Tales From Gundarland: Eight humorous stories from the land of the incongruous, by Hank Quense
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 25, 2010)
Rating (1 to 5 *): ****
Book Review: Tales from the Gundarland
Elves, dwarves, dwelves, yuks, trolls...all living in peaceful harmony? Well, maybe not so much, but they sure have some interesting adventures! Tales from the Gundarland, by Hand Quense, comprises several short stories and two novellas set in this fantastical world.
Quense specializes in humor writing, and it's obvious he has a sense of humor that inspired each one of these stories. Whether it's the story of a dwarf named Romeo and his star-crossed lover, an elf named Juliet, or a musical competition where combatitiveness and cuteness are part of the scoring, or a clumsy hero who saves the day despite himself, each story has its own rich cast of characters who take the reader on a fun adventure. While some are inspired by traditional tales, others (as far as I know) are purely the author's invention.
Hank Quense's stories put a unique, fresh and fun spin on the typical fantasy tales. The format allows for the reader to read a whole story in a short period of time, but they are just enough to leave you wanting to read more about the characters. They are complex, quirky and know how to have a good time...the sort of book I love to read in the bathtub!
Disclosure of Material Connection: The author provided a free copy of this book for review purposes.