William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh by Ian Doescher: Book Review

William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #2)

Obtained: Quirk Books, ARC
Pages: 176
Publish date: July 7, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

Okay, yes, I know, I’m late to this party. There have already been four published William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. I’ve never really known what to expect from them and never took the plunge. It’s Shakespeare and Star Wars – two of my favourite things – what if these books ruined them forever? Well, I was offered the chance to review this book and decided to get over myself. And of course, I can now sense a new nerdy obsession coming on…

For those of you who don’t know, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a series written by Ian Doescher which is a parody series wherein the Star Wars stories are told in Shakespearean language. It’s that simple. And The Clone Army Attacketh is episode two in the series (episodes 4-6 and 1 are already available, for those who aren’t familiar with the Star Wars series sequence).

What gets me so impressed with this series isn’t so much the story as the structure. With a good parody, everyone knows the story. It’s all about what the author chooses to do to it that makes it special. And as a hardcore fan of Shakespeare, I can say I was amazed at how well Doescher made this sci-fi tale sound like another one that was told a long, long time ago.

There were sonnets, and iambic pentameter, and rhyming couplets, and a fool, and witty asides, and the scenes were organized in five acts, and direct references to specific lines from popular plays by the Bard. I don’t even know what this book was parodying – Star Wars or Shakespeare – and quite similarly, I didn’t know which aspects I was fangirling over the most. I just chuckled at all of the references and imagined how this would play out on the stage in my head, secretly wishing someone would make this play a thing.

It’s a review about a Star Wars book – all’s fair in fangirling and internet memes. And that one basically sums up all of my feelings about this book. I can’t stop telling my friends about it. I want the rest of the series. It’s great. It’s smart and wonderfully written. When’s the play, when’s the movie – whatever the rest of this series becomes, I will be fully supportive. The idea is so simple, but the structure is absolute genius.

William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh is available online at Chapters Indigo and Kobo.

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