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Royal Flush [Kindle Edition]

Scott Bartlett
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If You Like Monty Python, Discworld, or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy You'll Love This Award-Winning Comedy Novel


Get your copy now of the novel that will have you laughing out loud!

The Kingdom is careening toward catastrophe. Meanwhile, the King is cruising seedy taverns looking for likely maidens.

"The King" is his only name. He avoids responsibility at all costs. He executes anyone who annoys him. He keeps his mother locked in a dungeon.

But deep down, what the King really wants is to be loved. During this misguided search for romance, 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.

>>>*WINNER* of the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize

"Several times, my daughter would ask what I was laughing at. It was in those moments that I began to realize how much I was enjoying this book." - Transformed Non-Conformist


Editorial Reviews

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"Extremely well-written." - Jury for the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize
 
"Royal Flush is one of those books I could read over and over again." - The Bibliophilic Book Blog
 
"A very entertaining book." - Eastern Sunset Reads
 
"Recommended for anyone who loves to laugh." - The Coffee Pot

About the Author

Scott Bartlett has been writing fiction since he was 15. His medieval comedy novel Royal Flush received the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize, and his contemporary novel Taking Stock received both the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Lawrence Jackson Writers' Award. He also recently placed 2nd in Grain Magazine's Canada-wide Short Grain short story competition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981286704
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mirth Publishing (August 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN9XPD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read! February 27, 2012
By Lina
Format:Paperback
This book was a lot of fun to read! When I first started reading it I couldn't figure out what it was reminding me of. I finally put my finger on it: Monty Python! The story has a fun plot with lots of twists and turns. Lots of good laughs and satire on our society and what the meaning of love is.
You will love this book for the great comedic satire and fantastic plot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bumbled into a good story September 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I needed a comic break and this book provided it. I laughed out loud for the first half. Then I started to get bored with the continuing stupidity so I quit and moved onto something else. Later I came back and finished it and realized that it bumbled into being a pretty good story with some interesting life commentary.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit too silly for me January 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like really silly books, this is one for you. Personally, it is a little too silly for me. If the central character, the king, was a little more believable it would have helped but, unfortunately, he, like all the characters, were rather one dimensional. A certain amount of stereotyping is excusable in comedy, but here every character was just transparently shallow. When a character is too stupid and has no redeeming characteristics, the reader has a hard job caring about him and what is supposed to be funny falls flat.

I've read some excellent books in the humorous fantasy category, but they all had, along with believable and likeable characters, some social or political comment that gave them a bite that this one lacked.

In its favour, the copy was clean, and each of the stories - the book consisted of four stories about the same characters - was well constructed and paced. The prose was simple and effective, suitable to the style of book. All it needs is more work on the characters and preferably some point to it.

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of Pratchett. October 3, 2013
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If Terry Pratchett were ever to retire, Scott Bartlett could easily fill his shoes. Scott truly has the gift of writing. This story is indeed a blend of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. It keeps you interested as well as entertained from start to finish. The characters are very likeable and the story is fun. I am looking forward to his next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wisest Purchase Online. Probably. November 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is what happens when you put together a deep and thorough list of the rules and conventions of literature and then promptly, devoutly ignore them.
The most frequent comparisons I've heard are with Monty Python and Douglas Adams. There's a certain random zaniness coupled with surprisingly cutting social commentary that carries a strong Adams vibe. Personally, I prefer this to Monty Python, but I can understand the connection. Just look for Mud. You'll know what I mean when you get there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny, goofy story with plenty of suprises October 8, 2013
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I was able to get this for my kindle for free, and found it to be quite funny - written in a style similar to "Fool". If you want something to read that will give you a few giggles and wantonly jump paths for the story, give it a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars light, humorous, with a touch of thoughtfulness September 20, 2013
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. Anybody picking it up can get the sense of Mr. Bartlett's influences (Douglas Adams, Python, Pratchett, Wodehouse et.al ). I hesitate to give 5 stars because the characters drive the plot and humor, as opposed to my preference, when the story is told and the humor seems to come inherently. However, there are sections that do have that; the ongoing battle of wills with a goat and the polo handicaps,,, brilliant. Just a bit too short for me but I take the blame for that because I am a voracious reader. Makes a great weekend read or perhaps on a long flight. Just the right amount of light, funny distraction one might need. I look forward to future works
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and then some September 19, 2013
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This was probably the funniest book I've read in years. It reminds me of some of the books Robert Klane wrote in the 1970s, and Christopher Moore is writing right now. It also had a little "Princess Bride" flavor. I found myself casting different actors in a movie version. I settled on Simon Pegg for Mud, Ricky Gervaise for King Cedric, and Jack Nicholson for the newspaper editor. That would be awesome. I look forward to Bartlett's next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud Funny!!
A laugh-out-loud, Monty Pythonesque story about an inept king and the oddballs that inhabit his kingdom. A wildly funny, well-written satire. Well worth the purchase.
Published 2 months ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best books to cheer up a ...
A delightfully absurd tale of a king's trials and tribulations.
Easily one of the best books to cheer up a funky mood or shake off a nasty day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JermEx
5.0 out of 5 stars A really funny read!
Just what it says in the title of my review.

I had a blast reading the book. The writing is sharp and fast paced but doesn't feel hurried. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Holly Lawrence
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly
There were parts of the tale that were funny, but. Comparing it to Monty Python would be inaccurate. It lacked the cleverness of Cleese, Palin, Idle, Jones, ChaPman. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sentient sword
1.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate title - do NOT believe the great reviews
Wow - this book was bad. Can't believe I kept reading, but I thought, gee, with so many good reviews, it just has to get better, right? Wrong. It never improved. Read more
Published 8 months ago by retiredandlovinit
4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Novel
I owned the book for awhile before I had the chance to finally get down and read it this past Christmas break.
Overall, it is a witty, if odd, narrative. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mark Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it for FREE
I got this book for free when it was offered on one of my Facebook favorite walls. I read like there is no tomorrow and even more since I got my Kindle. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MetzyMom
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Kind of an obscene fairy tale. Had no idea what was happening. Dreary and forgettable. Sorry, had to stop midway.
Published 8 months ago by Nomadmom
5.0 out of 5 stars I found the Writing of this story to be genious! Funny and so...
It is one of a kind and I believed "The King" to be a rel person (most of the TIME LOL)
Published 9 months ago by Carol L. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This book made me want to read slower and laugh a lot. To me it's an artful celebration of artlessness. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dee
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More About the Author

Scott has been writing fiction since he was 15. His medieval comedy novel Royal Flush received the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize. His contemporary novel Taking Stock received funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, and won both the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Lawrence Jackson Writers' Award. Scott recently again received funding from the NLAC to write Air Earth, a dystopian novel set in the far future.

Scott's short fiction has won awards, too. He recently placed 2nd in Grain Magazine's Canada-wide Short Grain short story competition. As well, both of the short stories he submitted to the Cuffer Prize in 2012 were selected to appear in The Cuffer Anthology.

In 2012, Scott won an international blogging competition, travelling to Rio de Janeiro as a result and blogging for the United Nations Environment Programme at World Environment Day.

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