William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third (William Shakespeare's Star Wars)

by Ian Doescher | Plays & Scripts |
ISBN: 159474808X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 11/11/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, November 11, 2017
I enjoyed The Phantom of Menace and The Clone Army Attacketh very much, and wanted more; picked up this hardcover at Barnes and Noble today. It is, of course, a retelling of "Revenge of the Sith", told in Shakespearian style.

Among the high points here: the use of a play-within-a-play, "Hamlet"-style, for Palpatine to begin to sway Anakin; it's based on their conversation at a stage production in the film, but this version is more deliberate - and, to my mind, more effective. I also enjoyed the lively, banter-and-pun-filled action sequences - the books have to find ways for the characters to describe the action since there's no big screen to show it on, and in many cases it's more fun than the big-screen version.

Once more the author finds a way to fit in a "those two guys" scene, here adding bleak foreboding: Jedi 1 and Jedi 2 are happily met, chatting about how there's a mysterious gap in the list of orders - there seems to be no "66". They ponder what this might mean and whether they should do anything about it, but agree it's probably nothing - and their chat ends thusly:

"As one we walk, two joyful Jedi Knights -
Long ages hence, we two shall verily
Laugh when we think of order sixty-six."

On a somewhat lighter note, R2-D2 gets one of the random pop-culture references when, while fretting about what Anakin's up to on the volcanic planet Mustafar, he muses (in prose; he only "beeps" when talking to others):

"My fear doth keep me here, in frozen state,
Although the wind howls like a storm inside.
O, let it go - fear not, but be at ease;
The heat ne'er bother'd R2 anyway."

Things only get bleaker from that point, of course, with the story ending in fittingly Shakesperian tragedy. Nicely done!

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, February 24, 2018

Released 11 mos ago (2/24/2018 UTC) at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

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I'm taking this to this afternoon's BookCrossing meetup at Panera in Porter Square, Cambridge; hope someone enjoys it!

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Journal Entry 3 by stormysweetie at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Picked this up at the Saturday meetup. Looks like fun! Setting aside in my to be read pile.

Journal Entry 4 by amyem at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Orphaned at Boston August 2018 meetup and bound for the work book sharing shelf.

Journal Entry 5 by amyem at CfA Book Sharing Shelf in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Released 6 mos ago (8/15/2018 UTC) at CfA Book Sharing Shelf in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

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Planned for a stay on the work book sharing shelf

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