William Shakespeare's Jedi the Last: Star Wars Part the Eighth (William Shakespeare's Star Wars)

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by Ian Doescher | Plays & Scripts |
ISBN: 1683690877 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 7/18/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
I enjoyed The Phantom of Menace very much, and wanted more of Doescher's Shakespearian-style retellings of the "Star Wars" movies. Got this one, based on "The Last Jedi", from Barnes and Noble. It follows The Force Doth Awaken.

While this wasn't quite as much fun as some of the previous books - the story gets quite dark here, and the film had more plotholes than usual - it's still entertaining. The author's notes at the end describe some of the choices re the poetic forms: most of the story's in iambic pentameter, but the villains' major speeches come in the intricate form of villanelles, Rey's longer speeches contain acrostics (check 'em out - they add some nice touches), and Yoda speaks in haiku.

The plot of the film is presented pretty much in its entirety, with the action sequences either described by the witnesses or summed up by the chorus. My favorite bits are the bonuses: creatures who have no dialogue in the movies may get their own speeches here, including the huge, vaguely-feline racing beasts, the little crystal foxes, and even the AT-ATs. And while the Master Codebreaker was something of a human McGuffin in the movie - much needed, but barely glimpsed in the casino before events took Finn and Rose onto a different path - here he gets his own little speech, in which he manages to incorporate the titles of every single "James Bond" movie *and* includes an acrostic! "So let me die another day - tonight, to this casino royal I shall be!"

And then there's the "those two guys" scene, a regular in these books, where the author picks two of the random background characters (usually among the bad guys), and gives them a little chat in which they discover some plot-relevant fact that, had they but known, could have changed everything if they were able to make use of it in time. Here, one of them's been reading up on Jedi powers, and discovers that (gasp!) they could "project an image of themselves, to make all think they're somewhere they are not. O strange ability, and passing rare!" They decide they'll tell the bosses about this - after the prisoners are executed... Ah, well!

"Do tell the tale in poetry and prose,
Then look toward the stars, with hope within.
May all their hopes be only topp'd by thine:
Prepare thy soul - we come anon to nine."

Released 2 yrs ago (7/21/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library (UBCZ), 14 Epping Rd in Exeter, New Hampshire USA


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