Kay Reviews William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return

Today, the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy gets reimagined with Shakespearean flair. In her review of Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, Kay says:

Doescher has a lot of challenges he handles skillfully though. In addition to the regular achievement of expanding, while keeping recognizable, Star Wars film dialogue into Shakespearean language, there’s Huttese, and Ewokese, and a singing rancor. After trying to figure out the formula for the Ewokese (at one point it seemed Gungan with less s’s), I discovered in his author’s note that the blocks are film dialogue, quasi-English, and then just something to complete the rhyme. And it works. You understand what the Ewoks are saying while they still retain their Ewokness.

Check out her full review here. The book trailer is below; also check out Doescher’s guest post today at The Mary Sue, titled “Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned from Han Solo.” Kay also supplied a reading from Act III.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path for now, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. A photographer and voice actor who also consults on communications and marketing, Kay spends any free time reading, learning, getting outside and, of course, making pew pew noises. You can follow her on Twitter.



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.