Feb 17, 2015

Recent Reads: William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #4)
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
Series: William Shakespeare's Star Wars #1
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date:  July 2, 2013


Format: Hardback
Source: Won from Quirk Books Egg Hunt (Spring of 2014, I think)




Goodreads Synopsis: 
Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations—William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.
I have seen the Star Wars movies, I am not a super-fan like a lot of people, but they are wonderful movies and this book is just as wonderful. I was very surprised at how well this worked - Star Wars in verse as a play .... by William Shakespeare -- weird, but oh so good.

What I found wonderful about it, is that it keeps the story very well even with the Shakespearean language and feel - all the characters are still there, all their key lines are still there and the plot is just as exciting as on the big screen. I was VERY impressed by this and it had me laughing at how wonderful it was put together. Ian Doescher did this story justice and the illustrations that are included just make it even more dramatic. This was so much fun to read.


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