Falstaff's Big Gamble

Falstaff's Big Gamble

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by Hank Quense
     
 

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Falstaff's Big Gamble is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare.  It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them with fantasy characters in a place called Gundarland.  Hamlet is a dwarf and Othello is a dark elf.  Iago and his wife, Emilia, are trolls.You don't have to know anything about Shakespeare to enjoy this romp

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Falstaff's Big Gamble is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare.  It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them with fantasy characters in a place called Gundarland.  Hamlet is a dwarf and Othello is a dark elf.  Iago and his wife, Emilia, are trolls.You don't have to know anything about Shakespeare to enjoy this romp across the Gundarlandian countryside.
Goodreads reviewers loved the book. Roberto Mattos said: “This is a wonderful and hilarious book.”
Christopher Gerrib wrote: “I am a tough audience when it comes to humor, but Falstaff’s Big Gamble was right up my alley.”
Other reviews agree: “I loved all of the characters- and what a bunch of characters there are!” Rick F. “This was one of those books I couldn't put down once, the constant bickering between the trolls, the ludicrous battle plans, and one very confused elf.” Sky “Fantasy meets Shakespeare! I very much enjoyed this book. I quickly fell in love with the characters as they grew into their own.” Tammy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033298433
Publisher:
Hank Quense
Publication date:
06/16/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
279 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

I write humorous fantasy and science fiction along with an occasional article on fiction writing. I live with wife Pat in Bergenfield, NJ. We have two daughters and five grandchildren.
To date, I have over three dozen stories and articles published. My novel Fool's Gold is a sci-fi retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth. Tunnel Vision, a collection of twenty previously published stories is available in ebook and print formats. I'm working on a trilogy that is a blend of fantasy and science fiction, another collection of stories and a fantasy novel and a non-fiction book on self-marketing for authors.
My nonfiction work includes a ebook on fiction writing: Build A Better Story.

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Falstaff's Big Gamble 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadingFury 3 months ago
Hamlet to be or not to be—a bee keeper? The Fairy Godmother who could run Vito Corleone off her turf? Othello lacking military luster? Falstaff’s Big Gamble is a mish mash send up of many beloved and oft overly- analyzed characters and plots. It’s about time. No one is safe from Hank Quense’s comedic and ironic twists. The foundations are laid for an upside down spin where familiarity provides no certainty. Tragedy becomes comedy, comedy becomes absurd theatre. And funny as the novel is, there are some underlying truths that are a lot easier to swallow because humor softens harsh realization. The story uses a fantasy realm to depict current troubles and human foibles, examining trust and exposing ambition. Falstaff gets his thrills in a world filled with dwarfs, trolls, and hobbits and where corruption, paid politics, and violence are norms, but a new and terrifying situation has developed—peace time has broken out! But not to worry, peace is not all it’s made out to be, at least not when Falstaff’s around. Overall, an enjoyable read. I received a free eCopy for an honest review.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Readers both familiar and unfamiliar with William Shakespeare's characters will appreciate this gem of a story. John Falstaff, now self-named Sir John Falstaff, and his page Poulet are escaping on horseback from an angry husband. Falstaff, fat as he is, has a way with married ladies and their money. Meanwhile, in Denmarko, Prince Hamlet is entranced with raising bees, "to bee or not to bee", while his dead father sends messages to Hamlet to kill Clodio, now King of Denmarko and married to Hamlet's mother. And also included in this humorous tale that uses Shakespearean characters is Othello, happily married to Desdemonda, and serving as Minister of Homeland Security in nearby Dun Hythe. Othello is hated by Iago the troll who wants his job. Do all these characters sound familiar? Well, what they are up to is not quite what the Bard offered long ago. Othello and Falstaff agree to hire dwarfs to raid the pirate ships that roam the nearby harbor but somehow Falstaff ends up pirating the pirate ships and helping pocket the profits. Rosencrantz and Guildersleeve throw Hamlet overboard when he sets out to stop the piracy, and Falstaff saves the royal prince from drowning and they become best of friends. Will this story show readers what it is that is "rotten in the state of Denmarko"? Author Hank Quense has written a totally humorous tongue-in-cheek story using famous Shakespearean characters who live and play side by side with trolls, dwarfs and elves who speak rough and broken English straight out of the Bronx. The plot moves rapidly with twists and turns that take us to the story's end and Falstaff is scheming once again in a new setting. This is an engaging tale with characters that resemble their Shakespearean origins while the multiple plots pay lip service to two of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, now changed into comedies. The reader who is familiar with Shakespeare will enjoy "Falstaff's Big Gamble" the most.