Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Princess Bride is my all time favourite movie!!! When I heard that Cary Elwes wrote a book on the making of this beautiful movie; I had to get a copy and read it. It was such a delight to read about the fantastic writer, William Goldman; the outstanding director, Rob Reiner; and the top notch actors and film crew. Cary covers so many wonderful stories of the before, during and after the movie. He succeeded to portrait how much fun they all had and how this movie, although not a blockbuster in the theatres, became a triumph with the introduction of VHS and it still a success to this day.

The Princess Bride is more than just a movie.. it is a phenomenon. People quote this movie regularly with sentences like "As you wish"; "Please consider me as an alternative to suicide."; "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." and not to forget Vizzini's famous word: "Inconceivable".

The book is beautifully written. It contains so many great stories. Many of them made me laugh out loud... some made me cry.

If you are a fan of this timeless movie; I recommend you get a copy of this book and "Have fun stormin’ da castle."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: 21 Days to Change Your Body

21 Days to Change Your Body
21 Days to Change Your Body by Helen M. Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read my fair share of diet books in my lifetime and I was sure that this would be another "Miracle" way to lose weight. Well... it was not! This book has nothing to do with miracles; it is all about common sense; about making the right changes in your life. It teaches you that making the right choices when it comes to food and exercise can be hard and that you should not fool yourself to think that this is only a temporary change... this is a life change.

"Your overall goal is to learn to give your body what it needs to be healthy -- not to live by numbers and obsessions. Constantly thinking about food choices, learning better habits, and educating yourself about portion sizes are all a necessary part of learning your new lifestyle but once they are ingrained in you, then you should not have to think about things quite so hard."

Helen Ryan shares her own experience and struggles. She does not hide her failures and is grateful of her successes. Her book was definitely food for thoughts and I already started to apply some of her suggestions. I still have a long way before I get to where I would like to be, but I honestly got a good kick in the butt from reading this book.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Full Measure

Full Measure
Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I won this book in a Goodreads give-away.

The book was very slow and did not hold together enough for my taste. It felt like the author could have gone a bit deeper with some of the sub-stories. The end did bring it all together, but was rushed and then it was over.

I was expecting more from this book... it did not deliver as expected.

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Review: Captivated by You

Captivated by You
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in this series.

I did not enjoy this book as much as the first three. That won't stop me to read the fifth one if there is one. The book lacked major events and brought nothing new to the story between Gideon and Eva. It was still an enjoyable read.

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