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Witty book would make the Bard proud

By Logan White
Times-News correspondent

    • “William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken”: by Ian Doescher. Quirk Books, copyright 2017. 165 pages. $14.95.
To BB–8 or not to BB–8? That is the question posed by author Ian Doescher in his latest installment of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.”
Journey to a galaxy far, far away and a land long, long ago and join a cast of familiar characters and their adventures in “The Force Doth Awaken”.
An Elizabethan retelling of George Lucas’ modern space opera, “The Force Doth Awaken” recounts the events of the seventh installment of “Star Wars” with wit that would make the Bard proud. Follow a scavenger, a turncoat, a rebel and a host of conflicted characters as they act out a page-turning epic, translating the struggle between light and dark into lines of iambic pentameter. Witness the soul-searching soliloquies of the villainous Kylo Ren, the memory-lane monologues of Han Solo, and even editor’s translations of Chewbacca’s cries. As Rey and the Resistance struggle against the invasive military might of the First Order, will good prevail against evil? Will Rey and Finn discover their destiny? Or will the galaxy finally fall to the power of the Dark Side?
With classic lines like “some idle-headed moof-milker did place an ill compressor on th’ignition line!” and “Can we press on? My fur is getting chill’d!,” and beautiful, woodcut-style illustrations, “The Force Doth Awaken” earns a place on the bookshelves of science fiction fanatics and Shakespeare fans alike. It’s not the easiest read — this is Shakespeare, after all — but it is a fantastic introduction to the Bard for all ages. From soaring space adventure to the intimacy of an authentic Shakespearean script, “William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken” is a treat for fans of the screen and stage.

Logan A. White is a home-schooled high school senior and a Teens & 20s writer.

‘Red Dog’ is a coming-of-age story

Reviewed by Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent

   “The Red Dog: A Tale of the Carolina Frontier (Lizzy’s Yarn, Volume 1)”: by Carole Troxler. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Copyright 2017. 170 pages; $11.99 paperback and $8.99 Kindle.

“The Red Dog” is a story about Lizzy, a young girl orphaned in backcountry 18th century central North Carolina. Lizzy is apprenticed to Tomm, owner of The Red Dog tavern, after the death of her mother. She learns to               handle her new life with unbridled curiosity. Unfortunately, her brother is apprenticed to a different “master,” and her quest to find him leads to many adventures and new friendships. Upon arriving at the Red Dog, “Goody” is not pleased with her husband’s having brought home a Caucasian servant. However, after Tomm assures his wife that Lizzy is an apprentice awarded by the court and can’t

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Scripted perfectly: ‘Cursed Child’ an interesting read

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two,” by J.K. Rowling. Arthur A. Levine Books; Special Rehearsal edition (July 31, 2016). 320 pages.

Reviewed by Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth installment of the Harry Potter series and was based on the story idea by J.K. Rowling, author of the seven original Harry Potter books.
“The Cursed Child” is not a novel, but a script book for the play written by Jack Thorne, a TV, theater and radio writer. The show is directed by celebrated director John Tiffany. “The Cursed Child” was set to run as a one-night only production at the Palace Theatre in London on July 30. With the excitement building after J.K. Rowling released that she would be a part of “The Cursed Child,” it was obvious that there would be a large amount of disappointment and exclusion if only locals and a small amount of fans could attend the performance. It was decided that the script book would be released worldwide, so every Harry Potter fan could experience the magic.
“The Cursed Child” tells the story of 11-year-old Albus Potter, youngest son of Harry Potter. After the end of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” readers assumed all was well in the wizarding world, which was fair to believe since it was read more…

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