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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 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: #4,692,674 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.

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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lina on February 27, 2012
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 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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6 of 8 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Beth on December 5, 2012
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Scott Bartlett dishes up a hand of hilariousness in his novel, Royal Flush. Which, surprisingly, doesn't have a poker game.

I was consistently ambushed by the characters, plot, and the overall comedic tone of this novel. And I loved it.

The King, also known as Mud the Marauder in later chapters, needs a wife. But he doesn't want one. A few prospects he even tosses in the dungeon, with his mother. A fate that no citizen deserves. The King's a little shy on morality, but has an overabundance of executions. He even manages to fall in love. A few times. Though the women always seem to leave him for someone else.

Readers will have an easy time connection with the King based on the hilarity of the novel. How can readers not like someone who has absolutely no ambitions and likes to steal from people to the point in which people want him to steal their belongings? It's chaotic, crazy, and lovely. To say the least.

Bartlett crafts the plot in a wide arc of unfortunately funny situations. Often jumping back and forth between the past and present, really giving the reader an entire painting of the King's life. Which another character is writing as the reader is reading. The story line revolves around love and how the King just can't find it. And the problems that occur when he does.

Royal Flush is a refreshing and extraordinary novel involving all the duties a King doesn't do. Recommended for anyone who loves to laugh.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janette Skinner on October 22, 2012
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This book seemed really strange to read at first and it is certainly original in concept. There are shades of Monty Python, and Michael Palin, and John Cleese would be perfectly cast as the King in a film of this story. The story romps along with a despicable main man, The King, whose name is later changed to Mud when he is dethroned. It is mainly based on the king searching for a wife and getting into all kinds of trouble.
There are some hilarious passages, like the one describing the handicapping method for the polo match which I am tempted to borrow and develop for my scrabble games. The story jumps back and forward in time a few times but remains fast moving and really amusing.
The writing is flawless and there are terrific one liners, i.e.
(Alice says) `This better be amusing.' If Alice's idea of `amusing' included shameless melodrama and partial nudity she was in for a real treat.
No one is impressed with this King, he beats puppies, executes people on a whim and locked his mother in the dungeons for years, but perversely you can't help but like him.
I particularly liked the fact that he hanged people 'for being really annoying.'
There are so many interesting characters and bit parts, like Pablo the prophet who got thing wrong because his timing was a bit off, or the adviser who apparently rises from the grave, and Gertrude (mother) who rides the desert plains berating people for not ironing their clothes.
There is a `not very happy ever after ending' which I won't say very much about and you would never guess it anyway, but all told this is a good original amusing book.
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More About the Author

Scott Bartlett was born 1987, in Newfoundland, Canada, where he currently lives. He has been writing fiction since he was 15.

Scott's fiction has won several awards, including the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize for Royal Flush, as well as the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Lawrence Jackson Writers' Award for Taking Stock.

His short fiction has received recognition as well. His story "The Proletarian" placed 2nd in Grain Magazine's Canada-wide Short Grain competition, and "Author's Note" was shortlisted for the 2014 Cuffer Prize.

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