William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

Book - 2014
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Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781594747151
Branch Call Number: FIC Doesc
Characteristics: 172 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Aug 22, 2018

Probably took a lot of skill to pull this off, and because this is also Star Wars, I'll go ahead and give this 5 stars.

Jan 17, 2017

This is a really weird idea (it sounds rather like one of my odd ones) but it works surprisingly well. I love the way R2-D2 has asides to the audience that give us more insight into his character, and another great part is the way Chewbacca roars in meter. :) A hilarious romp through the Star wars universe, with the added bonus of antiquated language. Now, I'm just wondering when we get, "Behold, The Force Awakeneth!"

ArapahoeStaff12 Jan 11, 2017

These are even better when listened to!

Apr 26, 2016

Goodreads had a dedicated Shakespeare week and as part of that they had a few famous authors write a 'missing' scene to one of his plays, and Ian Doescher was one of those authors and I thought his scene was fantastic, so I looked him up to see what he wrote and low and behold, what he writes is Star Wars, in Shakespeare's style.
Now, I'm a big Star Wars fan, not quite a get dressed up for the movies type but I've got lines memorized and I've read a lot of the books (except for the ones after they kill Chewie, because what the hell was that all about!).
Shakespeare though, he's never been high on my list of stuff to read and I've never liked the plays or movies on his works. I have decided that it's important to read them from a cultural point of view and I've got through a few but that's as far as it's gone.
This though, this is awesome. I understand the words and the context, I can hear the actors speaking while I read. Though I have a hard time infusing Han Solo with the right amount of sarcasm. The Wampa speaks and the Space slug and even R2D2, and somehow CP3O and Lando sound perfect in Shakespeare inspired language.
Unfortunately for my pocket book but probably good for the authors, my library only has this part and not the other 5, so I'll have to be buying the rest at some point, because this part was awesome.

May 14, 2015

I did not read the first book, but it isn't necessary if you are familiar with the movies. I wish I had though, since this is so fantastically written! I may in the future. ;-)

I am not a Star Wars fan; my biggest issue being the dialogue (followed by a string of other plot and cinematic annoyances, like ships "blowing up" and "falling" in space). However, this book is such a beautiful blending of Shakespeare and Star Wars, it made me pull out the movies to watch after I finished. :P I absolutely loved that Yoda spoke in modern haiku, and the quips between Han and Leia are witty. In fact, my mental voice started speaking with "thous" and "doths" towards the end. That was rather annoying, to be honest.

A great read; fun spin on a very familiar story, which, for anyone that might find Shakespearean/Elizabethan language intimidating, will still find the plot accessible (as you already know what happens ;-) ).

Feb 10, 2015

The fun continues in this second Shakespearean adaptation of the Lucas space saga. Just as good as the first.

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