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William Shakespeare's Star Wars
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May the verse be with you!

About the Author

Ian Doescher the author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars - Verily, a New Hope. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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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"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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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

Gr 8 Up-"...In time so long ago begins our play,/In star-crossed galaxy far, far away." Inspired by the work of George Lucas and William Shakespeare, this is the story of Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, retold as a five-act play, complete with blank verse, couplets, and Elizabethan stage directions. Even Jabba the Hutt and R2-D2 speak (or beep) in iambic pentameter. Luke, Leia, Han, Darth Vader, and the rest of the cast battle to determine the future of the galaxy while parodying various well-known lines and speeches from Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Henry V. Luke's soliloquy, "Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not," accompanied by an illustration of Luke holding up a stormtrooper helmet, is a standout comic moment, as is Leia's "songs of nonny," sung as the planet Alderaan explodes. 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. It is most likely to be appreciated by snarky AP English students and drama club members, but an imaginative English teacher could find ways to use it in the classroom to engage reluctant readers of Shakespeare. May the verse be with you! -Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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