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Knight Life by Peter David

Knight Life (2002)

by Peter David

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Series: Modern Arthur (1)

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This book spins traditional Arthurian legend on it's head as it bring the very medieval King Arthur into present day New York. Arthur, having been defeated by Modred way back in the days of Camelot didn't actually die, but instead was hidden in a cave. Hundreds of years pass, and eventually he, and an ageing backwards Merlin, emerge from their respective caves and find themselves in a bustling NY city where they have the idea that Arthur should run for mayor. Arthur reclaims Excalibur (a very funny scene where the Lady of the Lake emerges, complete with fish on her head and in front of two homeless men), finds a reborn Guinevere (who is in an abusive relationship with a man called Lance) and a drunk Percival who is down on life as he's never been able to die due to having drunk from the Holy Grail. Throw in Morgan La Fay (at one point a fat, almost suicidal woman depressed because her old adversity hasn't been around for hundreds of years) and her son, Moe Dreskin (a PR guru who changed his name because no one would hire someone called Moe Dread in his line of work.)

This is a lot of fun - Arthur trying to build a successful political campaign, Merlin trying to keep Arthur from repeating mistakes while being trapped in a child's body etc and the best thing about it is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Obviously there are plot holes the size of a small country there, but lets face it - we're dealing with magic, mythical kings, time-travel and re-incarnation, does anyone really care about how they all ended up in NY instead of in Wales or something?

Last year I read [a:Helen Hollick|477847|Helen Hollick|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1282688699p2/477847.jpg]'s wonderful Arthur trilogy and yes, that was more historically accurate (and avoided the stuff I hate about Arthurian legends once Mallory got ahold of it) but this is a very different kind of book and extremely enjoyable in its own right. Very few books make me laugh out loud, but this one did numerous times and I very much look forward to reading the sequels. ( )
  sunnycouger | Sep 20, 2013 |
Fantasy parody of the Arthurian myths/books in which King Arthur appears in modern-day New York in the guise of one Arthur Penn, and decides to run for mayor of the city. With his refreshing and bold new ideas, he quickly gains notoriety with the help (?) of Merlin, now in the form of an eight-year-old boy, Gwen DeVere, his secretary, and Percy Vale, his accountant as well as a host of other familiar characters. I thought the humor was a bit forced at times, but it was quite funny in other places. Full of puns and wordplay, but not as skillfully written as the author’s later fantasy parodies featuring Sir Apropos of Nothing, which I REALLY enjoyed. This one was good, but not great. ( )
  Spuddie | Sep 25, 2008 |
Fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny! Peter David has taken a somewhat goofy idea - King Arthur coming back and running for mayor of New York City - and managed to create real characters from mythic archetypes. The book is light-hearted but also has heart in all the right places. ( )
  mysanal | Feb 11, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441010776, Mass Market Paperback)

The legendary debut novel from New York Times bestselling author Peter David has been expanded and updated into a brand new edition.

King Arthur, the once and future King, has been called forth by the wizard Merlin to lead a land in turmoil-the United States of America. But with no throne to sit upon, Arthur must run for elective office-starting with the Mayorship of New York City...

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"New York, New York: A new candidate for mayor has thrown his sword into the ring. Arthur - as in King Arthur - has reappeared after 1500 years to try and take over the helm of the new millennium's Camelot: New York City. A born leader, with good looks and charisma, Arthur is sure to give the current batch of candidates some tough competition for the spotlight - especially with the help of his close advisor, Merlin." "Yet, the Arthurian camp is no stranger to scandal. Unless Arthur can keep his sorceress of a half-sister, Morgan Le Fey, and his less-than-legitimate heir, her son Mordred, under control - and out of the gossip columns - he risks alienating a huge chunk of his constituency." "With more questions than answers surrounding his candidacy, expect Arthur to take to the streets of the five boroughs in a grassroots campaign for votes. It wouldn't be the first time that New Yorkers have thrown their support behind an outsider. And if Arthur can make it there, he can make it anywhere."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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