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William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars [Kindle Edition]

Ian Doescher
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"The Bard at his finest, with all the depth of character, insightful soliloquies, and clever wordplay that we've come to expect from the Master. For those who wish to read the Star Wars legend in the original Elizabethan, this is the book for you."--Timothy Zahn, New York Times bestselling author of Scoundrels

"I'm delighted to have "William Shakespeare's Star Wars, "and have read it with great pleasure. What a fine idea, to set this in the world of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 C-3PO and Darth Vader! A period of civil war, rebels, the Galactic Empire, the death star. A star-crossed galaxy! Ian Doescher does iambic pentameter well. This is a hoot!"--David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, University of Chicago and co-editor of "The Bantam Shakespeare "series

"Well-read geeks have breathlessly waited
For what Ian Doescher hath created
This book's cover is the door
To a Star Wars ne'er seen before"
--Daniel Wallace, "New York Times" best-selling author of "Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters"

"An elegant translation for a more civilized age. Let's face it--if you love Shakespeare or Star Wars half as much as I do, you've already bought this."
--Adam Bertocci, author of "Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, "writer-director of "Brooklyn Force "and "Run Leia Run, "and moderator of

"Zounds, the Forsooth is strong in this one! Two of the most creative minds in the universe collide with spectacular, hilarious and surprisingly touching insight into the original classic. This truly is Star Wars as you like it."--Joe Schreiber, author of "Star Wars: Death Troopers "and "Lenny Cyrus, School Virus"

"Whether your tastes run to Alderaan or Avon, this reimagining of Star Wars overflows with heart and wit." --Jason Fry, author of "Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare"

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Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime 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 fearstome 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William Shakespeare's Star Wars 14 Aug 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
“Verily, a New Hope”

If you’ve ever wondered how William Shakespeare would have approached writing Star Wars, wonder no longer! Because Ian Doescher has gone back in time, discussed the whole George Lucas scenario with William, and brought back the real thing for us to read. Yes, this is Star Wars as envisaged by William Shakespeare. Let me give you an example of how this works:

Act 1
Scene 1
Aboard the rebel ship
Enter C-3PO and R2-D2

C-3PO Now is the summer of our happiness
Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!
Our ship is under siege, I know not how.
O hast thou heard? The main reactor fails!
We shall most surely be destroy’d by this.
I’ll warrant madness lies herein!
R2-D2 - Beep beep,
Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, beep, beep, whee!

And so on, you get the idea.

This is great fun; if you’ve seen the original Star Wars movie, you’ll get the whole story, as told by Shakespeare himself. “’Tis a tale told by fretful Droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers” … indeed. I’m looking forward to the next parts of the saga, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Great idea, good book; along the lines of may the "With you may be the Farce!" or should it be the Force.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Present Idea 1 Sep 2013
By Lauren
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Funny, well made book that is both entertaining and a great addition to the Bard's alternative collections :) Brilliant as a gift for Shakespeare and Star Wars fans alike!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My two loves combined 10 Aug 2013
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As both a massive Star Wars and Shakespeare fan this book is my dream come true. As usual R2 steals the show. A genuinely funny well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and entertaining 30 Aug 2013
By Claire
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If you have a love for Shakespeare and for star wars you will get much enjoyment from this book. I literally was laughing out loud! :) great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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T'was in times of old 'tis a tayle relate, the machination
of cursed empires and rebels whom be foe and
Princess sister of the brave soul revealed,

[Aside] Marry. yet the tayle be more with
Family lost and jedi lore; commenced bizarre at part IV.

To defeat cursed empire
Rebels engage a mighty weapon to destroy, bilt
With help from those who'se,
Sentience be unknown.

[Chorus] Verily enthralled will the reader be,
Of this tayle, in a different place in olden time,
Thou spendst well if tome be bought,

Disappointed only be the knave who'se
Humours sense dessert'th them
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful find 7 Nov 2013
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The great thing about this is that the author clearly loves both Shakespeare and Star Wars. The iambic pentameter is spot on and the writing makes any number of clever references to others of Shakespeare's works. It's clever and funny but appreciates the best of both texts rather than mocking one at the expense of the other. We wil certainly look out for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great looking book, lots of fun to read. 30 Jun 2014
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I bought this mostly for the awesome title and lovely cover to sit on my bookshelf, but it's also great fun to read. As others have said, it's not exactly a riveting novel that will keep you focused for hours and desperate for more - I find it best to pick up for an entertaining chapter or two at a time. R2's asides are the most entertaining and lend a genuinely original angle on a character whose outlook and motives you never realised were so underdeveloped and mysterious.

I will definitely be ordering the other two to complete my original trilogy. Please god do not do the prequels. Please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun twist on the plot.
Our son loved it, and it will help him in reading real Shakespeare later on. Ignore the pedants who think it's too shallow. It's a parody, people!
Published 3 days ago by Andy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars if Shakespeare had written it
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Bought as a gift - they loved it. Now sits on the coffee table as a source of conversation and occasional humour.
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