The Princess Bride by William Goldman was the 22nd official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Sep 28, 2010 - Nov 23, 2010

How/Why was this book chosen:

Veronica decided to have 2 books this month as it wasn't that long since we read another Arthurian book.

It was 2nd in a poll of Sword & Laser's Goodreads Group

Votes % Book Author
58 18.5 The Once and Future King T.H. White
54 17.2 The Princess Bride William Goldman
48 15.3 Lord Foul's Bane Stephen R. Donaldson
42 13.4 Dragonflight Anne McCaffrey
37 11.8 Elric of Melniboné Michael Moorcock
31 9.9 The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian Robert E. Howard
24 7.6 Riddle-Master Patricia A. McKillip
20 6.4 The Last Unicorn Peter S. Beagle

Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of The Princess Bride

Sword & Laser Podcasts: Kick Off: S&L 43 Check In: S&L 44 S&L 45 S&L 46 Wrap Up: S&L 47

The Princess Bride by William GoldmanEdit

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the "S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it's about everything.