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To Be or Not to Be

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&quot;To Be or Not To Be&quot; is a gamebook retelling of &quot;Hamlet&quot; by &quot;New York Times&quot; best-selling author Ryan North. The reader can play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet, sticking closely to the Shakespeare's plot or exploring alternative possibilities that are filled with puzzles, humor, and surreal conclusions. Each ending in the book is accompanied by a full-color, full-page illustration by 65 different artists, so each rereading yields new surprises and rewards. Author Ryan North's prose is, as always, colloquial and familiar but full of clever references, vivid imagination, and his unique style of humor. Clever devices like a gamebook-within-a-gamebook (to mirror Hamlet's play-within-a-play) take full advantage of the gamebook medium and livens up the original story for even the most disinterested Shakespeare readers. <br />The crowdfunding campaign for &quot;To Be or Not to Be&quot; generated over $580,000 from over 15,000 backers in just a month. The book is still the number-one most funded project in the Publishing category on Kickstarter.com. <br />

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Awesome and entertaining! So many options to choose from, in this amazing, Shakespeare-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book! My goal is to pick every choice and read every ending. The illustrations are awesome. Super original, and the best CYOA book I've read. It brings back the nostalgia too! It's also a lot easier to read and understand than the original! ;D

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"To Be or Not To Be" is a gamebook retelling of "Hamlet" by "New York Times" best-selling author Ryan North. The reader can play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet, sticking closely to the Shakespeare's plot or exploring alternative possibilities that are filled with puzzles, humor, and surreal conclusions. Each ending in the book is accompanied by a full-color, full-page illustration by 65 different artists, so each rereading yields new surprises and rewards. Author Ryan North's prose is, as always, colloquial and familiar but full of clever references, vivid imagination, and his unique style of humor. Clever devices like a gamebook-within-a-gamebook (to mirror Hamlet's play-within-a-play) take full advantage of the gamebook medium and livens up the original story for even the most disinterested Shakespeare readers.
The crowdfunding campaign for "To Be or Not to Be" generated over $580,000 from over 15,000 backers in just a month. The book is still the number-one most funded project in the Publishing category on Kickstarter.com.
"To Be or Not To Be" is a choose-your-own-path version of "Hamlet" by "New York Times" best-selling author Ryan North. Play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet--if you want to die on the first page and play as a ghost. It's pretty awesome Readers can follow Yorick skull markers to stick closely to Shakespeare's plot, or go off-script and explore alternative possibilities filled with puzzles and humor.
Each ending in the book is accompanied by a full-color, full-page illustration by one of the 65 most excellent artists working today, so each rereading yields new surprises and rewards. Ryan's prose is, as always, colloquial and familiar but full of clever references, vivid imagination, and only the most choice of jokes. Inventive devices like a book-within-a-book (to mirror Hamlet's play-within-a-play) take full advantage of the gamebook medium and liven up the original story for even the most disinterested of Shakespeare readers
"To Be or Not to Be" became a sensation when it launched: over 15,000 people backed the book in just one month, and it remains the number-one most funded publishing project ever on Kickstarter.com.
To be, or not to be: that is the "adventure "

Specifications

Publisher
Breadpig
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
768
Author
Ryan North
ISBN-13
9780982853740
Publication Date
September, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.10 x 1.30 Inches
ISBN-10
0982853742

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Choose your own advent...

Choose your own adventure Hamlet. Simple concept, really, yet wonderfully complex. There are over a hundred endings, each with its own illustration. Reading this book is like playing a game, and I'm very happy to note that game-play can continue for hours at a stretch, while at the same time being interruptible. I can read for a bit to one of the endings and pick it back up a few days later starting at the beginning (or any one of the points where my story split the last time around) and it feels fresh. I can even play as Ophelia or the Ghost of King Hamlet. Instead of a play-within-a-play to highlight Claudius' guilt, we have a choosable-path-book-within-a-choosable-path-book. I really can't imagine anything better. Ryan North makes it easy for the reader who wants to follow the original path set by Shakespeare by marking it with little skulls. Doing this really highlights just how poor a decision-maker Hamlet really was. Clearly, I can do better. That's one of the reasons I'm so glad this book exists: so I can fix Hamlet. Did you know that Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern went on a boat to England, were attacked by pirates, survived the attack, and returned to Denmark? I've read the play and seen one of the film versions a couple of times, and still did not remember this part. At all. This is likely because Shakespeare only devoted a line or two to the whole thing. That's obviously a flaw in the Bard's judgement there. Ryan North corrects this by expanding the pirate scenes, for which we should all thank him. Basically, this book is an absolute necessity for everyone, whether you are a Shakespeare fan or not. Go buy it or find it at your local library.

Awesome and entertaini...

Awesome and entertaining! So many options to choose from, in this amazing, Shakespeare-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book! My goal is to pick every choice and read every ending. The illustrations are awesome. Super original, and the best CYOA book I've read. It brings back the nostalgia too! It's also a lot easier to read and understand than the original! ;D

So, I feel kinda weird...

So, I feel kinda weird about marking this book as "read" when I've probably read less than half of the awesomeness inside. But I've gone through the story at least 8 times from "choose your character" to whatever ending I can get to. Ryan North has a way with words and can also turn Shakespeare into the most ridiculous author ever while still using him for inspiration. SO MANY JOKES. But also some good insights into human nature. And also some great illustrations. I look forward to continuing to peruse this book and making many more questionable decisions sanctioned by the Bard himself.

If only all Shakespear...

If only all Shakespeare could be this much fun! This chooseable-path adventure is entertaining and never-ending. Well, it will end, time and time again. Don't like the ending you just got? Go back and make different choices! There are no wrong answers - how cool is that?! If you do make a less than stellar decision, the author will gently steer you in the right direction. The great illustrations that are liberally sprinkled in the text just adds to the enjoyment of your journey. You can follow Shakespeare's plot, but it is definitely more fun to veer from the normal path. Be daring! And remember, the path you take may be better than Shakespeare's!

Ryan Norths To Be or ...

Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be is a choose-you-own-adventure book based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet. For those wishing to follow the play, he offers choices marked with Yorick's skull. Otherwise, there are nearly infinite options available, most based on the poor decisions of the characters. The book is full of humor and commentary on the sexism of Shakespeare's world. North also includes hilarious art depicting the various character's fates. Interesting enough, there's also a book-within-a-book in the form of Christina (Christopher) Marlowe's "Murder of Gonzago." North also makes this a mini choose-your-own-adventure. Fans of Shakespeare will enjoy this and it could also be a useful tool for teaching the Bard in schools.

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