AUTHOR: Adam M. Johnson
GENRE: Humor, Historical Fiction
Princess Alethia may be the smartest of the King’s offspring, but that doesn’t mean she is going to inherit the throne. Instead, she is going to be married off to King Otto so that her father can reap the rewards of their union. Complete with cross-dressing princes and quick-witted stable boys, Loud, Disorderly and Boisterous is the comic tale of a princess’s attempt to escape her arranged marriage. The schemes that Alethia and her companions dream up are off-the-wall, but due to the stupidity of their foes, they get out of one impossible situation after another.
Loud, Disorderly and Boisterous was a fun read, but it wasn’t much deeper than that. In nearly every situation the smart “good guys” outwitted the stupid “bad guys” simply by playing off their extreme gullibility. The comedy was almost slapstick, and I had to remind myself numerous times that I was past suspension of disbelief and simply along for the ride. Still, I loved the strong and able-minded Alethia and rooted for her and her companions until the very end.
My biggest issue with the novel was the number-one self-publishing scourge: Adam needed to hire a professional editor. I usually forgive the self-published author for a typo or two, but Loud, Disorderly and Boisterous had more than its fair share of misplaced punctuation and missing letters. Additionally, Adam would have benefited from tightening his prose, and any decent editor would have helped him boil down his words.
I sincerely hope that Adam will consider releasing an updated version of Loud, Disorderly and Boisterous - one that has been combed over by an editor. Once that is done, fans of Dave Barry silliness and Monty Python slapstick will enjoy Loud, Disorderly and Boisterous. Until then, I suggest waiting to read Adam’s next novel, which will hopefully be more carefully honed than his first. Although Adam does not market his novel as young adult, the content is perfectly acceptable and may appeal to a younger generation.
Please note: since this review was written, Loud, Disorderly and Boisterous was edited and updated. The new version should be much cleaner than the original.
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