Thursday, 9 April 2015

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

Hardcover, 172 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Quirk Books

"Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, [this offers] essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!"

"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 names 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."

I enjoyed this book just as much as Ian Doescher's first foray into the Shakespearean Star Wars world.

Again, I loved that the author stuck closely to the original film. This was another fast paced and captivating play.

I thought the author was particularly inventive with Yoda's speech. As most of the other characters speak in iambic pentameter, he wrote Yoda's lines in the form of Haikus to make them stand out as much as in the films.

"But mind the dark side.
Anger, fear, aggression - from
The dark side are they."

Yoda also looks spectacular in his ruff on the front cover!

10 out of 10 again from me!

"Our story endeth, though your hearts doth burn,
And shall until the Jedi doth return."

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