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The Shakespeare Stealer Series by Gary L. Blackwood
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Mar 31, 2009

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The Shakespeare Stealer trilogy by Gary Blackwood is a lot of fun. Widge is an orphan living in Shakespearian England, and his skill at shorthand gets him thrown in with the company of actors that does their thing at the Globe theatre (I’ve been there, whoo!). Various adventures ensue, with Widge ultimately becoming a full-fledged member of the company and a burgeoning playwright. The cast of actors at the Globe are quite likeable, Shakespeare himself was fun to see, and Widge, with his endearing Northern accent is a fairly strong protagonist. The references to Shakespeare’s plays are many (Widge even helps to write a few) and the uneven style of Timon of Athens is explained. Each of the three books are quick reads, and they are each a lot of fun.

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