Harry Turtledove
Every Inch a King
August 23, 2018 Comments.. 652
Every Inch a King Otto of Schlepsig is risking his neck as an acrobat in a third rate circus in the middle of nowhere when news arrives that the land of Shqiperi has invited Prince Halim Eddin to become its new king Ot

  • Title: Every Inch a King
  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780345487360
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Otto of Schlepsig is risking his neck as an acrobat in a third rate circus in the middle of nowhere when news arrives that the land of Shqiperi has invited Prince Halim Eddin to become its new king Otto doesn t know the prince from Adam, but he does happen to look just like him a coincidence that inspires Otto with a mad plan to assume Halim s identity and rule in his steOtto of Schlepsig is risking his neck as an acrobat in a third rate circus in the middle of nowhere when news arrives that the land of Shqiperi has invited Prince Halim Eddin to become its new king Otto doesn t know the prince from Adam, but he does happen to look just like him a coincidence that inspires Otto with a mad plan to assume Halim s identity and rule in his stead True, Shqiperi is an uncivilized backwater, but even in uncivilized backwaters kings live better than acrobats Plus, kingship in Shqiperi comes with a harem Rank, as they say, has its privileges.With his friend Max, a sword swallowing giant whose chronic cough makes every performance a potential tonsillectomy, Otto embarks on a rollicking journey filled with feats of derring do, wondrous magic, and beautiful maidens well, beautiful women And that s before he enters a royal world that is truly fantastical.

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    1. Kes says:

      This is one of the books where I vacillate between a 2 star and 3 star rating. I think 2.5 star is a fair rating.Here are the positives:1) I love the humour in the narrative. I enjoyed the asides - the pointless descriptions of food, ending with the "I draw a veil of silence of [usually food object]" (i.e. a nice way of saying "silence is the better part of valor"). Or: " Most of the Shqipetari are entirely indifferent to freedom, save perhaps the freedom to plunder their neighbours." Or even:On [...]

    2. Marie (UK) says:

      I nearly gave up on this at page 5 but I am glad i persevered. Realising he looks extraordinarily like Prince Halim Eddin, Otto goes to take up the reins of his Kingdom. He manages to fool everyone and is soon enjoying the benefits of kingship but not all good things can go on forever. Easy read quirky humour but unremarkable storyline. More character driven than anything but it is one I will remember for whatever reason

    3. Karen says:

      Very funny. The voice is of an acquaintance telling a story, as opposed to writing. There's snark and sarcasm galore. The main focus is a impersonation caper. There's lots of politics and wars and culture clashes, but the background of the world is presented off-handedly. The universe seems to be a older version of Europe. I wasn't conversant enough with European history to tell if there was a 1-1 correspondence of all the fantasy countries/empires with real ones, but it was fun to pick out what [...]

    4. Eric says:

      My first Turtledove book was The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump. Modern day L.A. with sorcery instead of technology. One of the things that stood out to me was his account of the Thomas Brothers Monastary. Having been a So Cal resident I had numerous Thomas Bros. maps back in the pre-GPS days. It was both entertaining and funny to see what the "parallel" version of something was. This is just one small example.Every Inch a King, continues to add some "parallel" versions as it is itself set in an a [...]

    5. Stefan says:

      A hilarious and highly enjoyable read by Harry Turtledove, who shows his range of talents throughout the witty narrative. I very much enjoyed this novel being narrated from a 1st person POV (pleasantly different then some of Turtledove's other novels.)Everything about 'Every Inch a King' was delightfully readable and very engaging (especially compared to Turtledove's dense, multi-volume epics). I definitely prefer Harry Turtledove's satirical (often openly comedic works) to his more 'serious' al [...]

    6. John says:

      Much lighter than much of Turtledove. Wildly funny, though it helps if you know Balkan politics circa 1913. Hero is a circus acrobat who decides to impersonate the new king ofthe equivalent of Albania, which is just being separated from the equivalent of the Ottoman Empire. Story does include fantasy elements including a vampire, a sea serpent, and a dragon.The technology level is circa 1913 but with crystal balls instead of telegraphs and weather wizards instead of steam power for ships. Crossb [...]

    7. Brentman99 says:

      This was an interesting book because as a stand-alone, it is a departure from Turtledove's normal writing. I like the main character, Otto of Schlepsig, as he is an every-man con artist. Max the sword swallower is a good sidekick. The ongoing harem thing gets a bit stale after a while, but overall, I liked the book.

    8. Ronn says:

      For a fairly lightweight story, it seemed difficult to get through more than a couple of pages at a time. Probably that was from trying to keep track of all the Balkan-type fictional nationalities involved. I suppose it was enjoyable enough, but having finished it, I doubt that I will ever feel the need to re-read it.

    9. Teresa says:

      I could not put this down. Love Harry Turtledove's alternative history books, but this one tops those. Turtledove is a very intellegent writer who manages to keep you enthralled for the whole story cover to cover.

    10. John says:

      2 1/2 but I will give it the 3 stars. Pretty adolescent.

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