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on October 17, 2011
I have never taken much time to read and study Shakespears works but this certainly made more sense than anything else I have read about Hamlet. I purchased this from Amazon and I am very glad I did.
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on July 10, 2011
This story is a revisionist retelling of Hamlet. It first appeared in Marvin Kaye's 2009 anthology The Ghost Quartet; then it reappeared in 2011 as an illustrated 92-page hardcover by Subterranean Press (1000 numbered copies, each signed by the author).

OSC provides a plausible answer to the question that scholars have debated for centuries: Why was Hamlet so quick to swear to avenge his father's death, but then hesitate time and again to kill his uncle Claudius?

It's necessary to be familiar with the original play in order to appreciate the subtext and irony of the story. For the most part, OSC sticks to the events of the original, adding back story and explaining young Hamlet's motives. However, the surprise reveal in the final scene requires significant departures from the Bard's original ending.

The only part of the story that fails to work are the scenes where Hamlet pretends to be insane to avoid suspicion of treason (which were also the weakest scenes of the play as well).

This is a strong novella, although probably not enough to deserve a standalone volume and a $25 price tag. This is the second time Orson Scott Card has tackled Shakespeare's characters in his fiction. His novel Magic Street brought the fanciful characters of Midsummer Night's Dream into an urban fantasy setting.
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