And now I've finally finished Ian Doescher's delightful retellings of the original Star Wars trilogy! I will say that I found the first book in the series to be the most laugh-out-loud funny and entertaining (possibly because of its novelty factor?) but both this book and The Empire Striketh Back were still hugely enjoyable. My favourite moment in this book by far was the part where Luke realises that Leia is his sister. Luke then reflects on how inappropriate it was of Leia to kiss him and recalls a story about a Tusken raider that he heard as a child. This story is obviously based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and gave me a fit of the giggles! :D
I would completely recommend this series to those who are fans of both Shakespeare and Star Wars, in fact I'd go so far as to call it a must-read. These books aren't unfunny, cheap gimmicks like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and all of those other mash-ups that came out afterwards. Doescher has quite clearly studied Shakespeare and his books are extremely well-written and eloquent. The books are also deliciously funny with Doescher's love and affection for the source material being obvious.
Doescher has now started to write retellings of the Star Wars prequels but I'm afraid I'm going to have to give those books a miss. As much as I've enjoyed his takes on the original trilogy, I despise the prequels so much that I doubt anyone could get me to enjoy them! I'm hopeful that Doescher will start to adapt the new Disney Star Wars films within the next few years though!