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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Buzzy Multimedia; Unabridged edition (Oct. 30 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965725537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965725538
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. McCaf on Aug. 12 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't know what to expect from a fantasy with Shakespeare as the main character. But, since I have been a fan of the current trend in fiction which centers around real people, and a lover of Shakespeare, I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! I found it especially interesting to see how the seeds of many of Shakespeare's greatest plays began during the kidnapping of Shakespeare's wife and child by the "good people" in the fairy kingdom once ruled by King Oberon and Queen Titania. I did not find the quotes from plays to be distracting, I thought Ms Hoyt did an excellent job incorporating them into her story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and read it in one sitting...
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It is a bold endeavor using the best-known figure in English literature as your main foil in a light hearted fantasy concerning men and fairies. Ms. Hoyt has taken William Shakespeare as a very young newlywed and enveloped him in a plot that has the usurper fairy king kidnapping his wife and child, first as a wet nurse and then maybe as a wife. Coming to his unlikely aid is the rightful king, who just happens to be able to change from male to female, and in a tale of mismatched love and lust plots to retrieve Will's wife Nan.
An interesting premise and actually not a bad little story. Some may be put off by the use of such a famous persona in such a light fantasy but as it happens I'm not one of them. I'd be willing to bet the old Bard wouldn't care all that much either, anything for a good story I'm sure. The biggest problem I had with the whole thing is the rationalization of why Will's wife Nan was picked by the usurper Sylvanus to be his wife. She was a self admitted 'old maid' and a bit of a shrew who married a much younger William out of, oh I don't know, desperation? Certainly if she were a raving beauty she would have been snapped up long before Will came along, regardless of any possible personality flaws. So why did a centuries old fairy, with all the beauty and power of his enchanted position precipitate his own ruin by kidnapping this rather ordinary human woman? Beats me, I can't figure it out. To be honest it is easier to accept the existence of fairies than this plot twist.
I will say one thing of Ms. Hoyt, she certainly knows Shakespeare's works, at least the more well know ones anyway. Inter-dispersed with almost every spoken line is a hint, and sometimes a bit more than a hint, of some famous quote from one of the Bards plays.
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By "blissengine" on Sept. 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
Young Will Shakespeare finds his wife and daughter missing, and soon learns they've been taken by the elf king Sylvanus. The elf prince Quicksilver (who can switch between male and female forms) wants to use Will as a pawn to reclaim his throne and avenge the murder of his parents. When he begins to fall in love with the mortal, he finds himself at a crossroads that might change the lives of everyone, both mortal and magical. Imagining Shakespeare's inspirations for his famous plays, Sarah Hoyt delights readers with this tale of intrigue, fairies, vengeance, and love. While the overly ornate language is sometimes distracting, I do think the book as a whole is quite enjoyable.
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Sarah Hoyt is neither William Shakespeare nor a wanna be, she is her own woman and her own writer. But she is fascinated by the Bard. That interest and resulting expertise does bleed through in her stories.
The story Ms Hoyt tells belongs in the category of "it could have been." She has sufficient knowledge to weave a plausible story inside the known facts of Will Shakespeare's life. But Ms Hoyt doesn't just pile fact upon fact. She starts with a very real seeming locale in England and begins following a day in the life of a very young William Shakespeare. She follows Will as he tries to find his missing wife and child. Then in what may become her trademark Ms Hoyt starts to veer off the tried and trite everyday world. Her plots do not go exactly where we anticipate. Her plots have a way of going to a better place than we anticipated. Her story works out to leave us with warm feeling of completion -- Of course it was Ms Hoyt and her skill that made it seem to be so.
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This book is a delight. Anyone who loves Shakespeare and the faerie world will probably get something out of this. It stars Quicksilver, who was the rightful heir to throne of the fairy kindgom and consequently stripped of many of his powers. His brother is the one who took the throne after their parents were murdered. In the meantime, Quicksilver's brother needs a new bride, and steals Will Shakespeare's wife and baby to take over as queen (and care for his own little one). Quicksilver ultimately conspires with Shakespeare to set things straight and along the way the reader runs into many charming Shakespearian elements (familiar characters appear, familiar phrases are uttered). It's as if Hoyt used these settings as future inspiration for the budding Bard. A joy to read, and Hoyt's penned a sequel, 'All Night Awake,' to continue new adventures in London, once all is concluded in Stratford.
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I had high hopes for this book; the title, the cover, the idea of reworking William Shakespeare's life - all appealed to me. The story is meant to be a creative retelling of Shakespeare's life, the first in a series. It begins with Shakespeare as a young newly married man. His wife, Nan (a variation on Anne Hathaway) and his young daughter, Susannah, are stolen away by the King of the elves who plans on making Nan his wife. The premise of this book is - I believe - that Will's resulting adventures and interactions with the eleves became his inspiration for his later writing.
Now the unfortunate part: The writing of this book is frankly, well, just plain bad. Try as you might, you cannot become very attached to the characters. There is not enough deail and intricacy in the plot. Every thing seems very cliche. And it IS very cliche because Hoyt steals a lot of her plot from Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth, and of course, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Not only does she snatch ideas from these plays, she shamelessly pilfers exact dialogue. Perhaps she thought that putting Shakespeare's dialogue into the mouths of her characters would enhance the novel. But it does not; it fact it irks and distracts and suggests that she is unable to provide her own wording.
This incorporation of Shakespeare's lines into the novel was the number one reason that the book failed to be enjoyable (for me). At the most dramatic moments in the novel, you are pulled away from the scene because of the dialogue: "A plague. A plague on both your houses! Your houses, remember. You are both cursed." It could be that I've heard the lines so many times before in context, that they failed to impress me when I read them in Ill Met By Moonlight.
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