To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan NorthTo 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. Its pretty awesome! Readers can follow Yorick skull markers to stick closely to Shakespeares 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. Ryans 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 Hamlets 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!
Adrian Lester as Hamlet: ‘To be or not to be’ - Shakespeare Solos
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK AWESOME??
The initial run of the book was crowd funded through Kickstarter and published by charitable "uncorporation" Breadpig. North said that calling the response "'amazing and incredible' would almost be underselling it. A prequel story titled Poor Yorick , illustrated by Tyson Hesse , was made available to backers. Wired referred to the book's successful Kickstarter campaign as "a demonstration of the power of new media", considering it the type of project that could not have succeeded under a more traditional publishing model. From there the story branches frequently, with some options following the course of the original play and others providing the choice to give up on the quest to kill King Claudius , or to follow other pursuits Ophelia, for example, is a keen scientist who can invent indoor heating , and King Hamlet, as a ghost, can choose to explore the ocean floor or tame the ghosts of dinosaurs.
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But don't take my word for it :. You can read about that here! It's the perfect last-minute gift for anyone on your list assuming they are good at waiting for things and also like to read! Also we've unlocked lots of new prizes at each reward level: be sure to check the updated list! The book itself is already written: it's 80, words of comedy and mayhem that I lovingly crafted together myself over the past year. So why the Kickstarter?
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