I wavered back and forth between four and five stars I'll be honest. The version I read had Buttercup's Baby added in and that veered me towards fourI wavered back and forth between four and five stars I'll be honest. The version I read had Buttercup's Baby added in and that veered me towards four stars. The Princess Bride as a stand alone is a five star read. Quirky, confusing, entertaining, funny, engrossing and totally unpredictable. I started out thinking 'this is odd but I'll read on' and within a very short time found myself wrapped in the stories of Buttercup, Westley, Fezzik and Inigo. I'm still not entirely sure what I think of it all but I know I really enjoyed the ride....more
Well I had to try a graphic novel sometime. Growing up they weren't my thing and I'm not sure I would find a place for them now. Of course this was anWell I had to try a graphic novel sometime. Growing up they weren't my thing and I'm not sure I would find a place for them now. Of course this was an easy read and surprisingly absorbing but it felt a little like watching a trailer and not the whole movie. I enjoyed the experience, was impressed by the art work, but not really that intrigued by the plot lines, which felt a little flat. Curiosity and a Kindle Daily Deal led me to this choice but I can't see me hunting down anything else. ...more
Having never been around these articles when they were first published, but often having heard the name Erma Bombeck, I was curious enough to respondHaving never been around these articles when they were first published, but often having heard the name Erma Bombeck, I was curious enough to respond when I saw the title in a list of reduced price ibooks. The wry humour was very engaging and many of the pieces were also very touching (a few went a little far for me and bordered on schmalzy but they were of their time and very sincerely penned). The other fascinating aspect of this book was the selection of pieces from different time periods of her writing and watching the development in culture and sometimes attitudes. Overall though, she seemed way ahead of her time. By the time I got to the end and read her last piece, I was quite disappointed to have the book end but then there was a whole selection of contributions to her eulogy, and they were very moving. She seemed like an amazing woman and I was glad to have read the book....more
No question this was a five star read for me. High quality writing, heavy on the storytelling and characterization, which is what I prefer. The book hNo question this was a five star read for me. High quality writing, heavy on the storytelling and characterization, which is what I prefer. The book had been on my TBR list for quite a while but with all the brouhaha about the TV series I thought 'why not?'
I can see why some people might have a hard time with it but honestly, it's historical fantasy fiction. If you don't like sex scenes or violence in your books, move along the TBR shelf.
The book is so many things in one, it's tough to review and tough to classify. It is completely immersive. No matter the time setting, the scene, the characters involved, you are plunged into their thoughts, their words, their dilemmas. The writing is exceptional in that respect. The romance between Claire and Jamie plays out against a great cast of other characters. There were times during the more brutal scenes (of course involving Black Jack Randall) where I almost couldn't bear to read - I did, because it was intrinsic to the story. Yes, it has some brutal elements, yes some of the sex is violent, but it is 18th century Scotland and there's not always room for finer feelings. It will make a great TV series because it almost feels like one in some ways - the chapters are very 'episodic.' And I can't wait to delve into the rest of the series. ...more