William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

Star Wars Part the Fifth

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
Experience the Star Wars saga reimagined as an Elizabethan drama penned by William Shakespeare himself, complete with authentic meter and verse, and theatrical monologues and dialog by everyone from Yoda to a hungry wampa.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian—can our heroes escape the Empire's wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child.

Authentic meter, stage directions, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout will entertain and impress fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare alike. Every scene and character from the film appears in the play, along with twenty woodcut-style illustrations that depict an Elizabethan version of the Star Wars galaxy.What light through Yoda's window breaks? Methinks you'll find out in the pages of The Empire Striketh Back!

Baker & Taylor
A follow-up to the best-selling William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope returns readers to a galaxy far, far away, where a brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power and soliloquize in elegant iambic pentameter.

& Taylor

A retelling of The Empire strikes back in iambic pentameter, the style of Shakespeare. Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star, and the evil Darth Vader has hatched a plan to capture the rebels. Will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child?
Retells the second Star Wars film, reimagining the saga of a brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids as they match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant iambic pentameter.

Publisher: Philadelphia :, Quirk Books,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781594747151
Branch Call Number: PS3604.O48 W53 2014
Characteristics: 172 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lucas, George 1944-
Alternative Title: Empire striketh back


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Jan 17, 2017

This is a really weird idea (it sounds rather like one of my odd ones) but it works surprisingly well. I love the way R2-D2 has asides to the audience that give us more insight into his character, and another great part is the way Chewbacca roars in meter. :) A hilarious romp through the Star wars universe, with the added bonus of antiquated language. Now, I'm just wondering when we get, "Behold, The Force Awakeneth!"

Jan 11, 2017

These are even better when listened to!

Apr 26, 2016

Goodreads had a dedicated Shakespeare week and as part of that they had a few famous authors write a 'missing' scene to one of his plays, and Ian Doescher was one of those authors and I thought his scene was fantastic, so I looked him up to see what he wrote and low and behold, what he writes is Star Wars, in Shakespeare's style.
Now, I'm a big Star Wars fan, not quite a get dressed up for the movies type but I've got lines memorized and I've read a lot of the books (except for the ones after they kill Chewie, because what the hell was that all about!).
Shakespeare though, he's never been high on my list of stuff to read and I've never liked the plays or movies on his works. I have decided that it's important to read them from a cultural point of view and I've got through a few but that's as far as it's gone.
This though, this is awesome. I understand the words and the context, I can hear the actors speaking while I read. Though I have a hard time infusing Han Solo with the right amount of sarcasm. The Wampa speaks and the Space slug and even R2D2, and somehow CP3O and Lando sound perfect in Shakespeare inspired language.
Unfortunately for my pocket book but probably good for the authors, my library only has this part and not the other 5, so I'll have to be buying the rest at some point, because this part was awesome.

May 14, 2015

I did not read the first book, but it isn't necessary if you are familiar with the movies. I wish I had though, since this is so fantastically written! I may in the future. ;-)

I am not a Star Wars fan; my biggest issue being the dialogue (followed by a string of other plot and cinematic annoyances, like ships "blowing up" and "falling" in space). However, this book is such a beautiful blending of Shakespeare and Star Wars, it made me pull out the movies to watch after I finished. :P I absolutely loved that Yoda spoke in modern haiku, and the quips between Han and Leia are witty. In fact, my mental voice started speaking with "thous" and "doths" towards the end. That was rather annoying, to be honest.

A great read; fun spin on a very familiar story, which, for anyone that might find Shakespearean/Elizabethan language intimidating, will still find the plot accessible (as you already know what happens ;-) ).

Feb 10, 2015

The fun continues in this second Shakespearean adaptation of the Lucas space saga. Just as good as the first.


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