To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

A Chooseable-path Adventure

Book - 2016
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The greatest work in English literature, now in the greatest format of English literature: a chooseable-path adventure! William Shakespeare's Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. Now it's up to you to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your father's death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page! The book, the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, features illustrations from seventy artists and cartoonists.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2016
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780735212190
0735212198
Characteristics: 548 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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bwortman Sep 19, 2016

A riff on Hamlet and choose your own adventure books, North plays with Shakespeare's classic and makes it uproariously funny. Beginning with your initial choice of being Ophelia, Hamlet, or Hamlet's father, there's plenty of entertaining endings to explore. Whether it's Ophelia ditching Hamlet and fighting terrorists on her vacation or Hamlet actually killing Claudius instead of dithering or Hamlet Sr. figuring out just how to be a ghost, there's plenty of different ways to explore the plot that are more or less faithful to the original play. Fun and funny, this is a great book to flip through or to systematically explore every possible way of dying (or living) you can get. Honourable mention to the gorgeous illustration pages included on the end pages for every story arc as they're beautiful and done by a wide variety of artists (including personal favourites Kate Beaton and Noelle Stevenson).

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mclarjh
Aug 29, 2016

The story is written at a junior high school level. The gimmick of the choose-your-own-path didn't have any value for me. A waste of time.

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paperclypse2
Jul 19, 2016

Just so charming. A delightful book. Especially for lovers of Shakespeare and choose your own adventure books.

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emmilee
Jul 05, 2014

A highly clever and comedic choose-your-own-adventure novel from the mind of Ryan North. The narrative of this book is extremely cheerful and hilarious, delivering biting and accurate commentary and criticism pertaining to Hamlet's plot and characters. The humor is intended for younger audiences, clearly, as is the same with almost all of Ryan North's books. I believe a young adult or teenager with a love of (or at least familiarity with) Hamlet could get the maximum enjoyment out of this novel.

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emmilee
Jul 05, 2014

emmilee thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 35

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