Wotan's Dilemma

Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Hank Quense

Publisher : Strange Worlds Publishing

ABOUT Hank Quense

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Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  He writes humorous fantasy and scifi stories.  On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is l More...



This is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth. In it,
Brunnhilde, a Valkyrie, searches for an understanding of mortal love and hopes someday to experience it.While Brunnhilde goes about her quest, a secondary story involves a struggle to possess and control the magical horde of gold known as the Rhinegold, now transformed into quantum electronic devices of immense power. The god Wotan contends with two aliens in a three-way scrum.
This ancient myth is now told as a scifi tale with aliens replacing the fantasy creatures. Beautiful goddesses, magical gold quantum electronics, aliens, a murderous god, great heroes: what more could a reader want?

I love rewriting literary works, legends and myths. I've rewritten (screwed up? Spoofed?) a number of Shakespeare's plays including Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, MacBeth, Hamlet and Othello. In Wotan's Dilemma, I took a story that takes place in the Dark Ages and moved it into the future. I also transformed the fantasy creatures into aliens. The central artifact in the Rhinegold myth is a magical ring made from the Rhinegold. I felt a ring of power has become a cliche. After all, Tolkien used one in The Lord of Rings (he took that idea from the Rhinegold myth). I struggled for quite a time to come up an alternative to a ring. Finally, I had an idea: take the magical gold, combine it with quantum electronic techniques capped off by super-sophisticated computer code and Voila! A Chip of Power! Once I had that idea, the rest of the story almost wrote itself.

Wotan’s Dilemma is the latest book in Hank Quense's Strange Worlds series. Much like Hank’s Falstaff's Big GambleWotan’s Dilemmas eems at first to be quite a random book. However, with Hank’s humour and style, he manages to bring all this randomness into a really funny and unique novel!

As I said, this was an entertaining, amusing and interesting book. I especially liked all of the Norse mythology and the link between Wotan and the composer Wagner. I also thought Hank left the ending open for another novel in the series, so it will be interesting to see if another book comes out of this story!
I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, especially novels such as The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett asWotan’s Dilemma has that same quirky, humorous feel. I’d also suggest it to anyone who would like to try something a little different as this book won’t disappoint!
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