Luke, I am Thy Father

Samm March 27, 2014 No Comments »
Luke, I am Thy Father

When you tackle something as iconic as Star Wars and William Shakespeare, you have to keep the franchise’s ginormous fanbase in mind. Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars gave us a taste of this epic tale as told by the Bard. Now fans are in for another treat. Because you see, Doescher knows what fans want. He knows you can’t just stop with the IV: A New Hope and leave it at that.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back!

Like A New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back doesn’t disappoint. Doescher’s grasp of Shakespearian English is flawless. He is able to keep the Bard’s infamous cadence going throughout the entire book. And once again he uses minor characters to break the Fourth Wall, such as Luke’s ill-fated Wampa, which adds further dimension to a story we all know and love.

A bonus to Doescher’s retelling of Star Wars is that it’s a great way to introduce your children to Shakespeare. The language is still the same, often hard to understand flowery stuff, but the familiar story helps. Try watching The Empire Strikes Back with your kids then reading The Empire Striketh Back to them. Voila! You’ve instantly opened the world of Shakespeare to them in a way that’s fun, easy to understand and not at all scary. By the time they study Shakespeare in school they’ll be a pro at reading the Bard’s prose.

The second part of this Star Wars Trilogy is once again beautifully bound. Though it’s available on Kindle, I highly recommend spending the extra $0.47 and buying the hardcover. This is a book you want in your library for all to see.

I give Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back 5 out of 5 wagons.
5 out of 5 wagons




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