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William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return (William Shakespeare's Star Wars Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Doescher
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Book Description

The epic trilogy that began with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and continued with The Empire Striketh Back concludes herein with the all-new, all-iambic The Jedi Doth Return—perchance the greatest adventure of them all.

Prithee, attend the tale so far: Han Solo entombed in carbonite, the princess taken captive, the Rebel Alliance besieged, and Jabba the Hutt engorged. Alack! Now Luke Skywalker and his Rebel band must seek fresh allies in their quest to thwart construction of a new Imperial Death Star. But whom can they trust to fight by their side in the great battle to come? Cry “Ewok” and let slip the dogs of war! 

Frozen heroes! Furry creatures! Family secrets revealed! And a lightsaber duel to decide the fate of the Empire. In troth, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return has it all!

Editorial Reviews


“...a masterful mashup of English lit and pop culture that’s hilarious, dramatic and downright mesmerizing.”—American Profile

“For those who enjoyed Doescher's first two retellings, rejoice, for the merriment plays on.”—The Free Lance-Star

“If you love ‘Star Wars’ and Shakespeare, this book is the pinnacle of perfection.”—Yoda News

About the Author

Ian Doescher the author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars®: Verily, a New Hope. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 24483 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159474713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594747137
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the jedi doth return July 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
You will never look at Shakespeare's writings or the Star Wars trilogy the same way again!

I don't know or understand much about prose or iambic pentameter but I do know some Shakespeare plays as well as being a huge fan of the Star Wars movies. Sprinkled into the writing of The Jedi Doth Return I noticed several Biblical references as well as a famous quote from Patrick Henry. I'm sure there were many more obvious Shakespearean and other quotes that I either missed or didn't reference as I was reading. It is fun while reading these books to come across a saying that is recognizable being said by Han or Luke or one of the other characters from Star Wars. A pleasant and amusing way to spend a day reading Shakespeare and Star Wars all mashed together into one epic tale!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All's Well That Ends Well July 2, 2014
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My decision to order The Jedi Doth Return was an easy one. Although I have yet to read the first installment of Ian Doescher's Star Wars, I thoroughly enjoyed the second installment, The Empire Striketh Back. The wonderful blend of Shakespeare and Star Wars surprised me with its inventiveness and with its popularity--who would have thought there were so many fans of both Star Wars AND Shakespeare? This latest installment doesn't disappoint, much. Doescher still provides some delightful surprises. Take, for example, the strange pidgin of the Ewoks, the dark and contemplative soliloquies of the evil Emperor and Darth Vader, Luke's thoughtful tribute to Yoda, even a telling exchange between two guards that foreshadows the fate of the Empire. Yet the novelty of the concept has worn a little thin for me. And although I cannot wholeheartedly recommend The Jedi Doth Return, I do recommend it to readers who enjoyed the other two installments and who simply cannot resist a happy ending to this inspired trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Fans Of Star Wars! July 1, 2014
The Jedi Doth Return is the 3rd Shakespearean Star Wars adaptation and one can only hope that it's not the final one! The Jedi Doth Return mixes the brilliance of the tales from a galaxy far, far, away and the Bard into one extremely entertaining play. One of the reasons that these plays are so perfect because Ian Doescher clearly loves the works of both George Lucas and Shakespare; Doescher pays homage to these revolutionary storytellers in Jedi Doth Return. The Jedi Doth Return is even more fun than a Tattoine Pod Race and readers will be thrilled at the opportunity to revisit Star Wars in such a inventive, refreshing way.

Explaining the story of The Jedi Doth Return feels ridiculous because this book is truly for fans of Star Wars. Readers who love George Lucas's Star Wars universe will find Ian Doescher's Jedi Doth Return to be an extremely faithful adaptation that maintains the spirit of the Return Of The Jedi. Fans will immediately embrace these adaptations and will find that the film meshes with the classic plays incredibly well. It's not surprising that George Lucas claimed that he drew inspiration for Star Wars from the Bard's plays and Ian Doescher has proved that a Star Wars and Shakespeare mash-up was star-crossed.

The force is definitely strong with Ian Doescher and I have my fingers crossed that there is another Star Wars mash-up in the works. I would love to see Doescher tackle Jar Jar Binks humorously in the prequel trilogy or I would love to see the new Disney Star Wars movies adapted in a few years. The Jedi Doth Return is sure to be a hit (even bigger than when the Death Star blew up) with Star Wars fans and while Doescher might not have the force, he does have killer writing abilities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The work itself, like the other two volumes for Star Wars and Empire, is up to the previous versions and is also an inspired adaptation of Return of the Jedi. Unfortunately, like the previous verison, the Kindle version of the book has the same formatting problems as the Kindle version of The Empire Striketh Back - character names are mashed against the first lines of text for each character's speech in most of the book. This is a simple formatting issue that needs to be addressed by the publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me cry. In a good way. July 9, 2014
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I pre-ordered this about a year ago, because I loved the first volume so much, and was ordering the second one. This is more of the same magic. As usual, the physical book itself is a bibliophile's dream, with the boards printed to look like worn leather, with the yummy woodcut on the dustcover, and the rich and often hilarious woodcuts inside. And all for a surprisingly low price.

The concept is funny, but the writing itself is often very moving. I actually cried at Darth Vader's death scene, something I've never done in all my viewings of the movie. And the grief of the rancor's keeper is pretty touching too.

A couple of things irritated me, but not enough to lower my rating. One was the Ewoks' speech, which sounded like Jar-Jar to me. It was cleverly done, but just grated on me. The other was Han singing and dancing when he found out Leia loved him. The song just didn't do it for me, and I'm having a hard time picturing Han doing any of that anyway. Shouting his joy, maybe, but not singing and dancing. (On the other hand, I loved the rancor singing. Personal preference, I guess.) But those are minor matters.

I'm hoping very much that the author will tackle the prequels. He commented in his afterward that the long story arc is about Vader's fall and redemption, so it sounds like he might have an interest. He might even be able to redeem Episode I for me if he does it.
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More About the Author

Ian Doescher - author of the William Shakespeare Star Wars series - has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade and was born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV was released. He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon, with his spouse and two sons. Visit Ian online at [Photo by Shan Applegate]


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