April 19, 2014

Book review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

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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.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

One of the boxes that I dreaded in the Reading Outside the Box challenge was the box for "Poetry or Novel-in-verse" because I just don't like reading poetry. It puts me to sleep. So when I heard about William Shakespeare's Star Wars from Alison, who also introduced me to the reading challenge, I immediately knew which book was going to be my "Poetry or Novel-in-verse" selection.

Throughout the book, the Star Wars-loving side of me warred with the Shakespeare-not-so-loving side. There were times when I got a kick out of reading a scene in iambic pentameter, like when Luke first sees R2D2's recording of Princess Leia. However, there were times when the verses put me to sleep... literally.

If you're a fan of Star Wars (which I am) or Shakespeare (which I'm not), you will probably enjoy William Shakespeare's Star Wars. And if you're lucky enough to be a fan of both, you'll love it! Otherwise, if you're just a peotry-phobic reader who thinks this will change your mind about poetry, look elsewhere.

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