Review: The Jedi Doth Return — Ian Doescher

The last part of the original trilogy in Shakespearean style! I’m a big fan of the original trilogy, although it has to be said that I’m not that fond of the Ewoks, which do play a big part in the closing part of this saga. So, how doth this part last fare in review?

Rancor:  [sings] They shriek at my mystique,
my teeth they’ll die beneath,
A feast made for a beast,
A treat that I may eat!

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As with the other two books in the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series this book is written as if it were a Shakespearean play. The book is accompanied by illustrations and the story is told by the actors and the chorus. The way Ian Doescher portrays all of the characters we all know and love is simply lovely. Yoda speaks in haikus, Han and Leia in rhyme when they speak to one another, and R2 plays the role of the play’s fool and even has the closing words in this book.

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Scout 4: “Ha! There’s rebel scum who shall no more
Make trouble for our mighty Empire. We
Are e’er the strongest in the galaxy,
With pilots such as I whose skills is —O!— “
[Imperial Scout 4 collides with a tree and dies.

I really enjoyed reading this book and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love all of the subtle humour and references in this lovely version of the classic tale of Darth Vader’s redemption. The book is a quick read and I have to admit, I want to add the prequel and sequel books to my collection now as well! Since they’re all hardcovers they look great in any bookcase too!

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C-3PO: “O, it is rather an emberassment
Good Gen’ral Solo. It appears that thou
Shalt be the main course at a banquet in
My honor. I am quite asham’d, good Sir,
And promise I shall not enjoy the meal.”

Final score:

Cover art: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Paper smell: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Print/lettering: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Originality: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Story: 🌟🌟🌟🌟½

Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy reading!

-Jeffrey

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