Wotan's Dilemma

Wotan's Dilemma

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by Hank Quense

Goodreads reviewers loved the book:
I was first drawn to this book by the intriguing and imaginative sounding plot, it was enough to convince me to dive right into the story. From the beginning I knew I was reading something special. Dan Dixon

I loved this book and all I can say is if you decide to start reading this gem, good luck not thinking about it


Goodreads reviewers loved the book:
I was first drawn to this book by the intriguing and imaginative sounding plot, it was enough to convince me to dive right into the story. From the beginning I knew I was reading something special. Dan Dixon

I loved this book and all I can say is if you decide to start reading this gem, good luck not thinking about it once you have finished. Tracey McGee

This author always amazes me with his inspiration to adapt other stories using a lot of humor and producing a very entertaining book. Roberto Matttos

Would I recommend this read? Definitely. It's imaginative, quirky, well-written and well-edited. No bumps, no mistakes. Anyone who likes fantasy will love this book. Ravina Andrea Kurian

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While Brunnhilde goes about her quest, a secondary story involves a struggle to possess and control the magical horde of gold known as the Rhinegold, now transformed into quantum electronic devices of immense power. The god Wotan contends with two aliens in a three-way scrum.
This ancient myth is now told as a scifi tale with aliens replacing the fantasy creatures. Beautiful goddesses, magical gold quantum electronics, aliens, a murderous god, great heroes: what more could a reader want?

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Hank Quense
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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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Wotan's Dilemma 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Fafner is an intergalactic criminal. Having crash-landed on a desolate and savage earth, he is miserable because he is unable to fulfill a life of crime. Wotan and the Norse gods have been mostly forgotten with the desolation of man. As technology took over, men became less than worthy warriors, while also believing less and less in the warrior gods of the North. Yet now that man has destroyed the earth and relegated the remainder of the human race to small, scrabbling, savage villagers, now is the chance to take back believers and become the powerful gods they once were. The only thing that saves them from being retired to the Retirement Home for Forgotten Gods is the mystical rhinegold. When Fafner steals the rhinegold, Loki and Wotan engage in a desperate struggle to get it back, while all Fafner wants is to use it to get off what he sees as a filthy, boring planet.  I’m not really sure how I felt about the story. It was short, sweet, and to the point, and with an odd mixture of mythology and science-fiction you can definitely say that Wotan’s Dilemma was unique. Hank Quense plays with mythology, or at least the mythology that I’m familiar with by renaming some of the key characters. This was an enjoyable read, but I couldn’t help but feel that it’s hard to compete with the firepower of Tom Hiddleson as Loki. The book Loki felt very flat in comparison, and you can bet that the target audience for this book will probably have seen an Avengers or Thor movie. Overall, I liked the story, but what made me enjoy it was the sub characters like Brunhilde and the two aliens Mime and Alberich. This would be a book more for those who like really “out there” books, and space opera kind of stories. May be a bit too out of the mainstream for your everyday reader.
A-Secret-Book-Affair More than 1 year ago
I'm not exactly sure what I had expected when I first requested this title through NetGalley, but I was definitely surprised by Wotan's Dilemma. While awaiting approval, I'll admit that Quense's novel was mentally shelved and unfortunately, accidentally forgotten. I'm ashamed to admit I lost track of it amidst the other titles I had planned to review, which really bummed me out when I found out I forgot about it, because I remember being relatively excited about reading it in the first place. I love Norse mythology and science fiction, so a mash up of the two? How could I possibly pass up the chance to read that? Well, now that I have gotten the chance to FINALLY read it, I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on it completely. Again, to be completely honest I didn't really know what to expect when I settled down to read Wotan's Dilemma, mainly because I had never read anything by Hank Quense. Though this is my first experience in his creative worlds, I had seen many positive reviews for his writing overall. So regardless, I knew it had to in some way or another be a good read. I found that what I loved the most about this title was the dynamic pool of characters! Mortals, warriors, Gods, and aliens... what more could you add to make a great mythology based tale with a dash (well more like a cup) of scify? How about an ancient Norse myth smashed together with alien technology! Yup that's right, Quense dares to put things together, that in most cases should never even be close neighbors let alone share a story. Anything that I have come across even remotely similar to Wotan's Dilemma, just either sounds terrible or lacks some seriously needed elements. Quense, however, totally makes this work somehow. There is humor in different variations, both veiled and obvious. There are inner quests for adventure, love, fame, and fortune; all the best necessities of a successful mythology based story. Now the only thing I take issue with, and to be honest it wasn't that off putting, was that at first I found it difficult to really get into the story. For me personally, it was because from the very beginning Wotan's Dilemma jumps from character to character at a rather quick pace. Sometimes it seemed too erratic to easily follow and at other times is flowed perfectly. Of course this could also be a personal preference type issue, and other readers may love this about the book. How ever much this mildly put me off at times, I still found it a very good fun quick read. I will definitely be looking into Quense's future titles to see what else he comes up with.