The Princess Bride By William Goldman A Review

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Title: The Princess Bride

Author: William Goldman

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publishing Date: July 15, 2003

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Summary

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams? As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears. Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere. What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex. In short, it’s about everything.

Review

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is a story most of us know. I am sure many of you have seen the movie hundreds of times. I never realized there was even a book until I was browsing in the library and spotted it. Being familiar with the story did not prepare me for how much I would enjoy the book.

The edition I picked-up from the library is the 30th Anniversary Edition published in 2003. This edition includes a new introduction plus the introduction for the 25th Anniversary Edition. While I have the best intentions to read introductions, while finding them dull, that is not the case here. Even though both introductions are fairly long, do not skip them. They are full of movie making stories and tidbits about William Goldman’s life. In both cases, they really add to the story.

My favorite device used in The Princess Bride is where William Goldman speaks directly to the reader. The passages are italicized and found in both the beginning and middle of chapters. Goldman may explain a cut made to the original work or how his father skipped over chapters as he read him the story. I love sarcasm above many forms of humor and found these sections charming. It made me feel as if William Goldman was reading along with me.

The story remains fairly close to the movie. There are no major deviations or surprises. There are two areas that are expanded on from the movie, the extent of awfulness that is Prince Humperdinck and the full story of how Inigo’s father is murdered by the six-fingered man. I understand why this was left on the editing room floor for the movie but appreciated the richness it adds to the story.

As S. Morgenstern said about his own book, The Princess Bride is a “classic tale of true love and high adventure.” I completely agree.

 

Cover image and summary from goodreads.

 

Waiting On Wednesday (5)

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Title: The Last Runaway

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: E.P. Dutton

Estimated Publishing Date: January 8, 2013

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Summary

In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

 

I read everything Tracy Chevalier writes and am never disappointed. The Virgin Blue is one of my favorite books of all time and so special. 

 

Summary and cover image taken from goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a  fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Of 2013.

1. Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked is one of my favorite books from 2012. You can read my review on my other blog here

 

2. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I am positive that Requiem will land on many lists. (My mother, who I lent Delirium to and who purchased Pandemonium on her own, is even waiting on this one.)

3. Untitled (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

This is another one that I am sure will be on a lot of lists. The end of Insurgent was so unexpected and I just need to know where book three goes.

 

4. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Laura Weisberger

A sequel to A Devil Wears Prada, yes please!

 

5. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Book number thirteen! I love Sookie Stackhouse and all of the crazy characters that inhabit this wonderful series but I am glad that Charlaine Harris decided to end it. I have high hopes that Sookie will get a good ending.

 

6. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

I love to laugh and always laugh so much reading any books by Sophie Kinsella. What she writes, I will read.

 

For seven through ten, I have a long list of 2013 Debut’s that I am anticipating which can be found here. Any or all of those books could fit on this list.

What books are you anticipating for 2013? 

 

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Weekly Book Haul (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share the books you received during the week. Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you added to your shelves.

 

In My Mailbox

Stacking the Shelves

This is a slower week for me because I am on vacation. So vacation plus the holiday makes for much less time for book buying but much more time for book reading.

Library Books

My local library does not have a Young Adult section so there are a few titles mixed in with the general fiction. Luckily, they are opening a new and much larger library the first week of December. I am sure there be a lot more room for books and I won’t need to order as often from other libraries.

Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

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Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

 

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Greeen moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

 

As you can tell with this weeks haul, I am trying to branch out and read more contemporary titles. Please leave me any recommendations so I can continue to add the bests in this category to my TBR list.

All cover images and summaries taken from goodreads

 

Waiting On Wednesday (4)

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

 

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Estimated Publishing Date: December 11, 2012

 

Summary

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power–brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined: Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct. Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished–and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making. Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past–and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield. Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword… The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

 

Book Trailer

 

Falling Kingdoms sounds exciting and action packed. The summary and trailer really give the sense of such a rich world. If you are like me and having a hard time waiting until December to get your hands on a copy, goodreads is doing a giveaway here.

 

Cover image and summary from goodreads.

City Of Ashes By Cassandra Clare Review

Title: City Of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book Two)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publishing Date: March 25th, 2008

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Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father. To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

I am way behind the curve with this series but I just love it! City Of Ashes does a good job picking up where City Of Bones left off. Clary and Jace are brother and sister, Simon loves Clary, and the big bad Valentine is as big and bad as ever.

I love that Simon becomes less mundane as the book progresses because he is my favorite character and needed to toughen up. The relationship that he has with Clary is sweet but I am glad they both realize it can never be more than friends. I think most teenage girls have a guy friend like Simon who is always there for you but you really don’t need to date. (I think this is still true but it has been quite awhile since I was an actual teenager.)

I like that in City Of Ashes the plot was exciting as a stand alone story while still moving the series arc forward. Second books can be tricky but City Of Ashes never feels like filler. Cassandra Clare obviously has a clear idea of where the series is going.

I have hope that this is rectified in future books (no spoilers please) but I still have a hard time stomaching the Jace and Clary situation. I get it, they didn’t know, but as someone with a brother, it kind of turns my stomach. It almost makes me uncomfortable that I want to root for them because they love each other but I cannot get on the incest train.

City Of Ashes is exciting throughout and introduces new characters that will undoubtedly be important in the series (looking at you Lightwood parents.) It beats the sophomore slump by dropping breadcrumbs that hint of things to come while keeping the reader guessing. 

 

Summary and cover image from goodreads.

Debut Author Challenge 2013 Goal Post

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I am so excited about my first official challenge as a brand new book blogger! The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by Tara from Hobbitsies. The goal is to read at least twelve (or more) 2013 author debuts over the course of the year. There are prizes, an ARC tour, and lots of fun in the goodreads group if you are interested in joining.

I am apt to jump into challenges head first but I want to be able to actually accomplish this one. So as a preliminary goal, I plan on at going for the minimum number of 12 books for this challenge. I reserve the right to up that number if I see fit (and I probably will because it is only November and I have a long list of these debuts I really want to read.)

2013 Debuts I Really Want To Read

Prophecy by Ellen OhNobody But Us by Kristin HalbrookOCD A Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles #1) by Ellen Oh

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

OCD A Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

 

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine ScheidtThe S Word by Chelsea PitcherHow My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

 

Jinx by Sage BlackwoodStarglass by Phoebe NorthBlaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Starglass by Phoebe North

Blaze (Or Love In A Time Of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

 

Me, Him, Them, And It by Caela CarterAltered by Jennifer RushBeing Henry David by Cal Armistead

Me, Him, Them, And It by Caela Carter

Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

 

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy SpaldingCity Of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam ForsterTaken by Erin Bowman

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

City Of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

 

The Madman's Daughter by Megan ShepherdThe Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LabanThe Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LeBan

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

 

Infinite Sky by C.J. FloodPantomime by Laura LamThe Culling by Steven Dos Santos

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Pantomime by Laura Lam

The Culling (The Torch Keeper #1) by Steven Dos Santos 

 

My Life After Now by Jessica VerdiNantucket Blue by Leila HowardThe End Games by T. Michael Martin

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

After You by Jessica Corra

 

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

Any of these make your list?

All cover images taken from goodreads.

Weekly Book Haul (8)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share the books you received during the week. Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you added to your shelves.

 

In My Mailbox

Stacking-the-Shelves

Kindle Books

Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese

Mercury Falls (Mercury Series #1) by Robert Kroese

Years of covering the antics of End Times cults for The Banner, a religious news magazine, have left Christine Temetri not only jaded but seriously questioning her career choice. That is, until she meets Mercury, an anti-establishment angel who’s frittering his time away whipping up batches of Rice Krispy Treats and perfecting his ping-pong backhand instead of doing his job: helping to orchestrate Armageddon. With the end near and angels and demons debating the finer political points of the Apocalypse, Christine and Mercury accidentally foil an attempt to assassinate one Karl Grissom, a thirty-seven-year-old film school dropout about to make his big break as the Antichrist. Now, to save the world, she must negotiate the byzantine bureaucracies of Heaven and Hell and convince the apathetic Mercury to take a stand, all the while putting up with the obnoxious mouth-breathing Antichrist.

Used Books

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires – Book 1) by Rachel Caine

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

Queen Of Babble by Meg Cabot

Queen Of Babble (Queen Of Babble #1) by Meg Cabot

What’s an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do? Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. What’s the point of planning for the future when she’s done it again? See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. And it’s not just that she can’t keep her own secrets, she can’t keep anything to herself. This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket. Fortunately, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate is spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings in a chateau. One call and Lizzie’s on a train to Paris. Who cares if she speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac — not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac’s owner — and she’s smitten. But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for “closure” (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love — unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy (Princess Academy #1) by Shannon Hale

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt

Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Set in 1983, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s cube before, but who can solve it at once. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .

What new books did you get this week?

All summaries and cover images taken from goodreads.

Cover Beauties

Are you ever tempted to purchase books you already own because of new cover design?

I spotted these beauties while drooling over dresses I can’t afford on Anthropologie.

Alice In Wonderland Mr. Boddington's Penguin ClassicsJane Eyre Mr. Boddington's Penguin ClassicsLittle Women Mr. Boddington's Penguin ClassicsPride and Prejudice Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics

Sense and Sensibility Mr. Boddington's Penguin ClassicsWuthering Heights Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics

All of these covers are created by Mr. Boddington’s for Penguin Classics.

Very feminine and quirky! All the books pictures are $17.99.

 

All images from Anthropologie.

Waiting On Wednesday (3)

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Expected Publishing Date: May 7, 2013

I have read every book in this series and really used to love it. The last few books have gone down hill. I do want to see a real conclusion to this series (12 books people). Here’s to Charlaine Harris writing one more great (good) Sookie Stackhouse Novel.

Are you ever happy for a favorite series to end?

Cover image from goodreads.