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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Mirth Publishing (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981286704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981286709
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,709,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

"This novel was extremely well written for this genre.... This writer has told a difficult story well." -- Jury for the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize

"The writing is good. It is airy and quick, and this is not the kind of book where you would want people to linger or struggle to push themselves through it." -- Jury for the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize

"Witty, humorous, fun!" -- Marija F. Sullivan, author, Sarajevo Walls of Fate

"I stepped into this other world with ease, then started smiling." -- Victoria Twead, author, Chickens, Mules & Two Old Fools

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

This book made me want to read slower and laugh a lot.
Dee
In fact, "literature" is too fine a work for this offering.
Bruce McRae
The story has a fun plot with lots of twists and turns.
Lina

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lina on February 27, 2012
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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 By Patricia Kenworthy on September 5, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mentzer on 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tahlia Newland on January 2, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Daniels on November 4, 2013
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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 By MIC - Noah Deters on 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 By darren L on 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 By James G McAllister on 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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