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By Jessica Brister On 19 Jul, 2016 At 06:10 PM | Categorized As Reviews | With 0 Comments

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As a geek, I love Star Wars.  As a former English teacher, I love Shakespeare.  When you combine the two, I am in heaven.  That is exactly what has happened with the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series.  Someone has gone through and re-written the classic Star Wars movies into Shakespearean plays.  I received Episodes IV through VI as a set and think they are an absolute blast to read.  I have already done a review for A New Hope and will be concentrating only on The Empire Striketh Back for the purposes of this review.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back was written by Ian Doescher and was published in 2014 by Quirk Books.  At this time, the first six Star Wars movies have been published in this series so that nerds like me can collect them all.  I found out that the author decided to write these books because George Lucas purposely put archetypal characters in Star Wars, and Shakespeare is the master of archetypes.  This was definitely an interesting and creative idea of rewriting different Star Wars movies into the form of a Shakespeare play.

The Empire Striketh Back is essentially Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back in iambic pentameter with stage direction, like it is a true Shakespearean play.  The plot has stayed the same, but the dialogue has been greatly changed.  It was extremely fun to read, though it will probably not be for everyone.  It definitely fits a niche group of readers.  I’m assuming that if you are interested in this book, you are already familiar with the story and will focus more on some of the key differences.

Though most of the book was as expected: The Empire Strikes Back turned into Shakespeare, there was one interesting twist that I want to discuss and that is the diction and style of Yoda, which was quite interesting.  Yoda speaks with the characteristic and very memorable dialect, which is inverted.  There are also many, many Shakespeare lines which are inverted as well because that was the dialect at the time.  So what was the author to do? Invert the dialogue again so that Yoda spoke normally?  Keep Yoda doing the same thing?  Just quote the lines of Yoda from the movie and be done with it (He sounds Shakespearean enough, doesn’t he?)

Well, the author chose a completely different way, which I admire, since this was a difficult issue…because you know how Star Wars fans are and all…When I say that, I mean crazy and all.  Because they totally are.  Instead of what you might expect, Yoda spoke in haiku.  It was beautiful and all.  It was unique.  I thought it was great given the difficulty of mastering a character who has already existed in cannon for a long time in a language that is archaic.  For those who have an issue…do you have your own deal for Star Wars in Shakespearean language?  No?  Okay then.

There were also some issues with Boba Fett, but then again, when aren’t there issues with Boba Fett?  Seriously, if you have been following the Star Wars universe as much as I have over the last couple of decades, Boba Fett has been a  crazy topic to try and mess with, which is why I won’t.  Have fun and all.  In the meantime, I thought that his character was done as best as could be done.

The book was a great rendition of Star Wars plus Shakespeare.  This book is not for everyone, but for the small sub-set of people who love geeky things and classic literature.

By SarahTheRebel On 8 Jul, 2013 At 11:28 AM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarRecently, Tor Books announced the fourth novel in the Dragon Age series. Patrick Weekes, senior writer at BioWare, will pen Dragon Age: The Masked Empire for publication in April 2014.


As you know, the previous three Dragon Age novels, Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, Dragon Age: The Calling, and Dragon Age: Asunder were all awesome, but were also all written by David Gaider. I’m a little nervous about the change, as well know how horrible the latest Mass Effect book was purported to be, and it too was suddenly helmed by a new writer, William C. Deitz. As Patrick Weekes has written other successful novels, I’m hopeful that everything will turn out awesome!

As for the plot, it looks like it is continuing storylines begun in Asunder, with the action taking place in Orlais. You can also bet it will be a lead up to the clash between Templar and Mages in the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition!


Empress Celene of Orlais rose to the throne of the most powerful nation in Thedas through wisdom, wit, and ruthless manipulation. Now, the empire she has guided into an age of enlightenment is threatened from within by imminent war between the templars and the mages. Even as rebellion stirs among the downtrodden elves to save Orlais, Celene must keep her hold on the throne by any means necessary.

Fighting with the legendary skill of the Orlesian Chevaliers , Grand Duke Gaspard has won countless battles for the empire and the empress, but has he fought in vain? As the Circle fails and chaos looms, Gaspard begins to doubt that Celene’s diplomatic approach to the mage problem or the elven uprisings will keep the empire safe. Perhaps it is time for a new leader, one who lives by the tenets of the Chevalier’s Code, to make Orlais strong again.

Briala has been Celene’s handmaid since the two of them were children, subtly using her position to help improve the lives of elves across Orlais. She is Celene’s confidante, spymaster, and lover. But when politics force the empress to choose between the rights of Briala’s people and the Orlesian throne, Briala must in turn decide where her true loyalties lie.

Alliances are forged and promises broken as Celene and Gaspard battle for the throne of Orlais, but in the end, the elves who hide in the forests or starve in the alienages may decide the fate of the masked empire.

By Charles On 28 Jul, 2011 At 02:19 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Oh Gainax, what will you do next?

Recently I had the chance to watch the first episode of “Dantalian no Shoka,” prolific studio Gainax’s entry into the 2011 summer anime season. I initially chose it because I tend to enjoy what Gainax has done (you might have heard of one of their titles, Neon Genesis something-or-other, got a little fanfare back in ’96), and the teaser behind the show appealed to me. So I tracked down the first episode to give it a shot.

Huey and Dalian, from the preview catalogue

First off, I want to preface this by saying a few things: this isn’t Evangelion’s Gainax. It isn’t Gurren Lagann’s Gainax. It isn’t even Panty and Stocking’s Gainax (but really what is?). Dantalian no Shoka is something entirely different, and whether it will pan out is best left up to time and viewers. An intriguing premise set up to be a mix of supernatural study, possible romantic tensions (purely inference on that chord) and a lot of flashy, colorful magical explosions.

The story set up in the premiere follows the story of Hugh Anthony Disward, who inherits his grandfather’s vast library of rare books, when the elder Disward is killed in a robbery. When he goes to check on it, he finds two things he didn’t expect. First, one of the books is missing, apparently stolen in the same robbery. Second, there is a strange girl, named Dalian, who is reading all the books in a storage room deep beneath the main estate. Some exposition regarding the nature of the library, references to something called “Dantalian,” a powerful demon who guards knowledge, and then the two are off in search of the man who stole the book, and killed the grandfather.

What they find at the rival’s estate is nothing less than a massacre: dead people, dark halls…and is that a lion? And a demonic, murderous clown? A DRAGON? Seriously? Huey (as Disward prefers to be called)  must draw on the power of both Dalian and the strange key he was given to destroy the dragon and seal the book (apparently a pop-up book full of circus stories) away, thus preserving the world, or something along those lines.

The premise behind the show, which was adapted from a series of light novels, is intriguing, which is what drew me in. I liked the idea of books harboring evil spirits. I like the idea that knowledge can lead to destruction. I even liked the idea behind “Dantalian,” apparently an actual demon in Japanese mythology (and who reminds me of a demon I created almost a decade ago for a book I was writing). All of these were enough to grab my attention. Unfortunately, there were times during the opening episode where I felt I had to force myself to pay attention.

I’m not exactly sure why. The art style is very pleasant, and colorful at times (with a lot of purple). The voice work suits the imagery and the animation. The character of Dalian, herself a cross between lolicon and clockwork girl, was an interesting part of the story, especially when taking into account the cryptic nature of what exactly she is, and how she relates to these monsters Huey now finds himself fighting. But for some reason, I found my mind wandering during the first part of the episode. It wasn’t until the action started that I really paid attention, and even then I wasn’t exactly raptly entranced. It’s not that the story seemed forced or implausible (speaking from the point of it being an anime story). It just felt like something was lacking.

But this was only the first episode, the introduction of what is to come. There are going to be another 12 or so episodes this season, so anything can happen. And the story in the premiere was interesting enough to warrant following the series, at least for now (and especially given what I’ve read about the story online). Gainax has done a lot of great shows in the past, so I will stick with this one for the time being.

Gives new meaning to the term "Keymaster"


By otakuman5000 On 21 Mar, 2011 At 10:51 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Interviews, News, PlayStation | With 2 Comments

No GravatarHere is an interview that I had with Lauren AKA Luge from Season 1 of The Tester.


Luge is known for being on the pilot season of Sony’s reality show The Tester. She also has credit of a Guiness World Record under her belt, holding the record of longest time playing a single game with User Created Levels. The game of choice was Little Big Planet.


Aside from being on TV and in the Guiness Book of World Records, Luge also has a website and youtube channel where she post videos of gameplay and information on different games out for the Playstation 3 and PS Home. Be sure to check out the interview below.


Part 1


Part 2


Part 3



Be sure to check out Luge’s website at
And don’t forget to follow her Twitter @lugeyps3.