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William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace : Star Wars Part the First

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The popular, NYT best-selling Elizabethan/sci-fi mashup series continues, with a Shakespearean take on the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace. When the best-selling William Shakespeare's Star Wars presented the classic George Lucas film in the form of an Elizabethan drama, the results blew the minds of Star Wars fans and Shakespeare buffs alike. Now the curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far away, this time revealing the tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance that will lead to the fall of the Republic and the rise of an Empire. The saga starts here with this reimagining of Episode I, a prequel tale in which a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights clash with a hidden, vengeful enemy. Masterful meter, Shakepearean soliloquies and intricate Elizabethan illustrations will leave more than a few readers convinced that the Star Wars saga sprang straight from the Bard's quill.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 146 x 208 x 18mm | 312g
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 1594748063
  • 9781594748066
  • 43,587

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"Enjoy this tale in iambic pentameter, for it has all the necessary aspects of any Shakespeare play - the betrayal, the hope, the tragedy.... This book is necessary for any Star Wars fan's collection."-Geeks of Doom

"William Shakespeare and "Star Wars" collide in the most delightful fashion."-McClatchy Tribune

"Witty and stylish, The Phantom of Menace is neither campy nor silly, but a finely-crafted work of art."-Examiner.com

Praise for William Shakespeare's Star Wars
"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

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

"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

"The ultimate fan fic."-ABC News Radio

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

Praise for William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
"Enormous fun."-AVClub.com

"Good luck getting to the end without rolling off your chairs. This book is a hoot."-McClatchy Tribune

"So what are you waiting for? Get thee once more to a galaxy far, far away."-Paste Magazine

"An inspired illustrated mashup that retells the space adventure in artful iambic pentameter and answers the question: What light through Yoda's window breaks?"-Tampa Bay Tribune

"Classic literature blended with fun is the best way to describe William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back."-San Gabriel Valley Tribune

"Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, [William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back] offer[s] essential reading for all ages."-East Bay Express

Praise for William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
"If you love 'Star Wars' and Shakespeare, this book is the pinnacle of perfection."-Yoda News

"A masterful mashup of English lit and pop culture that's hilarious, dramatic and downright mesmerizing."-American Profile

"For those who enjoyed Doescher's first two retellings, rejoice, for the merriment plays on."-The Free Lance-Star
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Review quote

"Enjoy this tale in iambic pentameter, for it has all the necessary aspects of any Shakespeare play - the betrayal, the hope, the tragedy.... This book is necessary for any Star Wars fan's collection."--Geeks of Doom "William Shakespeare and "Star Wars" collide in the most delightful fashion."--McClatchy Tribune

"Witty and stylish, The Phantom of Menace is neither campy nor silly, but a finely-crafted work of art."--Examiner.com

Praise for William Shakespeare's Star Wars
"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

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

"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

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

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

Praise for William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
"Enormous fun."--AVClub.com

"Good luck getting to the end without rolling off your chairs. This book is a hoot."--McClatchy Tribune

"So what are you waiting for? Get thee once more to a galaxy far, far away."--Paste Magazine

"An inspired illustrated mashup that retells the space adventure in artful iambic pentameter and answers the question: What light through Yoda's window breaks?"--Tampa Bay Tribune

"Classic literature blended with fun is the best way to describe William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back."--San Gabriel Valley Tribune

"Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, [William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back] offer[s] essential reading for all ages."--East Bay Express

Praise for William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
"If you love 'Star Wars' and Shakespeare, this book is the pinnacle of perfection."--Yoda News

"A masterful mashup of English lit and pop culture that's hilarious, dramatic and downright mesmerizing."--American Profile

"For those who enjoyed Doescher's first two retellings, rejoice, for the merriment plays on."--The Free Lance-Star
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About Ian Doescher

Ian Doescher is the author of the NYT bestseller WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S STAR WARS. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Union Seminary. A theologically trained social media specialist, Ian currently works for a marketing agency in Portland. https://twitter.com/iandoescher. Illustrator Bio: Nicolas Delort is a freelance illustrator based in Paris, France. Gathering inspiration in the daily and mundane as well as books and any kind of narrative medium, Delort has been compared to Gustav Dore and Franklin Booth for his wonderfully textural pen-and-ink drawings of scenes both fantastical and familiar. Delort's work has been featured on the cover of Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane from Solaris Books and in several galleries worldwide.
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1,385 ratings
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4 41% (572)
3 18% (256)
2 4% (54)
1 1% (17)
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