Knight Life Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2003
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About the Author
Peter David has worked in television and film and has published more than 50 novels, many of which have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. He is the co-creator and author of the Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books and of the Nickelodeon television series Space Cases. His numerous comic book–related publications include a 12-year association with Marvel's The Incredible Hulk comics. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Of course Arthur can't continue to clank around in thousand year old armor, so he trades it in for a traditional 3-piece suit, courtesy of the American Express card Merlin so thoughtfully provided. But when Arthur looks for something worthy of his talents, the real fun begins as he enters the race for mayor of the city. This is probably the best part of the book, as Arthur pokes large holes in his opposition by coming up with common sense answers to the political questions of the day and by not side-stepping and obfuscating the questions and issues. This is good satire, exposing just how empty the standard political campaign is. Arthur's campaign stance really should be taken up by a live politician - he might be surprised by the voter reaction.
Some other pieces of this work are not quite so good. The initial image of Morgana Le Fey as an obese, broken-down maudlin old woman is a scream, but the later scenes after her rejuvenation that attempt to portray her as evil personified don't come off so well. Moe Dred (Mordred) never seems to become more that a stick figure. There are inconsistencies in Arthur's level of understanding of both English and modern ways of living, sometimes missing an intended meaning or uttering an unintentionally hilarious line, quite understandable given his lack of experience with the New York of today, at other times showing more knowledge of how things work than even Merlin. Arthur's political opposition is not portrayed with any depth, basically an attempt at a caricature of the 'standard' political hack, but it would have been better if they had been portrayed with more depth, intelligence, and political savvy.
In concept and satirical level, this is an excellent book that will provoke many grins and an occasional outright laugh, but with a few too many false steps to be unabashedly great.
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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.