Bad Prince Charlie by John Moore
After the king of Damask dies, Bad Prince Charlie is put on the throne to divert attention from his uncles' plan-to procure Weapons of Magical Destruction.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||4.22(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.74(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Bad Prince Charlie based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Of all the Twenty Kingdom novels, I like this one the best. Bad Prince Charlie is my favorite anti-hero. He's short-tempered, irritable, unfriendly, and damn it all, he's got better things to do than save the kingdom, rescue the girl, and give poetic speeches. But in a world where nice guys finish last, sometimes you have to be the bad guy. The Shakespeare references are clever but subtle. Unlike, say, Jasper Fforde, you don't have to be a literary scholar to enjoy the book. It's a fast read and pure fun.
Prince Charlie may be bad, but this is Moore's best novel yet! Even Charlie isn't so bad, its all part of the plot to save the kingdom. With a little help from a weatherman, a butterfly in Brazil and few footnotes,* good triumphs over evil, the guy gets the right girl and all ends well.
Bad Prince Charlie wasn't John Moore's best, but was funny nonetheless and recommeneded for a laugh.
Bad Prince Charlie is another of Moore's flamboyant frolics through the fertile fields of fairy-tale and fantasy. Moore branches out a bit for his source material this time; Charlie's story is basically a sidewise retelling of Hamlet, run thru a fine-mesh angst filter and well-mixed with humor, topical references, and general silliness. Charlie, illegitimate son of the late King of Damask, is home for the funeral. The king left no legitimate heir, so Charlie's two uncles have the unenviable job of selecting a successor from among the available candidates. But there's a problem... Damask is a struggling land, plagued with insufficient water and a complete lack of chickens, and the king of the neighboring Kingdom of Noile has offered them a terrific deal if they can find a way to let him take over with minimal bloodshed. Installing a Wicked Regent who will offend the nobles, foment civil unrest, and make the people long for a "rescuer" is the easiest solution, and Bad Prince Charlie seems like the perfect man for the job. While a bit reluctant at first, Charlie is convinced to join the plot by the offer of the... hand... of the voluptuous Lady Catherine Durace. But something appears to be rotten in the Kingdom of Damask. First the ghost of the dead King appears on the castle parapet, telling Charlie that his uncles are Up To No Good. Then there are questions to which no one is willing to give him an answer. Where is the Head Wizard Thessalonius? Why did his father make so many visits to the Temple of Matka? What was the wizard working on that his uncles are so anxious to find? Last but not least, Lady Catherine is being frustrating, blowing hot and cold by turns and making her own plans on the side; for the Star Trek fans in the audience, it will be pretty obvious that she actually belongs, not to the House of Durace, but to the House of Duras. The rest of the story is fairly well described by the phrase "hijinks ensue". Moore walks a fine line between his characters being real people and actors who know they're playing the characters, never letting the balance tip too far in either direction. Hidden in the humor are in-jokes, side-references to other stories, Truly Awful Puns, and even a bit of political commentary. I've already learned not to try to drink anything while reading Moore's books!