Billy Shakes and I go way back. Well, not that far back, but it's partly to him I owe the fact that I switched majors from Chemistry to English during my junior year in undergrad. (The other reason is Milton.) And though the focus of my studies have been on Anglo-Saxon England I have a very soft spot for everything Elizabethan.
I had been wanting to read Bill Bryson's short but satisfying biography of Shakespeare since it came out in 2007, but never actually got to doing it until now. Picking it up now must have been kismet because the very same day I finished the book, I got the much-anticipated To Be or Not To Be choose your own adventure book by Ryan North in the mail! And yes, it's the same Ryan North who does Dinosaur Comics! You bet your ass I've been a-page-flipping since I tore the package open!
I've been waiting for this book, which I backed on Kickstarter, since Christmastime last year and every minute has been so worth the wait. I've played as Hamlet, Ophelia, and my favorite Hamlet Sr. I swear, he has the BEST storylines. And yes, you can play as the ghost of Hamlet's father! Rad, no? My order came with the prequel Poor Yorick, also in choose your own adventure style AND in folio form. And stickers. Drawn by the amazing Kate Beaton. Just. Plain. Awesome.
You can purchase the paperbacks on Breadpig now and join in on the Hamlet fun!
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