King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court
How sick are you of US politics? How doomed is the world because of who has claimed the Oval Office throne—er, chair?
Refresh your spirit by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today's political falderal.
"Solidly entertaining." —Publishers Weekly
WINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.
Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.
Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.
Mark Twain began work on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 1879—the same year the Yankee Hank Morgan departed for his sojourn in sixth-century Britain. The first edition was published in 1889 and features more than 200 illustrations by the man who later would become founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Carter Beard. These illustrations are now in the public domain, and a handful have been incorporated into King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court as an artistic homage to this classic edition of the first time travel story in all literature.
In this offbeat sequel to Mark Twain's classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, written in a credible pastiche of Twain's style, Queen Morgan le Fay travels forward in time in an effort to prevent the events of Connecticut Yankee from occurring. Having overshot her mark and landed in 2079 America, Morgan settles into her new life, promptly getting involved in American politics as a reelection consultant for President Malory Beckham Hinton. Morgan also busies herself with baseball, quickly purchasing the London Knights and taking them to victory against rival teams such as the Connecticut Yankees. As she pursues her goal of making Hinton president for life and addressing the inadequacies of Congress, she enjoys an on-again, off-again romance with Sandy Carter, her baseball team's general manager, but she never loses sight of her intention to return home to Arthur's court. Headlee evokes the spirit of the original book, but the plot meanders through its obsessions with baseball and politics, spending too much time on minutiae while hand-waving away larger details. It's a solidly entertaining tale, but it lacks Twain's spark. (BookLife)