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Grady HarpTop Contributor: Children's Books HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER 5.0 out of 5 stars Just the antidote for today’s madness! Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020Verified Purchase Pow! Onto the scene pounces William Shatspeare as a court jester par excellence. Even the choice of sobriquet – wonderfully occult in origin and simultaneously as funny as this highly entertaining book – is in keeping with the degree of tongue in cheek parody and reflection in a funhouse mirror of the state of mind of today. Hint: pay attention to the


…. The book copyright owner is one James T. Quark Every aspect of this original book leads down the lane to hilarious parody. Even the chapter heads are digitalized and the innuendoes pepper the story with giggles and guffaws. That is not to say that the irony is without substance: twist your head a certain way and the political and social commentary rise out of the pages. An example, early on, after a mind bending prologue, from Chapter 2.01 Argust 15, 2124, 3:15pm “…I’ll bet that’s not what your read in high school.” Maxwell Muddle, professor of history at Santa Barbara College, surveyed the amphitheater. Some of the faces registered alarm. Dr. Muddle, in his early forties, balding, but otherwise sound of mind and body, had a tendency to call on his students. Worse, he often did so without posing a discernible question. Gesturing to the top of the amphitheater, Muddle hazarded, “But isn’t that why you’re in college? To learn the truth?”…..’The truth is there’s no such thing as truth.’ The book’s flavor is apparent – sort of. A capital item here is the theory of Historical Transitivity: Interpretations of the past often change when priorities shift in the present – the past was just as malleable as the present. And another tidbit ‘Instead of Faux News blurbs, the SmartScreen displayed the mind-blowing image of a vast spacecraft descending over Washington, PC.’ (Yes, spelling is correctly intended) But jumping into the ride of the coming story, ‘Universes are colliding. Characters from a tangle of universes—Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Harry Potter, DC Comics, Middle Earth and more—are colliding in a reality that has simply gone mad. The evil, orange-skinned usurper, Uranus Blowhard, has hypnotized Amerricans with this mind-numbing MAGA chant. Blowhard is determined to collect the five Time Cheaters that will make him the most powerful roach motel tycoon in the Infiniverse. The only thing standing in Blowhard’s way is Captain Quark and his crack team of superheroes, The Funtastic Five. Will Quark and the FF thwart Blowhard's scheme to conquer the Infiniverse?’ This is one completely and extravagantly delightful work of comedy. Though the pages turn quickly, take time to absorb and appreciate all the double entendres and kinks the author has created (or reported!!!). This is a book we all need to experience at this time. Highly recommended for relaxation. Grady Harp, May 20 One person found this helpful HelpfulComment Report abuse Piaras VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Shatspeare splatters copious amounts of satire all over the pages of this quick and funny read. Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020Verified Purchase George Bernard Shaw once said, “The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.” People enjoy political humor because it’s something that everyone can relate to. The public generally blames the government for everything, so everyone basically appreciates humor in politics. In truth, this particular source of hilarity is almost always delivered in a satire-like manner. It’s generally amusing, and it doesn’t detract from the real issue. In fact, it addresses whatever political issue is at hand. Consequently, there is no shortage of material for political humor. This book is a satire, and a good one. It’s an entertaining, page-turning story that will keep the reader involved. It’s playful, funny, and even a little mischievous here and there. Mr. Shatspeare splatters copious amounts of satire, parody and spoof all over the pages of this quick and funny read. Highly recommended reading and a well-deserved five stars from me. HelpfulComment Report abuse Amanda Adams 4.0 out of 5 stars Politics Schmolitics Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2020Verified Purchase Look, this book is bound to be both loved and hated by readers with equal passion due to the unabashedly in your face style of satire and political commentary embedded within. Luckily we live in the United States, where, for now at least, we are free to state our beliefs for or against anything we choose. My hope is that those who can't shake off a differing opinion just save yourself the irritation and move along. For the rest of us... Sometimes you just need to laugh! With a name like Captain Quark and the Time Cheaters: Donald Trump's Favorite Sci-Fi Novel — NOT!!, just try not to. This book is rife with intelligent satire and my goodness do I appreciate intelligence, especially in comedy. The plotline is, on the surface silly and seemingly far-fetched, but such a fun and relatively harmless way to view the political atmosphere we are currently navigating. Recommended to anyone with a sense of humor. HelpfulComment Report abuse J Armstrong 4.0 out of 5 stars Not so subtle satire Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020Verified Purchase Author William Shatspeare gives us a humorous book full of witty dialogue and biting satire. By combining all our favorite genres, from Star Trek, Marvel, Harry Potter and Middle Earth, the author cleverly provides a unique backdrop to some mind-numbing ideocracy and some impossible odds for our heroes, Captain Quarck and the Funtastic Five. The tongue in cheek humor about Uranus Blowhard who is attempting to take over the world with his MAGA chants and the five Time Cheaters that will make him the “most powerful roach tycoon in the Infiniverse”. What a fun adventure! I loved the humor, the satire, and the not so subtle references to figures in our own world. A little heavy on the SciFi, I think the magical aspect could have been explored a little more, but maybe there is room for one more book? Make it a series? Love it or hate it, it is a good way to pass the time right now. HelpfulComment Report abuse Ivana S. 4.0 out of 5 stars What a ride! Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020Verified Purchase What a ride! Oh my God! This book is amazing. “Captain Quark and the Time Cheaters” is a sci-fi novel written by William Shatspeare. This original first novel is written for a general audience. It is a humorous look at a lot of famous characters, with an imaginative use of language to create an amusing set of characters and plot, this book is quite funny but most of all eccentric and that is something I really like. After reading the first few pages of this story, you feel hooked by this masterpiece. It is perfect to enjoy in you spare time because it will make you laugh out loud and also relax: the perfect combination. This book is amazing down to the last page. It's easy to read and difficult to forget. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. I would gladly recommend you all, no matter what age to read it. Don’t miss it. HelpfulComment Report abuse quirru VINE VOICE 4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2020Verified Purchase Captain Quark and the Time Cheaters: Donald Trump’s Favorite Sci-fi Novel-NOT!! by William Shatspeare it is a satire and parody of politics that takes everything to the extreme to undo it, flip it and then scoff at it in a special funny way. The book reaches every political issue, past or contemporary, and put in each one its special political humor. The book is well written, is full of creativity, it talks about plenty of the superheroes in a satire form and I find it a little difficult to understand maybe because I know nothing about superheroes and very little about politics, but even with that, I was able toenjoy the book and laugh about most of the satire things he creates with his writing. HelpfulComment Report abuse the-librarian 5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020Verified Purchase Captain Quark and the Time Cheaters: Donald Trump’s Favorite Sci-Fi Novel — NOT!! is one of those rare genre-defying books that is part sci-fi, part comic bookish, part political satire, and entirely enjoyable. While some of the characters, especially their names, are clearly intentionally out there, the characters’ actions are not far fetched from the crazy reality we are currently living in. I’m not sure if that is a condemnation of the current state of the world or a compliment to the genius of this novel so take that how you like. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and one that I recommend to anyone interested in an enjoyable, lighthearted but cutting, read. HelpfulComment Report abuse

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