Falstaff's Big Gamble

Falstaff's Big Gamble

by Hank Quense
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Falstaff's Big Gamble by Hank Quense

This novel is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare. It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them in Gundarland. There, Hamlet becomes a dwarf and Othello a dark elf. If that isn't bad enough, these two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare's most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus. Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff, who embezzles money from Othello. After Hamlet becomes king (with help from Falstaff) the rogue becomes the dark nemesis behind the throne.

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ISBN-13: 9780985779115
Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2012
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

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ReadingFury More than 1 year 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.