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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | December 27, 2016


Ar you a fan of The Princess Bride? Wonderfully schmaltzy and funny movie from the 80s starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright? (Or, more likely you remember it as starring Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.)

This is the book it was based off and even though I am one of those who think that Mandy and Andre stole the movie, after reading the book, I give full credit to Rob Reiner, because he made that wonderful and memorable movie out of this steaming pile of crap.

Wow, did I hate this book. Starting from the ‘insights’ into William Goldman from his intros (which are made up of a certain amount of ‘staying in character’, meaning I have no idea how much is real… I hope not a lot), where we are introduced to a writer who is a racist, body-shaming, homophobic misogynist.
Maybe that isn’t him, but the first and last admonitions on that list are certainly born out by the text of the book itself.

Even if you can ‘get past that’ (ugh), the book just isn’t very good. Remember the charming framing sequence in the movie? The framing of the book is just annoying.

Goldman is an established screenwriter and he wrote the screenplay to the movie so maybe writing a novel was just overreaching for him.

I will watch Princess Bride again. I won’t read this book again.

Books Read in 2016

The Princess Bride – William Goldman
Oratorealis #2
A perimeter – rob mclennan
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula

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