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Tales from Gundarland

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 25th 2010 by Createspace (first published May 23rd 2010)
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Chris Meads
Dec 03, 2014 Chris Meads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy, adult
Hank Quense can write such humorous stories and this a great collection. One that will make you laugh.

According to Quense, the planet Gundar was named after "the omniscient god who accidentally created the universe with an explosive sneeze caused by snorting a larger-than-average dose of His favorite recreational powder."

We have stories about elves, dwarves, dwelves (a mixture of dwarf and elf), gnomes, yuks, trolls and humans. He parodies Romeo and Juliet, Zorro which is Zarro and the Lone Rang
Aug 14, 2010 Fran rated it it was amazing
Tales From Gundarland
Author: Hank Quense
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Welcome to Gundarland, a unique place filled with humans, dwarfs, Yuks, elves. Enter this world created by a god who sneezed. You read that right He sneezed with such force caused by snorting an overdose of His favorite recreational powder. Gundarland is the largest land mass of planet and you'll want to read this outstanding, hysterical, humorous, creative and wildly funny novel by author Hank Quense. Buy the book and you'll get your
Kori Morris
May 17, 2012 Kori Morris rated it liked it
First Reads Winner.

A collection of short stories centered around comedic exploits in the land of Gundarland, conceived by a big sneeze from an omniscient god, where various creatures (dwarfs, elves, yuks)travel on their own paths, the writing in the book is filled with jokes, irony, and humorous tie ins to our own world. Despite the comedy, however, the writing style is abrupt and a bit jarred - the first story in the book is almost painful to wade through because the story is essentially "Perso
Janice Clark
Jul 02, 2010 Janice Clark rated it really liked it
I don't know that I "learned" anything from the book, but I certainly had fun reading it and will probably read it many more times. If you like action-packed adventures with a satirical twist that will have you snickering, chuckling, and laughing out loud, this book is a good choice. Hank Quense delights in using his well-sharpened pen to let the hot air out of everyone, and sneaks in a few serious thoughts while you're distracted by the funny stuff.
Roberto Mattos
Dec 10, 2014 Roberto Mattos rated it it was amazing
Mr. Quense nails it again. In this new book he comes with 8 stories, one more creative then the other. Hysterical. My favorite is the last one, Tactical Surprise. The end of the story is delicious. I loved it!
I have been following this author for a while and having read most of his books I can say that he is a master of satiric humor. You have to read his stories slowly and savor every subtle humor. It will light up your day.
His characters are taken from Shakespeare and fairy tale stories and th
Dec 22, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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!!!
Martha Cheves
Sep 24, 2010 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
Tales From Gundarland – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘The planet was named Gundar after the omniscient god who accidentally created the universe with an explosive sneeze caused by snorting a larger-than-average dose of his favorite recreational powder. The nodules of spittle flew through space and eventually solidified into suns, planets, comets and other celestial bodies. Gundarland is the largest land mass on the planet. Populated by diverse races such as dwarfs, hu
Keryl Raist
Oct 28, 2010 Keryl Raist rated it liked it
Imagine for a minute an alternative universe where Terry Pratchett and Monty Python could produce a love child. Now imagine that child had inherited both parents' skill at seeing a situation and sizing it up for satiric treatment but neither parents' talent for executing that satire. If you can hold that idea in your mind, you'll have a pretty good idea of how Tales From Gundarland reads. I have a crusty, old memory of an English teacher telling me to use writing to show, not tell. You probably ...more
Jennifer Walker
Jan 18, 2012 Jennifer Walker rated it really liked it
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 a ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
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 savin ...more
Jul 03, 2010 Lynnderella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lynnderella by: A family member
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,& 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 Gundarland ...more
Nov 08, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable - like many Goodreads books, it could use a little proofreading, but the stories are fun and go very quickly. I enjoyed the longer story with the pirate theme - I wish that had somehow been developed into a full novel incorporating some of the other tales, rather than the short story format. But perfect for passing the time during travel, waiting rooms, etc.
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Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric scifi and fantasy stories. He also writes about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 14 books and 50 short stories along with a few dozen articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a series of two humorous novels that take place in t ...more
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