Friday, April 24, 2015

Booknote: The Jedi Doth Return

Ian Doescher, The Jedi Doth Return: Star Wars Part the Sixth. Philadelphia, PA: Quirk Books, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-59474-713-7.

Find it at a library near you (link to WorldCat). 
Buy via the publisher Quirk Books (link to publisher page).

Genre: Drama, play
Subgenre: science fiction, space opera
Format: hardcover
Source: Provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

I finished reading this, and I have to say it is a great wrap-up for the trilogy. Doescher's Shakespearean channeling elevates the Star Wars story to the moving and exciting epic it is. This volume really brings it home. We get solid and insightful soliloquies, humor, wit, wordplay, and drama.

Since it is set as a Shakespearean play, there are some liberties the author takes. Basically he sets up the scenes so we see them as performed on stage. Our imaginations then can see the saga in full as we read. An interesting detail is the language. Though most of the play is in iambic pentameter verse, there are variations, which are consistent with Shakespeare. Boba Fett the bounty hunter speaks in prose. The Ewoks speak in short lines of AABA rhyme. These examples reflect the uniqueness of characters. Doescher discusses how he uses language in the afterword of the book. If you find such details interesting, reading the afterword is worth it.

Like a good Shakespearean play, this one does have five acts. The action builds up to the climactic lightsaber duel and the space battle to determine the fate of the galaxy. If you already know the story, you'll get a deeper appreciation here. If not, there you are in for a treat and a great play. In addition, Doescher does pepper the play with real Shakespearean lines, as in lines you may seen in other plays. It was fun finding those lines and seeing how the author made them fit in. Think of it as a small bit of fun.

In the end, the volume is a great addition to the trilogy, and it is an excellent read. If you've already read the previous two, you have to pick this up. I definitely recommend it as a fun read. It is also a great choice for libraries. Both fans of Star Wars and Shakespeare alike will enjoy this.

5 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenge:

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