Book Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

About: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes is a memoir by the versatile actor who portrayed Wesley in the beloved movie.   272 pages Publisher: Touchstone; 1St Edition edition (October 14, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1476764026   My Rat­ing for As You Wish— 5 Buy this book in paper or elec­tor­nic format* Thoughts: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes is a must read for anyone who loves The Princess Bride. The book starts off with Mr. Elwes telling how he got the part of Wesley, his audition with director Rob Reiner and the rest is history. Mr. Elwes goes on the talk about meeting the cast, the pre-production and of course, preparing for what would become one of the greatest cinematic sword fight every filmed. Actually, the training for the sword fight, with two master swordsman who worked with Hollywood royalty such as Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster, would become one of the last scenes filmed and make Mr. Elwes and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya) actual swordsman. One of the things that shines through the pages is how beloved André the Giant…

Book Review: The Lost Solos by Eshkol Nevo
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 30, 2014

The author managed to captures several aspects of Israeli society, the Russian immigrant, a soldier, politician, religious Jew, an Arab bird-lover and more. The point of view constantly changes in the story which gives the narrative it’s on dynamic and takes on a life of its own.

Kiva: New Loan in Mexico
Latest Posts / December 29, 2014

Roberto plans to use the funds from this loan to purchase flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, and other ingredients so he can sustain his market bakeries and achieve his goal: expanding the business and providing for his children, who want to study and prepare for professional careers.

Book Review: The Insurgents by Fred Kaplan
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / December 17, 2014

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan is a thought provoking book which tells a good story and asks some hard hitting questions. The book is divided into three parts: the post-Vietnam era and introduction of counterinsurgency (COIN) warfare line of thinking into the US military, the history of COIN in Afghanistan and Iraq (with input from Washington politicians), and a third part which analyzes what was accomplished and the value of this strategy.

Bookish Beer: Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale
Latest Posts / December 15, 2014

In my quest for unique and wonderful beers, I always keep an eye out for book themed brews when I happened upon this treasure. Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale, an imported beer from England, rich in flavor and ambered color.

Giveaway (Over): 108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa S. Johnson
Latest Posts / December 10, 2014

Yesterday I posted about 108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa S. Johnson, a wonderful book for any music lover to have on their coffee table.  Luckily the publisher has agreed to a giveaway of this book to one lucky winner – enter using the Raf­fle­copter form below. Give­away Give­away ends: Decem­ber 17, 2014 US Ship­ping Addresses Only No PO Boxes Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked Congratulations: bencanada1@

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