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  1 William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope
Author: Doescher, Ian
    Series: William Shakespeare's Star wars, #4
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Class: 812.6
Age: Adult
Language: English
Demand: Moderate
LC: PS3604.O
ISBN-13: 9781594746376
LCCN: 2012953985
Imprint: Quirk Books
Pub Date: 07/02/2013
Availability: Available
List: $14.95
Physical Description: 174 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm H 8.28", W 5.55", D 0.69", 0.67 lbs.
LC Series:
Brodart Sources: Brodart's Insight Catalog: Adult
Bibliographies: Los Angeles Times Bestsellers List
New York Times Bestsellers List
New York Times Bestsellers: Adult Fiction
Publishers Weekly Bestsellers
Awards: VOYA's 5P Picks
VOYA's 5Q Picks
VOYA's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Starred Reviews: VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine)
TIPS Subjects: Plays
BISAC Subjects: FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera
FICTION / Media Tie-In
HUMOR / General
LC Subjects: Science fiction plays, American
Shakespeare, William,, 1564-1616, Parodies, imitations, etc
Star Wars fiction
Star wars (Motion picture), Adaptations
SEARS Subjects: Science fiction plays
Shakespeare, William,, 1564-1616, Parodies, imitations, etc
Star wars (Motion picture), Adaptations
Reading Programs: Accelerated Reader Level: 5.8 , Points: 4.0
Publisher Annotations | 03/29/2013
May the verse be with you! Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic 'Star Wars' in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, 'Star Wars' abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays.
Starred Reviews:
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine) | 12/01/2013
5Q 5P M J S. Taking his cues from George Lucas and William Shakespeare, Doescher retells a story made popular over thirty-five years ago on the silver screen, Star Wars. The twist that makes it both interesting (and maddening for some) is that the story is retold in iambic pentameter, the type of verse in which Shakespeare wrote his plays. Readers who are already familiar with the story of Luke Skywalker and the battle that occurs in a "galaxy far, far away" will enjoy the retelling, as well as the print translation of R2D2's speech, which is rather enjoyable on its own. Classroom teachers presenting the various plays of the Great Bard would benefit from the inclusion of this book, as the language will be easily understood by students who are already well versed in the cult classic movie's story line. The pen-and-ink illustrations featured sporadically throughout are well done, especially when Jabba the Hutt (although spoken of in Star Wars, was not "seen" until the re-release in 1997, so those who are sticklers for detail will most definitely find this a grievous error) wears a Shakespearean feathered cap and leg-of-mutton-sleeved jacket. Humorously portrayed, and more novelty than literature, this nod to Shakespeare will be enjoyed by readers, who will be reliving the various battle scenes in their imaginations.--Beth Green. 176p. VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES, c2013.
Journal Reviews
Library Journal | 08/15/2013
This is, as the title promises, Star Wars (also called Episode IV: A New Hope) as imagined by William Shakespeare[5] as imagined by Doescher. Presented in full iambic pentameter, it works quite well. Indeed, Doescher flawlessly translates Star Wars into old-timey language and even improves on the original with frequent character asides. The anonymous storm troopers are perhaps funniest; lines like "Oi, dids't thou hear that sound?" (IV.i.45) and exchanges like this one, Trooper 8: "What do all these warnings tell-shall we explore?"/ Trooper 9, "Belike 'tis just a drill, and nothing more!" (IV.v.5-6) lend absurdity. But yea and verily most characters rock their iambs and happily chew scenery. For example, R2D2's usual beeps and whirps often turn into smarmy soliloquies when he's alone, and Darth Vader projects a pathos that he couldn't possibly convey in his usual, menacing caul and robe: "This presence that hath all my hopes betray'd,/ This presence that hath turn'd my day to night" (IV.i.25-26). Inventive use of a Greek chorus relates dramatic action, such as "The foursome t'ward the ship with swift foot race" ( Verdict In its way, this is the perfect book, wrapping a grand, protean epic in a preposterous conceit. Well done though it is, readers need to be completely infatuated with either Shakespeare and Star Wars for this to be anything but a trifle. Those thinking that this will spur an interest in 16th-century playwrights shouldn't be surprised when Star Wars fanatics turn to the latest Star Wars title-Razor's Edge (Del Rey: Ballantine), first in the "Empire and Rebellion" series by Martha Wells forthcoming in October. 176p. LJ Reviews Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2013.
School Library Journal | 07/01/2013
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. 170p. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2013.