Monday, February 23, 2015

WIlliam Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part The Fifth by Ian Doescher

Publisher: Quirk Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gift
Rating: ★★★★★

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!

The Empire Striketh Back is the follow up to Verily, A New Hope. These books are an original creation by Ian Doescher. He takes the original Star Wars trilogy and rewrites them in the style of Shakespeare. You can read my review for Verily, A New Hope here.

Yoda speaks in haiku, Boba Fett in prose and we finally get a sense of how conflicted Lando of Calrissian is while he makes the decision to betray Han. Lastly, we see a few more hilarious R2-D2 soliloquies and the dramatic revelation of Luke's family tree. 

I really enjoyed the first book in the series and the second instalment did not disappoint. I highly recommend that readers brush up on their Star Wars knowledge before picking it up. You'll find it much more enjoyable if you do. But, if you're like me and know the movies line by line, then sit back, read and enjoy the ride. I hope Star Wars fans in galaxies near and far adore this book and series as much as I do.

On to the next one, The Jedi Doth Return...

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