I’m going to do these slightly out of order, since it just makes sense to do 27 and 29 together.
Titles: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars/The Empire Striketh Back
Author: Ian Doescher
Genre: Sci-fi. I’d also say parody, but it’s a very respectful one, so that word doesn’t quite seem to fit.
Length: 176 pages apiece
Read: late June- finished the second one 7/17.
Summary: The original Star Wars trilogy, if Shakespeare had written it. (Parts 1 and 2, anyway.)
New or re-read? New read for both.
Why did I pick it up? Because the idea was too hilarious to me not to!
Would I read it again? Absolutely. I’d also love to see this performed sometime–are you listening, internet?
Other notes: I actually read part of the first one last year, when my best friend and I were killing time before our state’s annual outdoor Shakespeare performance. We had a great time taking different parts and reading it aloud! Also, this could be a really great way to introduce kids to Shakespeare–take a story they understand, help them see that the language isn’t really that much of a barrier, and then move on to the real thing. Kudos to you, Mr. Doescher.
Author: Jo Baker
Genre: Historical Fiction
Read: early July
Summary: A loose retelling of Pride & Prejudice, from the perspective of the servants.
New or re-read? New read
Why did I pick it up? Because I am a sucker for anything connected to Jane Austen. Especially P&P.
Would I read it again? Yes, though not as often as I’d re-read the original story.
Other notes: a) This is a great book to be reading while doing a heavy house-cleaning. There’s nothing like reading about chamber pots and having to shovel out the outhouse to make you appreciate the relative ease of cleaning a modern toilet. b) The main servant girl that this book focused on really didn’t seem to care much for Elizabeth–though I guess it would be easy to be bitter if you were the one who had to wash her petticoats after her long walks. c) This was so much grittier than anything Austen ever wrote, but I guess that makes sense with the focus on the lower class of the time period. d) It was rather refreshing to see such a different take on it. And I’ve read a lot of retellings/sequels to P&P. Probably more than is healthy. But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop.
Title: Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Author: Noriko Ogiwara
Length: 263 pages
Summary: From Amazon: The God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness have waged a ruthless war across the land of Toyoashihara for generations. But for fifteen-year-old Saya, the war is far away—until the day she discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden and a princess of the Children of the Dark. Raised to love the Light and detest the Dark, Saya must come to terms with her heritage even as the Light and Dark both seek to claim her, for she is the only mortal who an awaken the legendary Dragon Sword, the weapon destined to bring an end to the war. Can Saya make the choice between the Light and Dark, or is she doomed—like all the Water Maidens who came before her…?
New or re-read? New read.
Why did I pick it up? I bought this at the same time as Longbourn, when I had an Amazon card to use up on Kindle books. I’ll admit that I slightly judged by the very pretty cover artwork, but the description also sounded interesting and it was rated well overall.
Rating: 4/5. Some of the reviews classify it as a kids’ book, but I’d say more YA, since there’s some pretty brutal things that happen during the war.
Would I read it again? Most likely.
Other notes: I’m glad I picked this one up. I do love books that are based on mythology, and while I don’t believe this is a retelling of an actual Japanese myth, it certainly has that feel to it. I’m admittedly not very familiar with a lot about various Asian cultures, so this was a nice change from the usual more Greek/Roman/Celtic/overall European style stuff that I’m more familiar with. The style of the writing is very poetic, too. It was like reading one of those nature-inspired Japanese brush paintings that I’ve seen in art museums.