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William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return [Kindle Edition]

Ian Doescher
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Book Description

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!

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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.

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  • File Size: 24483 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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
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This is the final book in the William Shakespeare's Star Wars series by Doescher. This book was just as fantastically well done as the previous two books in the series have been. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoyed the previous two books in this Shakespeare/Star Wars mash-up I think you will really enjoy this book as well.

If you are a Star Wars fan you already know most of the story. Jabba the Hutt is holding all the cards until Leia shows up to rescue Han Solo. Things turn sour and the majority of our heros are facing imprisonment and/or death until Luke shows up. During all of this Vader has started a new Death Star near Endor. Our intrepid heroes set their sights on destroying the new Death Star and the evil Emperor Palpatine once and for all.

This book, like the previous two, is very well done. Having this movie put into Shakespearean format really allows us to see deeper into the characters’ personalities. In this book we hear a lot more from Lando and what he is thinking. He ends up being a much more major character, with more depth than in the movie.

Vader has some excellent soliloquies throughout which I really enjoyed. We get a lot more insight into his character and what makes him tick. He is a major player in this novel and hearing how he has struggled and more of his history really added a lot to this epic story. Emperor Palpatine also has some soliloquies which add to the depth of his character as well.

In addition to the above there are some very funny parts to the story. These are mainly parts where side characters get a lot more say and visibility. For example I really enjoyed the lament of the Rancor Keeper when Luke slays the Rancor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books
I've read and re-read every book in the series. I love these books!
Published 11 hours ago by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars My son loves these books! Took him a little ...
My son loves these books! Took him a little bit to get used to the Shakespeare language, but then he laughed and laughed.
Published 18 hours ago by AO
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful set
Well written
Published 3 days ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shakespearean version of a science fiction favorite
I bought this version of the Star Wars saga for my son, who is a Star Wars fanatic. It cleverly combines his schoolteacher mother's preferences with his own.
Published 6 days ago by rezhoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice twist to the same old story.
Well, this isn't a humorous book, though along with the other 2 "Star wars" and "The empire striketh back" I found them fun to read, they are like a movie... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Elias De la Torre
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I love the bard and I love star wars. This combination gives both a new look. This tome as its p predecessors, brings the universe's together in a fun way to explore both. Read more
Published 11 days ago by EE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
yet again ian doescher delivers the tale of return of the jedi as if shakespeare was the creator
Published 11 days ago by Tom Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the books coming. . . .
Actually began to enjoy reading "Shakespeare's" work!
Published 27 days ago by Ann Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
This made a great gift for a Star Wars fan.
Published 1 month ago by Kerry L. Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book idea
Hubby loves these! I've bought him all three and he's enjoyed them so much, I will read them soon.
Published 1 month ago by A. L. Austin
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More About the Author

Ian Doescher - author of the William Shakespeare Star Wars trilogy - 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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