May The Verse Be With You — Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy

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Boxed Set

For the last year-and-a-half, I’ve absolutely enjoyed reading Ian Doescher’s retelling of the original Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI). Doescher delivered these three stories in a most unique fashion, asking how William Shakespeare might have delivered the tales… and then doing just that. For anyone who has read one of The Bard’s many plays, you know what I’m talking about — iambic pentameter, choruses, and plenty of ‘Tis and Thous.

The first book, Verily, A New Hope, was followed by The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return closed out the trilogy that sung the praises of the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, The Emperor, and, ultimately, the redemption of Darth Vader. Honestly, what story could be more Shakespearean in nature?

Quirk Books did an amazing job with producing the three books, including dozens of wood-cut images throughout each that gave the books a unique look and feel. And now, Quirk has packaged all three hardback books together to create William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy Royal Imperial Boxed Set. Tucked inside the beautiful box is, of course, the three books, but they’ve also bundled a 7-page foldout full-color poster (8×34 Inch) illustrated by the books’ artist, Nicolas Delort, and showing the full cast in action along with numerous key scenes as the backdrop.

You can read my reviews of the three books by clicking on the following links:

Verily, A New Hope
The Empire Striketh Back
The Jedi Doth Return

The Royal Imperial Boxed Set will be available on October 28, 2014.

Note: I’d like to thank Nicole with Quirk for providing me with a review copy of the boxed set and poster. 

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