Tales From Gundarland

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This fantasy comedy book is filled with laughter and laughter is like free health insurance. This book has eight fantasy adventures. All are new stories and are filled with memorable characters. More
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About Hank Quense

Early in his writing career, he was strongly influenced by two authors: Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Happily, Hank has never quite recovered from those experiences.

He lives with his wife in northern New Jersey, a mere 20 miles from Manhattan, thecenter of the galaxy (according to those who live in Manhattan). They have two daughters and five grandchildren all of whom live close by.

For vacations, Hank and Pat usually visit distant parts of the galaxy. Occasionally, they also time-travel.

Besides writing novels, Hank lectures on fiction writing, publishing and book marketing. He is most proud of his talk showing grammar school kids how to create a short story. He used these lectures to create an advanced ebook with embedded videos to coach the students on how to create characters, plots and setting. The target audience is 4th to 7th graders. The book’s title is Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids.

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Tales from Gundarland
This trailer introduces Gundarland and provides background for the stories in the collection

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Elizabeth Miller reviewed on Dec. 22, 2011

Charmingly funny retelling of some classics and new fairytales from the mind of Hank Quense. I read this to a group of 7 to 10 year olds who thought these were hysterical. Great read for story times and a nice way to spend a day in the sun!!!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Booketta reviewed on July 14, 2011

I won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways. Tales From Gundarland is pure fantasy. Well known fairytales taken and spun with an added twist. On reading the prologue I thought this sounds good fun and I expected to be plunged into a similar world to Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. These short stories are more comparable to Shrek but for an older audience. Romeo and Juliet was my favourite and had me laughing my head off. I also liked Boggarts Blue about Burga the warrior cook saving the Princess locked in the tower. This story does draw comparisons to Shrek, the Princess is not pleased with her rescuer who is not of noble blood. Remind you of a certain ginger Princess? King Lazlo is based on Farquaad in the Shrek movies.

Witty and quite funny, these short stories made a change from my usual reading.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Lynn Coyle reviewed on July 2, 2010

Tales from Gundarland is a magical escape into a world of quirky and colorful characters. The author, Hank Quense, writes satirical spin-offs from traditional tales and cleverly blurs the archaic gender stereotypes. Romeo the Ballet-Dancer, Burga the Warrior-Cook, and Gerhilde the Independent Princess are just a few examples of the author's innovative and humorous characters. Tales from Gundarland is filled with lots of laughs, adventure, & wit -Don't miss out - Buy your ticket to Gunderland today! (=
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Janice Clark reviewed on June 15, 2010

Hank Quense is at it again. He’s sharpened up his satirical pen to let the hot air out of the greedy, the power-hungry, and maybe the rest of us. And therein lies a tale…or several. These action-packed, exciting adventures are laced with humor that will have you snickering, if not falling off your chair laughing. What delicious fun. Jan Clark
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Doc Finch reviewed on June 9, 2010

"Like most collections, Gunderland turns out to have both good and not so engrossing stories, but the majority fall well into the "good" side. The Queen’s Hero turned out to be my favorite story. The plotting is intricate enough to catch and hold the reader’s attention, and with enough scope and detail to generate new interest at most every turn. The battle scenes in Part 4 are some of the best I’ve read since Agincourt [by Bernard Cornwell] no small feat. This story alone is worth the price of admission." Doc Finch
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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