I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I won't this in a Booklikes giveaway. I wasn't required to review, much less write a positive review.
What if Shakespeare had written The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Iron Man? The Gambler? All You Need Is Love? Ice, Ice Baby? I Kissed a Girl? It's Raining Men? I've never thought about this, but clearly Erik Didriksen has. He has, in fact, put a lot of thought into this, and other pop sonnets.
And they're funny. They're short, and clever, and I laughed out loud a lot reading this. That being said, some worked extremely well and others not so much. Although I still think 'the winter of our disco tent' is the cleverest line by far in this book after finishing it.
The sonnets aren't the full songs, and there isn't much - or any - variety in the way they were written. They all follow the same pattern, but they don't need to have different cadences to be fun. It's all about how the words are used, staying true both to the songs they're parodying, and Shakespeare's style. They more than often blend perfectly, although one half star off for the rare parody that felt a bit forced or awkward.
Still, funny, and something I'll probably reread when have a spare hour or two. It was fun enough to come back to in a bit. (I tend not to reread anything for a year or two in general, but yes, I could easily see myself rereading this every couple of years.)