This is my complete April reading list (although you will kindly recall that my first half of the month’s reviews were previously posted here):
The Once And Future King by T.H. White
Men Who Stare at Goatsby Jon Ronson
Knight Life by Peter David
Jackdaws by Ken Follett
Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
One Knight Only by Peter David
<a href="And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer – DNF
Killer Vol 1 by Matz
<a href="Fall of Knight by Peter David
The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
Picking up from the middle of April, I went with the second in Peter David’s modern Arthur story, One Knight Only. This time, Mayor Arthur Penn of New York City has been made President of the United States following his strong showing in the aftermath of a 9/11-inspired bombing in New York City orchestrated by a Middle Eastern villain. The chain of events set into motion include the attempted assassination of Guenevere, at which point Arthur must make a gamble to retrieve the Holy Grail: setting out with the immortal Percival to find the relic, Arthur finds himself battling Gilgamesh. Yeah, it was a fun read, but disappointing when judged against the first book in the series.
Since I guess I’m reading series books now, I went for Eoin Colfer’s authorized sequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: And Another Thing…, which bills itself as the sixth of three volumes. I didn’t finish the book. I’ve got nothing against Mr. Colfer’s writing skill, it’s just that Douglas Adams’ particular style of humor filled the original books to such a degree that I could never tell if Colfer actually got it, or if he was just imitating what had come before. Because I could never get over that, ultimately, I put this book down early.
For a graphic change of pace, Killer Vol 1, written by it’s the tale of a never named French hit man who might be losing his mind, just when he most needs to keep his wits collected. Beautiful illustrations, gripping story, awesome violence.
Returning for the final time to Peter David’s Arthur world for Fall of Knight, in which the Spear of Destiny (said to have been the weapon which pierced Christ’s side during the crucifixion) and the Holy Grail are to be united by an evil alchemist to destroy the world, and the only person who can stop this evil plan? Yeah, King Arthur and the might sword Excalibur. There are some really great individual moments here (mostly towards the end), ultimately, it’s the weakest of the trilogy.
And then! Without even a break! More King Arthur, this time to the tune of John Steinbeck, with his uncompleted The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights, a modern re-telling of Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. What there is, however? Is absolutely wonderful.
If you’re interested in what other people have been reading, allow me to point you to The Lusty Reader (three guesses what genre she reads, and if you need more than one, I’mma smack you), and amperlee, who has a list of her 2010 52 books, 52 weeks reading challenge (number 19).