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  1. Erin Erin says:

    Fantastic, Funny, and Unforgettable I highly recommend this comedic tale to fans of Monty Python and The Princess Bride.


  2. Nicky Nicky says:

    I wasn t sure how I d feel about this one when I requested it On the one hand, I love Arthuriana and I have enjoyed several loose interpretations of it, even humorous light hearted ones On the other hand, I m not very good at humour myself, and can be a bit snooty about anything that messes too much with my views on Arthuriana.It turns out, I really enjoyed it, and read it in pretty much one go I love that while there is humour, it s pretty gentle it doesn t single out any character as a lau I wasn t sure how I d feel about this one when I requested it On the one hand, I love Arthuriana and I have enjoyed several loose interpretations of it, even humorous light hearted ones On the other hand, I m not very good at humour myself, and can be a bit snooty about anything that messes too much with my views on Arthuriana.It turns out, I really enjoyed it, and read it in pretty much one go I love that while there is humour, it s pretty gentle it doesn t single out any character as a laughing stock, and the characters aren t there just to be laughed at They re still people, with goals of their own, and they re likeable people at that I somewhat feared Sir Humphrey would just be a laughable oaf, but he turns out to be a good guy even if he doesn t subscribe to the kind of honour culture the Round Table stands for.It is all very modern and anachronistic there s customs officials between the kingdoms, for example, for the sake of absurdity There s also pretty liberal views on LGBT people, including a knight who prefers to be called Gwendoline, and a gay relationship driving part of the plot.All in all, it s fun, and I m really glad I read it The tone is maybe reminiscent of Gerald Morris, albeit for adults, but otherwise it s quite a fresh take on the idea of Camelot


  3. lucky little cat lucky little cat says:

    Cute, ultra fluffy homage to Monty Python s Arthurian knights, with an emphasis on inclusion that shouldn t work but largely does Alas, no killer rabbits Because I guess it s still progress if the author manages to exchange an older set of stereotypes for a newer set Here, ethnic minorities and gay characters emerge as uniformly saintly Ya wanna grab the author and say People Write everyone as people already Cute, ultra fluffy homage to Monty Python s Arthurian knights, with an emphasis on inclusion that shouldn t work but largely does Alas, no killer rabbits Because I guess it s still progress if the author manages to exchange an older set of stereotypes for a newer set Here, ethnic minorities and gay characters emerge as uniformly saintly Ya wanna grab the author and say People Write everyone as people already


  4. Katy Noyes Katy Noyes says:

    4.5 stars.A very pleasant surprise Not quite Arthurian, not quite Monty Python, but elements of both.Modern language sometimes quite ripe make this an easy read, and the dual story of knights, princesses and quests is plundered fully for comic potential, is also well characterised and lots of fun.You know about Arthur s famous Round Table of course Bet you ve never heard of the other table, to be found in the draughtiest corner furthest away from the fire which had one leg shorter tha 4.5 stars.A very pleasant surprise Not quite Arthurian, not quite Monty Python, but elements of both.Modern language sometimes quite ripe make this an easy read, and the dual story of knights, princesses and quests is plundered fully for comic potential, is also well characterised and lots of fun.You know about Arthur s famous Round Table of course Bet you ve never heard of the other table, to be found in the draughtiest corner furthest away from the fire which had one leg shorter than the other so that it always had to be propped up with a folded napkin to stop it from rocking Thought not.On Camelot s bottom table see title , Sir Humphrey du Val is content enough to live with his demotion until the chance comes to prove himself by volunteering for a quest to find a stolen groom for a beautiful and desperate lady With his trusty squire a small giant and elephant in tow, he sets of to find the missing groom and win back his place at Arthur s table In a completely unrelated story and kingdom, Queen Martha of Puddock finds herself holder of the crown, and betrothed to a man she has never met, the fantastically proud, cocky and loathsome Prince Edwin of Tuft In escaping, she meets a Lady of the Lake well, sort of and learns her mourned brother may not be dead after all All the Arthurian conventions are there honour, duels, magic, enchantment as well as a few modern spins on this Camelot set histori comedy It s a real pleasure to read, and full of wonderful lines, lots of amusing cameo characters and very likeable leads Edwin is a fantastic creation, absolutely vile The ladies get a lot of screen time and witty lines between them, get to show their mettle inways than one Humphrey starts off as the main character, but soon lets Martha and Edwin trump him in the lead role, but he plays his part admirably straight man role really He does get a few good lines in This. is why I don t travel in armour A knight s work is never done Rescuing damsels, fighting sorceresses, getting cats out of trees, opening tight jars And all for honour, God s least fungible reward I enjoyed the Lady of the Lake character, playing with convention for a modern audience And the plot twists Didn t see them all coming, and enjoyed the lot It s a read that you ll probably skip through in a short number of sessions Lots of short chapters and switching between storylines give it a quick feel It s a fun novel if you re familiar with the Arthurian legend or courtly traditions and tales And with the modern element, it will probably have even wider appeal than that.Lots of fun, very witty, and it seems from the end, the first in a series A great little find.Review of a Netgalley advance copy


  5. Morgan Morgan says:

    A very amusing parody set in the time of Camelot and King Arthur The hero Sir Humphrey du Val has been, after an unfortunate incident involving his wife, demoted to the Table of Less Valued Knights On this night, he is reminiscing about better days and has lingered too long after dinner when all the other knights have left, he finds himself presented, quite by accident, with a quest that rightly should be brought to the attention of Arthur, but Sir Humphrey sees an opportunity to perhaps g A very amusing parody set in the time of Camelot and King Arthur The hero Sir Humphrey du Val has been, after an unfortunate incident involving his wife, demoted to the Table of Less Valued Knights On this night, he is reminiscing about better days and has lingered too long after dinner when all the other knights have left, he finds himself presented, quite by accident, with a quest that rightly should be brought to the attention of Arthur, but Sir Humphrey sees an opportunity to perhaps get himself back into the good graces of Arthur and be allowed to sit again at the table with the real Knights However, not all quests are quite what they seem.There is magic and sorcerers there are Damsels in Distress and The Lady of the Lake, Crone of the Castle, giants, and an elephant I found Sir Humphrey to be a most likable fellow and as long as you can get past the fact that the dialogue has nothing whatsoever to do with the time period, don t take it too seriously or expect it to be a historical novel, it really is quite funny


  6. Alissa Alissa says:

    Hilarious and entertaining, this is a quick and satirical story featuring the common tropes of the classic quest formula and chivalry.A half sized giant, a deformed horse, a knight of The Table of Less Valued Knights, a damsel in distress and a missing fianc e Throw in the Pentecost Quest, a King Prince Consort with a brother complex, men in iron masks, a stand in for the Lady of the Lake, a customs officer dwarf, some delicate Knights, a she magical sword with a penchant for Spin the Bottle, a Hilarious and entertaining, this is a quick and satirical story featuring the common tropes of the classic quest formula and chivalry.A half sized giant, a deformed horse, a knight of The Table of Less Valued Knights, a damsel in distress and a missing fianc e Throw in the Pentecost Quest, a King Prince Consort with a brother complex, men in iron masks, a stand in for the Lady of the Lake, a customs officer dwarf, some delicate Knights, a she magical sword with a penchant for Spin the Bottle, a bearded Queen.did I mention a maiden thirsty unicorn What could possibly go wrong This book was a pleasant surprise indeed, the misadventures of the mismatched group of heroes and the intertwining quests are comical, but also clever The plot is well structured, not banal, and offers many homages to classic Arthurian stories, a clear monty python esque atmosphere, steady rhythm and unpredictability The ending was a bit abrupt, but apt.Truly a jaunty ribald romp


  7. Kara Babcock Kara Babcock says:

    I m always down for some historical mythological fiction in a comedic style, so The Table of Less Valued Knights seemed like a good proposition Marie Phillips delivers an Arthurian quest beset with archetypes, allusions, and anachronisms Her characters quip like they re in a Christopher Moore novel albeit slightly less self aware and her vision of Knights of Camelot is every bit as decadently absurd as Monty Python s.There Have I name dropped enough comparisons yet Good Let s get on with I m always down for some historical mythological fiction in a comedic style, so The Table of Less Valued Knights seemed like a good proposition Marie Phillips delivers an Arthurian quest beset with archetypes, allusions, and anachronisms Her characters quip like they re in a Christopher Moore novel albeit slightly less self aware and her vision of Knights of Camelot is every bit as decadently absurd as Monty Python s.There Have I name dropped enough comparisons yet Good Let s get on with it.The story starts a little slow, actually, and for the first part I was somewhat skeptical as to how much I would end up enjoying it This type of humour is easy to get wrong as evidenced by how inconsistently I ve enjoyed Moore s work While there s nothing wrong with Sir Humphrey and the idea of a Less Valued Table of Knights who have been demoted from the Round Table over the years, none of it particularly grabbed my attention Indeed, it isn t until Martha shows up and steals the show that this story gets going.Queen Martha of Tuft has a tough time of it, especially after she kinda sorta becomes a man, in that classic gender swap mistaken identity trope Phillips creates an interesting character here in many ways, Martha is na ve She knows little of life outside a castle has no idea of the value of money, for instance Yet she also has many skills she once perceived as pointless, such as the ability to speak many foreign languages Her observations of Humphrey and Conrad and attempts to fit in and emulate maleness are funny, sure, but they re also part of a larger commentary on gender that Phillips weaves throughout the book.Stories like this, stories that poke fun at the tropes and shorthand we ve constructed of medieval worlds and legends like Arthuriana, are valuable It s one thing to strive for historically accurate fiction and another to just take a can opener to history and tear the top off to find out what lies beneath The Table of Less Valued Knights starts as a light hearted, humorous story Yet the deeper I went, theplot I found.Martha s a wonderful protagonist, and her reviled husband, Edwin, is an equally wonderful antagonist He starts off as a stock, stereotypical villain type a lascivious lout with no respect, for women or for men, and far too big an opinion of his own cunning But Phillips soon lends substance to his pomp, showing that Edwin has some teeth The moment he goes from comical thorn in the side to actual villain is pretty shocking, in the sense that I m surprised the author lets him get away with it.This sense that the characters aretwo dimensional actors in the author s drama does run throughout the story, and it s possible this could be a bigger problem for you than it was for me Phillips never quite breaks the fourth wall like other authors do and I love me some fourth wall breaking , but the narrative structure is both absurd and serendipitous at points You kind of just have to go with it, and want to enjoy this type of book Wishing it s somethingcomplex is only going to get you disappointment.I was ambivalent about The Table of Less Valued Knights when I began, but by the end I had a smile on my face Surprises like that are always welcome here I was starting a book I thought I d like at best, and I ended up having a much better time It s not even the over arching plot or the characters so much as all the little bits Phillips throws in like the dwarf manning the customs post at the border of Tuft showing up again at the border of Grint, much to Edwin s irritation and surprise It s these little things that show how much fun Phillips must have had inhabiting this universe, and when the fun an author has shines through, the experience is that much better for a reader


  8. Michael Emond Michael Emond says:

    This book wins the prize for one of the worst of the year and I will do a little analysis to explain why First off, it is readable It has words on a page characters a plot and a satisfying end It is possible to follow the convoluted story and make sense of what is happening So its fault does not lie in the readability Before I go further this book further enforces my belief that writing a novel length comedic book is one of the most impossible tasks in the arts The few books that have This book wins the prize for one of the worst of the year and I will do a little analysis to explain why First off, it is readable It has words on a page characters a plot and a satisfying end It is possible to follow the convoluted story and make sense of what is happening So its fault does not lie in the readability Before I go further this book further enforces my belief that writing a novel length comedic book is one of the most impossible tasks in the arts The few books that have at least made me laugh out loud rare enough are ones with short humour essays Pure Drivel, Mind over Matters, Without Feathers or autobiographies Bossypants or are parodies Doon, Bored of the Rings I just can t recall a full length novel with a story that did the job even for ONE laugh I am struggling through Death Rat by Michael Nelson and that is a perfect example how hard it is his essay book is one of my favorites but this fiction novel not one laugh so far after a third of the book The quotes endorsing this book are all from unknowns and aren t that supportive regardless the story and the writing are enchanting says one of the only two people who could be paid enough to lie Hardly a ringing endorsementlike the review a mother or third grade teacher would write for their 8 year old Okay back to the critique Let me try to organize this 1 Great premise which is immediately abandoned The idea that there are tables of knights not good enough to make it to the round table or ones who made it there and fell out of favour and have to take the scraps of quests that remain is a solid idea That is another reason I hoped this book had promise Marie has some good ideas for comedy A lot of directions you can go with this premise Mostly you can have bungling knights ala Monty Python and the Holy Grail getting in and out of problems You can even counter balance it with chapters of the good knights going it right Contrast humour The problem is Marie screws the pooch on the premise right out of the gate because she loves her main character Humphrey too much Throughout the book he is an awesome knight and great guy who adopted his cheating wife s half giant son and raised him as his own The only reason he is a less valued knight is because he killed his wife when she tried to kill him it was an accident she jumped form the shadows and he killed her by reflex see Even his screw up isn t because he was a bad guy but because his reflexes are so great 2 Forced comedy that is immediately ignored or not consistent with character Every little comic bit is so forced it is painful to read Edwin is a sad sack who has to watch his Knight shag women He is portrayed as an evil over sexed loser but he doesn t try to have sex and near the end of the novel the last 15 pages when everything happens he is suddenly the best swordsman ever It is so contrived I hate it Marie does this time and time again to set up a stupid plot point or some supposed humour Like when Humphries decides to teach Marcus Martha in stupid woman man disguise to shoot arrows all to set up a horrible comic bit of her having to kill a Unicorn Does her skill come in handy later No It is only used for a comedic bit an unfunny one and nothing to do with the plot or the logic of the story or characters Horrible 3 Comedy is about tone and this novel has none One thing I believe is a truth in good comedy is Comedy is about setting a tone and staying true to the tone The Simpsons is over the top cartoonish comedy but it stays true to that Naked Gun is absurdist humour and stays true to that Spy one I watched lately while not as consistent does keep things in the realm of life and stays true ish to it Watch the characters in that one the boss remains who she is the main character remains true to who she is the main spy remains the straight man and true to himself Yes each character has a different tone but they stay true to it This novel doesn t set any true comedic tone for the most part and when it does it abandons it at its convenience Martha is a loser with no skills but becomes very capable at the end Edwin is a sex crazed idiot but then becomes a skilled vicious killer by the end and back to bumbling idiot by the very end What is the tone of this novel Like too many comedy novels it forgets the comedy and becomes over fixated in the story When it does remember there is supposed to be comedy it is forced and out of character unicorn scene 4 The story is overly complicated and boring Oh god this was a stupid story view spoiler Edwin is searching for his missing wife who turns into a boy who joins the other quest Elaine is looking for her fianc e who was captured by a black knight she needs to find him quick because she was knocked up by a castle guard Martha is on the run from Edwin because she is worried about having sex with Edwin why is Edwin the only male who can marry her , she changes to a boy because THAT comic twist is so original sarcasm and finds a magic sword who turns out to be the sister of Karim and squire of her thought dead brother Jasper who isn t really dead but gay and the black knight who kidnapped Sir Alister Elaine s fianc e who is also gay the sister was made into a sword because she ratted out her brother Karim that he knew Jasper was alive but Karim refused to give Jasper up so he was placed in a dungeon with an iron mask why an iron mask Because the author is an idiot and thinks everyone gets iron masks in those days even if there is no reason for them iron masks are typically reserved for famous prisoners whose identities must be kept secret not gay squires Oh god it is so convoluted and stupid especially when the first half of the novel is just stalling and most of what I said is explained in the last 20 pages hide spoiler Oh and let s not forget the heavy handed gay is okay message shoehorned into a medieval novel where it has no place in existing don t misunderstand me it is a message I believe in but it was out of place here I feel as if the author mistook complicated twists for good plotting but when the characters are boring and the plot is insane, all the twists are just irritating In a comedy you don t want complicated twists you want to focus on laughs and use the story as a medium for those laughs One or two twists sure but 50 No Adding two new characters in the last 20 pages No 5 It wasn t funny Not one laugh I can forgive all of these other sins but without any laughs what is the point of this book Sorry Marie but you are not funny Your writing is weak, your characters uninvolving, and your plot uninteresting But worst of all, you cannot write humour Your 300 pages did not induce one smile or laugh You fail


  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    2.5 stars, i guess i didn t like all of it, but i also didn t dislike the whole thing likely i would have settled on 3 stars, had i not read this while considering the novel as part of the women s prize for fiction longlist i m not totally sure why it made the cut, when a novel like All My Puny Sorrows did not.anywayphillips seems to have fun playing with arthurian legend, through the lens of monty python and i am sure i am not the first person to make this observation at moments i was 2.5 stars, i guess i didn t like all of it, but i also didn t dislike the whole thing likely i would have settled on 3 stars, had i not read this while considering the novel as part of the women s prize for fiction longlist i m not totally sure why it made the cut, when a novel like All My Puny Sorrows did not.anywayphillips seems to have fun playing with arthurian legend, through the lens of monty python and i am sure i am not the first person to make this observation at moments i was certainly entertained, but i had trouble sustaining my suspension of disbelief phillips writing is fine this is a light, quick read but as with Gods Behaving Badly, the concept was solid, the execution a bit too unfulfilling and the whole is not one i feel will be memorable in the longterm but, if you need a bit of an easy, fun read give this book a try


  10. Melanie Melanie says:

    I got this book because I loved the cover and it turned out to be the perfect read for this week A fun read that makes you grin as you follow along this Pythonish Camelot quest I hope she comes out with a sequel.


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The Table of Less Valued Knights Know that there were three tables there The first was the Round Table, with King Arthur as companion and lord The second, the Table of Errant Companions, were those who went seeking adventure and waited to become companions of the Round Table Those of the third table never left court and did not go on quests or in search of adventures, either because of illness or because they lacked courage These knights were called the Less Valued Knights Sir Humphrey du Val of the Table of Less Valued Knights Camelot s least prestigious table, boringly rectangular in shape and with one leg shorter than the other so that it always has to be propped up with a folded napkin to stop it from rocking has been banned by King Arthur from going on quests, and hasn t left the castle in fifteen years He s tempted out of his imposed retirement by Elaine, who is looking for her kidnapped fianc She appears to be the classic damsel in distress, but turns out to have a big secret to hideAcross the border in Puddock, the new young queen, Martha, is appalled to be married off against her will to the odious Prince Edwin of Tuft She disguises herself as a boy and runs away, but doesn t get very far before the Locum of the Lake standing in for the full time Lady intercepts her with some startling news Martha s brother, the true heir to the throne of Puddock, is not dead as she has always thought, and Martha must go on her own quest to find himThe two quests collide, entangling Humphrey, Elaine and Martha s lives, and introducing a host of Arthurian misfits, including a twelve year old crone, a magic sword with a mind of her own, a freakishly short giant, and not one but three men in iron masksWith Gods Behaving Badly Marie Phillips showed that she has a rare gift for comedy, taking familiar characters from legend and giving them an ingenious contemporary twist In The Table of Less Valued Knights it s Thomas Malory s turn, and I m afraid you ll never read him in quite the same way again [PDF / Epub] ✅ Their Language of Love Author Bapsi Sidhwa – Kleankitchen.co.uk with King Arthur as companion and lord The second [PDF] ✓ Turbulence By Samit Basu – Kleankitchen.co.uk the Table of Errant Companions ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Der letzte Held By Samit Basu ✩ – Kleankitchen.co.uk were those who went seeking adventure and waited to become companions of the Round Table Those of the third table never left court and did not go on quests or in search of adventures ➽ [Download] ✤ Agua By Bapsi Sidhwa ➲ – Kleankitchen.co.uk either because of illness or because they lacked courage These knights were called the Less Valued Knights Sir Humphrey du Val of the Table of Less Valued Knights Camelot s least prestigious table [Read] ➵ Winter Evenings ➼ Navtej Sarna – Kleankitchen.co.uk boringly rectangular in shape and with one leg shorter than the other so that it always has to be propped up with a folded napkin to stop it from rocking has been banned by King Arthur from going on quests ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☃ The Brave Author Rachna Bisht Rawat – Kleankitchen.co.uk and hasn t left the castle in fifteen years He s tempted out of his imposed retirement by Elaine [Download] ➽ The Best of Samaithu Paar By S. 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