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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespear strikes back
The second instalment of Ian Doescher's of Shakespearean Star Wars. I think this volume is even better than the first one. The reason being if any story screemed Mcbeth type of themes of darkness such as curruption of the soul, betrayal it is the Empire Strikes Back.

The play format with asides and soliloquies give great character insights into the characters,...
Published 4 months ago by K. G. A. Alavi

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one
There are some good parts in this book, but to be honest it's not as enjoyable as part one. It sometimes feels like he's just taken the original script and substituted "thou" and "thy". I'm not sure if its that the novelty has worn off, the writing was too rushed to meet a deadline, was too focused on being Shakespearean rather than funny or just that the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespear strikes back, 6 April 2014
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K. G. A. Alavi (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The second instalment of Ian Doescher's of Shakespearean Star Wars. I think this volume is even better than the first one. The reason being if any story screemed Mcbeth type of themes of darkness such as curruption of the soul, betrayal it is the Empire Strikes Back.

The play format with asides and soliloquies give great character insights into the characters, even better that the films. I love the Han and Leia are arguing than there is an aside of what they are thinking and reslly want to say to each other. There is more emphasis on Luke falling to the darkside in his soliloquy. There is even an interesting angle of Leia thinking towards the darkside in her soliloquy during the escape from Baspin. I am not sure about chorus but it is supposed to be play so I guess the need to be there somewhere.

Anyone who is a fan of Star Wars and especially the Empire Strikes Back definitely give it a read. Though it has every line for the movie in Yoda I mean Elizabethan speech; it is not a long read and most of all it is FUN!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's Star Wars, 10 July 2014
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My teenage son loves this take on the Star Wars story. He is not normally a keen reader so I was pleased when he asked for this book for his birthday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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So well written!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars, 29 April 2014
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This book is fantastic, already have the first one and I am now waiting for the next one. This is a must for any Star Wars fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 22 April 2014
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Well written and extremely funny book, recommended for any Star Wars fan young or old, just waiting for the final book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and innovative combination that will make you laugh while eagerly anticipating the final part, 2 April 2014
This review is from: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare Trilogy) (William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy) (Hardcover)
`William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back' written by Ian Doescher is second installment in author's William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy, a unique combination that entertains both readers in love with the English poet and the vast Star Wars universe.

Although at first glance it seems like a joke, the author himself gave a pretty ambitious task to connect the seemingly incompatible - England in which Shakespeare worked and exciting adventurous story that happens across the universe. And to make it clear, though a lot of humor can be found inside Doescher didn't wrote a parody, but a well-made adaptation of Star Wars made in Shakespeare manner. The author uses archaic grammar and vocabulary that was used in his time, combining it with Star Wars slang that although may sound strange, after the reader will become accustomed to it will become very fun to read.

What also have to be mentioned are the black and white illustrations that can be found on the pages of a book that makes it even more funny and enjoyable while looking at known characters pictured in a way drawing were made 500 years ago, dressed in costumes that are at same times are avant-garde and perfect fit for time when Shakespeare lived.

The second part after his `Shakespearian Star Wars' continues space saga accompanying original trilogy of George Lucas. Those familiar with previous Doescher work will feel like reading the next chapters of the original book, with perhaps a little more funny scenes, maybe sometimes even silly, considering that the original Empire Strikes Back was the darkest part of the trilogy.

It would certainly be interesting to see an animated series or perhaps a TV series with real actors like `Black Adder' in the British style to be made based on these books, which would surely quick gain cult status.

Therefore `Shakespearian Star Wars' trilogy continues to be a strange and innovative combination that will make you laugh and have fun, while eagerly anticipating the final part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Act Two, enter stage Yoda, 31 Mar 2014
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Doth merrie t's I found the Novel, and novel was the novel, such a familiar epic yet both unexpect and forshadow telling displayed upon opening this folio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Shakespearean triumph!, 31 Mar 2014
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I loved the first book and this is another fabulous mash-up. Hilarious and intelligent, it actually delves into the psyche of the characters with some outstanding soliloquies. Can't wait for the Jedi to return!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Aug 2014
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Just as described <0> Prompt delivery <o> Recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one, 6 May 2014
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There are some good parts in this book, but to be honest it's not as enjoyable as part one. It sometimes feels like he's just taken the original script and substituted "thou" and "thy". I'm not sure if its that the novelty has worn off, the writing was too rushed to meet a deadline, was too focused on being Shakespearean rather than funny or just that the original material is not as conducive to "translation". Despite all that there are still some moments which are laugh out loud funny but there are just not as many lines that stick in the mind as from the first one.
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