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Book Spotlight: William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars
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William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh

William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Series Book 7
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
Written by Ian Doescher
Illustrations by Nicolas Delort
Inspired by George Lucas, William Shakespeare
Quirk Books
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Oh, Quirk Books, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. A seventh film necessitates a seventh adaptation in the vein of all things theatrical. I present to you, dearest reader, William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh! Follow the tale of Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron whilst they struggle against the darkest of dark, the First Order. The tale is old to many, but the cycle begins anew as we begin a new trilogy of storytelling that explores the loss of heroes and the search for knowledge. Comedy and tragedy both play their parts in this play adapted by Ian Doescher, tugging upon both our hearts and emotions alike.

In the audiobook version, in the spirit of the playwright, several narrators are given a multitude of characters to voice. For ’twas the audiobook that I didst enjoy, smiling and laughing at times, weeping at others. Thoughts and voices previously unheard are, in sooth, the greatest part of the performance. Entertainment comes forthwith as even the beasties do speak, given this ability by the actor portraying them on stage. Much humor and empathy doth occur thereafter, creating a connection ‘twixt the audience and the players. For this we have Jessica Almasy, Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, Jeff Gurner, Ralph Adriel Johnson, Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Marc Thompson to thank, as they are the troupe upon whom this burden doth heavily weigh.

Period music also accompanies the audiobook version, setting the mood most easily. Partnering in the prose form is artist Nicolas Delort, bringing visuals to that which has been unseen. The prate of the droids are not given over to words, gentle folk, so that the mystery not be undone. But as events befall our honorable heroes and base villains, audiences haply are allowed insight into the cyclical nature of the story that now mimics, to some small extent, the previous tales. Add to this the editor’s translation of a much-beloved furry hero and ye have what can only be described as most humorous and long sought, for oft have we wondered what he spake. This is but one of many treats in store for any who wouldst enjoy this production, regardless of the format. I beg of thee, be no knave. Trek forth and secure this forthwith, for a fortnight hath passed since its release and all good merchants shouldst have it available, much as the great Amazon can post it to any and all. We thank thee for thy time, gentles all.

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 Dameron, 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.

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