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The Tragedy of Macbeth Part II: The Seed of Banquo

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Ambition, intrigue, betrayal, murder. In 1610 The Tragedy of Macbeth was first performed . . . now 400 years later, the sequel. Ten years dead, Macbeth may lie in an uneasy grave, but the three witches who led the ill-fated thane to his tragic destiny still hover in Scotland’s eerily medieval “fog and filthy air.” Still, too, their cauldron boils with toil and trouble.Ten ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 17th 2008 by Pegasus
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Chris
Sep 24, 2010 Chris rated it did not like it
Fortunately I took this out of the library, so at least I didn't spend money on it. Writing a sequel to Shakespeare? A lofty goal, to be sure, but it's been done before, sometimes with panache and skill. Not here. The entire premise of the book is predicated on ignorance of the implications of the prophecy of Banquo's seed. The characters' behavior is absurd, the plot and most of the dialogue not only are shamelessly lifted directly from the original but pilfers Hamlet, Lear, and Othello, among ...more
Garrett Zecker
Apr 09, 2013 Garrett Zecker rated it did not like it
In my opinion this was a play that really had no need to be written, and it was authored in such a way that I am unsure if it is a significant contribution to Shakespearean fan fiction. Of course, this is a heavily debated and easily entered public domain space, and anyone is able to jump into the fray, but I was not happy with it.

I do not want to boast about my education, or my own authority to write something that attempted to further the work of one of the greatest English language poets and
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Stacey
Feb 02, 2009 Stacey rated it really liked it
I won this book from GoodReads, and it took me a while to get to it, but I am really glad I entered. It seemed like an odd concept to me. A sequel to a Shakespeare play. It seemed like an awfully big task, but it was much better than I expected!

It is written as a play, the way Shakespeare would have written a sequel to Macbeth. Here's the premise. In the witches prophecy, they phrophecy that the throne of Scotland will be ruled by the seed of Banquo, but this is not accomplished within the outli
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Stuart
Dec 30, 2008 Stuart rated it really liked it
A surprisingly good play, I admire Lukeman's determination to come as close to the linguistic style of the original while at the same time being a little disappointed with how he basically rips off the structure and plot progression of MACBETH point by point. That said, more good than bad here, by far, and I really liked the character of Lady Malcolm and Fleance (though I would have liked more both of him and his lover, Fiona). I could definitely see this being staged in rep with MACBETH, though ...more
Kimberly
Apr 14, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok
It takes a lot of hubris to think that one can write a play, in iambic pentameter, based on one of the greatest plays of all time, written by one of the greatest writers of all time. It is impossible to read this and not make comparisons. Lukeman has some cool ideas about what logically would have happened next in Scotland, but I don't think he developed the play as well as he could have.

It was a quick read. If you like Macbeth, I would say go ahead and read it.
Christina
Mar 29, 2009 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, 2009
I was skeptical about this play as many "sequels" I have read have often been terrible but this was not. Staying true to the original tone of the play it was a nice completion of the story. Perhaps Lukeman is right and Shakespeare did intend a part two.
Phillip
Jul 31, 2013 Phillip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I would probably give this five stars except that I had really high hopes for this play and it wasn't quite as awesome as I was hoped it would be.

That being said, this is a pretty clever adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, and it's fairly impressive that Lukeman wrote an entire modern play (with a couple of small parts excepted) in Elizabethan blank verse. This is one of the things I find most interesting about the play, is that the language definitely shows a tension between Elizabethan langua
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Amanda
Jan 18, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, plays
I have to admit when I first read what Lukeman was attempting to do with his play I was a little shocked. Someone actually dared to write a sequel to one of Shakespeare’s play and in blank verse no less!? I did not expect much from it and was pleasantly surprised by the work. After the first scene in the first act I was hooked. It is fast paced, exciting and truly I did not know what to expect, well we do have the new prophecy that predicts Malcolm’s downfall and the return of Fleance but there ...more
Mer
Mar 17, 2014 Mer rated it it was ok
I thought it didn't get any bloodier than the story of Macbeth, but I was wrong. Interesting idea for sequel, but copied a lot of the original play.
Sarah
Apr 17, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
I thought this was a fun read! I liked that it started where Macbeth ended. I had to think back to my college reading of Macbeth to remember what happened in that play, but once I started reading, the plot came back to me. It was tragic, like Macbeth, but the story wouldn't be like a Shakespeare tragedy if it wasn't. I liked the witches "riddles" in this book, as they kept me thinking about how those prophesies were actually going to take place. It is not as long as a Shakespeare play, which I e ...more
Drew
Dec 26, 2011 Drew rated it liked it
An interesting, if not always successful, attempt to complete the story left unfinished at the end of The Scottish Play. While I enjoyed seeing a rather well-done play in blank verse, some scenes were wholly unnecessary and others poorly written - and the phrases stolen from The Scottish and other Shakespeare plays were unnecessary winks to an audience who doesn't need them. Still, there were some scenes of real power and tension as well as some lines of sheer beauty. It's an impressive attempt ...more
Pj
Jun 23, 2012 Pj rated it liked it
Shelves: theater
I;m not sure about this one. I love Macbeth it remains my favorite Shakespeare and one of my favorites period. I don't know if this would work as a production and as a play I found it lacking. But I have to give Lukeman credit for trying something different here and for adressing Macbeth in a new light. I don't know if interesting is enough to reccomend a book, but it's something.
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In addition to being an active literary agent, Noah Lukeman is also author of the best-selling The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying out of the Rejection Pile (Simon & Schuster, 1999), which was a selection of many of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers and is part of the curriculum in many universities. His The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life (St. Martins ...more
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