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The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

The Princess Bride (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

The Princess Bride - William Goldman I hate to start a review off with a warning but it needs to be said. Much like the movie, the book is framed as a story within a story. The outer story is the running commentary from the “editor” (who is actually the author. There is only one story of The Princess Bride. Don’t try looking for the unabridged version, it doesn’t exist.). The “editor” comments on his background with the book and why he edits things from the story. The inner story is the actual story of The Princess Bride. I found the “editor’s” commentary pretty annoying. Please, please, please don’t let that stop you from reading the book. I read everything the first time I read the book. This time I just skimmed the commentary and actually read the real story. When and if you read this book, I would suggest at least trying to read or skim the commentary. If you’re not a fan, skip it and focus on the real story. You don’t need the commentary to understand the story.Don’t feel late to the game if you’ve never read the book. To be honest, I really had no idea the movie was based on a book until I saw the book on display at the library last year. It’s not too late to pick up the book now!I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this book. It’s one of those books that makes me grin the entire time while reading it. I think everyone’s enjoyment hinges on how much they enjoy the movie. Love the movie? You’re going to enjoy the book. Don’t like the movie (???? how is that possible?)? You can probably skip the book. Personally, I love the movie so this book was a slam dunk with me.Read the rest of my review at The Cheap Reader.