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Knight Life Hardcover – June 4, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Arthurian legend gets another kick in the pants with this rollicking rewrite of bestseller David's first novel, originally published in 1987. Extensively updated and lovingly revised, this hilarious romp in today's New York features a cast of zany characters, zippy dialogue and enough action and plot twists to satisfy most satirical fantasy fans. After 10 long centuries spent trapped in a magical cave, King Arthur is finally rescued by a pint-sized, wisecracking Merlin, who has aged backwards enough to slip through the bars of his own prison. The "once and future king" arrives, in armor, no less, on the streets of the Big Apple. Soon, with the help of Master Merlin, the charmingly anachronistic and good-hearted "Arthur Penn" is running for mayor of New York. Meanwhile, much to Arthur's dismay, the reincarnated but unemployed Guinevere, aka Gwen DeVere Queen, is already living with Lance, an unpublished and also unemployed "misunderstood" writer. Morgan, aka Morgana le Fey, Arthur's half-sister sorceress, bored and gone to seed in a dumpy New Jersey apartment, becomes angry enough to get back into fighting form when she discovers her spell has been broken. With the help of Moe Dreskin (aka her bastard son, Modred, PR whiz and erstwhile murderer of his royal father), Morgan schemes to put Arthur and Merlin back where they belong. But she has no idea just how determined Arthur's eclectic election team is to fight back and reinvent Camelot in the "kingdom" of Manhattan.
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From Library Journal
A New York mayoral election takes an unexpected turn when a new, independent candidate appears on the scene, running on a platform of common sense, humor, and knightly virtues. Assisted by his advisers, a ten-year-old boy genius named Merlin, an immortal accountant known as Percival, and a troubled young woman called Gwen, the newcomer, who calls himself Arthur Penn, proceeds to take the town by storm until the arrival of a pair of old enemies threatens to re-create the tragedy of the Arthurian legend. This revised and expanded version of David's first novel (Sir Apropos of Nothing), originally published in 1987 and now out of print, is filled with genuine wit, irony, and keen observations of human nature. It belongs in most libraries where Arthurian fiction is popular.
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Top customer reviews
A decade ago someone recommended Sir Apropos of Nothing to me and I friggin' loved it. It was a story about an anti-hero who won't accept his fate as a nobody on the sidelines. I love unconventional heroes. But what I remember most about the book was how visual it was. In fact, I remember telling someone of this awesome movie I had just seen, only to realize I was describing a book! I don't read a huge amount of fantasy, so I'm not sure how rare a talent Peter David actually is with his vivid descriptions.. But he's really the only author I can think of where I consistently misremember *seeing* a scene when I had instead *read* it. Knight Life is having a similar effect on me. Actually, after finishing this fairly short novel over two nights, I felt like I had just come out of a movie theater! I read David's intro and the trouble he's having getting this made into a movie. I can't see how any visual translation of what I read could match my imagination and I kinda hope the movie never gets made. As for my review, I just really love the idea behind it. I was afraid the satire would take over the whole story, but it really didn't. It also didn't single out Republicans and/or let off Democrats too easily which was another thing I was worried about. This was just a fun quick read without a lot of filler. Oh, quick disclaimer.. you may need to be a bit cynical and have unconventional tastes to really enjoy this. A quick example of the humor-- minor spoiler-- King Arthur is magically transported centuries into the future to New York city.. and he stands at 5'5". I don't know why that's so funny to me. Or why Gwen's boyfriend Lance made me crack up. idk, maybe I so liked the idea behind Knight Life that I overrated it.
For those who read the original, prepare to be disappointed. Imagine if someone came along and rewrote Pride and Prejudice, The Three Musketeers, or (insert your childhood favorite). Yes, Peter David was the original author, but this *story* belongs to those who read it and loved it. It got a facelift it didn't need. The fill-in, changes, updates, etc., was not necessary, and it tends to detract from the story. In addition, it makes it less humorous, something the original definitely had going for it.
As a fan of the original, I'm rating it 2 stars.
The characters are well developed. And there are so many unexpected twists and and turns that you don't know what is coming next.