Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North

If you grew up in the age of Choose Your Own Adventure novels, are feeling a touch nostalgic, and also like Shakespeare: never fear, Ryan North has you covered.

Romeo And/Or Juliet is one of the funniest books you will read this year, and is pleasantly accompanied by artwork from many big names in illustration. You can choose to go through the story as either Romeo or Juliet, characters with whom North has taken a few liberties in the most amusing ways possible. While there are many, many roads to travel down in this novel, North guides readers through the original story as well using an heart icon to clue you into the original plot, clearly stolen word-for-word by that thief, William Shakespeare. The whole story is an excellent exercise in absurdity, but there are highly enjoyable snippets of commentary for the literature nerd: all the things you never (or perhaps did) think about when reading the original play are called out in style. This book also has excellent appeal for those who enjoy Role-Playing Games, with stats listed for your player characters and consequences to every choice, it's like playing a Tell-Tale game, but in book form and Shakespearean.

Romeo And/Or Juliet is the kind of book that keeps on giving, so if you need a great book for a trip, long weekend, or just need something to occupy your time, this book has so many options you will want for nothing.

My first path ended in a life of piracy. What does Romeo And/Or Juliet have in store for you?

If you enjoy this title, you'll be glad to know that we have Ryan North's first Shakespearean chooseable-path adventure, To Be Or Not To Be, available as well. Readers can enjoy further illustration and unique literary and historical comedy by one of the artists of the novel's artists, Kate Beaton, in her own book, Hark! A Vagrant

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