There are two things almost every high school student has a passing familiarity with: Shakespeare (English class Hamlet, I'm looking at you) and (you guessed it) Star Wars. On the surface these two don't seem to have a lot in common. There weren't many blasters or space ships in the late 1500's. And besides Yoda, no one in space even comes close to speaking in iambic pentameter. Until now.
Turns out Shakespeare and Star Wars are a perfect match. Call me a geek, but when this first came out I couldn't have been more excited. Shakespeare is all about epic tales and fights between good and evil where the little guy (the rebels) fight against a more powerful force that oppresses them (the empire). It's also great to finally have R2-D2's beeps and whistles translated. R2 is just as sarcastic as you always expected and has the best insults.
Verily, A New Hope is short. Really short, but it's packed full of all the action and one-liners you remember from the movies mixed with Shakespeare's best quotes. This could have been silly and ridiculous. In fact this should have been silly and ridiculous. Instead it takes the best of both parts and makes a witty, light-hearted mash up. This revised Star Wars kept me in stitches and let me relive the movies with a poetic twist. If you want a geeky read that will keep you entertained, this is it. The book doesn't take itself too seriously. And you don't have to be an expert in Star Wars or Shakespeare to enjoy. A passing familiarity with both is enough. The only way this book could get better is if someone actually staged it as a play. Hint. Hint...