Bad Prince Charlie By John Moore

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    John Moore is funnier than that droll troll, Terry Pratchett as well as makes fun of Pratchett (albeit, in a friendly & respectful way). But, the key is that Moore is actually FUNNY in his satire of fairy tales where Pratchett is, well, dully droll. Either that or there is an inside joke between Pratchett & his enthusiastic bevy of friends that I am not privy to & causes me to dislike him as not living up to his billing.

    Moore was recommended to me by a friend whose tastes in fantasy I respect. I asked for fun mind-candy and he (thankfully) handed me this book.

    Bad Prince Charlie is being set up by his Uncles to take over the kingdom after his drunkard of a father dies (but his ghost hangs around a la Hamlet). Add to that, a beautiful babe that keeps his tetostrone level high, incomptent, spoiled Royalty, bad weather, a missing Court Wizard who has invented a WMD and a cute Asian Seeress and you have all the ingrEdients for a jolly-good parody. Nothing in Moore's books will educate you or make you more intelligent, but like with Ron Goulart's books, it WILL be entertaining escapism.
    Paperback I decided to read Bad Prince Charlie because I was in the mood for something funny and light hearted. This is what happens when you don't have any unread Peter David in the house. I found this novel to be less than spectacular. However there is enough of a gleam of promise here I will probably try another book by John Moore in a few years. Paperback This was another fun fantasy/fairytale parody story set in John Moore's hilarious Twenty Kingdoms. Just like Moore's other books this had a great mix of humor, action, magic, romance, and surprises twists. This was definitely a comedy fantasy but there was still an engaging story and a bunch of likeable characters to root for.

    The king of the backwater kingdom of Damask has just died. The king's brothers have struck a deal with a neighbouring kingdom's ruler to place an unpopular king on the throne and rouse the populace into rebellion. Once the rebellion is under-way the King of Noyle's troops can rush in and save the day. The king of Noyle will become a hero instead of a villain and the old king of Damask's brothers can collect a massive pay-off. It is a win win situation. Well, for everyone except the new patsy king of Damask. That king is the notorious Bad Prince Charlie, rouge and bastard son of the old king. Charlie is not all that interested in ruling but gets on board with the plan when he is promised exile will be the worst he suffers and, most importantly, when he learns one of the main plots to turn the populace against him involves imprisoning the beautiful Lady Catherine. The prison is a fancy set of tower rooms at the top of the palace and since the Lady Catherine is in on the plot he sees this as a great chance to court her!

    The story was pretty fun. Charlie soon figures out that pretty much everyone involved in the whole scheme has plots of their own and that no one can be trusted. Then there is the ghostly appearance of the old king, who claims he was actually murdered! In another hilarious twist Bad Prince Charlie actually manages to cement his unpopular reputation by trying to weed out corruption among the nobility and put a stop to the bigotry of some of the commoners!

    Like all John Moore books this one was not without its flaws. The humour is just slightly over the top at times and Moore can also tend to be a bit juvenile in tone at times but none of it is bad enough to really hurt the story.

    All in all this was a quick and fun story.

    Rating: 4 stars.

    Audio Note: Ramon DeOcampo did a good job with the audio. He really got the humorous tone of the story. Paperback Prince Charlie's father, the King, is dead and his two uncles are plotting a thick scheme that involves using Charlie as a scapegoat. Bad Prince Charlie isn't sure who he should trust and he must now race to figure out their plot before he's killed.

    I've been waiting to read this book for a while because it was a bit difficult to get my hands on (shout out to my new library for being amazing). This book is funny, not in a laugh out loud way, but the mental chuckle sort. It hits all the right points, a prince who's a bit charming and a bit annoying, his love interest who isn't a fair, soft spoken maiden, the girl who wants him really badly, his Faithful Family Retainer and other interesting supporting characters. Tons of action, some magic, a bit of casual modern day humour, and it's short *enough*. Paperback I had never heard of John Moore’s “20 Kingdom Series” until somebody lent me Bad Prince Charlie. The funny thing about the series is that—well, it’s not technically a series. John Moore wrote approximately 20 books that are all stand alone novels, unique characters, and different settings. I was reluctant to hear about Bad Prince Charlie belonging in such a collection. I was asking myself whether or not it would be just another generic fantasy novel with no clear direction.

    Thankfully, I managed to overcome my lazy-ass mentality and read the entire thing. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I originally thought I would.

    Bad Prince Charlie takes place in the fictional world of Damask, a land who recently lost their king. Charlie, a rough-neck bastard of the late king, is a university sophomore slacker. The author makes several jokes about his university education, including some well-timed Engineering student jokes that took me completely by surprise! At times, I couldn't believe I was laughing out loud at some of John Moore’s jokes. The engineering student jokes got the most, being an engineer myself. The ability to turn a fantasy world into a comedic setting is no easy task.

    Funnily enough, “Bad Prince Charlie” actually parallels Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Key characters have been replaced, but the premise is the same. Charlie’s uncles plan to take the Kingdom and sell it’s worth to a neighbouring King of another realm. In return, they pay of Charlie to inherit the kingdom’s monarchy—only if he agrees to rule the kingdom like a complete jerk-off. Charlie’s uncles order him to raise taxes, starve the people, and provoke war.

    When he comes to terms, he realizes that he must set things right. Teamed up with a hot “High Priestess” from the Temple of Malka (high as in really stoned), Charlie eventually plans to take back his late-father’s kingdom and wrestle his uncle’s influence away from them.

    However, what I did not like about the book was the characters. Some of the characters are just not memorable at all, and sometimes you are wondering what the hell that character is doing in this chapter at all. There are some characters that are just THERE, because—hey why the hell not? Not to mention the plot with the “WMD” or “Weapon of Magical Destruction”, a massive magic erasing bomb that appears half-way in the book. There’s just some concepts in Bad Prince Charlie that completely disconnect from a fantasy setting and go full-speed ahead into a comedic world. While this may not be such a bad thing, I found it borderline absurd.

    Still, I thoroughly enjoyed John Moore’s Bad Prince Charlie. While it’s not perfect, mind does deliver plenty of laughs and memorable moments. And that’s what a reader expects when they pick up a comedy novel! It certainly delivers in that respect.

    We set our scene in Damask: A kingdom that couldn't get ransacked if it tried...

    But now tha the king is dead, that's exactly what his brothers have in mind. All they need is a bad king to take his place. The population will rebel, the neighboring kingdom will be invited to restore order, and they'll be in business. . .

    Bad Prince Charlie will do. His reputation for badness preceds him, and everyone knows that he wouldn't spit on Damask to save it from drought. At the mention of Lady Cathering (Va-va-voom) Durace, he's in on the scheme.

    But his father's ghost has been skulking around the castle, and we all know that means trouble. If Charlie ever gets around to hearing the old man out, he may learn that his uncles' mildly sinister scheme is actually a bona fide evil plot. Ransacking Damask is just a cover for the real game:

    Weapons of Magical Destruction. Bad Prince Charlie


    Hillariously bad... well written, lots of humour, over the top use of character stereotypes and plot devices. But it kept me hooked and laughing. Paperback Middle school appropriate with some innuendo. A hilarious take on Hamlet with tons of clever silliness. Even though I’ve read this book a half dozen times before, my poor husband still had to listen to me read funny bits aloud to him and me giggling as I read. Paperback An amusing reworking of Hamlet, this book tells the story of Prince Charlie, brought in by his scheming uncles on the death of his father, to help them in their plans to sell the kingdom out to one of the neighbouring countries for their personal profit. What they didn't expect was that Charlie might get wind of their real plans and maybe do something to help kingdom rather than just himself.

    Cleverly written and amusing. Recommended, for those with the right sense of humour. Paperback An unexpected read that I really enjoyed. Reminds me of Terry Pratchett and has a hilarious Parallelism to Hamlet. It won't be everybody is cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. Paperback Skvělá, vtipná kniha. Určitě se k ní někdy vrátím. :) Paperback