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Posted February 27, 2011
I liked this story better when it was called Shakespeare in Love. Heck, I even liked Twilight better. This novel tries - and fails - to find a delightful blend between the worlds of two much more successful writers. Handeland's novel shamefully borrows from the plot and characters of Shakespeare in Love, giving little sense that original thought went into this book beyond the concept of turning Shakespeare into a vampire and letting a zombie horde loose on Elizabethan London.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Even if you are looking for a light read, move along. While the reading was exceptionally easy and occasionally had drive, there was simply no pay-off for any time spent reading the work. The historical inaccuracies (in other words, the lack of research), the shallow characters, and the predictable plot made for a read which angered me more than it entertained. By the time this travesty ended, I couldn't even find it within myself to laugh at the allusions that the literally-immortal Bard would go on to pen Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, etc.
Do yourself a favor and save your hard-earned money for some other purchase!