Book Review- William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

By Ian Doescher

“In a time so long ago begins our play, in star-crossed galaxy far, far away”

Ian Doescher has created a brilliant twist on a favorite fandom. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a fun and fast read that will have both Star Wars fans and Shakespeare lovers flying through the pages at light speed. Not only are the epic film moments captured in perfect prose, we also get twists on beloved Shakespearean plays. Included in the text are 20 illustrations that show popular scenes from the movies.

I was never a Shakespeare fan in High school and likely never will appreciate him as much as others. However, I found myself flipping pages quickly and matching up scenes from Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. I loved the side thoughts (asides) from the characters which added to the story. I also laughed at the scenes with R2-D2 and Chewbacca! Beep, beep, meep, squeak, hoo! The private thoughts from our favorite little droid were a great add in. Who hasn’t wondered what he was thinking during C-3PO’s lengthy complaints?!

I would highly recommend this to both fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare alike who want a fun and dramatic take on a well known space adventure. I hope he continues through the rest of the films!

Please, note that this is not a book for young children. The language would be hard for them to read and they likely would get bored with it quickly. Teens and adults are a better audience and can appreciate some of the not so obvious references sprinkle throughout the text.

This book will be released July 2, 2013. I was lucky enough to score a pre-release title from Quirk books. This is no way shaped my opinion of the book.

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