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The Unhandsome Prince Mass Market Paperback – 26 Apr 2005

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On a hot day in late summer, when puffy white clouds were floating in a hazy blue sky, when birds were twittering in the trees and bees were buzzing around the flowers, when a gentle breeze was puffing the dandelions and great black clouds of gnats were making themselves really, really annoying, the most beautiful girl in the Kingdom of Melinower was standing in a swamp. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sweet Caroline! 23 May 2006
By Sissy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Unhandsome Prince took me by complete surprise. It is hilarious. I'm really glad I picked up this book, because my humor, at least, is fully engaged with this novel.

This book does something I've never seen another fantasy book do: the characters are amazingly modern. The ladies, instead of going out on a noble quest or having some innate, amazing talent, talk about dresses, boys, make-up, and hair. Some of the things they say are absolutely ridiculous and yet so normal that they're downright hilarious. There are a few pokes at modern society that are light-hearted and entertaining, a few more at the timeframe of the book, and definitely some of Mr. Moore's own quirky humor appears and I love it.

The characters, even though they're set up to be like normal teenagers, are extraordinarily charming... perhaps because they don't have the same degree of meanness as the modern teenagers on which they're based. At any rate, I really fell in love with the quirky characters, even some who I thought I would hate in the beginning.

The only thing that disappointed me was the romance. It just isn't at all satisfying. Other than that, this book is a wonderful read. I wish I could say more about the story and its characters, but I honestly don't wish to spoil this novel for future readers. (: At any rate, I'll definitely be reading more by Mr. Moore.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Heartwarming 29 Aug 2005
By M. Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book and was *entirely* delighted with it. I've been recommending it to my friends, and will probably be giving a few as gifts. It is fun, with a wryly sweet sense of humor.

There is some strong language and some sexual concepts that may make it inappropriate for young children, but I think it's perfect for young adults and over.

I'm disheartened to see a negative review on the basis of it's being anti-Semitic. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but I strongly disagree with that interpretation. I'd much rather see a book where the historical events are explained ... as long as the heroes take a strong stand against injustice. The heroes of this fairy tale refuse to allow innocent people become pawns of economics. Kudos to Moore for taking an opportunity to broaden the understanding of the next generation.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fantasy with humor... 21 Dec 2005
By Wolfpack Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
makes for a great combination in my book (no pun intended). I'm of the opinion that many of the present-day "fantasy" authors take themselves and their books much too seriously, believing that the bigger and more melodramatic their books are, the better. While I have read a number of those 800 pg doorstops, and actually liked some of them (GRRM and the early Jordans, did not care for the later Jordans, Goodkind or Robin Hobb), there will always be a place in my cluttered bookshelves for authors like John Moore.

Moore writes with a style that doesn't take anything too seriously, least of all himself or his characters, and that's what a true fantasy book should be in my opinion. Very refreshing in this over-the-top PC day and age. You may disagree if you like, after all I'm not taking this review all that seriously either. So be it.

But if you like fantasy books with a clearly defined sense of right and wrong, where you know the good guys are going to win in the end, crack some good jokes along the way and do all the above in 300 pgs or less, give The Unhandsome Prince or Heroics for Beginners a try. Or, if you're lucky enough to find it cheap in a used bookstore somewhere (as I did), Slay and Rescue. You won't be sorry.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Like Slay and Rescue 5 May 2005
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like in his first book SLAY AND RESCUE, the author parodies the world of fairy tales with a one-two punch. First he parodies the elements of the tales themselves and then finishes them off by adding a dash of reality to them.

In this book we meet Caroline who has just gone through a lot of trouble and kissed a lot of frogs to rescue Prince Hal. But Hal is not as promised. He is neither handsome nor likely to ever sit on the throne and rule. Caroline feels gypped and wants reparations from the estate of the witch that turned Hal into a frog.

This early set up send Caroline and cast to the big city where they find out some of the truths of how the world really works. There are two truly handsome princes, either of whom might rule, glitz, glamor, magic, Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, and the expulsion of a minority. It all wraps up in satisfactory fashion although maybe not as the reader thinks it will.

This is a very funny book that delivers laughs as well as a quick read. If you have read SLAY AND RESCUE and enjoyed it, you will want to read this one. If you have enjoyed this one, you will want to check out SLAY AND RESCUE.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The elusive good comic fantasy. 13 July 2006
By B. Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John Moore joins the ranks of Terry Pratchett, Mark E. Rogers, Craig Shaw Gardner, Mary Gentle, Ester Freisner, Robert Rankin and Tom Holt(to name a few off the top of my head)in the ranks of writers of good comic fantasy. It's a shame that so few authors can make a living writing comic fantasy and when somebody does it well we should support them and buy buy buy. The Unhandsome Prince even manages to keep you laughing without resorting to the evil practice of the repeated pun. Story telling is an art and John Moore is worth keeping on your must read list.
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