Today I have a truly laugh out loud book: Royal Flush by Scott Bartlett
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Royal Flush asks the question, can a man who throws his dates in a dungeon succeed romantically?
A recipient of the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize, Royal Flush is a novel about a man known only as the King, and as his Kingdom careens toward catastrophe, he cruises seedy taverns looking for likely maidens. He is particularly bad at this.
His incompetence and his weakness for beautiful women drag him deeper and deeper into trouble. He is portrayed as a cross dresser by the Kingdom Crier, the Kingdom’s most popular tabloid. Shortly after, he must defend his castle against a siege with only his royal fiddler, while attempting to steal his royal fiddler’s girlfriend. And when the siege lifts, he must play the warmongering Traveling Linguists’ Guild against King Cedric, a visiting monarch–the stakes are love, death and dethronement.
OK – so I know that King. Or at least have memories of men that I have dated who, were I as clever as Bartlett, be able to spin a tale of woe that would have listeners laughing rather than looking at me with a “you poor thing” look. All that aside, this is a wonderfully funny collection of 4 event-driven stories, laden with Python-esque humor with an overlay from Kids in the Hall. Not particularly surprising as the author is from Newfoundland, and really – I’ve been there: my best friend’s mother was a Newfie – and there isn’t much to do BUT watch old reruns and television in the depths of winter.
You’ll have to suspend disbelief at the door, and be ready to just ‘go with’ the humor here, it’s not for everyone, but those who appreciate the not so subtle lampooning of stereotypes and situations will adore the read. Fast paced, a little bit of rambling, and characters that recur often enough to gain a decent perspective on their growth and development will keep you turning pages and others in the room wondering just what you are laughing about. Bartlett does cleverly wind in some references to the works he so obviously loves, including a nod to Douglas Adams and Hitchiker’s Guide, but you will find these are cleverly inserted and often don’t hit until long after you have passed their inclusion. Sneaky humor, that gives more than it takes, this is a delightful romp that is sure to brighten any day.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for the Indie Authors Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Purchase Royal Flush by going here: Batshite
About the Author:
Scott Bartlett has been writing fiction since he was fifteen. Since then, he’s written three novels and several short stories. His second novel, Royal Flush, won the H. R (Bill) Percy Prize, and his third novel, Taking Stock, received the Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award and the Percy Janes First Novel Award.
Scott also maintains a blog about environmental issues. In April 2012, he won the Rio+20 Big Blog Off, and as a result traveled to Rio de Janeiro to blog at World Environment Day for the United Nations Environment Programme and TreeHugger.com.