Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FNN Interviews the author of WOTAN'S DILEMMA

Today, a third-degree mishap for your reading pleasure. 
 

Faux News Network presents a special report from our cultural reporter Marcia Hammerhead. Today, Marcia will interview an author who has just released a new book.
 


Marcia Hammerhead:  Today, I'm interviewing a virtually unknown writer named Hank Quense whose latest book is Wotan's Dilemma.  Mr Quense, I must warn you that I love literary works such as Milton's Paradise Lost and Melville's Moby Dick plus artistic masterpieces like Ravel and Respighi symphonies and most operas.  I also despise genre fiction and I'm afraid the very title of your book smacks of some horrid little genre story.  Am I correct in my analysis?

Hank Quense: Yes, you are to a certain extent.  Wotan's Dilemma is a blend of scifi and fantasy, but it's not horrid.
MH: Oh dear.  Two trashy genres in one book?  This could be even worse that I first imagined.  And I'll decide if it's horrid or not.  Can you gives a brief synopsis of this wretched story.
HQ: Wotan's Dilemma is a retelling of an ancient story known as the Rhinegold Myth.  Basically, I used the storyline the opera composer, Richard Wagner, used for his Ring Cycle of operas, reset it in the future instead of the Dark Ages, changed the fantasy creatures to aliens and transformed the morbid tale into comedy.  Other than that it's pretty much the original myth. 
 

MH: I can't believe your chutzpah!  You dare to change a classic masterpiece into genre claptrap.  You should be flogged.  The Ring Cycle is a classic and my favorite series of operas and yet you desecrated it?
HQ: Well, not exactly. I didn't rewrite the music, I only changed the storyline.  Especially the ending.  Wagner composed great music, but his story-telling skills left much to be desired.  I had to change the ending, because Wagner's doesn't make sense. 


MH: I am shocked.  Shocked, that you haven't been denounced by opera lovers everywhere.  How dare you change the ending the of the world's greatest set of operas?
HQ: It had to be done, Martha.  I also made Brunnhilde the main character and gave her a quest: to understand and experience mortal love. 
 

MH: It's Marcia.  How can Brunnhilde be on a quest when she dies in the last scene? 
HQ: She doesn't die in my story.  She lives to go on with her quest.
 

MH: Obviously, your genre drivel must be withdrawn from publication and all copies destroyed before it damages Wagner's reputation.
HQ: I see no reason to un-publish it, Mary.
 

MH: It's Marcia, not Martha or Mary. You must un-publish the book. The Ring Cycle has no humor in it. It isn't meant to be a comedy.  It isn't meant to be scifi.  It's meant to be a turgid piece of horror, bloodlust and godly vengeance filled with great music.  It can brook no mockery such as your novel.
 HQ: Have you read my book, Martina?
 
MH: My name is Marcia.  Of course I haven't read it.  I told you earlier, I despise genre fiction.
HQ: If you haven't read it, how do you know I didn't improve Wagner's story?
 

MH: It's impossible to improve on perfection.  Since this interview has degenerated into quibbles, my readers will learn nothing of importance and it may actually insult their intelligence.  This interview is over.
HQ: Thanks for interviewing me, Madeline.
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Faux News Network: despite Ms Hammerhead's prejudice, FNN is thrilled that the author agreed to be interviewed and insulted.  To learn more about Wotan's Dilemma click on the title.
 

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35 comments :

  1. I dig his snark! I need to get the book just for that. Before someone takes it out of publication.

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    1. That would be one sad day, Captain! Hank's crazy sense of humour is great medicine.

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  2. Very clever. Thanks, Joylene, for the intro to Hank!

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. I had Hank as a guest a few times. The last was Nov '11. He cracks me up!

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  3. Hilarious! What a great way to introduce a book, how can we keep from checking it out?

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  4. A third degree like none other I've ever read! LOL!! Maria... Mavis... um, WhatsHerName did a fine job!

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    1. Yup, lots of girl power from our favourite snobby reporter. Thanks, Carol!

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  5. Hey Joylene, Marcia and Hank,

    Hank is reminding me of Boxing Day Eve aka Christmas. Anyway, Marcia has quite the shark surname. A shark and a snark. I like it already! The book looks like it should be on the best "smellers" list. Obviously a book to read and reread.

    On another note, Canucks 3, Flyers 2. Or maybe I made that up.

    Take care, eh.

    Penny's alleged human,

    Gary

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    1. Penny, I have it on good authority that the book smells just like porter steak! Your favourite, eh?

      Yeah, yay them Canucks!

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  6. Thanks for all your comments. Where is it written that an author interview must be A) factual and B) boring.
    You can find out more about Wotan's Dilemma at this site:http://strangeworldsonline.com/wp/?page_id=240 and Ms. Hammerhead has more interviews and book reviews on my bloghttp://hank-quense.com/wp/

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    1. Is that you, Hank? I recognize that strange world following you. This was fun. We should do it again soon.

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    2. It was me, but blogger is a pain to use if you don't have your own blogger account. Most of the time, I give in disgust when trying to post a comment.

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  7. Best of luck, Hank! :)

    Also, can you believe the Jackets only play the Canucks once this season, Joylene? It's so weird being in the Eastern Conference now!

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    1. And yet they promised with this new schedule that the West would play the East more than once each time before the playoffs. Though, it's anyone's guess whether the Canucks reach the playoffs. Feisty new coach et al.

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  8. Too late - it's already out there. Can't unpublish it now.

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  9. What a great way to introduce Hank! And I'm thinking the Boston Red Sox series will never end! Have a great weekend, Joylene. (Did I miss it if you sold your house?)

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    1. Sadly, we haven't sold yet, Kittie. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Thanks everyone for your comments. Oh, and thanks also for the scores. BTW, FNN just posted another report this morning about new findings that will rock the science world.http://hank-quense.com/wp/2013/10/fnn-report-new-findings-take-restaurants/

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  11. As if the interview wasn't funny enough - all the pics were hysterical! Thanks for the laughs. :-)

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  12. This post required a joint effort between JoyLene and I. I did the interview stuff, JoyLene came up with the pictures.

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  13. Thanks for the amusing interview!! (Love the pics too)

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  14. What a sense of humour! Martha... Mary... Mavis... whatever her name is, had me in stitches...
    she needs her own show...
    Joylene, you did a great job with the pictures!

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  15. HI Micehlle
    Sometimes when I feel grumpy, I write something in Ms. Hammerhead's POV. It never fails to cheer me up. Joylene did a great job with the pictures. We're a good team.

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    1. That's excellent advise, Hank. I'm going to try something similar.

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  16. Thanks for your kind comment Joylene, husband still waiting for that cancer operation, so things a bit delayed, but hope to have my next book out by the beginning of December, keeps me going.

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    1. Thinking good thoughts for both of you, Carole.

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  17. Hi Joylene,
    I just nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can find my questions at http://adriennereiter.blogspot.com.
    Cheers!
    -A

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