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Airships and sky pirates! Brain Modification chips! Technologically enhanced nymphs! Shakespeare goes punk in this first volume of stories from Writerpunk Press. Profits to go to PAWS Lynwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue. Ask a bunch of eclectic writers to write stories inspired by one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Cast the stories in various punk genre Airships and sky pirates! Brain Modification chips! Technologically enhanced nymphs! Shakespeare goes punk in this first volume of stories from Writerpunk Press. Profits to go to PAWS Lynwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue. Ask a bunch of eclectic writers to write stories inspired by one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Cast the stories in various punk genres: Cyber, Tesla, Diesel, Steam, Clock. Result: an innovative collection of stories inspired by the Bard, with a twist! Punk stories show the path not taken or the path that shouldn't be taken. Let us reshape your world.


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Airships and sky pirates! Brain Modification chips! Technologically enhanced nymphs! Shakespeare goes punk in this first volume of stories from Writerpunk Press. Profits to go to PAWS Lynwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue. Ask a bunch of eclectic writers to write stories inspired by one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Cast the stories in various punk genre Airships and sky pirates! Brain Modification chips! Technologically enhanced nymphs! Shakespeare goes punk in this first volume of stories from Writerpunk Press. Profits to go to PAWS Lynwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue. Ask a bunch of eclectic writers to write stories inspired by one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Cast the stories in various punk genres: Cyber, Tesla, Diesel, Steam, Clock. Result: an innovative collection of stories inspired by the Bard, with a twist! Punk stories show the path not taken or the path that shouldn't be taken. Let us reshape your world.

30 review for Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    I'll admit, I only read THE GREEN EYED MONSTER by S. A. Cosby because that's all I had time for this month. I read Cosby's BLACKTOP WASTELAND earlier this year, so when I learned he had an affinity for Shakespeare and wrote a "dieselpunk" adaptation of Othello, I was all in. Othello is one of my favorite of Bill's plays. The story is about a general, Othello (O) his Judas-like friend, Iago (Iggy), and Cassio (Cass) Othello's loyal friend. There are women in the story who serve as catalysts for c I'll admit, I only read THE GREEN EYED MONSTER by S. A. Cosby because that's all I had time for this month. I read Cosby's BLACKTOP WASTELAND earlier this year, so when I learned he had an affinity for Shakespeare and wrote a "dieselpunk" adaptation of Othello, I was all in. Othello is one of my favorite of Bill's plays. The story is about a general, Othello (O) his Judas-like friend, Iago (Iggy), and Cassio (Cass) Othello's loyal friend. There are women in the story who serve as catalysts for conflict (in the play version) but are given some real depth of character by Cosby. I absolutely drooled over the dieselpunk setting with all the airships and clothing descriptions. Totally a bonus layer that lends to the cinematic quality of Cosby's writing. This is a must-read for fans of Shakespeare and Cosby. Five stars! I'll read the full collection someday but this year was not that year.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brune

    I truly did not know what to think, but I picked up a copy of this anthology given that it was put together by one of my Facebook groups. As a fan of Shakespeare and a fan of literary "punk" genres, I was predisposed to enjoy it, and I was not disappointed. There are some interesting takes on the Shakespeare plays, and the stories remain more or less true to source material - but with many strange and wonderful reimaginings. There's a dystopian cyberpunk MacBeth (and a cautionary tale about what I truly did not know what to think, but I picked up a copy of this anthology given that it was put together by one of my Facebook groups. As a fan of Shakespeare and a fan of literary "punk" genres, I was predisposed to enjoy it, and I was not disappointed. There are some interesting takes on the Shakespeare plays, and the stories remain more or less true to source material - but with many strange and wonderful reimaginings. There's a dystopian cyberpunk MacBeth (and a cautionary tale about what looks like a blessing - reawakening your emotions and intellect - may be a curse in disguise) that keeps you guessing about what comes next, even if you are completely familiar with the play. Then, there's The Green-Eyed Monster that reimagines Othello and his gang as a swaggering, high-tech crew of deadly mercenaries. One of my favorites in the book. Then we're out to Prospero's island. The exiled noble has built a force of technologically enhanced nymphs to fight back the flesh-eating sycori - but their enhancements come with the price of forced allegiance, which may bite Prospero where he least expects. In A Town Called Hero, Betty (Beatrice), an intrepid reporter, falls in love with Squadron Captain Ben Pedro, a dashing young aviator who fights against the menace known as "The Fatherland." Although all of the stories are entertaining, and witty, and wonderful, my absolute top favorite was the last one, a steampunk re-telling of The Winter's Tale by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins. It is the perfect ending to this incredibly imaginative, fun, and impressive first anthology by a fledgling collective of punk writers. (And can I say how much I love the bear???) If you are a fan of Shakespeare, or of lit punk, or if you're not a fan and want to find out more about it, I suggest picking up a copy of this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    M.A. Kropp

    I interviewed Jeffrey Cook about this book for my Monday Blog Post He provided me with the Kindle edition and that is what I am reviewing here. Let me start by saying I am a fan of Shakespeare- all of Shakespeare: plays and poetry. And I was intrigued by the idea of taking some of those classics and giving them a 'punk twist. I also enjoy a good steampunk or cyberpunk story now and again. There are five stories in the collection: Mac based on "Macbeth", The Green-Eyed Monster based on "Othello", P I interviewed Jeffrey Cook about this book for my Monday Blog Post He provided me with the Kindle edition and that is what I am reviewing here. Let me start by saying I am a fan of Shakespeare- all of Shakespeare: plays and poetry. And I was intrigued by the idea of taking some of those classics and giving them a 'punk twist. I also enjoy a good steampunk or cyberpunk story now and again. There are five stories in the collection: Mac based on "Macbeth", The Green-Eyed Monster based on "Othello", Prospero's Island inspired by "The Tempest," "A Town Called Hero" inspired by Much Ado About Nothing, and "The Winter's Tale" inspired by The Winter's Tale. All are nicely done, and serve their inspirations well. The base story from Shakespeare is preserved in each one, and the 'punk settings don't get in the way of the telling. You don't have to be intimately familiar with the original works to enjoy them, but a grasp of the basic storyline does help. There are many places to find synopses of the plays, including the Writerpunk website. The authors know their source material, and work well within the various 'punk genres. There are quotes from the original plays, but nothing overly daunting or extensive. These stories are written as stories, not the iambic pentameter of Shakespeare. Characters are true to their roots, but molded to fit in their new worlds. Settings are varied, depending on the genre. This is an enjoyable collection, and I recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed a Shakespeare play, and to the many fans of the various 'punk genres. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to PAWS, an animal shelter in WA.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.R. Gershen-Siegel

    I truly enjoyed this book. Anthologies can sometimes be uneven mixed bags, but this one is consistently great. For me, MacBeth is a well-known story, Othello was kind of familiar, I knew the basics of The Tempest, and I fell asleep (seriously, I did; I am a total Philistine) the only time I ever saw A Winter's Tale performed. Each new version of these plays gave it a new dimension. It's not just the technology. The works are transformed. This isn't just Elizabethan fan fiction wearing steampunk cl I truly enjoyed this book. Anthologies can sometimes be uneven mixed bags, but this one is consistently great. For me, MacBeth is a well-known story, Othello was kind of familiar, I knew the basics of The Tempest, and I fell asleep (seriously, I did; I am a total Philistine) the only time I ever saw A Winter's Tale performed. Each new version of these plays gave it a new dimension. It's not just the technology. The works are transformed. This isn't just Elizabethan fan fiction wearing steampunk clothing. If I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be Othello. Just a superb look at doomed characters. So, when are the writers going to tackle my favorite Shakespearean play, Julius Caesar?

  5. 4 out of 5

    °~Amy~°

    A fresh, fun and unique take on Shakespeare. Each story in this collection is incredibly creative. A few of the authors that I did not know of prior to this reading have now been added to my "must read more!" list. A long time favorite for his characters, detail and humor Jeffrey Cook closed out the anthology with my favorite tale of the bunch. Cook and Katherine Perkins create amazing stories together. I hope there is more coming from them in the future. *Is it weird that I dream that these two A fresh, fun and unique take on Shakespeare. Each story in this collection is incredibly creative. A few of the authors that I did not know of prior to this reading have now been added to my "must read more!" list. A long time favorite for his characters, detail and humor Jeffrey Cook closed out the anthology with my favorite tale of the bunch. Cook and Katherine Perkins create amazing stories together. I hope there is more coming from them in the future. *Is it weird that I dream that these two are madly in love and curled up making little clockwork babies all night and writing steampunk odyssey novels in my honor all day? I didn't think so :-)* Anywho, overall this was a great collection that I will recommend to my more off beat (aka cool) friends. :-)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    From the very beginning of hearing about this book, it has had me intrigued. Each piece has been wonderfully crafted around their own ideas, yet stayed true to the basic essence of Shakespeare. Once I started each piece the author held my attention and I never wanted to put it down. As a first timer to this genre, this book has given me a chance to open my eyes to a whole new world of reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    Let me start by saying that the concept? I love. Shakespeare meets the different punk genres! What is not to love? Unfortunately, there is little to love for me in the five tales. While they successfully punk out the stories, and the Shakespearian bard is present, what is missing is the enjoyment. There is nothing good about the stories. I started each tale and I would read, and while the world were interesting, the attempts to bring the stories to life failed. There was no life, no enticement to Let me start by saying that the concept? I love. Shakespeare meets the different punk genres! What is not to love? Unfortunately, there is little to love for me in the five tales. While they successfully punk out the stories, and the Shakespearian bard is present, what is missing is the enjoyment. There is nothing good about the stories. I started each tale and I would read, and while the world were interesting, the attempts to bring the stories to life failed. There was no life, no enticement to read. No desire to see how this story would unfold. I read less than half of each story before giving up and moving onto the next one. Will you enjoy this? Possibly. But I would not recommend this book to anyone that I know.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Roberson

    This is a book of short stories. They are Steampunk, Clockpunk, Romance, Action, Young Adult, Paranormal and Fiction. This book is put together by 6 different Authors with their own stories. There is also a bunch of Editing, Design and behind the scenes people involved. The Authors did a wonderful job with their stories. They kept me going and interested in the storie. Each one had something to do with a lesson to be learned in an underlying message. None of them ended like I thought it would. This is a book of short stories. They are Steampunk, Clockpunk, Romance, Action, Young Adult, Paranormal and Fiction. This book is put together by 6 different Authors with their own stories. There is also a bunch of Editing, Design and behind the scenes people involved. The Authors did a wonderful job with their stories. They kept me going and interested in the storie. Each one had something to do with a lesson to be learned in an underlying message. None of them ended like I thought it would. They kept me guessing on what I thought was next and most of the time I was wrong. They packed a novel into a short story. Mac } This story is about a man who would do anything to get ahead in her work place, even kill? It was very well written and kept me going to see what would Mac do next. The ending was a hug surprise. But was it worth Mac to do what he did to get ahead? Is it worth losing your best friend, your wife and your life ? Or is it worth taking a family? Or was it all worth it for eturnal life? You will have to ask Mac! The Green Eyed Monster } This story is about comrads and the undercover work they do. Iago is the mastermind behind the destruction of his inner circle. His hatred towards his boss and comrad caused the destruction. They had to fight the green eyed monster and win. But in the end did Iago win or loose? Was The Green Eyed Monster stronger then Iago? Prospero's Island } This story is right out of Swiss Family Robinson. Exiled from his throne by betrail, Prospero and his little girl , ended up on an island called Pergu. This island was made up of nymphs and crearures called sycori. Prospero was the nymphs king. They would fight for him and do anything he asked. One day there were 2 ships offshore and the nymphs made the ships crash on the island, for boat parts. Prospero sent his daughter, now grown and a worrier, and her troup to one of the boats. He sent others to the other boat. They were to save and bring back any survivors before night fall when the sycori came out to feast. Every thing was going as well as could be. The king on the boat and some of his men were injured, but they were on their way back to the city. Again Prospero was being betraid by one of his "men". There was a fight as the shield came down and the sycori attacted. Will they all make it off the island? Can they get their ship working again in time? Or will they all be eaten by the sycori? A Town Called Hero } War has been going on for 5 years or more. But there is a C-Squadron of flying men fighting the war, that was hit hard. They were running out of fuel and time when they came accross an island call Hero. They were told to stay until spring and repair their planes and have a good rest from the war. The guys made friends, started a business, fell in love. Then one day they over heard the head towns people talking about getting rid of them. So they left, but found that it wasn't them they were talking about, or were they? War, was it really over? A Winter's Tale } This story is about two best friends and their children. Both children lost thier Mothers soon after being born. Thier Father's got in a fight before they were born and ended their friendship. Some 18 years later, the two kids meet each other, not knowing who the other one really was. They fought pirates and their ships for the good. The kids fell in love and wanted to marry. When the father's found out, they each tryed to stop it. Thier hatred was seen by all around and it took a bear named Thomas to chase them away. Love prevails in love and war.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Barnard

    Though there is quite a bit of front matter, it is short and concise and good to read to gear up for the rest of the stories. At times the language gets oddly Shakespearian and at times the action takes turns that may be confusing. Some of the characters are somewhat stilted and lacking in description but overall this is an enjoyable and worthy read! Mac by Carol Gyzander “Different was dangerous.” (Page. 44). “We’ve gained nothing, to still not have happiness. It would be safer to be that which w Though there is quite a bit of front matter, it is short and concise and good to read to gear up for the rest of the stories. At times the language gets oddly Shakespearian and at times the action takes turns that may be confusing. Some of the characters are somewhat stilted and lacking in description but overall this is an enjoyable and worthy read! Mac by Carol Gyzander “Different was dangerous.” (Page. 44). “We’ve gained nothing, to still not have happiness. It would be safer to be that which we destroy, than to have destroyed it and still live in doubtful joy.” (p. 82). In the strict society governed by ‘moddy’ chips that regulate emotions, hormones and even obedience, Mac is not happy with his lot in life, but he should be. Moddy dictates he should be content at his factory job doing the same as everyone else. Then his friend Banks opens his eyes to a whole new world, an underworld of the Moddy’s rejects… Written as somewhat dystopian, Mac tells the story of a man who learns the truth about how his world really operates and chooses to reject the moddy’s chips control over his life. The Green Eyed Monster by S.A. Cosby “Everyone lies, young buck.” (Page 172). “Love was just a synonym for fool. Love made you blind to treachery, deaf to the truth and dumb in the face of facts.” (Page 178). This is a story of manipulation for revenge. Iggy is a crazed man who can only see the end goal of revenge and doesn’t care how he gets there. He wants to ruin everyone he can along the way. There is lots of action and revenge. Iggy plays the manipulative and vindictive typically female-stereotyped role. Will Iggy go all the way or will he be found out by one of his mates before he can stick them with their own ruination? Prospero’s Island by H. James Lopez This is a story full of half nymph-half enhanced machined parts characters and the few humans who rule these creatures. Prospero and Caliban butt heads, but Prospero is too kind to end the creature. They are all stuck on this island and trying to get off and when Prospero is given the chance to run two ships afoul near the island, he jumps to do it. Later, he decides to help the shipwrecked humans, but the Sycori, the feral nymph originators, run chaos of these plans and Prospero must make difficult choices and decide whom to save and whom to let fend for themselves. A Town Called Hero by Warren C. Bennett Hero is a small town and air base that was seemingly unaffected by the war with the Fatherland, but when twenty some odd pilots land rag-tag on the island amidst the defeat and end of the war, the island will offer up one of its most deep mysteries. Where does the advanced technology come from and will all the pilots be able to settle into this peaceful community? Winter’s Tale by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins “Who says prophecy isn’t truth?” (Page 288). ‘“Just because there’s nothing sane he can do doesn’t mean there’s nothing he can do,” Dita responded. “Never discount the risk of nobility doing something insane. Sometimes it even works.” Treveur grinned, “In truth, I’m counting on it,” he replied.’ (Page 311). A tale of a man in power gone mad, Winter’s Tale drops off the story of Leonard and his sudden crazy notion that his wife cheated on him with his best friend and picks up sixteen years later with the story of the mad man’s daughter. She was smuggled out of Leonard’s grasp to grow up as a commoner and falls for a man who happens to be Leonard’s ex best friend’s son. Can a union between the two young ones bring about peace between the old men as well? The fight scene in this short story was truly magnificent and the banter between dueling enemies was quite entertaining.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    TL;DR version: Loved it. Loved everything about it. I am crazy about Shakespeare and this anthology fulfilled all of my wildest dreams and expectations. ALL OF THEM. Read the full review on The Upstream Writer TL;DR version: Loved it. Loved everything about it. I am crazy about Shakespeare and this anthology fulfilled all of my wildest dreams and expectations. ALL OF THEM. Read the full review on The Upstream Writer

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    A modern masterclass on Shakespeare with appearances from Macbeth, Othello, and more. I really love the new takes on the classic works from various authors. I really enjoyed this book and all proceeds go to charity which make it even better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Ditzel

    Review coming soon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    William Jackson

    Very good alternate takes on the Bard I loved it. A fine collection of indie writers really took to task this anthology. Shakespeare redone in punk lit is fascinating stuff.

  14. 5 out of 5

    D.R. Perry

    My favorite was the Othello story, but they all kept me entertained. The book's proceeds go to a great cause, too. Wins all over the place with this anthology. My favorite was the Othello story, but they all kept me entertained. The book's proceeds go to a great cause, too. Wins all over the place with this anthology.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anders Blixt

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McBain

  17. 5 out of 5

    S.A. Cosby

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  19. 4 out of 5

    Britta

  20. 4 out of 5

    Uwe Windhoven

  21. 5 out of 5

    Edie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Philip Tolhurst

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Whitman

  24. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Nichols

  25. 5 out of 5

    Desmond

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol Bosselman

  27. 4 out of 5

    John B. Free

  28. 5 out of 5

    K.M. Vanderbilt

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

  30. 4 out of 5

    ElizabethM

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