William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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May the verse be with you! Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language - and William Shakespeare - here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas' 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. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify learners and masters alike. Zounds! This is the book you're looking for.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 146 x 204 x 18mm | 359.99g
  • Quirk Books
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 20
  • 1594746370
  • 9781594746376
  • 10,446

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...a quirky addition to the genre-bustingcanon... EntertainmentWeekly . . . 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 Warsis 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 isuponus." CNET.com Ian Doescherhas reimagined the entire firstStar Warsfilm as an Elizabethan play, complete with iambic pentameter and elaborate illustrations. It's geekception. The Mary Sue Doescher spseudo-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 andStar Wars. School Library Journal ...the ultimate fan fic. ABCNews 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 giveWilliam Shakespeare s Star Warsa 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 theStar Warslegend in the original Elizabethan, this is the book for you. Timothy Zahn, New York Timesbestselling author ofScoundrels 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 Timesbest-selling author ofStar Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters I'm delighted to haveWilliam 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 ofThe Bantam Shakespeareseries ..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 ofStar Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare [William Shakespeare's Star Wars] is aa 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 ofTwo Gentlemen of Lebowski, writer-director ofBrooklyn ForceandRun 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 ofStar Wars: Death TroopersandLenny Cyrus, School Virus"show more

About Ian Doescher

Ian Doescher earned a B.A. in music from Yale University, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology from Union Seminary. He currently works for a marketing agency in Portland.show more

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This is the greatest book I own right now. It is actually really beautifully written. Emotional, vivid, fun and brilliant. The physical book is also amazing in texture, colour, good book-smell and cover design. I love it.show more
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