We have fairies and a fairy world
that can be blundered into, and a young, regal, immortal fairy woman of
uncertain loyalties. We have a talking cat. A big dog. Blood sucking
females. An ambulance on a highway. Ghosts. Giants. A castle in the sky. The
mingling of Norse and Arthurian material.

The older book takes place mostly on the American side of the indistinct
boundary with Faerie, the newer on the other side. For whatever that's all


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