Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: The Princess Bride

Throwback Thursdays is a chance for me to share some of my older favorites. Hopefully they’ll earn a place on someone else’s To Read list from it. 🙂


The Princess Bride

Author: William Goldman
Genre(s): Classic, Young Adult, Humor, Fantasy, Romance
Purchase: Amazon

A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts – The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini – the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik – the gentle giant; Inigo – the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen – the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.

Have you read this book? Have you seen the movie based off it? If you haven’t close this window and go do so immediately. The Princess Bride is a charming, hilarious tale that stands the test of time. It’s a fabulous adventure story with romantic elements (without being gushy or graphic), exciting conflicts, and sass in spades. The movie was a very good adaptation and if you don’t have the time to read the book, it’s well worth the 98 minutes you’d spend watching.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Throwback Thursdays is a chance for me to share some of my older favorites. Hopefully they’ll earn a place on someone else’s To Read list from it. 🙂


Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Author: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Genre(s): Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon

Life-long friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each other holds secrets from the the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales with strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chanced encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff draws the companions deeper into the shadow forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

No one expected them to heroes.

Least of all themselves.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the start of one of my favorite fandoms: Dragonlance! I’ll never forget when I started reading Dragonlance books. I was twelve and my cousin loaned me the book while we were on vacation at her parent’s cottage. The weather was gorgeous and the cottage right on the beach but I couldn’t pull my nose out of the book until I was finished. When I got my preteen hands on a battered copy of Dragons of Autumn Twilight I took my first step into Krynn and deep into the fantasy genre.

For the next decade I rarely read a book that wasn’t fantasy and I place firm blame (and ridiculous amounts of gratitude) on Dragons of Autumn Twilight for that. And when that same cousin and I found a box of Dragonlance books in the dusty backroom of the used bookstore in the little town we vacationed in, it was Christmas in July! We had both reread the Chronicles series twice by then and were anxious to devour the titles that had taunted us from the first page of Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Mind you, this was in the dark ages before anything but dial up internet (and not everyone even had that) and eBooks. Back before Amazon and internet retailers being able to deliver your desired reading material to your front door in two days.

It was miserable. But finding that stack of musty treasured books and meeting the Companions for the first time? Those are memories I will always treasure just as I will always love this book for being such a large part of my youth. From the cover art (I love you Larry Elmore. Always.) to each chapter of characters I will always love, Dragons of Autumn Twilight left an impression on me that I’ll never shake. And I’m ever grateful for it.

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: The Count of Monte Cristo

Throwback Thursdays is a chance for me to share some of my older favorites. Hopefully they’ll earn a place on someone else’s To Read list from it. 🙂

The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexander Dumas
Genre(s): Classic, Historical Fiction
Purchase: Amazon

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and becomes determined not only to escape but to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. A huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s, Dumas was inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment when writing his epic tale of suffering and retribution.

This is likely one of my all time favorite books. It might be my actual favorite of all books out there actually. When I was in my teens I saw this movie version and was consumed by my fascination with Edmond Dantes’ quest for revenge. At the time I was just discovering how much I loved political intrigue books with the War of the Spider Queen series. And while dark elves backstabbing one another in a fantasy setting is awesome, the tale of a man who could very well be a real person exacting such vengeance on those that very much wronged him was mind boggling to my younger self. After letting the story tumble around in my mind for a few months I picked up the original version at the library. I kept renewing my time with it because after my first read through I immediately flipped back to page one to start over. The differences between the film and the dog-eared paperback I held in my hands were many but, as I’ve often found, the book was leagues better. Not that the movie was bad but its ending was too sweet, too gentle after I had seen Edmond’s revenge play out on the page.

The Count of Monte Cristo has everything I treasure in a book. There’s intrigue of political and social varieties both. Do you like adventure? Dantes seems to find himself neck deep in exciting situations as do many of the other characters. Every page holds a new wonder on it; the potential for another secret to be revealed and you may find yourself as eager as I was to learn them all.

Even years later I find myself rereading it often and thinking of it with a great fondness in between those returns to its pages. Dumas weaves an amazing story that touches on many different motivations. The characters are a joy to watch interact and leave me anxious to see their reactions to the secret webs I know are being woven. I find it impossible to imagine I’ll ever lose my soft spot for the crafty and cunning man who rose from the ashes of an innocent sailor wrongly imprisoned.