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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope - Ian Doescher If I were more clever, I would write this entire review in perfect iambic pentameter. But alas, the Shakespearian language doth escape me. And hitherto shows the brilliance contained therein. Okay, I’ll knock it off.

But really, it takes a long freakin’ time to transcribe something into iambic pentameter. This book isn’t just about the thees and the thous, but within every penta are five perfectly aligned feet of iambs. And even more surprising is author Doescher’s ability to do this while still retaining the plot and feel of the original movie.

Everything about this book impressed me. The cover and interior drawings are magnificently done; seeing Vadar adorned with a leopard printed boa? Yes, please. But what most enraptured my attention was Doescher’s painstaking attention to detail. I found myself searching for and highlighting his rendition of all my favorite movie quotes. From the opening prologue to the saber dual in the Death Star, everything has been faithfully rendered.

Doescher was careful to stay within canon though we are greeted with impromptu cameo appearances (don’t worry, it fits appropriately) and no, he doesn’t reveal who shot whom first.

This book is not for everyone. My excitement may have been a little too high when telling my co-workers about this recent find. Most of what I received in return was weird looks and names synonymous with geek and nerd. So, yes, this book is not for everyone. However, for those interested in Shakespeare or Star Wars, this is a most definite worthy read. It’s as if the seventeenth-century playwright was reincarnated just to breathe life back into this classic tale.