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Every Inch a King

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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 ste ...more
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Published February 27th 2007 by Del Rey Books (first published 2005)
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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 ...more
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
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 ...more
Jun 19, 2007 John rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of humorous fantasy
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 of
the 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
Nov 11, 2013 Brentman99 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Turledove's writing
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.
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.
Jan 03, 2008 Teresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steph, eszter
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.
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Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce
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