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William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken…

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken

by Ian Doescher

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A great diversion this weekend, I’m glad I checked the physical book out of the library to go with my audiobook. It was a great way to make my nerdy heart happy today!

R2 and Chewbacca speak, Rathtars sing, and so much more in this newest edition. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
Always a treat to blend the Bard and Star Wars ( )
  Doondeck | Nov 17, 2017 |
In William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh, Ian Doescher continues to tell the story of the Star Wars saga in Shakespearean style. Particularly noteworthy sequences include Rey's lines referencing the concept of a ray of light as well as theories surrounding her family history, Finn's lines including the letters of his Stormtrooper designation, and Poe evoking specific lines of Shakespeare. Returning characters Han and Leia speak in quatrains, R2 again has English asides to the audience, and Chewbacca's lines include a translation. These translations are particularly nice in his interaction with the Resistance doctor and his lengthy soliloquy following Han's death. One of Doescher's most stirring lines occurs when Han Solo paraphrases the St. Crispin's Day Speech from Henry V prior to the assault on Starkiller Base (pgs. 118-119). The trooper played by Daniel Criag gets some 007 references in his interaction with Rey: "I'll tighten thy bonds, make thee a specter" (pg. 115). Prior to this line, the first word of every sentence he speaks spells out D-A-N-I-E-L-C-R-A-I-G. Those willing to look will find plenty of other clever bits from Doescher in the latest volume of what has become one of the best on-going Star Wars tie-in series yet! ( )
  DarthDeverell | Oct 20, 2017 |
The galaxy is on the brink of war as old and new heroes race to find the last Jedi against vile agents of the imperial First Order in William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken by Ian Doescher. The first film of the sequel trilogy returns us the Star Wars galaxy 30 years after the fall of the Empire as its successor strikes reclaim the galaxy while attempting to destroy those that could stop it but instead of screen or adaptation is translated wonderfully into fantastic Elizabethan prose by Doescher just like Shakespeare might have done.

Though the search for the lost Luke Skywalker is the focus and driving motivation of the entire book, the struggle for one’s own identity is the central theme. Doescher’s fantastic soliloquies by Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren give depth to these new leading characters as they join long established characters of Han and Leia. One of the best surprises of the book is Chewbacca as Doescher “corrects” one of his oversights by “translating” the Wookie’s screams in the footnotes, which given the events during the battle of Starkiller Base is very poignant. The duel between Finn/Rey and Kylo Ren is very well-written with good balance of Chorus lines and character soliloquies that brings about a very complete and compelling scene. And additional nice touches were the humorous lines of the Rathtars and great use of using the small amount of dialog for Snoke to great use.

The Force Doth Awaken is a return by Doescher and all Star Wars fans to what made the franchise fun, but unlike some Doescher embraced the very homage to the first film and used the similarities to great effect in this book. As Doescher like every other Star Wars fan must await the next film, those that love his work will be eagerly awaiting each William Shakespeare adaptation from him. ( )
  mattries37315 | Oct 11, 2017 |
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Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama?in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you'll be convinced it was written by the Bard.… (more)

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