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Ten authors, twelve extraordinary stories. From a novel solution to the Plantagenet succession crisis to revelations about the private lives of Prince Hal and - separately! - Brutus and Cassius, plus a surprise ending for Twelfth Night, no play is safe. We have marriage proposals and murder; subtle scheming villainy; a missing manuscript; a haunting... Whether set within t ...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Manifold Press
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Bellbomb Bellbomb
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will be frank. Being a Thai who grew up with mostly Thai literature, my direct brush with Shakespeare (or just a few of his works) didn't happen until my literature classes in college years ago where I couldn't connect with the language and was often at a loss when I had to turn in reviews/assignments related to any of his plays. Anyway, thanks to theaters and films I've become somewhat more familiarized with him, and I'd say I was a bit nervous picking this book up as I was afraid I wouldn't ...more
Rohase Piercy
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this was fun! Such a variety of approaches to putting an LGBTQ twist on Shakespeare's works, with twelve stories from eleven different authors. I enjoyed all of them, but I'll tell you my four favourites: Erin Horakova's 'Couched In A Curious Bed' gives us a new slant on Richard of York's 'difference' and a novel ending to the Wars of the Roses in Henry VI; Julie Bozza's 'In Fair Verona' features a romantic encounter between Lord Byron to Romeo & Juliet's Mercutio - no mean feat across two ...more
Kristen
As with any anthology, not all of the stories were of similar style or calibre; some had much different pacing or focus than others, and had a wholly unique cast to the tone of the writing. I loved some, I didn’t care for some, and others made me think, regardless of whether I liked them or not. For me, the highlights were “In Fair Verona,” a version of Romeo and Juliet focusing on the ghost of Mercutio influencing Lord Byron; “Imitate the Sun,” about a modern London-based troupe of all-women Sh ...more
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