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Old 07-12-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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William Shakespeare's Star Wars

I was trolling through the Kobo store and had to do a double take when I saw this:

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Willi...PlFQ4-W0Qg&r=1

Seriously? Star Wars rewritten in iambic pentameter?
I saw that it was eligible for a promo code, and found a 50% off in the ol' Kobo Discounts Thread, so I thought five bucks was worth it just to see.

I was very, very pleasantly surprised!
I love Shakespeare, and I'm a huge Star Wars geek, and boy, did this book just "work". It's brilliantly written, and seriously worth a look if you love either the Bard, or classic Star Wars or both. (Especially both!)

With such gems as:

"LUKE: Nay, thou art sure misled, O wise one, for
My father hath not fought in any wars.
Full many evenings as I lay abed
Such tales I heard of him I never knew:
A navigator on a freighter ship
Which carried fragrant spices hence to yon
My father was. He kneweth naught of wars."

and :
"TROOPER 4: Pray, show me now thy papers.
OBI-WAN: Nay, thou dost
Not need to see his papers.
TROOPER 4: Nay, we do
Not need to see his papers.
OBI-WAN: True it is,
That these are not the droids for which thou search’st.
TROOPER 3: Aye, these are not the droids for which we search.
OBI-WAN: And now, the lad may go his merry way.
TROOPER 3: Good lad, I prithee, go thy merry way!
OBI-WAN: Now get thee hence.
TROOPER 4: Now get thee hence, go hence!"

I read the whole thing last night and laughed out loud often.
Definitely worth a couple bucks.
-AC
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Thank you so much for posting this! I bought it too!
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I didn't see either LucasBook, OR Disney, anywhere in the info. Is Quirk Publishing a subsidiary of them? I just don't get how it is legal otherwise.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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I didn't see either LucasBook, OR Disney, anywhere in the info. Is Quirk Publishing a subsidiary of them? I just don't get how it is legal otherwise.
It's been being promoted by many reputable news sources for quite some time now--in anticipation of its release. I have no idea WHO granted permission, but it seems pretty clear that it's on the up-and-up.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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they appear to be affiliated with RAndom house somehow, at least according to Wikipedia. But I couldn't find a straight answer on their own website.

Still doesn't answer my question though. I guess I keep searching.

Edit:
The book IS on the Random House website, as well as the Quirk Publishing site. I wish these incestuous publishing houses were a little more separate...

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I was trolling through the Kobo store and had to do a double take when I saw this:

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Willi...PlFQ4-W0Qg&r=1

Seriously? Star Wars rewritten in iambic pentameter?
I saw that it was eligible for a promo code, and found a 50% off in the ol' Kobo Discounts Thread, so I thought five bucks was worth it just to see.

I was very, very pleasantly surprised!
I love Shakespeare, and I'm a huge Star Wars geek, and boy, did this book just "work". It's brilliantly written, and seriously worth a look if you love either the Bard, or classic Star Wars or both. (Especially both!)

With such gems as:

"LUKE: Nay, thou art sure misled, O wise one, for
My father hath not fought in any wars.
Full many evenings as I lay abed
Such tales I heard of him I never knew:
A navigator on a freighter ship
Which carried fragrant spices hence to yon
My father was. He kneweth naught of wars."

and :
"TROOPER 4: Pray, show me now thy papers.
OBI-WAN: Nay, thou dost
Not need to see his papers.
TROOPER 4: Nay, we do
Not need to see his papers.
OBI-WAN: True it is,
That these are not the droids for which thou search’st.
TROOPER 3: Aye, these are not the droids for which we search.
OBI-WAN: And now, the lad may go his merry way.
TROOPER 3: Good lad, I prithee, go thy merry way!
OBI-WAN: Now get thee hence.
TROOPER 4: Now get thee hence, go hence!"

I read the whole thing last night and laughed out loud often.
Definitely worth a couple bucks.
-AC
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I love this! Purchased!

Hope he does the other two of the original trilogy
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It's been being promoted by many reputable news sources for quite some time now--in anticipation of its release. I have no idea WHO granted permission, but it seems pretty clear that it's on the up-and-up.
I've got the dead-tree version, and the copyright page clearly states that the copyright is held by Lucasfilm Ltd., not by the "author." There's also a "Lucas Books" logo on the back cover. I don't normally buy Star Wars stuff, so I have no idea if the current crop of Anderson, Zahn, etc. books are also "Lucas Books."
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I just bought it too! Thanks for the rec
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