Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

shakespearesstarwarsWilliam Shakespeare’s Star Wars
by Ian Doescher

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (July 2, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1594746370
ISBN-13: 978-1594746376

What can I say? I came, I saw, I laughed…

Doescher retells the story of Star Wars (Verily A New Hope) in the spirit of William Shakespeare. The cover art and interior art are brilliant. I was very impressed with the faux leather cover (complete with a scuffed back) under the dust jacket.

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

I really loved the Afterword and Doescher’s hat-tip to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces. I agree, Campbell’s book had a major impact on my life. As for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, I have to give it four lightsabers out of five. I blew through it’s 170’ish pages in one afternoon and really enjoyed every Jedi moment of it.

It should be a perfect gift for the Star Wars fan or the English major. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will be available July 2nd … may the Force be with thee.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars


I received William Shakespeare’s Star Wars this morning and finished it moments ago. Awesome!

Book Description
Release date: July 2, 2013
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.