Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk (Writerpunk Project Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : March 9, 2015
- File Size : 1527 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 333 pages
- Publisher : Writerpunk Press (March 9, 2015)
- ASIN : B00UIL0YP2
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #527,206 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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"Mac" follows closely with the source material, even lifting quotes from the original text to strengthen the story in an odd blend of antiquity and punk. The twist at the end was well executed, and presented an interesting retelling of the play.
"The Green Eyed Monster" presents a beautifully crafted retelling of "Othello," putting Shakespeare's characters into a strange new world full of hover bikes and mercenaries. The world building was well-rounded and fit perfectly with the source material. Though I've seen "Othello" performed on stage and knew the outcome, I was genuinely sad when this punk envisioned retelling reached its unavoidable conclusion.
"Prospero's Island" puts a huge twist on Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Having never read anything Teslapunk, I was pleasantly surprised to see this play crafted into an amazing blend of fantasy and history. No spoilers--but the tech is boss.
"A Town Called Hero" was a fresh take on "Much Ado About Nothing," and left me with a very satisfied feeling. Beginning to end, the world building was tight and the characters fit so well into their new dieselpunk setting. Really a joy to read.
And finally, "A Winter's Tale" based on the play of the same title. This was my favorite story in the book. Maybe I'm a sucker for spunky princesses and "performing" bears, or maybe the writing was just that good. Hard to say. Amazing mesh up of Shakespeare's characters in a steam/clockpunk setting, and a satisfying end to a great book.
Definitely buy this whether you like Shakespeare or not.
There's a dystopian cyberpunk MacBeth (and a cautionary tale about what looks like a blessing - reawakening your emotions and intellect - may be a curse in disguise) that keeps you guessing about what comes next, even if you are completely familiar with the play. Then, there's The Green-Eyed Monster that reimagines Othello and his gang as a swaggering, high-tech crew of deadly mercenaries. One of my favorites in the book. Then we're out to Prospero's island. The exiled noble has built a force of technologically enhanced nymphs to fight back the flesh-eating sycori - but their enhancements come with the price of forced allegiance, which may bite Prospero where he least expects. In A Town Called Hero, Betty (Beatrice), an intrepid reporter, falls in love with Squadron Captain Ben Pedro, a dashing young aviator who fights against the menace known as "The Fatherland."
Although all of the stories are entertaining, and witty, and wonderful, my absolute top favorite was the last one, a steampunk re-telling of The Winter's Tale by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins. It is the perfect ending to this incredibly imaginative, fun, and impressive first anthology by a fledgling collective of punk writers. (And can I say how much I love the bear???) If you are a fan of Shakespeare, or of lit punk, or if you're not a fan and want to find out more about it, I suggest picking up a copy of this book.
Shakespeare meets the different punk genres! What is not to love?
Unfortunately, there is little to love for me in the five tales. While they successfully punk out the stories, and the Shakespearean bard is present, what is missing is the enjoyment. There is nothing good about the stories.
I started each tale and I would read, and while the world were interesting, the attempts to bring the stories to life failed. There was no life, no enticement to read. No desire to see how this story would unfold.
I read less than half of each story before giving up and moving onto the next one. Will you enjoy this? Possibly. But I would not recommend this book to anyone that I know.
Top reviews from other countries
I found that each tale had a great sense of atmosphere created by some wonderful descriptions, helping to make them truly fantastical. These original and imaginative re-telling of Shakespeare’s works, just go to show how the Bard’s universal themes of greed, love, jealousy and retribution still hold true to this day, and indeed, the future.
What I also enjoyed about these stories was that they had an element of fun interspersed throughout the well-crafted revisions to the original plot lines.
Mostly, the Shakespeare quotes are changed to suit the futuristic language. Used to great effect in ‘The Green Eyed Monster’ with it’s crisp, slang based dialogue that really helped to define each character.
Prospero’s Island and The Winter’s Tale are the most Steampunk/clockpunk of the interpretations. I particularly liked the descriptions of Prospero’s ‘ship’ and how his nymphs get it to work, via a mash up of sci-fi tech, nuts and bolts and battery power. There are some great visual descriptions throughout this well-written tale. I liked the backstory of the nymphs, especially Caliban, a half human half machine, with whirring gears to help him breathe
The Winter’s tale is written in a rather more traditional style, whilst introducing lots of Steampunk gadgetry. The language is quite Shakespearian, but used to great effect to maintain the feel/atmosphere of the piece. There are good character and setting descriptions throughout that really help to keep the story loyal to the genre. I loved the idea of airships, and airborne fleets, it gave the whole story a new dimension. Truly this is Steampunk meets Shakespeare, with clockwork dancers, old-fashioned rifles and crossbows to keep a fan of the genre happy and then some. Again, another creative twist on the original play.
All these stories are well crafted and thoroughly entertaining. I highly recommend them to any one who enjoys a bit of sci-fi/steampunk/cyberpunk, clockpunk etc. mixed into traditional Shakespeare intrigue and humour.
The Winter’s Tale: Exit audience, pursued by a bear’. Oh the bear isn’t what it seems. Obviously! Great stuff.
These are the text contained in this great anthology:
- “Mac” by Carol Gyzander – Cyberpunk, inspired by Macbeth: 4 stars
- “The Green Eyed Monster” by S. A. Cosby – Dieselpunk, inspired by Othello: 5 stars
- “Prospero’s Island” by H. James Lopez – Teslapunk, inspired by The Tempest: 5 stars
- “A Town Called Hero” by Warren C. Bennett – Dieselpunk, inspired by Much Ado About Nothing: 4 stars
- “The Winter’s Tale” by Jeffrey Cook / Katherine Perkins – Steampunk/Clockpunk, inspired by The Winter’s Tale: 4 stars