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Book review, interview, and giveaway: Juliet’s Nurse

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Juliet’s Nurse

Juliet's Nurse

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I received this book for free
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for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated
for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Book Title: Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen
Category: Adult fiction, 384 pages
Genre: historical fiction
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books (Atria Books)
Published: September 2014
Available in: Print and e-book formats
Will send books: USA only
Tour dates:  October 20 to 31, 2014
Content Rating: PG

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

       New author challenge   2014 historical fiction

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Juliet’s Nurse is  a great example of the perfect historical novel: you take a story you think you know very well, but there are actually so many things you don’t really know about its characters that you fill in the gaps, you put flesh back on the bones, you develop the historical context, et voilà, you have a book your readers are not ready to forget!
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Book review: The Jedi Doth Return

The Jedi Doth Return
(William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #3)

The Jedi Doth Return

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I was in no way compensated for this post
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and the thoughts are my own.
The Jedi Doth Return
By
Ian Doescher

Publication Date: July 1st, 2014
at Quirk Books
Hardcover
Exists also as e-book

Pages: 165
ISBN: 978-1594747137
Genre:
Play / Science Fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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After Shakespeare’s Star Wars, and The Empire Striketh Back, here is volume 3: The Jedi Doth Return, as you would have expected if you know well your Star Wars.
But the fun goes on, as the story is recounted in the style of the Bard, with rhymes, chorus, list of characters entering and exiting for each scene, etc, just like a real play.

There were funny passages between C-3PO and Han, and great monologues  about conscience, as you can imagine for Darth Vader and his son.
So if I made comparisons between the previous volume and Romeo and Juliet, here we are closer to King Lear.

LUKE: Methinks I still can save the man who gave
Us life, and turn him to the good once more.
Methinks I must endeavor so to do,
Or else my path is darker e’en than his.
p.97

And:

O, search thy feelings, father. Thou canst not
Do this to me. I feel the conflict rise
Within thee. Let thy hatred go, be free!
p.101

Apart from just having fun with that type of remix, it’s amazing to see how great archetypes work across time and culture. This will definitely make me see Star Wars differently next time I watch it again.

Here are other passages I particularly enjoyed:

C-3PO: O place most barren–I have miss’d thee not.
R2-D2: Beep, squeak?
C-3PO:            –Indeed I am afraid, R2,
And so shouldst thou be, too, for Lando of
Calrissian and brave Chewbacca ne’er
Return’d from here.
R2-D2:               –Beep, whistle, squeak.
C-3PO:                             –Be not
So certain, R2, for if thou didst know
But half of all that I have heard about…
                                             p.12

Luke, after Yoda’s death:

To love with bliss, to fight for righteousness,
To heed adventure’s call, to cry with joy,
To laugh amidst life’s greatest heights and depths:
This is the living that doth conquer death,
So e’en though it shall come, we shall not fear’t.
These lessons let my master’s death teach me,
That my life shall esteem his memory.
p.57

The black and white illustrations are also fantastic, not mentioning the awesome book cover.

VERDICT: If you are a Star Wars fan, you absolutely have to read this book and the whole series. The Shakespeare style used to retell your most favorite interstellar movie will make you discover new dimensions to it and laugh a lot!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes! [provided by the publisher]

BOOK TRAILER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ian DoescherIan is a Portland native, and lives in Portland with his spouse and two children.
He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University,
a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School,
and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.
He is currently the Creative Director at Pivot Group LLC, a full service marketing,
research and web agency in Portland, Oregon.
[FROM HIS WEBSITE].
You can follow him on Twitter @iandoescher

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Book review: The Empire Striketh Back

The Empire Striketh Back
(William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #2)

The Empire Striketh back

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I received this book for free in exchange
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and the thoughts are my own.
The Empire Striketh Back
By
Ian Doescher
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Quirk Books
Hardcover 

Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1594747151


Genre:
Play / Science Fiction

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Last year, I posted a few brief thoughts on Shakespeare’s Star Wars, which I found really hilarious and excellent. Eric Smith at Quirk Books noticed, and asked if I was interested in volume 2.

The Empire Striketh Back is of course the same stuff, that is, Star Wars recounted in the style of the Bard, with rhymes, chorus, list of characters entering and exiting for each scene, etc, just like a real play.
But I found it even better. Ian Doescher is getting a real Jedi of the iambic pentameter! It flows, even sometimes with rhymes, like for the very first chorus of the play.

Ever more so than in the 1st volume, you  even have here and there hints at some plays by Shakespeare. Had you ever imagined Leia as a new Juliet? I had not, but reading what she says in that style, it made me rethink of the whole story. Between Romeo and Juliet and Star Wars, don’t we have here some very common human archetypal characters and patterns?

LEIA: Thou must not do this to impress me, Han.
[Aside:] Already he hath won my heart, ’tis true,
Yet would I rather live to tell him so!
pp.58-59

R2-D2 is so much like many funny fools in Shakespeare:

My path shall be to play the fool and watch:
I shall maintain my droid like silence and
Bear witness as the boy becomes the man,
The learner doth become the Jedi true.
p.91

There are so many great passages I could quote, for instance the tragic soliloquy by Exogor (pp.85-86), not unlike Shakespeare’s Macbeth or King Lear.

And how about instead of watching Vader and Luke fight with their lightsabers, you hear the chorus tell you  all about it? That was a powerful passage for me. Here is just the beginning:

O mighty duel, O action ne’er surpass’d:
The lightsabers do clash and glow like fire.
Darth Vader in the villain’s role is cast,
While Luke’s young temper turneth soon to ire.
They flash and fly like dancers in a set,
Yet never dance did know such deadly mood.
p.151

Our story endeth, though our hearts do burn,
And shall until the Jedi doth return.
end of the play, p.164

And I can’t wait until July, when volume #3 will be available.

I also enjoyed the Afterword, where the author explains some of his choices, for instance why he has Yoda speaks in haiku! Really neat stuff.
The black and white illustrations are also fantastic, not mentioning the awesome cover.

VERDICT: If you are a Star Wars fan, you absolutely have to read this book, reaching now not only to far away galaxies, but to far-gone days when a certain famous man writeth in a style many still acclaim today. The mix is unforgettable, and through it, you may even discover new dimensions to your most favorite interstellar movie.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas’s enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.
Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian—can our heroes escape the Empire’s wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun’s tooth it is to have a Jedi child.
What light through Yoda’s window breaks? Methinks you’ll find out in the pages of The Empire Striketh Back! [provided by the publisher]

BOOK TRAILER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ian DoescherIan is a Portland native, and lives in Portland with his spouse and two children.
He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University,
a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School,
and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.
He is currently the Creative Director at Pivot Group LLC, a full service marketing,
research and web agency in Portland, Oregon.
[FROM HIS WEBSITE].
You can follow him on Twitter @iandoescher

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