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William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back [Format Kindle]

Ian Doescher

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“...enormous fun…” —AVClub.com       
 
“Good luck getting to the end without rolling off your chairs. This book is a hoot.”—McClatchy Tribune
 
“...an inspired illustrated mashup that retells the space adventure in artful iambic pentameter and answers the question: What light through Yoda's window breaks?”—Tampa Bay Tribune
 
“So what are you waiting for? Get thee once more to a galaxy far, far away.”—Paste Magazine
 
“‘Tis a delight.”—Palm Beach Post
 
“This is a must for any fan of ‘Star Wars’”—The Citizen
 
“Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, [William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back] offer[s] essential reading for all ages.”—East Bay Express
 
“Classic literature blended with fun is the best way to describe William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back...”—San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“…masterful…”—Deseret News

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The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas's enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian—can our heroes escape the Empire's wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child.

What light through Yoda's window breaks? Methinks you'll find out in the pages of The Empire Striketh Back!

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 176 pages
  • Editeur : Quirk Books (18 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FIMWIE6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Wonderful Blend 18 mars 2014
Par C.R. Hurst - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am new to Ian Doescher's reworking of Star Wars a la William Shakespeare, and despite some initial skepticism, I must admit that I am very impressed. Doescher creates a wonderful blend of George Lucas's classic story and the great dramatist's style. In William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back we once again meet the principal cast of Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, and secondary characters such as C-3PO, R2-D2, and Yoda. And their familiar story is organized into prologue, acts, and scenes, as well as with many of the trappings of a Shakespearean drama: iambic pentameter, choruses, asides, soliloquies, and the elegant language of the Bard. Even those who have not read Doescher's first installment, Star Wars, should easily follow the plot--all is needed is a working knowledge of and a fondness for Star Wars and a love of Shakespeare and parody. I recommend The Empire Striketh Back wholeheartedly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 These are the books you're looking for 22 mars 2014
Par Canadian eReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher is the sequel to William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, a retelling of George Lucas’s space saga in the style of William Shakespeare. I would strongly recommend picking this up as an audiobook rather than ebook or hard copy – Random House Audio’s production is top notch with an excellent cast. It is far more like a radio play than an audiobook and the excellent cast does a wonderful job of telling the story.

What I liked

The source material. The original Star Wars trilogy is a darn good story. It contains a lot of strong themes which would have been as relevant in Shakespeare’s time as today: love, betrayal, youthful impetuousness, struggle against tyranny. Doescher therefore has a strong base on which to base his adaptation. It also isn’t too jarring, for example, when Han rails against Lando’s betrayal in Shakespearean language as it is a theme and emotion found in many of Shakespeare’s works.

Yoda. On my first listen through I was a little disappointed that Yoda didn’t sound too different from the other characters. In the movies, he has a unique speech pattern and I was hoping that this would be reflected in Empire Striketh Back. It was only on reading Doescher’s commentary that I realised Yoda was speaking in haiku! Darn I wished I’d picked that up first time. This is intended to reflect Yoda’s role as Luke’s master – or sensei – in the mystical force giving an eastern feel to it. Brilliant. Appropriate and brilliant.

The production. Random House Audio has gone full out to make this a radio play rather than an audiobook. We have a strong cast, sound effects (including the iconic swish of the lightsabres) as well as snippets of John Williams’ memorable soundtrack. It all combines to make it a wonderful listen.

Doescher’s Notes and Commentary. I the ebook edition I also possess, Doescher adds some commentary explaining some of the creative decisions he made while writing Empire. This, combined with the teachers notes provides a fascinating new insight into the book.

What I didn’t like

There was nothing, I tell you, nothing i disliked about The Empire Striketh Back. I already have The Jedi Doth Return on pre-order. As the trailer says “these are the books you have been looking for.”
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Trust your instincts, there are no Jedi mind tricks here, only great reading! 29 juin 2014
Par TrinityTwo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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(Trinitytwo’s Point of View from the Qwillery.blogspot.com *Reviewed the 3 books in the series together)

I am forgoing my usual short synopsis of the stories I review because in this case I think I am justified with assuming that most people already know a little something about the original Star Wars trilogy.

I’ve loved Star Wars since I saw the first film in 1977. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to review these books. However, I will admit to being a bit nervous about the “Shakespearean” component. Honestly, I admire the Bard and absolutely love Shakespearean theater, but given the choice it is not the first (or even second) book I would pull from a shelf to read. If you have similar fears, let me put them to rest: Ian Doescher’s triple combination of the beloved bard, George Lucas’ classic Star Wars saga, and a few of the author’s own secret ingredients creates one of the most enchanting and delightful series imaginable. This well-loved story written in Shakespearean style made the material fresh and exciting.

Pay special attention to the asides and soliloquies: they can be funny, poignant or sad but each gives a unique insight into character personality or motivations. I really love Doescher’s books the best when he shares our cherished character’s innermost thoughts. For instance, how does C-3PO really feel about R2-D2, or vice-versa? Haven’t we all wondered what Obi Wan was really thinking when he told Luke his father was killed by Darth Vader? Speaking of Vader, what are the thoughts behind that monstrous mask? Are Stormtroopers people with ideas and hopes, or just faceless soldiers? How did Luke and Leia feel when they found out they were siblings after their infamous kiss? Is the Emperor all bad? Doescher’s narrative resolves these mysteries and more.

I also want to take a moment to gush about the illustrations in all three volumes, drawn by the talented Nicholas Delort. They help readers to visualize their favorite characters in frilly ruffs and doublets and are absolutely brilliant.

Forget the nunnery and get thee to a bookstore (or Amazon) to pick up all three of these delightful tomes. Each one is a “must read,” so whether you are spending your summer in the sands (Tatooine), stuck at work (Death Star) or are on some exotic jungle adventure (Endor), you need to trust your instincts because there are no Jedi mind tricks here, only great reading!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unforgettable mix 10 avril 2014
Par wordsandpeace - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Last year, I posted a few brief thoughts on Shakespeare’s Star Wars, which I found really hilarious and excellent. Eric Smith at Quirk Books noticed, and asked if I was interested in volume 2.

The Empire Striketh Back is of course the same stuff, that is, Star Wars recounted in the style of the Bard, with rhymes, chorus, list of characters entering and exiting for each scene, etc, just like a real play.
But I found it even better. Ian Doescher is getting a real Jedi of the iambic pentameter! It flows, even sometimes with rhymes, like for the very first chorus of the play.

Ever more so than in the 1st volume, you even have here and there hints at some plays by Shakespeare. Had you ever imagined Leia as a new Juliet? I had not, but reading what she says in that style, it made me rethink of the whole story. Between Romeo and Juliet and Star Wars, don’t we have here some very common human archetypal characters and patterns?

LEIA: Thou must not do this to impress me, Han.
[Aside:] Already he hath won my heart, ’tis true,
Yet would I rather live to tell him so!
pp.58-59

R2-D2 is so much like many funny fools in Shakespeare:

My path shall be to play the fool and watch:
I shall maintain my droid like silence and
Bear witness as the boy becomes the man,
The learner doth become the Jedi true.
p.91

There are so many great passages I could quote, for instance the tragic soliloquy by Exogor (pp.85-86), not unlike Shakespeare’s Macbeth or King Lear.

And how about instead of watching Vader and Luke fight with their lightsabers, you hear the chorus tell you all about it? That was a powerful passage for me. Here is just the beginning:

O mighty duel, O action ne’er surpass’d:
The lightsabers do clash and glow like fire.
Darth Vader in the villain’s role is cast,
While Luke’s young temper turneth soon to ire.
They flash and fly like dancers in a set,
Yet never dance did know such deadly mood.
p.151

Our story endeth, though our hearts do burn,
And shall until the Jedi doth return.
end of the play, p.164

And I can’t wait until July, when volume #3 will be available.

I also enjoyed the Afterword, where the author explains some of his choices, for instance why he has Yoda speaks in haiku! Really neat stuff.
The black and white illustrations are also fantastic, not mentioning the awesome cover.

VERDICT: If you are a Star Wars fan, you absolutely have to read this book, reaching now not only to far away galaxies, but to far-gone days when a certain famous man writeth in a style many still acclaim today. The mix is unforgettable, and through it, you may even discover new dimensions to your most favorite interstellar movie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Strange and innovative combination that will make you laugh while eagerly anticipating the final part 1 avril 2014
Par Helpful Advice - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
`William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back' written by Ian Doescher is second installment in author's William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy, a unique combination that entertains both readers in love with the English poet and the vast Star Wars universe.

Although at first glance it seems like a joke, the author himself gave a pretty ambitious task to connect the seemingly incompatible - England in which Shakespeare worked and exciting adventurous story that happens across the universe. And to make it clear, though a lot of humor can be found inside Doescher didn't wrote a parody, but a well-made adaptation of Star Wars made in Shakespeare manner. The author uses archaic grammar and vocabulary that was used in Shakespeare time, combining it with Star Wars slang that although may sound strange, after the reader will become accustomed to it will become very fun to read.

What also have to be mentioned are the black and white illustrations that can be found on the pages of a book that makes it even more funny and enjoyable while looking at known characters pictured in a way drawing were made 500 years ago, dressed in costumes that are at same times are avant-garde and perfect fit for time when Shakespeare lived.

The second part after his `Shakespearian Star Wars' continues space saga accompanying original trilogy of George Lucas. Those familiar with previous Doescher work will feel like reading the next chapters of the original book, with perhaps a little more funny scenes, maybe sometimes even silly, considering that the original Empire Strikes Back was the darkest part of the trilogy.

It would certainly be interesting to see an animated series or perhaps a TV series with real actors like `Black Adder' in the British style to be made based on these books, which would surely quick gain cult status.

Therefore `Shakespearian Star Wars' trilogy continues to be a strange and innovative combination that will make you laugh and have fun, while eagerly anticipating the final part.
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