William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New HopeWilliam Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #4) by Ian Doescher
Published by Quirk Books on July 2nd 2013
Pages: 174
ISBN: 1594746370
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“Pray, R2-D2, Where art thou?

Seriously, how awesome is that? This book (or should I say play?)is like a love story between George Lucas’ Star Wars and the works of William Shakespeare. I have seen each Star Wars movie more times than I can count and also read a couple of star wars books to the boys along the way….so I am more than familiar with Star Wars and it was fun to read it in iambic pentameter. I thought when I began reading this, that this book will get old fast for me..but it didn’t. It was a fun and clever book. I have to say that my hat is off for the Author. This was probably not an easy feat. I dare say that I am not so clever so I appreciate the skill involved. Plus, did I mention this is done in play form?

“LUKE Friends, rebels, starfighters, lend me your ears. Wish not we had a single fighter more, If we are mark’d to die, we are enough To make our planets proud. But should we win, We fewer rebels share the greater fame. We all have sacrific’d unto this cause.”

Reading classics can either be pleasurable or it can be daunting as they feel dated – mainly due to the language. Other reviews have mentioned this, and I agree 100% with them, that this is a fun way to introduce kids/teens to the works of Shakespeare. True, this is not Shakespeare but perhaps could be used as a gentle introduction to his body of work. As in read this book first, then move on to a real Shakespeare work. I also feel that this book was possibly a labor of love by someone who loves star wars and has a real appreciation for Shakespeare. Plus, I could understand what was going on. I have actually enjoyed most of the Shakespeare’s plays I have read, but there have been times when I had to read and re-read sections/passages/pages because I was like “WTF did I just read?” That was not the case here. I also liked the asides…well, maybe I more than liked them..I kinda loved them!

“A plague on 3PO for action slow,/ A plague upon my quest that led us here,/ A plague on both our circuit boards, I say!

I would never had picked this book up if it weren’t for a book challenge. Glad I did. Shakespeare meets science fiction..who knew it could work!