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Humorous tales about an impoverished knight in old England who discovers a way to tame the great variety of monsters that roam the land in the days of Good King Freddie the Umteenth and his prime minister Merlin the Whirlin.


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Humorous tales about an impoverished knight in old England who discovers a way to tame the great variety of monsters that roam the land in the days of Good King Freddie the Umteenth and his prime minister Merlin the Whirlin.

30 review for Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer' by John Powell is a series of short stories of a knight who lucks into a cure for taming monsters. In Old England, Good King Freddie the Umteenth is king. His prime minister is Merlin the Whirlin. When monsters plague the land, he looks for someone do deal with them. Someone who will work cheaply. He finds George. George finds a solution. The good news is he can tame the monsters. The bad news is that the monsters better not show up on one of George' 'Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer' by John Powell is a series of short stories of a knight who lucks into a cure for taming monsters. In Old England, Good King Freddie the Umteenth is king. His prime minister is Merlin the Whirlin. When monsters plague the land, he looks for someone do deal with them. Someone who will work cheaply. He finds George. George finds a solution. The good news is he can tame the monsters. The bad news is that the monsters better not show up on one of George's "armor off" weeks. The stories are humorous, satirical and fun. There are drawings throughout the book and they help serve the stories that they are in. This would be a fun book to read to younger folks. They might not get all the subtle humor, but there is a lot to enjoy here. I received a review copy of this ebook from The Book Guild, Troubador Publishing Limited, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    This collection of short stories tells of the adventures of Saint George (Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment). Also represented are his assistant Jack, Merlin the Whirlin (Prime Minister of England), Good King Freddie of England, and assorted monsters and monarchs. I'm still not sure whether this book is geared toward children or adults. Maybe both. It was an utterly delightful read with lots of laugh out loud moments as the author weaves fantasy and legend with actual hist This collection of short stories tells of the adventures of Saint George (Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment). Also represented are his assistant Jack, Merlin the Whirlin (Prime Minister of England), Good King Freddie of England, and assorted monsters and monarchs. I'm still not sure whether this book is geared toward children or adults. Maybe both. It was an utterly delightful read with lots of laugh out loud moments as the author weaves fantasy and legend with actual history. I won this copy through Goodreads Giveaways.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    “Humorous” is the perfect word to describe the story. If I remember correctly, Powell says in the beginning of the book that he originally came up with these stories as bedtime stories for his kids – and you can tell! They’re just funny and perfectly geared toward little kids. They follow a predictable structure (all of them start with “Now it was in the days of Good King Freddie…”) and in each story Saint George has to take on some ridiculous monster problem or another – which usually can be so “Humorous” is the perfect word to describe the story. If I remember correctly, Powell says in the beginning of the book that he originally came up with these stories as bedtime stories for his kids – and you can tell! They’re just funny and perfectly geared toward little kids. They follow a predictable structure (all of them start with “Now it was in the days of Good King Freddie…”) and in each story Saint George has to take on some ridiculous monster problem or another – which usually can be solved by providing the monsters with the magical, monster-taming marmorguglehupf cake (my daughter thought that word was hilarious). The stories are full of all sorts of absurdities with names just as outlandish as marmorguglehupf cake, ideas like George’s “armor-on week” and “armor-off week” (during which he sleeps – for the whole week!), and other silly, non-sensical things (like a king who can’t read!). The crazy names and nonsense action reminded me a good deal of Roald Dahl, and prompted the same kind of laughter from my daughter as did The BFG. There were only two drawbacks for me with the books: 1) each story was a little too long to be a bedtime read-aloud but it didn’t work to break them up so we just pushed through a whole story in each sitting; and 2) there was one entire story that REALLY is not suited for American kids – or their parents! We just couldn’t follow the thread on playing cricket (our loss, though – I’m sure to a British kid the story would’ve been as hilarious as the rest). All in all, I’d give it 4 stars and definitely recommend it! I think it’ll be another year or two before my next daughter is ready for it, but I’ll look forward to rereading the silliness with her when she’s ready!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer by John Powell is a collection of short stories that left me wondering about the intended audience. The tone is fun and humorous, suitably silly for young readers that might enjoy it, but some of the humor seemed to be geared towards adults. The short stories tell of an impoverished knight in old England who discovers a way to tame the great variety of monsters that roam the land in the days of Good King Freddie the Umteenth and his prime minister Mer Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer by John Powell is a collection of short stories that left me wondering about the intended audience. The tone is fun and humorous, suitably silly for young readers that might enjoy it, but some of the humor seemed to be geared towards adults. The short stories tell of an impoverished knight in old England who discovers a way to tame the great variety of monsters that roam the land in the days of Good King Freddie the Umteenth and his prime minister Merlin the Whirlin. Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer is humorous and silly, with each of the short stories able to read one their own. This might make it a good pick for readers looking for short fun reads, because it is easy to read a single tale and put it aside until you are ready for more. I found the tone to be a bit childish, but at the same time there were bits about private parts and getting drunk, making it not quite right for some younger readers. To be honest, the stories really did not hold my attention well. Which made the fact that I could read a bit and the put it aside a good thing. I can see the appeal for some readers, but it just never grabbed me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Notes From 'Round the Bend

    Saint George” is cute and utterly ridiculous…but in a hilarious, Monty Python-esque kind of way. My review experience of this was completely different than usual, as I read chapters to my three and six-year-old nieces rather than simply enjoying it alone. They loved it as much as I did. The characters each have their own silly quirks and preferences and the monster names are great. I feel that this is nicely set up to read in short bursts, as each chapter is fairly self-contained and has a ‘The Saint George” is cute and utterly ridiculous…but in a hilarious, Monty Python-esque kind of way. My review experience of this was completely different than usual, as I read chapters to my three and six-year-old nieces rather than simply enjoying it alone. They loved it as much as I did. The characters each have their own silly quirks and preferences and the monster names are great. I feel that this is nicely set up to read in short bursts, as each chapter is fairly self-contained and has a ‘The End’ wrap-up (though they all fit together). The occasionally picture added to the fun and giggles as well. Mr. Powell truly brought his characters and world to life. I would like to have seen a little more variety in theme, but otherwise, I loved this book and the children in my life did too! Bottom line: I can’t pronounce the name of the cake, but the monsters love it and my attempts made my nieces laugh, so the struggle was worth it. I highly recommend “Saint George” to the young and the young-at-heart, and really for anyone who enjoys a cute story of the fantastical variety. As my nieces are clamoring for more, I will definitely be looking for other work by this author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    Sir George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer is an entertaining read. Each chapter is the story of one of Sir George's adventures. John Powell has written an amusing tale to share with kids. Sir George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer is an entertaining read. Each chapter is the story of one of Sir George's adventures. John Powell has written an amusing tale to share with kids.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    England has a monster of a problem.....monsters. Good King Freddie and prime minister Merlin the whirlin realise St Cuthbet, patron saint and minister for the environment is getting passed his best and so need to look for a new candidate. Enter George, an unemployed impoverished knight so down on his luck he had to buy his armour in a charity shop. I doesn't fit well and the visor has a tendency to drop at inopportune times.... I read this with my daughter who at 5 didn't get all the jokes but to England has a monster of a problem.....monsters. Good King Freddie and prime minister Merlin the whirlin realise St Cuthbet, patron saint and minister for the environment is getting passed his best and so need to look for a new candidate. Enter George, an unemployed impoverished knight so down on his luck he had to buy his armour in a charity shop. I doesn't fit well and the visor has a tendency to drop at inopportune times.... I read this with my daughter who at 5 didn't get all the jokes but to be fair I think some are quite adult anyway (in a perfectly innocent way). Reading this I was reminded of Tom Holt at his irreverent best. Almost every sentence is funny and delightfully daft. I'd definitely recommend this for kids around 9+ and for any parents with a slightly silly sense of humour. This is Monty Python meets Tom Holt, a wonderful read. I received this book from Netgalley for an unbiased review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniela Kraml

    A very entertainig book, that all three of my boys enjoyed hugely. As we live in Austria, we especially liked George's adventure in Tyrol and the author's use of the Marmorgugelhupf cake, which we just call Marmorgugelhupf - without the cake! A very entertainig book, that all three of my boys enjoyed hugely. As we live in Austria, we especially liked George's adventure in Tyrol and the author's use of the Marmorgugelhupf cake, which we just call Marmorgugelhupf - without the cake!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Russell Howen

    Humorous fantasy with a bit of quixotism and time travel from the Middle Ages to World War II.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    "Saint George:Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer" is the delightfully funny and clever collection of tales that center around an impoverished knight in Merry Old England who discovers the secret of taming monstrous creatures plaguing the countryside. Having bartered a deal with Good King Freddie to become the Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment he travels the land gentling a variety of creatures often with Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin and his loyal servant Jack. John Powell "Saint George:Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer" is the delightfully funny and clever collection of tales that center around an impoverished knight in Merry Old England who discovers the secret of taming monstrous creatures plaguing the countryside. Having bartered a deal with Good King Freddie to become the Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment he travels the land gentling a variety of creatures often with Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin and his loyal servant Jack. John Powell cleverly spins English history and legendary characters into a satire where whimsical Saint George on his armour-on days tames monsters, improves relations with France, joins the first trade union and repels a Scottish invasion. Our hero never gets rich, his castle in disrepair although he's constantly in demand even oversleeping and deterring monsters from destroying the British Air Force during the Battle of Britain. In a fluid writing style full of witty banter, the action never stops as Saint George pacifies marvelously imaginative creatures like the Hungarian woggalong, Alpine yoddelog, Irish whatsit and the Breton bongloppers. With cartoon-like sketches and comic strip characterizations like short, wise and learned Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin with his tall pointed hat who manipulates his uneducated king, and Saint George the reluctant hero who's often befuddled, bathing in his armour when thinking of ideas, the adventures are lively and highly entertaining whether you're young or old. I loved "Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer" where there's never a dull moment in the lives of Prime Minister Merlin, King Freddie and Saint George. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys short lighthearted stories that will have you laughing from beginning to end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    I go by 'Jo' now

    My review of this book as seen on my blog - Descendant of Poseidon Reads Have you read some comic strips like Peanuts or Charlie? Well, this book is sort of alike only that this was in written-literary form. "Well... it was in the days of Good King Freddie...", the book goes then comes its most satirical way of narration. The book is full of very interesting personas showing their own uniqueness that are quite very funny and humorous. I like how the author brings the fanciful and amusing featu My review of this book as seen on my blog - Descendant of Poseidon Reads Have you read some comic strips like Peanuts or Charlie? Well, this book is sort of alike only that this was in written-literary form. "Well... it was in the days of Good King Freddie...", the book goes then comes its most satirical way of narration. The book is full of very interesting personas showing their own uniqueness that are quite very funny and humorous. I like how the author brings the fanciful and amusing features of this book. Through the course of this novel, George the crowned Patron Saint of England manages to handle some of the obstacles and how ridiculously solved it out. In some way, this has some hyperbolic impression and exaggerated situation. The writing style is so good and smooth that it is really fun to read fluidly throughout each chapter. This collection of short stories really caught my attention and it reminded me of my reading hobby back then when I was a kid. Reading of kid books which have set of photographs, comic strips in the entertainment section of a newspaper which I grow up viewing every day and I like it, and the volumes of Archie's and Peanut's, I really loved those, Snoopy Dog and Burger King, mostly this is what I remember. I really love reading this and worth my time on finishing this up. Highly recommend shooing your boredom and worth checking out!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Harold Walters

    A GoodReads GiveAway “Well…it was in the days of Good King Freddie.” So begins the stories in this collection about Saint George, the Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment. George gets to be Patron Saint because Cuthbert has failed to keep the monsters in check. As a matter of fact, according to King Freddie, Cuthbert “… can’t tell a Welsh dragon from an Irish whatsit.” No wonder Cuthbert deserves the heave-ho, eh b’ys? Thanks to Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin (who, by the way, A GoodReads GiveAway “Well…it was in the days of Good King Freddie.” So begins the stories in this collection about Saint George, the Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment. George gets to be Patron Saint because Cuthbert has failed to keep the monsters in check. As a matter of fact, according to King Freddie, Cuthbert “… can’t tell a Welsh dragon from an Irish whatsit.” No wonder Cuthbert deserves the heave-ho, eh b’ys? Thanks to Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin (who, by the way, wears a tall hat because he is vertically challenged), George, an impoverished knight in rusty armour, is appointed as Cuthbert’s replacement. George’s first task is to tame an Alpine yoddlelog which he does with…well, with cake — magic Marmorgugelhupf (Or is that the sound of a yoddlelog munching cake?) cake to be precise. John Powell’s stories featuring George and Merlin are intended for young folks — John's sons originally. While youngsters will get a kick out of reading these yarns so will old codgers such as this scribbler. Knowledge of English history will be beneficial if readers are to “get” all the satire and wisecracks in this book but… …by George, this is basically a fun book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    The stories presented here are meant to be cute and fun. These are not meant to have big valuable lessons taught, and most chapters can be read as a standalone short story. Topics referenced include global warming, the Titanic, leadership roles (i.e. Prime Minister), the Olympics, and others. Aside from not keeping my attention, I found some of the text inappropriate for children. This includes the use of a foreign language (pretty sure French), references/jokes made about private parts, and talk The stories presented here are meant to be cute and fun. These are not meant to have big valuable lessons taught, and most chapters can be read as a standalone short story. Topics referenced include global warming, the Titanic, leadership roles (i.e. Prime Minister), the Olympics, and others. Aside from not keeping my attention, I found some of the text inappropriate for children. This includes the use of a foreign language (pretty sure French), references/jokes made about private parts, and talk about getting drunk. Read my full review on my blog: https://bookloverblogs.com/2016/10/27...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Print Teach

    What a very unexpected pleasure. I thought I was going to read a children's book - and it most definitely isn't. But it is a very cleverly written 'big kids' book. It's a series of short stories, with excellent touches of sarcasm and irony, a few clever references to modern life, and the occasional snippet of political satire. It's easy read and very entertaining... Just don't offer it to your 8 year old unless you want some seriously bemused faces! ** Free copy received through Goodreads Giveawa What a very unexpected pleasure. I thought I was going to read a children's book - and it most definitely isn't. But it is a very cleverly written 'big kids' book. It's a series of short stories, with excellent touches of sarcasm and irony, a few clever references to modern life, and the occasional snippet of political satire. It's easy read and very entertaining... Just don't offer it to your 8 year old unless you want some seriously bemused faces! ** Free copy received through Goodreads Giveaways **

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendie Barney boucher

    I received a copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. This book was listed as a children's book, but it could be read as more than that. I found that each story had humor in it that could be appreciated by an adult as much as by children. I'm sure any child would enjoy hearing/reading the exploits of Saint George and his tame monsters. I received a copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. This book was listed as a children's book, but it could be read as more than that. I found that each story had humor in it that could be appreciated by an adult as much as by children. I'm sure any child would enjoy hearing/reading the exploits of Saint George and his tame monsters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria**

    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it would be more of a children's book but I think some of the humor they might not get. I thought it was a cute book of short stories with a twist of sarcasm & irony. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it would be more of a children's book but I think some of the humor they might not get. I thought it was a cute book of short stories with a twist of sarcasm & irony.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sonali Agarwal

    review : https://sonalify.com/2016/10/22/saint... review : https://sonalify.com/2016/10/22/saint...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deria Stevens

    My daughter read this book and she had a hard time putting it down ...thank god its march break . Since she is not much of a reader, i give you 5 stars :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Geri

    I received this book free through a Goodreads giveaway. Very enjoyable!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brad Harju

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Powell

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Downing

    I really enjoyed this book. Saint George finds himself taming dragons and other wild beasties with cake and other baked goods. The king in these stories is a buffoon and the Prime Minister is a wizard. The adventures are full of whimsy and appropriate for most ages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Thompson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hunt

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

  27. 5 out of 5

    Radhika Mundra

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Davies

  29. 4 out of 5

    Snake

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bob

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