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William Shakespeare's Get Thee Back to the Future! Well, Ian Doescher has pretty much run out of Star Wars movies to rewrite in Shakespearean play form, so he s decided to branch out, releasing this take on the first Back to the Future movie and a Mean Girls based book as well It s a fine addition to his previous works and Back to the Future is actually pretty easy to imagine as a Shakespearean comedy, what with the people pretending to be people they aren t and awkward love triangles, emotionally unstable protagonists, and buffoonish villains Well, Ian Doescher has pretty much run out of Star Wars movies to rewrite in Shakespearean play form, so he s decided to branch out, releasing this take on the first Back to the Future movie and a Mean Girls based book as well It s a fine addition to his previous works and Back to the Future is actually pretty easy to imagine as a Shakespearean comedy, what with the people pretending to be people they aren t and awkward love triangles, emotionally unstable protagonists, and buffoonish villains Frankly, compared to the Star Wars books, Mr Doescher didn t really have to do much in the way of story manipulation to bash this into a coherent play with his few additions mostly having to do with characters arguing whether or not time travel as the story proposes it would actually change history and making snidely comic remarks but largely non partisan, to Doescher s credit concerning the reality of life in 2015 versus the rather romantic visions people supposed for life 30 years in the future back in 1985 ah, back when people looked forward to the future rather than fearing it So, all in all, a solid and thoroughly entertaining adaptation 3.5 stars rounded up to four It would be a solid four as a standalone work, but I m also pitting it against the other eight Shakespearean books I ve read by the same author, and I enjoyed some of thoseIf this were my first experience with this kind of thing, the novelty factor might even carry it to five stars, but alas, I have a basis for comparison, so 3.5 it is Actual review is marked below after a couple paragraphs of whatever this is First I must give a thank you to Mr Does 3.5 stars rounded up to four It would be a solid four as a standalone work, but I m also pitting it against the other eight Shakespearean books I ve read by the same author, and I enjoyed some of thoseIf this were my first experience with this kind of thing, the novelty factor might even carry it to five stars, but alas, I have a basis for comparison, so 3.5 it is Actual review is marked below after a couple paragraphs of whatever this is First I must give a thank you to Mr Doescher Certainly he s waiting with bated breath to hear what an accounting firm file clerk thinks about his book, so he s sure to see this, right Thank you Mr D actually, you re just a couple years my senior and practically a contemporary May I call you Ian Silence gives consent Wonderful Thank you, Ian, for making Shakespeare a little less intimidating I need to read Othello and Hamlet if I want to do justice to my read everything I was supposed to read in school but didn t project After reading this and the others I mentioned above, I feel like I can tackle them now, and I don t even think I ll have to do it grudgingly I ve never enjoyed reading Shakespearean plays Most of this is due to them being plays, and I don t like reading those I do really like Shakespearean quotes, words, insults, some soliloquies, lines, and a lot of other fun stuff he s known for, but reading the entire play itself ZZZZZZZ The one exception is Julius Caesar, though I haven t read that in Jesus Christ, has it really been 25 years since I was in 10th grade Anyway, a quarter of a century has passed since I read that, but I remember liking it I actually want to read it again, and am willing to do so without any impetus from the aforementioned project Maybe one day.I also liked the English class I read it in and the teacher, Ms Dix She often wore a purple dress and we called her Grimace on those days since she was kind of shaped like him My classmates with younger siblings brought Barney to our attention, so that was thrown out from time to time too 40 year old Pierce in 2019 thinks this might be a bit mean, but recognizes that 15 year olds are assholes whether it s 2019, 1994 the year I was in 10th grade and, coincidentally, the year Ian punched Josh Hicks in the arm according the acknowledgements at the back of the book , 1985, or 1955 15 year old Pierce in 1994 knows that these monikers were hung on her with love in the spirit of good natured ribbing she was a good teacher, and a nice lady, to boot She even laughed with us and slammed us from time to time too, much to the general amusement of the class including the individuals in the crosshairs It seems like people didn t have their hurty buttons on display as much as they do nowadays I wonder how she s doing Oh She died a year and a half ago Scary how you can find anything on the internet Well, since I m already thanking people who will never read this, thank you Ms Dix for being one of mymemorable teachers, and for introducing me to a book I love which is probably due for another reread.Dammit, it looks like the stream of consciousaurus has struck again My apologies.REVIEW STARTS HERE I was trepidatious going into this The Star Wars stories can naturally handle a Shakepearean treatment, but I wasn t sure about Back to the Future To some extent, I think I was right, but this was still a load of fun Ian s quite clever, and his skill at barding things up has grown a lot since his first foray into these adaptations He also includes a couple of pages to help the layman follow some Shakespearean language and structure This taught me a couple of things and helped me brush up on a couplesince I m hardly a Shakespearean scholar.There are two prerequisites for enjoying this book One is a love for Back to the Future and the other is an appreciation for Shakespeare Enjoyment is enhanced if you can recognize a myriad of additional pop culture references I caught a ton, but I would love to know the ones I missed, for I m sure there are plenty I bet Ian s hell on Jeopardy That being said, I m afraid I won t be getting Ian s complete collected works since he s also done William Shakespeare s Much Ado About Mean Girls, and while I have the appreciation for the bard, I have zero interest in Mean Girls, and that one would be lost on me Sad day But, Ian and I are both fans of the Back to the Future franchise, and hearing reading some of my favorite lines in Shakespearese is just as much of a hoot here as it is in his other books Upon what lookest thou, thou arse like pate What dost thou wear Is it a Devo suit I don t really see the resemblance, myself He also pulls some lines straight from the source material and gives them a slight twist Friends, makers, countrymen, lend me your ears Some characters get full, modified speeches One example is one of the Libyans tackling Shylock s soliloquy when he starts off with Hath not a Libyan eyes, and runs it through to its natural conclusion But my favorite part with the Libyans was when their substandard equipment started acting up This Russian gun, fie Foh, this German van He throws other pop culture references into the mix, too In short, this is a basket full of Easter eggs What meanst thou has watch d the show ere now Tis new, and not from some past wonder year There are song titles and references out the wazoo A lot are from the 80 s Like chariots of fire leave all behindAnd in a blaze of glory help me scape but not all of them are A crash of drums, a flash of light, my timeMachine flies out of sight You know, that picture is too gay even for me, and I engage in felat well, never mind.He reworks a couple of entire songs bard style complete with hey nonnies and heigh hos where applicable, but here s the news The musical reference piece de resistance is the dance committee chairman s played by Huey Lewis himself, second from the left soliloquy, and I m afraid I can t resist the temptation to drop the whole thing on here it s just that awesome In working for a living, I do striveTo put my heart and soul in ev ry task.Today, within this perfect world of ours,My task, stuck with you, friends, is nohardThan to ascend the rung of Jacob s ladder,As if our group were angels, back in time.The youth of our age, cruising to new heights, Did hear our music s shape, said, That s not me,I want a new drug for my youthful ears They say, If this is it, we want it not Their hearts dislik d the circles of our songs,Thus they decided tis hip to be square.They fin lly found a home in their new sound They think it is some kind of wonderful.It hit me like a hammer when I heard it,For bad is bad when it doth strike mine ears.I know what I like, friends, and verily Tis not their music, nay Yet, it s all right Don t fight it, so say I Accept their music,Give me the keys and beats and instruments Do you believe in love So do our youth,And thus, the heart of rock and roll we ll hear,This music that the pow r of love releaseth Dude, rock on with your bad self He worked an acrostic into three speeches which was fun He tells you about the first one in the prologue, and challenges you to find the other two yourself My brain has a hard time seeing that kind of thing which is why I suck at word find puzzles , but after perusing the entire book twiceafter reading it, I found them I m not going to tell you what they say because I think you should read this, and I really ought to leave a couple of surprises for you Methinks this harsh rejection will destroy me Calm down I will tell you where you can find them The first is in the scene referred to above, where George is explaining to Marty why he won t let anyone read his work The second is when Marty too or Marty two takes the stage for a brief moment during the Enchantment Neath the Sea dance to explain that he s here on an extra secret mission unknown to Marty one and Doc Brown one, and that he may see us another time So heavy is this matter, by my troth So, if you re digging these quotes and references, then do yourself a favor and read this book it s a scream In the iconic film by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, teenaged Marty McFly travels back in time from the s to the s, changing the path of his parents destiny as well as his own Now fans of the movie can journey back even further to the th century, when the Bard of Avon unveils his latest masterpiece William Shakespeare s Get Thee Back to the Future Every scene and line of dialogue from the hit movie is re created with authentic Shakespearean rhyme, meter, and stage directions This reimagining also includes jokes and Easter eggs for movie fans, from Huey Lewis call outs to the inner thoughts of Einstein the dog By the time you ve finished reading, you ll be convinced that Shakespeare had a time traveling DeLorean of his own, speeding to our era so he could pen this time tossed tale as a Back to the Future fan I need this immediately Yet another fun and quick read I m officially hooked on these types of books.Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book First sentence Now gentles, pray, your patience for this play In heart and mind, let fancy hold its sway Premise plot At long last readers can finally experience what it would have been like if William Shakespeare had penned Back to The Future This perhaps may be a most excellent example of a book you never knew you needed The prologue sets the stage and asks the audience to imagine themselves four hundred years into the future in the New World View wonders On our stage do we arrive E First sentence Now gentles, pray, your patience for this play In heart and mind, let fancy hold its sway Premise plot At long last readers can finally experience what it would have been like if William Shakespeare had penned Back to The Future This perhaps may be a most excellent example of a book you never knew you needed The prologue sets the stage and asks the audience to imagine themselves four hundred years into the future in the New World View wonders On our stage do we arrive E en late October, nineteen eighty five The five acts that follow are delightful both for their familiarity and unfamiliarity Marty plays the lute, for example But you ve never heard Earth Angel or Johnny B Good quite like this My thoughts I absolutely have to find my copy of Back to the Future now It s been too long since I ve seen it This was a favorite growing up though I didn t love all the movies in the trilogy equally This play was awesome, fun, silly, clever I loved how the author thought through things as if it was a play that could be acted on stage players must have time to change costumes instead of just a gimmicky novelty I also loved the pops of actual Shakespeare lines Quotes Do you believe in love So do our youth, And this, the heart of rock and roll we ll hear, This music that the pow r of love releaseth.It is this power makes the world go round Tis strong and sudden, sent by heav n above, It May just save thy life, this pow r of love I parry, dodge, and drive e en faster yer, To keep their bullets from their target me Yet faster,car, drive on, be fleet of wheel, Like chariots of fire leave all behind And in a blaze of glory help me scape Surrender, Marty, to this blazing light, That thou mayst live again another night Be not so timid, lass Thou likest me, And wantest Biff to give himself to thee I shall because thou to our school art new Grant thee, This once, a merciful reprieve Now make thou like a tree, and thither flee.O mistress mine, Earth angel mine, O darling of my heart, I m thine Shalt thou be mine, this year or next, Why leave my loving heart perplex d Sing nonny heigh, sing nonny ho, Earth angel sweet, come dwell below O mistress mine, Earth angel mine, One I adore, who doth so shine Tis only thee for whom I care, And I shall love thee, pet, fore er Sing nonny heigh, sing nonny ho, Earth angel sweet, come dwell below Be ready for audacious episodes Whither we go, we have no need of roads So funny Love all the Easter eggs and hilarious references These Shakespeare retellings of classic movies are hilarious Can you imagine if Doescher did one of Gone With the Wind By my troth, Scarlett, I ll not give a damn read for book scavenger hunt a book that tells a story through poetry Greetings fellow bibliophile, tis I, Pablo Cheesecake with another exploration of all things literary There art rare times when reviewing the latest manuscript of a wordsmith that gives me the opportunity to flex mine own creative muscles Today, for the first and likely only time I present to you a critical missive appraising the latest tome of one William Shakespeare , Get Thee Back to the Future Without a shadow of doubt, most amongst the assembled throng will have a passing fore knowledg Greetings fellow bibliophile, tis I, Pablo Cheesecake with another exploration of all things literary There art rare times when reviewing the latest manuscript of a wordsmith that gives me the opportunity to flex mine own creative muscles Today, for the first and likely only time I present to you a critical missive appraising the latest tome of one William Shakespeare , Get Thee Back to the Future Without a shadow of doubt, most amongst the assembled throng will have a passing fore knowledge of said drama Amidst the pages of this opus, fantastical readers will still find Marty and Doc Brown, flux capacitors, Libyans, Einstein, Marvin Berry and yonder clock tower All are well met, the attention to the smallest of details is worthy of the highest praise I would be disappointed if it were otherwise The strength of this endeavour boils down to capturing every moment, sight and sound that an audience will most assuredly already be well versed The location and time period may be wildly different, but the beloved narrative remains reassuringly the same.Every fiction needs a villain and with a Fie, I say the scoundrel Biff Tannen continues to be the most unjust of knaves This prickliest of thorns vexes Marty and the House of McFly at every turn Truly, I relished the moment his foul countenance didst suffer its ultimate fate when the black hearted Tannen is finally cast low A pox on him and a large quantity of animal dung if memory doth not deceive me.Back to the Future hast long been a firm favourite with milady of the manor, here at The Most Eloquent of Pages When I didst prevail upon her, with regard her opinion, she confirmed said tale does have a timeless quality Tis proof positive that the best of fictions works in any setting Kudos to the gentleman Mr Shakespeare, only the boldest of scribes would attempt such a daring feat I bring you the gladdest of tidings, the author s gamble has paid off in spades.Before I go on, I would preface all mine observations with a small pinch of salt If thou are not a fan of the bard, then this is not the book for you Be warned the language enclosed doth have the same lyrical flourish that thou wouldst expect from the father of English Literature Be of little doubt, there art thee s and thou s aplenty Personally, mine heart yearns to see an adaptation of this very story appear on stage The prospect of Marty availing any audience with a most heartfelt soliloquy doth offer delights unbound.In mine humblest of opinions, Get Thee Back to the Future is a jolliest of revels Mr Shakespeare, ably assisted by Ian Doescher, hast revisited a fan favourite and provide larks aplenty If thou doest yearn for a new exploration of a time travelling masterpiece with added Elizabethan flavour, thy need look no further.Regular visitors to my humble scribblings know well that I oft recommend soothing sounds to accompany an author s literary endeavours The same is true in this instance The easiest of options would be to select the finest of madrigals with a hey nonny nonny, but my quest for the perfect match didst lead me in another direction After much investigation, I did find the perfect tunes to salve all but the most savage of hearts The soundtrack to Back to the Future by Alan Silverstri was mine only option The power of love is indeed the most curious of things, I darest anyone to disagree.Get Thee Back to the Future is published by Quirk Books and is available now Much Ado About Mean Girls is also available from the same author Phew, I m glad this review is over I couldn t have kept that nonsense up for much longer My brain hurts I m impressed someone managed to keep it up for an entire book Profound apologies to both authors, old and new I got excited about the chance to read this book and may have gotthan a little carried away In a weird moment of cosmic synchronicity last week, I saw Back to the Future at our local concert hall with a live orchestra providing the entire original soundtrack, it was quite the spectacle My attempts at reviewing with a Shakespearean voice are meant only as the highest of compliments Any crimes against historical grammar, or grammar in general come to that, fall squarely at my feet I am now obsessed I always knew the Star Wars ones of these existed but I, admittedly, never read them And now, I don t think I ever will Because I will LISTEN to them These are performed with a full cast and it s brilliant It s so funny and delightful and is something I never knew I needed until I experienced it.As a Shakespeare nerd, I loved the references and the cadences It was a great parody and I know my parody I wrote my high school senior thesis and college senior thesis on parody I am now obsessed I always knew the Star Wars ones of these existed but I, admittedly, never read them And now, I don t think I ever will Because I will LISTEN to them These are performed with a full cast and it s brilliant It s so funny and delightful and is something I never knew I needed until I experienced it.As a Shakespeare nerd, I loved the references and the cadences It was a great parody and I know my parody I wrote my high school senior thesis and college senior thesis on parody It s a good, good book I have already went and bought the audiobook recording of MUCH ADO ABOUT MEAN GIRLS and I m not even a big fan of MEAN GIRLS I m just excited to see how he parodies this one.And then I m going to go back and listen to the Star Wars ones Get ready for lots of reviews about these because I m obsessed Sorry not sorry.Conclusion Already bought That was frickin delightful, both as a massive fan of Back of Future and Shakespeare as well I hope this guy does the rest of the trilogy By the way, I d pay good money to see this actually on stage


About the Author: Ian Doescher

Ian is the author of the William Shakespeare Star Wars series and the Pop Shakespeare series He s a Portland native, and lives in Portland with his spouse and children.


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