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To Be or Not to Be

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ISBN13: 9780982853740
ISBN10: 0982853742
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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!

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

William Shakespeares Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. I know! What took so long, am I right?

Now its up to YOU to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your fathers death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page!

This deluxe edition features insanely beautiful illustrations for every ending, a book-within-a-book, and lots of ways to stab dudes.

To be or not to be: that is the adventure!

About the Author

Ryan North is the writer behind the super-funny webcomic Dinosaur Comics, the critically acclaimed and Eisner-nominated Adventure Timecomic, and the coeditor of insanely popular self-published Machine of Death, which became Amazon.com's number-one best-selling book on the day it launched. A sequel, This Is How You Die, will be released in July 2013 from Grand Central Publishing. North lives in Toronto.

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Holly Scudero, November 25, 2013 (view all comments by Holly Scudero)
Most everyone is familiar with Shakespeare's “Hamlet;” chances are good that you read it in high school. Did you ever find yourself wondering what would have happened if things had been occurred differently? If Hamlet had said something else, made a different decision? Did you ever want to see the story from someone else's point of view? Hold onto your hat, because author Ryan North has read your mind! “To Be or Not To Be,” the result of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, lets readers literally explore this classic in a whole new way: as “a chooseable-path adventure.” Sure, you can follow the original story if you so choose (as designated by tiny Yorick skulls), but that would be boring. Maybe you'd rather read through as Hamlet Sr., and die right away (but the story doesn't end there!). Or maybe you'd like to look through the eyes of Ophelia, Hamlet's girlfriend. And if you do decide to be Hamlet, the emo prince himself, know that there are still many directions this story can take; after all, this book does have 740 pages! North's sense of humor will have you giggling out loud (or grinning, at the very least), and don't be surprised if you find yourself spending hours upon hours reading this book, trying out different options and seeing where the story takes you. Even if you hated “Hamlet” in high school, pick up a copy of this book and let the fun commence!

This review originally written for Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780982853740
Author:
North, Ryan
Publisher:
Breadpig
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in
Age Level:
from 13

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"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,

William Shakespeares Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. I know! What took so long, am I right?

Now its up to YOU to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your fathers death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page!

This deluxe edition features insanely beautiful illustrations for every ending, a book-within-a-book, and lots of ways to stab dudes.

To be or not to be: that is the adventure!

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