I remember loving this book in middle school. Still love it. It's a very original work, since it goes into detail about Merlin's early life. Many works about him focus just on his involvement with King Arthur.
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Certain people felt that commercially motivated material polluted the Web. I had little time for this point of view. The Web was designed as a universal medium. Information that is put up for commercial gain can't be excluded.
Apropos of the concerns driving the fediverse. Even as we redefine the web, let's be wary of overcompensating.