Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Things to Know about Falstaff’s Big Gamble

About Falstaff’s Big Gamble

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 and 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, who embezzles money from Othello.  After Hamlet becomes king (with help from Falstaff) the rogue becomes the dark nemesis behind throne.

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About The Strange Worlds of Hank Quense

Hank Quense has written about the Strange Worlds that he has developed as a background to many of the books he has written. One of these worlds is called Gundarland, a planet inhabited by humans and fantasy creatures. The second is Zaftan 31B, home world of the alien race known as Zaftans. The books contain information on culture, races, religion, politics and other topics. His latest book in this series is Zaftan Enterprises.

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Thirteen Things About Falstaff’s Big Gamble

  • In Falstaff’s Big Gamble, Hamlet isn’t in Denmark and Othello isn’t in Venice; both are in Gundarland a fantasy land I created.
  • Hamlet is a dwarf with a passion for bees:  “to bee or not to bee.”
  • Othello is a dark elf with a tarted-up resume
  • Falstaff is still an overweight human, but he’s a rogue.  I think Shakespeare would approve of what I’ve done with Falstaff.
  • Othello thinks he has an easy job as Minister of Homeland Defense in Dun Hythe, the country’s largest city.  Until, that is, he learns a horde of demobilized dwarf warriors have moved to the city looking for non-existent jobs.  He also has to rebuild the city’s walls and the local crime boss wants him to award the contract to her. Or else.
  • Iago and his wife, Emilia, are trolls and have a rocky marriage.  In addition, Iago has plans that could end up getting Emilia killed.
  • At the end, Hamlet learns to handle kingship
  • At the end, Othello discovers that getting talented subordinates is the key to success
  • At the end, Falstaff doesn’t learn a thing. Everything that happened to him was someone else’s fault
  • Othello is stunned to find out what out the future holds for his wife, Desdemona
  • Hamlet’s mother, Gertie, doesn’t believe in bathing and uses a quart of scent each day.
  • Othello’s passion is to be successful, just once.
  • Falstaff’s passion is to find a rich, gullible mark.

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About Hank Quense

Award-winning author Hank Quense writes humorous fantasy and sci-fi stories. His motto is fantasy and sci-fi stories told with humor and satire. He has over forty published short stories and a number of nonfiction articles. 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. 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.  Hank lives inBergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Hank’s previous works include Zaftan Enterprises, Zaftan Miscreants and 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.  His Fool’s Gold is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth and Tunnel Vision is a collection of twenty previously published short stories.  Build a Better Story is a book of advice for fiction writers.

He has a number of links where you can follow his work and his occasional rants:

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