This week, we welcome Ian Doescher, author of the excellent and magnificent (yep, they’re both) Shakespeare Star Wars books, to the show.Continue Reading
From Bill Murray to origami, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Shakespearean Star Wars, check out what we have been reading this month.Continue Reading
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?Continue Reading
Author Ian Doescher is at it again — he released his latest book back in March, The Empire Striketh Back, a retelling of what is considered by most fans to be the best of the first three Star Wars movies… but written as if Shakespeare had been the scriptwriter. The obvious follow-up to his Star Wars: Verily A New Hope, the book features dozens of scratchboard illustrations including another amazing cover.Continue Reading
Well, the Wordstock Book Festival is now over, and I had a fun (and exhausting) time. I was often bouncing back and forth between two or three panels because there were simply so many authors and cartoonists and books that I was curious about. Here’s a whirlwind recap of some of my favorite things from the weekend.Continue Reading
May the verse be with Dakster as she embarks on a journey through Star Wars-Shakespeare style.Continue Reading
It’s been over fifteen years since I’ve last read one of The Bard’s plays, but I have to tell you that Ian Doescher’s successful retelling of Star Wars Episode IV is true to the style and pacing of so many of Shakespeare’s plays. Quirk Books has just released William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily A New Hope, and it’s outstanding.Continue Reading