Author: Mark Twain
Best Part About This Book: Twain’s willingness to play with absurdity; he is not afraid to let his character be capable of things that he really ought not to be capable of to better the story
What’s Missing: A strong female character. Mark Twain is a man’s man; Sandy is admittably ditzy and lacking in brains. The closest woman to balancing her out is Morgan le Fay, whose prowess includes disposing of a page who trips and falls in her presence. Strong, yes, but hardly admirable.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This book is simply fun; to imagine the tricks one could play on the likes of magicians such as Merlin, who is his greatest competitor, is very amusing; Twain constantly pokes fun at the idiosyncracies of England’s court system, and lapses in the character’s judgement, such as agreeing with Morgan le Fay that the music really wa so awful that the band deserved to be destroyed, after mourning the loss of the page only moments before, will be sure to strike the reader’s fancy.