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William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return (William Shakespeare's Star Wars) Hardcover – July 1, 2014
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“If you love ‘Star Wars’ and Shakespeare, this book is the pinnacle of perfection.”—Yoda News
“...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
About the Author
Ian Doescher is the New York Times best-selling author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars® series. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family. Visit him at IanDoescher.com.
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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.
This was a great ending to Doescher's parody to the Star Wars trilogy. Especially the ending. I loved the ending with R2-D2 giving a speech to match Puck in A Midsummer's Night Dream. I read the first two books in this parody from the library ebooks. I couldn't wait till they had they third book available (they still don't), so I bought it for my kindle. I wasn't disappointed.
The Jedi Returns is my favorite in Lucas's Star Wars trilogy (well, his movies. I've yet to read the books). It's been a long time since I've seen the movies, but Doescher really did a great job with character description in this book. It seemed almost every character had a long prose speech, even some random Imperial Guards.
My favorite part was the way the characters all described the Ewoks...
Act 3. Luke:
"A simple tribe are these, yet wise as well—
With neither guns nor lightsabers they snar’d
A pilot skill’d, a Wookiee brave and strong,
A Jedi Knight, and two most earnest droids."
I'll definitely be recommending this to my Star Wars fan friends, or just fans of a good comedy and parody.
Overall: Would recommend this book (and the other two in the series) to anyone who appreciates Star Wars and has an open enough mind to see the story from another amusing medium.
While "just Star Wars" is still awesome, this is still something you'd be better off grabbing from a library.