Falstaff's Big Gamble by Hank Quense

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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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Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. He writes humorous fantasy and scifi stories. On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is like work while writing fiction is fun. A member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, he refuses to write serious genre fiction saying there is enough of that on the front page of any daily newspaper and on the evening TV news. Zaftan Entrepreneurs is the first book of a trilogy. In it, an alien mining ship discovers a planet that holds promise to be a mining bonanza. Unfortunately, it is inhabited by humans, dwarfs, elves and other races and they object to the mining expeditions. Zaftan Miscreants is the second book in the trilogy. It is awash with unusual characters and filled with bizarre plots His previous works include Tales From Gundarland, a collection of fantasy stories. Readers Favorite awarded the book a medal and EPIC designated it a finalist in its 2011 competition. Build a Better Story is a book of advice for fiction writers. Altogether, Hank has over forty published short stories and a number of non-fiction articles. He is presently working on novel three additional novels. Hank has initiated a series of lectures and workshops to share his expertise in creating fiction and publishing books. Create A Short Story is a 4 session workshop in which the participants design their own short story. He also gives a two-part seminar on Self-publishing a book and Marketing and Selling the self-published book.
Published August 4, 2012 by Strange Worlds Publishing. 230 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Othello becomes a dark elf overwhelmed by his new job as a Homeland Security bureaucrat, Hamlet transforms into a cleanshaven dwarf who cares more about his new beekeeping venture than avenging his father’s murder, and Falstaff stays most true to his original form: a fat, greedy trickster.

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