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William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh…

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

by Ian Doescher

Other authors: George Lucas (Inspiration)

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Series: William Shakespeare's Star Wars (Part the Fifth)

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A retelling of The Empire strikes back in iambic pentameter, the style of Shakespeare. Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star, and the evil Darth Vader has hatched a plan to capture the rebels. Will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child?… (more)



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  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
Being a fan of Star Wars, it was interesting to win a free copy of William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back from a Goodreads contest. Full of the action of the well known story, this book features an interesting tell of The Em[ire Strikes Back, full of backstage commentaries from characters that you get to read into to know feelings and reasonings behind actions such as R2D2, who is given a voice.Overall a fun read worthy of any Star Wars fan, yet beware that some actions scenes seem a bit rushed. ( )
  Preston.Kringle | Nov 23, 2018 |
Full disclosure: this book came to be via the GoodReads First Reads program

I have been ready to read this volume since I got my hands on the first one. So. Good. If you enjoy either Shakespeare or Star Wars, you will enjoy this volume. If you have the good taste to enjoy both, go get this book right now. You will thank me :) ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
Excellent! Again! If you know Star Wars you know the highs and lows of this installment. But did you know that both Wampas and Space Slugs have lines too, and fortunes least fair to these before woely underrepresented species. (I personally can't wait to see what the Rancor monster and Sarlacc pit have to say about their upcoming maltreatments LOL!). Or that the little mischievous aliens of Cloud City sing a merry toon as they disable droids and prepare carbon freezing chambers (little umpa lumpas of the dark side they are).....I bet you did not.

All the fun and tragedy of the original is here again, along with the added bonus of creature asides, and both inner Star Wars fan and Shakespearean gems. I personally loved the addition of the cloud city workers commenting on the building schematics that include chasms in the center of buildings, and added greeters to the 'globe' theater brought to wonderful life in the audiobook version.

Personal note: my thoughts on Yoda were correct, and I loved how the author handles his lines while keeping them Yodaesque, his afterwards on the audio version were he talks about how he handles certain scenes and characters was very interesting and entertaining. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
I'm not sure why, but I enjoyed this book more than the first. (I enjoyed the first of the trilogy as well, but liked this one better.) One possible reason:

YODA SPEAKS IN HAIKU! This is perfect, and works so very well. I'm also glad that I realized this before reading it in the afterword. (It only took me a page or so of Yoda's interactions with Luke to put my finger on why Yoda still sounded different than the other characters.) ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Jan 26, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Doescher, IanAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lucas, GeorgeInspirationsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delort, NicolasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kulick, GreggDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Yoda to my Luke.

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[Chorus] O, 'tis for the Rebellion a dark time.
[Exit, pursued by a wampa.]
[Luke] If flurries be the food of quests, snow on.
[Vader] I shall devise brave punishments...
[Admiral Piet, just after his field promotion] Alas, this promotion comes with some dread; for Vader hath no reverence for the head.
[Han, as C3PO is trying to warn about the non-functioning hyperdrive] I tell thee honestly, C3PO, that neither appetite nor inclination have I to feast upon your odd beliefs. Do thou thy work, but keep opinion out; An' we shall feast together on the silence.
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Adding a bit of

iambic pentameter

gives tale gravitas.


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