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Mini Review Monday: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Summary From Goodreads

Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a great mix of Shakespeare style writing, the classic Star Wars you know and love, and some extra humor thrown in. Doescher, and Murray Biggs who helped him with some of the “Shakespearean pastiche”, combined to do a very nice job on getting the technical aspects of writing in Shakespeare’s style correct, which is huge in making sure this book flows.

A lot of the better known lines are used throughout the piece, with a twist of course, and that made it seem like I was watching the movie at the same time. One of the things that sets this book apart is that Doescher used asides, or breaks from the “play”, to show added depth for the characters and what they were thinking. As the vast majority of people reading this have watched or read Star Wars I won’t analyze the characters, plot, or the other usual aspects. You know the story, but William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a fantastic addition to any Star Wars fan. I couldn’t help but say some of the lines out loud or sing along with the chorus so you know it’s a lot of fun. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #145/200

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Anyhow, on to my books! This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ If you want to join in on the fun click the pretty picture above or on Twitter by using the hashtag #readathon! Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!

Scorch by Gina Damico

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David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescherthirteen reasons why

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

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Stats

Currently Reading: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (pg 265)

Books Finished: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 1,341

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 13 hours 45 minutes

Snacks Eaten: 3 Nutri-grain bars, chips & salsa, grilled cheese, ice cream, and MORE chips & salsa!

Challenges Participated In: Introductory Questionnaire, Book Tunes, Mid Event Survey, Best of Your Reading Year, Turn to Page, Mini Challenges

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Challenges

Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Small town USA, aka Cologne, MN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chips and Salsa!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a nerdfighting wrimo that paints LotR figures. Sexy, I know.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? The last time I was doing Dewey’s I got distracted by too many non-bookish things, so the goal for today is to get lots of reading in as well as participating in some fun challenges!

Book Tunes: The Opal Deception paired with Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation!

Mid Event Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I‘m doing fine in terms of being fully awake, but the last book was somewhat of a mood killer.
2) What have you finished reading? The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) What is your favorite read so far? The Opal Deception, I’m a sucker for Artemis Fowl books.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I think I enjoyed the chips and salsa the most so far, might have more later on.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I did interact a little bit with one of the #TeamTiger cheerleaders, her Twitter handle is @toofondbeth and her blog is http://toofond.wordpress.com/!

Best of Your Reading Year

1. Best Book of Your Reading Year: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

2. Best Author of Your Reading Year: Sean Beaudoin author of Wise Young Fool (5/5), Going Nowhere Faster (4/5), and Fade to Blue (5/5)

3. Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: Doll Bones by Holly Black

4. Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year: Jeremy C. Shipp author of Monstrosities, Attic Toys, Attic Clowns, Cursed, and Vacation

Turn to Page

“I would rather read than ______ any day!”: I would rather read than play with the loosened gold teeth of dead men any day! – Liesl & Po

Mini Challenges

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Both hours 22 & 23 were tough as they came at 4-6 A.M. for me.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All things Artemis Fowl!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, loved it!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were amazing!
  5. How many books did you read? 5 finished, I’m working on #6!
  6. What were the names of the books you read? David and Goliath, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Opal Deception, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Bloodlines, and Liesl & Po
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell was fascinating!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, while short, drove me a tad crazy near the end with the style.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will, reader all the way!

Randomness #1: Reminiscing and Books

If you read my (ridiculously long) post during Dewey’s Read-A-Thon you would have come across one of the mini-challenges I participated in called Literacy Mini-Challenge. The point of that challenge was to celebrate the reading child in some way, I chose to do so by discussing my relationship with reading when I was younger. For those who don’t want to scroll through that crazy-long post here is what I wrote:

I was a very lucky kid when it came to reading and books in general. My mom is a high school teacher and my grandmother was a librarian, so my love of books began almost immediately when my mom and grandmother would read to me before I learned how to myself. A little after I turned four years old I started reading by myself, small books at first, but chapter books followed soon after. Reading to me still reminds me of that time with my family, even if we weren’t reading the same thing it was a closeness that we shared and still do at times. I also remember feeling that because I could read I was growing up, I was capable of doing the same things as the people I looked up to the most and that made me feel special. I’ve never lost that love for reading, books fascinate me in a way that nothing else can and I am forever thankful to my family for sharing that gift with me.

As you can see my love of books stems from an upbringing that allowed me to surround and immerse myself in them from a very early age. Now, you may be wondering why I am bringing this up again. I went with my mother and sister to a 2-day gigantic book sale held by Half-Price Books where EVERYTHING was 3$ or less. I should have taken pictures of the event itself to give you an idea of the sheer size but alas I did not. You walk into this giant area where on rows upon rows of connected long tables there are thousands of boxes of books. There were also rows of cds and dvds but my focus was solely on the books. Of course, if they are offering them at 3$ or less you won’t find many new books, but the selection was still quite astonishing. How does this connect with reminiscing? It was the kind of books I found and ended up purchasing. Did someone ask for pictures? Why yes I do have some!

As a kid I immersed myself in fantasy books and as such there were three main series of books that I loved dearly. (I apologize for the photo quality, all I have is my phone =/)

The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale:

The Star Wars Books:

The Dragonlance Books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman:

Only the Pendragon books could be considered a true “series” just based on length and having one true ending. The Dragonlance and Star Wars books, amazingly, are still being continued with no true end in sight. I don’t see the interest, especially in the Star Wars books, dying out anytime soon so they will keep being written for quite some time.

All three sets of books captivated me when I was younger, sending me into different times and realms, filling my head with intergalactic battles, a variety of alien races and even a romance or two. My imagination was at its peak while I was reading these books and I wish I could thank the authors for that with more than just a blog post.

With all of the new books out there now, and a seemingly never-ending stream of ones being written as I type these words I can see how it would be hard to go back and read some of the books that you enjoyed as child or teenager. So my questions to any who read this are:

What kindled your passion for books?

Do you ever go back and read the books you loved when you were younger?

Did you keep all of them so that you could re-read them or did you, like me, have to give away or sell them at some point?

While reading this what books were you thinking of and are you now more inclined to go back and read them?

To be honest I have no idea when I will get to read any of these books. I may be participating in another read-a-thon next week (more on that in a later post if I decide to do it) which could help with this but I have a hard time keeping up with the new books I get as I imagine many of you do as well. Blogging every day and reviewing about three books a week keeps me pretty busy so as much fun as reliving my childhood by reading these books would be, I don’t know when I will, though I know I will get around to it someday.

You may be wondering how I could only get books I’ve read the majority of before when there were countless rows of books to choose from. Don’t worry, I got some other ones too! One of my favorite authors is Stephen King but I don’t actually own that many of his books (it pains me to admit) so I picked some up while I was there.

The Stand, Pet Sematary, IT, Everything’s Eventual, Four Past Midnight, Lisey’s Story, Hearts In Atlantis

I can’t wait to read these, though again I don’t know when I’ll be able to.

Finally, I did pick up some random books! Here you go:

Tersias by G.P. Taylor, Snow Garden by Christopher Rice, Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook, Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

These ones I had never heard of and simply got because they sounded really interesting. I’m a bit of a Roman history nut so that’s the reasoning for that one.

Thank you for putting up with me while I took a bit of a trip back to when I was younger. I really appreciate it. ^.^ Please leave comments if you enjoyed this kind of post so I know whether I should do other “randomness” ones in the future and if you’d like to answer those questions I asked earlier feel free! That’s all from me for now (thankfully), as always thanks for reading. 🙂