Fantasy/Satire – Falstaff’s Big Gamble

Falstaff's Big GambleFalstaff’s Big Gamble
By Hank Quense
Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
ISBN: 978-1478116196
ASIN: B008W87OJW
Genre: Fantasy, Satire
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This fantasy adventure is Shakespeare’s Worst Nightmare.

It takes two of the Bard’s most famous plays and recasts them with fantasy characters.

You don’t have to know anything about Shakespeare to enjoy this fantasy comedy. Hamlet is now a dwarf, Othello is a dark elf and Falstaff is a human. 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, a human.

Hamlet is the Prince of Denmarko and is striving to start a private business — bee-keeping — to demonstrate his competence and independence from the court. He is shocked to learn, from a ghost, that his uncle Clodio murdered his father. Indecisive, he tries to balance his love of bees with his mother’s demands to help Clodio and the ghost’s insistence that he avenge his father’s murder.

Othello, using a tarted-up resume, is named to the post of Minister of Homeland Security in the city of Dun Hythe. Once he assumes the post he realizes his responsibilities are much greater than he imagined they would be. He soon discovers his appointment was engineered by his wife’s grandmother who heads the local crime syndicate and demands that Othello illegally award her the contracts to rebuild the Dun Hythe’s walls.

Falstaff is a life-long schemer and scam artist. He calls himself Sir John Falstaff since he won the title ‘Sir’ in a card game with the knight. A deserter from the army, he travels around the country with his batman, Poulet, searching for opportunities. During the story Falstaff sees Hamlet and Othello as easy marks and gulls both of them.

Falstaff, claiming he and Othello once fought in the same battle, accepts money from Othello to recruit a force to put down the piracy that plagues Dun Hythe’s port. Instead, he steals two ships and goes into the piracy business on his own.
Later on, Falstaff decides to give up piracy as it is getting too dangerous. He saves Hamlet’s life after Clodio tries to assassinate the prince. Falstaff helps Hamlet avenge his father’s murder, then accumulates vast power by persuading Hamlet, now king, to let him take over the burden of ruling. Falstaff convinces Hamlet that Dun Hythe and Othello will invade Denmarko shortly and their only hope is to attack first. Falstaff recruits an army and leads it , along with Hamlet, to attack Dun Hythe where Falstaff plans to make himself king over the richest city in Gundarland.

Othello, incapable of leading the defense of Dun Hythe, turns over the responsibility to his subordinates and they prepare the city for an attack. Falstaff’s arrives and, expecting to attack an undefended city, sees the now formidable defenses. His army falls apart without striking a blow and Falstaff scampers off to seek new prospects. Hamlet and Othello agree to end the attack and declare peace.

In the end, Hamlet becomes comfortable with ruling Denmarko, Othello is considered a hero and a success for the first time in his life and Falstaff continues a life of running scams.

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Fantasy Satire – Falstaff’s Big Gamble

Falstaff's Big GambleFalstaff’s Big Gamble
By Hank Quense
Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
ISBN: 978-1478116196
ASIN: B008W87OJW
Genre: Fantasy, Satire
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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 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.

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, a human.

This novel was selected as the best fantasy satire novel in 2013.see it on amazon

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Humorous Political Satire – Exposed! Hillary Clinton’s Secret Emails!

Exposed! Hillary Clinton's Secret EmailsExposed! Hillary Clinton’s Secret Emails!
By P.J. Jones
Publisher: Shifting Sands Publishing
Published: August 5, 2015
ISBN: 978-1516819461
ASIN: B013IHKCCW
Genre: Humor, Political Satire
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Exposed! Hillary Clinton’s Secret Emails digs deep into her private correspondence from the time she and her husband left the White House to when someone finally had enough balls to complain she was jeopardizing national security. PJ reassures her readers these emails are the real deal. She got them from the Chinese guy who delivers her take-out, and everyone knows the Chinese are great at three things: sweet and sour pork, math, and hacking computers.

Does Hillary get slammed in this parody? Absolutely. But no liberal or conservative is safe. PJ Jones pokes fun of people from both ends of the political spectrum, bringing everyone together for a rip-snorting laugh (although she’ll settle for a few smiles and maybe some accidental flatulence).

***Warning***
This book is not intended for…
Stupid people. Not pointing any fingers (Jonathan Gruber).
People with weak hearts, stomachs, or bladders.
People with politically correct yardsticks wedged up their asses.
This book is intended for…
People who live in Colorado and like brownies.
People with a crude and outrageous sense of humor.
People who think apathetic and corrupt politicians are a joke.

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Humor/Satire – Pianist in a Bordello

Pianist in a BordelloPianist in a Bordello
By Mike C. Erickson
Publisher: Tri-Rhyme Publications
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 978-0578151861
ASIN: B00SC6RSAO
Genre: Fiction: Humor and Satire
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What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth?

Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.

And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.

He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become.

Are voters really ready for the whole truth?

Are you?

Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.

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Dark Fantasy / Satire – The Curious Little Book of Extraordinary Big Tales

The Curious Little Book of Extraordinary Big TalesThe Curious Little Book of Extraordinary Big Tales
By Richard Hennerley
Publisher: Naughty Dog! Publications
Published: February 2015
ASIN: B00TSKWXTY
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Satire
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“A stunning collection of 12 interlinked dark fantasy, short stories set in the mythical, magical land of Anywhere. Written in a dark, humorous and very entertaining style , the stories are full not only of magic, trolls and fairies but also of biting satire on our modern times. Please note, whilst the tales in the book are cleverly constructed to read like fairy tales, they are definitely for adults, covering such themes as abuse, murder, greed, wicked parents, love, hope, political and financial corruption, bigotry, bullying, fate, God and the Devil. Intriguing, insightful, wise and at times breathtakingly beautiful.”

Did you know that a Fairy lives for exactly 897 years and 13 days, that they kidnap human children because they can’t have their own and when they cry, their tears turn into diamonds? Did you know that real Trolls have horns, can run as fast as cheetahs and have a deep and abiding hatred of Bankers? Did you know that as you read this the Blind Old Weaver Of Fate is Clumsily Spinning Together the course of your life? Did you know that you began your existence as a random handful of atoms, coalescing together after journeying across the vastness of the Universe and when God saw you he was so moved by your beauty that he tore a piece off himself and placed it inside you?

Did you know that wherever you walk, the Devil and his Special Children walk with you and that one day your Soul will Break The Chains Of Earthly Existence to make one last, Incandescent Journey across a Broad, Bright Blue Sky and the Tale That Was Your Life will slowly fade away, to be lost forever in the dense Fog Of Forgotten Stories?

Did you know that if you speak the words “Once upon a time,” anything can happen?

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Comedy Adventure – Peace on Earth

Peace on EarthPeace on Earth
By Paddy Bostock
Publisher: Wings ePress
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 978-1597057830
ASIN: B00T8KNQIG
Genre: Comedy Adventure
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Mankind profits from nothing more than war. Hence, rumours about the existence of a disk said to contain the formula to “peace on earth,” obtained by a failed actor with a penchant for visions, pose a major threat to the planet. This unleashes a frantic hunt for the disk across continents, involving government agencies, master criminals, petty criminals, and would-be criminals, plus the local population of Pont-y-Pant: the tiny Welsh village on which disparate characters converge as the putative location of the errant disk.

However, nobody has taken into account the role that will be played by the three-year-old Newfoundland acting as the disk’s self-appointed custodian.

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