Book Review – William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return

3.5 stars. Perhaps the mash-up of Shakespeare and Star Wars is simply exhausted, but I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as the other two volumes. I enjoyed the flowing iambic pentameter, and Doescher does a great job of giving each character his or her own personality. The Jedi Doth Return didn’t seem to have quite the same self-aware snark as the first two; it’s more a straightforward verse interpretation of the movie. Aside from one brilliant comment about midi-chlorians, the inside jokes didn’t have the zing of the first volume. The parts that I enjoyed the most were those that added to the Star Wars canon: R2-D2’s asides, the Emperor’s discussion of his relation with Vader, the Ewok’s hilarious pidgin language. Still, an enjoyable read, and I recommend this entire trilogy to lovers of Star Wars and verse.

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