A Knight in Central Park - Theresa Ragan Very lacking. I bought this for a quick escapist read in between some heavy novels that I took on because the premise sounded interesting and fun. What I got was a few hundred pages of blather and a lingering irritation at having wasted hours in this book.

Nothing was well executed. I couldn't connect with Joe and Alexandra at all, especially Joe. Joe was whiny and pathetic, and for someone who dedicated this life to the study of medieval England, he really lacked imagination. He reminded me of those people who claim to *love* traveling and experiencing new cultures, but once they actually get there and start walking around the streets, they start to complain about the heat, or the food, or the unfriendly locals. At least they have some excuse, I guess, of not knowing what to expect. Joe has NO EXCUSE. He is a scholar of the time period, for frig's sake! All he really noticed were the layout of some villages and how dirty the people were, which I suppose I can sympathize with, but after the first three times of him complaining, I wanted to shove his face into a pile of manure.

****SPOILER ALERT****

Also, the plot was a huge let down. Despite the sad lack of characterization, unrealistic portrayal of medieval England, and Joe and Alexandra's tendency to fall asleep in the woods without getting eaten by hungry wolves, I trudged through, optimistically hoping that the story would take a turn for the better. Not only was I disappointed, I almost gave up on the novel altogether.

Before I go on further, I need a moment to breathe in and preface my analysis of the "plot" with one question: Really? REALLY?!

The man you spend demonizing for 4/5 of the novel actually is the good guy? And the two random bumbling soldiers who were dumb enough to drink from a stranger's wine goblet were the true villains? That just destroys any shred of credibility that remained for the heroes of the story. Also, that they missed a crucial message by days that would have prevented such a wild goose chase really left a bad taste in my mouth.

Actually, that captures what this story was, in sum: a wild goose chase.

If you want good time-travel fiction, I suggest looking elsewhere.