A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court Mass Market Paperback – 31 Jul 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the work which has come out of this has been excellent (I particularly like the song "Busy doing nothing" which originates in the film version of Mark Twain's book). Some have been less good.
Marianne Mancusi's take on Mark Twain's idea is certainly one of the funniest I have read.
The heroine is Katherine (Kat) Jones, an associate fashion journalist, who is a character straight out of "Sex in the city" complete with $400 Manolo Blahnik kitten heels.
While attending a Medeival recreation called "King Arthur's Fayre" Kat manages to annoy a fortune teller, who threatens to put a spell on her. Nobody else takes this very seriously, but a few minutes later while Kat is watching a mock joust, one of the lances breaks, and a wood fragment flies towards Kat and knocks her on the head. She is knocked out, and comes round - in Camelot.
Needless to say there is the usual obligatory serious of jokes based on the fact that at first Kat thinks she is still in the 21st century among people pretending to be medieval knights and ladies. But eventually she realises that she really has gone back fifteen centuries or so.
So now Kat finds herself in a place where there will be no Manolo Blahniks or a decent Caffe Latte for more than a millenium. How to get back home ?
Told in a beautifully witty style, and with a lot of shock twists, this is a wonderfully entertaining novel.
To resolve the surprise ending, Marianne Mancusi has written a sequel, "A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest."
It was amusing, romantic and a great diversion. Will be reading the next one to see what happens to everyone. Lancelot is the honorable knight of folklore and slowly gets Kat to believe there are good men out there, even if you have to travel back in time to find them.
I love retellings of king Arthur (HUGE fan of the tv series merlin) and I enjoyed this authors take on things.
it is a time travel romantic comedy that I found highly amusing.
I will definitely will be reading the sequel
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Katherine (Kat) Jones is the heroine of this novel. She is a bright, outspoken woman in her late twenties trying to get the latest scoop for her fashion columnist job, which just happened to be about Medieval garb. Traipsing around at the local King Authur Faire isn't helping her disposition much, and when she agrees to get a palm reading by a gnarled gypsy woman, she scoffs so much that the gypsy threatens to put a curse on her. (A curse to send her into another "time"). Kat waves her off in what I soon learned to be her trademark airy, carefree way.
But after getting hit over the head with a flying lance a little while later, she awakes and finds herself in a strange place filled with strange people. After much confusion, a couple of horseback rides (one with the famous Lancelot), and a conversation with Queen Guenevere, she realizes the gypsy woman had made good on her promise: Kat has somehow ended up in Camelot... back in King Authur's day. And with the handsome Lancelot always trying to rescue her, she might soon find herself in over her head.
This book was an extremely light read filled with hilarious dialogue, romance, and fashion. Kat is a tough, sometimes brash, but often spunky heroine that I liked. Being a modern girl used to the 21st century's amenities, comfort and fashion, she handles things with aplomb. She was a character that I wouldn't mind reading another book about.
My main disappointment with this book was that I had been expecting a chick lit novel, with more of a developed and fleshed out story line, characters and resolution. Instead it turned out to be a mostly contemporary (time-travel) romance, complete with bodice-ripping type love scenes and a love-centered story. But the extremely far-fetched plot held together well for the most part of the novel and had an unexpected (and funny) ending.
This was a very light read - if you are looking for substance, you will not find much of it here. But if you are looking for a madcap, hilarious contemporary time-travel romance, you will love this book. I enjoyed it and recommend it especially to King Authur fans, as it also gives a new interesting twist to some of the old legends.
Spoilers ahead, incase anyone hasn't read this yet.
I love fiction based in Medieval times and was hoping this book would be a fun read. I finished it, but Kat's stupidity, arrogance and shallowness, the over-the-top "love" scenes (is this chick lit or a trashy romance novel?), and the ending all made it more annoying than fun.
Yes, there are words that we use now that they wouldn't understand, and we do have a very different way of speaking, but must there be stupid phrases like "down-low" and "hook up"? Is Kat really 29 or is she 16? Most people grow out of that type of slang. She also is stupid enough to babble on like your typical vapid teenager when there are serious matters being discussed. And the nicknames? Again, is she a child? What adult can't call someone by their name and needs to abbreviate it or add an "ee" sound to the end? How disrespectful can a person be?
The fashion crap (a la "21st century fashion is SO much better than anything else") got really old. Kat was wearing beautifully dyed silk gowns and she constantly bitched that it wasn't D&G or Gucci and that none of it was black.
The sex scenes were pretty far off from the chick lit genre, definitely more fitting for romance. They were also seemingly the only thing that Kat & Lancelot had going for them. Love? Right. Try lust.
Also, I saw the "purple veil" crap coming from so far away... Seriously, was Kat so self-absorbed she couldn't figure that it would be a bad idea to come out of the "boys' side" and pretending to be the queen while Arthur was away? That it was equally bad to leave "Guen" in "Lance's" room in the middle of the night?
Contrary to all of this, the book had it's moments. I did like that most other characters were a bit less shallow and more noble, as one would expect. The twist to the folklore (misunderstanding, etc) was amusing.
All in all, it had a lot of potential, but fell short.
I am a time travel buff and love anything about King Arthur and the knights of the round table. This book had it all for me.
I enjoyed it so much, it holds a place of honor on my keeper shelf.
I hope her other book on "that" shelf is also re-released. Keep your eyes opened for " A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest".
Mari (Marianne) Mancusi hits just keep on giving!
Kat Jones finds herself transported back in time to King Arthur with the dubious task of saving Camelot. Yes, that's what I said 21 century gal sent to change history. The result of this bit of time travel is Kat finds love for the first time with the Knight Lancelot, and becomes good friends with Queen Guenevere. She also brings a little of the 21st century back in time...and the world will never be the same again...in anytime period. In fact the ending is very clever and leaves open the possiblity for a sequal.
For those that do not care for the first person POV be aware that this story is written from that point of view but done so in such a way that it's not obnoxious. Kat although a bit much at some points in the story is still a fun character, and Lancelot is one yummy hero. Trust me this is not your typical "King Arthur" legend and the developing relationship between Kat and "Lance" is darn right romantic. This was a fun read and I look forward to reading Ms. Mancusi again in the future.