This book is, in a sense, a prequel to Hamlet, one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays, offering an imaginative, playful proposition on how the play came to be written. Parts of Hamlet, along with snippets of Shakespeare's other plays and sonnets, are pieced together in a colorful collage.
It is easy to see that Myrlin Hermes is inspired by The Bard -- she writes eloquently and revels in wordplay. As Ryan at Wordsmithsonia pointed out, each word is carefully chosen, and they are often playful and witty. This novel also offers a labrynthine plot -- often comic and sometimes tragic -- fitting for a homage to Shakespeare. And it's often raunchy -- also in the spirit of Shakespeare.
This is a unique novel that will be enjoyed by many readers, and it would make a fun Book Club pick. I definitely recommend it.
Many thanks to Trish Collins at TLC Book Tours for sending me this book for review.
Other Reviews: BookNAround, The Literary Omnivore, Wordsmithonia
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