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review 2020-06-02 22:24
Verily, a Great Entertainment
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope - Jonathan Davis,Marc Thompson,Daniel Davis,January LaVoy,Ian Doescher

"CHORUS:
As our scene to space, so deep and dark,
O’er your imagination we’ll hold sway.
For neither players nor the stage can mark
The great and mighty scene they must portray.
We ask you, let your keen mind’s eye be chief –
Think when we talk of starships, there they be."

 

"LUKE:
Friends, rebels, starfighters, lend me your ears
Wish not we had a single fighter more,
If we are mark’d to die, we are enough
To make our planets proud. But should we win,
We fewer rebels share the greater fame.
We have all sacrific’d unto this cause.
[...]
For with the Force and bravery we win.
O! Great shall be the triumph of that hour
When Empire haughty, vast and powerful
Is fell’d by simple hands of rebels base,
Is shown the might of our good company!
And citizens in Bespin now abed,
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here.
For never shall rebellion see a time
More glori’us then our strong attack today!"

Well, of course Doescher channels the Bard's great speeches, but this is not just parody (of either Shakespeare or Star Wars); it's a cleverly-executed synthesis, transposing the complete screenplay(s) into Shakespearean iambic pentameter -- and somehow managing to remain faithful to both.

 

I am glad that I opted for the audio version, though: Just as Shakespeare's plays are best experienced in performance (and, well, George Lukas wrote movie scripts, not novels), Doescher's synthesis of the two really comes to life when performed.  And I have to give huge kudos to the actors who, while they are clearly having more fun than should be permitted, take the work seriously and give it their full attention, all the way from R2-D2's "beep, squeak, squeeeaak"s (Death of Rats, anyone?) and Han Solo's "hey, I'm just here for the money" attitude to the weightier interactions between Obi-Wan, Luke, Leia, and Darth Vader.  (Interestingly, the total length of Doescher's text also falls squarely within the average range of that of a Shakespearean play.)   I'm not one of those who can do Star Wars marathons, nor will I typically watch more than one play by the Bard at a time, so I don't see myself bingeing on Doescher's syntheses of the two sources. But I'm glad there is more than one of these -- they just may turn out to be the things to turn to when my life needs a bit of brightening up.

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review 2020-05-31 10:31
The Book of Revelations
The Book of Revelations - Shanna Lauffey

by Shanna Lauffey

 

This is the final episode of a ten volume series. I should say serial because it's continuous and the books are best read in order.

 

I seldom read a series all the way through, but this one kept my interest and left me feeling very satisfied. Probably the most climactic drama was in episode nine and the series could have stopped there, but having read this one now I have to say, yeah it was needed.

 

There are some new elements in Kallie's life as well as connections to old ones. Her character development is nicely evolved in this one and all the loose ends of the series are tied up neatly. I was happy to see Marcus back in the picture and I finally understand Connor, who has been a bit of an enigma in recent episodes.

 

I do wonder about back story on some of the peripheral characters, but that just shows how invested I got into this world. If the author ever writes more stories about these characters like Anne Rice did with some of her vampires, I'll definitely want to read them!

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review 2020-05-28 14:45
The Future Memory Man
The Future Memory Man: Episode Five of The Chronicles of the Harekaiian - Shanna Lauffey

by Shanna Lauffey

 

This is the fifth book in the series and the plot convolutions just get more interesting. One of the high points of this episode is that we finally meet Harlan, the time traveler Physicist who has been mentioned a few times since the beginning.

 

I love good science in a time travel novel and this one has obviously been well researched. I found myself looking up information on particle physics and finding books referred to that really exist. I now know a few names of top real life scientists in the field of temporal physics!

 

The beauty of it though, is that the story flows neatly despite the scientific information and it is accessible to the common person. I've never studied physics, but I followed just fine.

 

Apart from that, the character development continues to grow. There were multiple points of view and I'm starting to really get to know the subtleties of Marcus. We also get a look into some of Kallie's background and the changes that have happened over time with Connor start to come into focus.

 

It's tricky to review a book this far into a series because I don't want to write spoilers for previous episodes, but the plot deepens and takes some interesting turns. These are just getting better as they go along.

 

If you like time travel stories at all, read this series!

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review 2020-05-28 14:18
The Flavors of Other Worlds
The Flavors of Other Worlds: 13 Science Fiction Tales from a Master Storyteller - Alan Dean Foster

by Alan Dean Foster

 

Another great collection of stories from Alan Dean Foster! This one is 13 stories all well into the science fiction genre. We have aliens taking over the planet through corporate buy outs, bootleg knowledge, alien assistants, and we even get to learn how to communicate with a cuttlefish.

 

Foster's writing is always good and his inventive plots are way above par. This collection has a nice variety of stories that are well up to his usual standard, exploring other worlds whether they are in space or under sea.

 

Highly recommended for any science fiction fan.

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review 2020-05-17 14:33
Plausible Deniability
Plausible Deniability: Book Four of The Chronicles of the Harekaiian - Shanna Lauffey

by Shanna Lauffey

 

Have you ever just sat with a finished book in your hand, unable to define the emotions you're feeling but feeling too contemplative to do anything else for a while? Yeah, this one did that. It's been a while since anything else has had that effect on me.

 

I love that these books are novella length and don't keep me waiting too long to see what happens, but I hate it that they're finished so quickly!

 

I also love the way this series is developing. Although it's classed as science fiction because it's time travel, the plot has been more like a Mystery and we got some revelations this time. Connections were made for Mason and Julia, plus some new background for Marcus.

 

Even more fascinating is watching Akalya, aka Kallie, develop. Her experiences over the past few years have had a significant effect on her outlook and I'm seeing the changes in her, but don't want to go into detail because those not as far along in the series will enjoy it more without spoilers.

 

All I can say is that this is a brilliant series and I'm already gasping for the next episode, although this one finished in a comfortable place. No cliffhangers. I am, however, wondering how a possible new dynamic with Mason might develop and what part Connor, the new character, will play in further episodes. He's a charismatic character and I get the feeling that we've hardly begun to get to know him. I'm also wondering about how his split loyalties will affect his actions.

 

The one frustrating thing is that we've been given a time loop. I trust that the Physics will be explained eventually, but I'm docking half a star for not giving me resolution this episode!

 

So lots of questions answered, but new ones presented. It takes a lot of skill to do that in a series. I wonder how much outlining the author does because it all seems to fall into place as if it were planned in advance, yet feels spontaneous while reading. This series makes me feel such a spectrum of emotions that I can't get enough of it. Roll on Episode Five!

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