To Be or Not To Be by Ryan NorthTo Be or Not To Be by Ryan North

To Be or Not To Be

byRyan North

Paperback | September 20, 2013

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To Be or Not To Be is a choose-your-own-path version ofHamlet byNew 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. It's pretty awesome! Readers can follow Yorick skull markers to stick closely to Shakespeare's 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. Ryan's 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 Hamlet's 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

To be, or not to be: that is theadventure!
Ryan North is the writer behind the super-funny webcomicDinosaur Comics, the critically acclaimed and Eisner-nominatedAdventure Timecomic, and the coeditor of insanely popular self-publishedMachine of Death, which became's number-one best-selling book on the day it launched. A sequel,This Is How You Die, will be released in ...
Title:To Be or Not To BeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 8.75 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:September 20, 2013Publisher:BreadpigLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0982853742

ISBN - 13:9780982853740

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever This book is amazing in everyday possible. It's funny, interesting, has nice pictures, and was genuinely entertaining for every page. My only regret is that I didn't support the book on kickstarted, as I missed out on getting the prequel Ryan released only for those who supported it. I really wish I had known about that before it was too late.
Date published: 2014-02-20

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The Bard would not protest too much, wethinks." - CBC "