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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Muse of Fire

Muse of Fire is Dan Simmon's novella about Shakespeare's plays, set in a far future setting. In this setting, human beings have been conquered by a hierarchy of aliens, and the narrator are a troupe of Shakespearean actors who travel human occupied space performing Shakespeare's plays. The plot starts when the alien overmasters demand that the troupe perform for them instead of just for the human audiences.

The inside-baseball account of being an actor in a troupe is well done, as is the commentary on Shakespeare's relevant now and far in the future, as well as Simmon's attitude towards various plays in the opus. The plot twist involving the alien overlords was also surprising, though perhaps overblown in its Shakespeare worship. It was a particularly relevant read for me as I was visiting Stratford Upon Avon at the time.


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