Book Review: The Shakespeare Notebooks

The Shakespeare Notebooks

Only three more after this one!

#48 – The Shakespeare Notebooks

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Adaptations

Page Numbers: 218 pages

Dates Read: 9/8/14 – 9/14/14

Plot in three lines or less: Taken from Amazon: ”

Many people know about William Shakespeare’s famous encounter with the Doctor at the Globe Theatre in 1599. But what few people know (though many have suspected) is that it was not the first time they met. Drawn from recently discovered archives, The Shakespeare Notebooks is the holy grail for Bard scholars: conclusive proof that the Doctor not only appeared throughout Shakespeare’s life but also had a significant impact on his writing. In these pages you’ll find early drafts of scenes and notes for characters that never appeared in the plays; discarded lines of dialogue and sonnets; never-before-seen journal entries; and much more. From the original notes for Hamlet (with a very different appearance by the ghost) and revealing early versions of the faeries of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to strange stage directions revised to remove references to a mysterious blue box, The Shakespeare Notebooks is an astonishing document that offers a unique insight into the mind of one of history’s most respected and admired figures. And also, of course, William Shakespeare.”

New read or re-read? New read.

Doctor Who ShakespeareWould you read it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I would read it again, and would recommend it to anyone who loves all things Doctor Who related. Or imagining David Tennant in a Shakespearean ruff.

Why did I pick it up? It was another impulse buy, one that I bought on the same day as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I love all things Shakespeare, and I love all things Doctor Who, so how I was I not supposed to get this? 🙂

Rating: 4/5

Other Notes: It really is helpful to have some knowledge of Shakespeare and his plays. There were even snippets of lesser known works, like ‘Cymbeline.’ It’s probably better read in bits and pieces (as opposed to how I did it, which was all at once; towards the end there, I was itching to be reading other things, which isn’t the fault of the book, it’s just how I’m wired! LOL ) – your brain might go all mind-bogglingly timey-wimey on you if you don’t. 😉 There was a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, some great references to favorite quotes from the TV show. One of my favorite aspects to this was that roughly all of the Doctors made an appearance (though I don’t think Peter Capaldi’s incarnation is in there).

Grand Total: 105

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Shakespeare Notebooks

  1. I also felt like this would be better to revisit after reading some of the plays that I’m not as familiar with–I’d get the jokes better that way! (Though I thoroughly enjoyed the Hamlet/MacBeth parts.)

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