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William Shakespeare's Star Wars (Hardback)
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William Shakespeare's Star Wars (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 27/06/2013
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Full of feuding royalty, family melodrama, comical fools, and fantastic creatures, Star Wars has always been the most Shakespearean of Hollywood blockbusters. Now it's presented in a manner that Shakespeare himself would recognize -with classic iambic pentameter and Elizabethan-style stage directions.

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781594746376
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 211 x 149 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
..".a quirky addition to the genre-busting canon..."--Entertainment Weekly

." . . a great gift for every geek you know, no matter what their passion." - Huffington Post

..".the book is so brilliant you'll wonder why someone didn't think of it sooner."--Paste Magazine

"William Shakespeare's Star Wars is Exactly What You Need For Your Next Geeky Houseparty."--Tor.com

"Nicolas Delort's woodcut-style illustrations are a fabulous mixture of old and new."--Boing Boing

"At last, the mother of all mashups is upon us."--CNET.com

"Ian Doescher has reimagined the entire first Star Wars film as an Elizabethan play, complete with iambic pentameter and elaborate illustrations. It's geekception."--The Mary Sue

"Doescher's pseudo-Shakespearean language is absolutely dead-on; this is one of the best-written Shakespeare parodies created for this audience and it is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny for those familiar with both The Bard and Star Wars."--School Library Journal

..".the ultimate fan fic."-- ABC News Radio

"For anglophiles, scifi nerds, and probably 9th grade English students."--The Bookreporter

..".outstanding."--Geekdad

"If you are looking for a neat way to get acquainted with Shakespeare or you are a teacher whose students are having a rough time accessing the genius of the Bard of Avon, I highly recommend you give William Shakespeare's Star Wars a try!"--GeekMom

"Delightful."--PortlandMercury.com

"Doescher's attempt to recreate a Shakespearean play is noteworthy and clever."--Blogcritics.org

"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

"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

"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

.."another smart tribute fans will enjoy."--The Star-Ledger

"As Shakespeare would say, you might think, this be madness, yet there is a method in 't."--Newsday

..".what Doescher made is delicious."--Charleston City Paper

..".brilliant..."--Deseret News

"This is a great read. Author Ian Doescher may not have bested Shakespeare, but he's certainly one-upped Lucas."--Asbury Park Press

..".charming..."--The Courier-Journal

"Is it all a great, geeky, inter-galactic goblet of literary fun? Verily!" --AmericanProfile.com

"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

"[William Shakespeare's Star Wars] is a a brilliant and super-cool way to meld pop culture and high culture"--Bella Online

"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 TheForce.net

"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

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“Mayeth the Force be with you”

HAN Thy timely blast hath hit the perfect mark—
One in a million was thy Force-fill’d shot!

This book is great fun to read - pure and simple. Aside from the genuinely comic rendition of A New Hope, the quality... More

Hardback edition
18th July 2013
Helpful? Upvote 60

“Exceeded Expectations”

Really great gift for a star wars fanatic. I had a little read before I wrapped it and thought it was a clever, humorous little read. Beautiful illustrations, especially the cover. My favourite part was the hardback... More

Hardback edition
9th September 2013
Helpful? Upvote 17

“Verily, A New Hope”

This is a gorgeous little book, a compact and wonderfully illustrated little gem. A lot of love has gone into its design and execution, not least in the contents.

The original story has been deftly translated into... More

Hardback edition
27th October 2013
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