Sunday, October 10, 2010

Book Review: Tales from Gundarland

Tales from Gundarland is an eight short-story collection (all written by Hank Quense) which is based on classical tales such as Romeo and Juliet. Although in this case, Romeo is a poor silver dwarf miner and Juliet is an elf. Each story takes place in the fantasy setting, although Hank also incorporates many of his own original species (such as Yuks) and creates a detailed world that is easy to be immersed in. Some of the stories are relatively short, while others are the size of a novella. Howeve, all the stories have a great deal of comedy which is guaranteed to make the reader laugh.

I'm always a little cautious when it comes to self-published books in terms of grammar and spelling, but thankfully Hank Quense has taken the time to edit his book so any errors are hardly noticeable. I did notice that a significant plot point would be repeated more than once, and part of me wishes that a couple of the stories were fleshed out more when compared to others-for example, as a dwarf Romeo hates elves, but as soon as he sees Juliet he falls headfirst in love, and that feeling is returned a bit too easily. On the other hand, other stories such as 'The Queen's Hero' are very detailed and an easy read. I sincerely hope that Hank Quense creates more stories based in Gundarland.

FINAL GRADE: 4 stars out of 5. If you're looking for an easy, light-hearted fantasy read, I would recommend picking up the Tales from Gundarland. It is available as both a print and an e-book at

This book was generously provided to me for free by the author.


hank quense said...

Thanks for reviewing my book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Right after the holidays, my novel Zaftan Entrepreneurs will become available. Zaftans are nasty smelly aliens and they orbit Gundarland causing some rural folks to go to war with the aliens

Nanci said...

Hi Natasha! Thanks so much for reading Hanks book. If you are up for some more of his work, check out "Tunnel Vision." It's also a collection of short stories, but they're all different, not based on one place. My favorite of the collection is "Sponsored By." He has also written work that is free to our service men and women.

hank quense said...

If anyone is interested in buying the book, it is available in print and ebook versions. My website has links to all the major sellers:

Natasha Bennett said...

Sorry about that Hank-I've added your link to my review.

Thank you,