August Geek Book Club - The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Stop by Park Road Books at 7pm on August 13th to discuss The Princess Bride by William Goldman. This modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests - for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love - that's thrilling and timeless.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible - inconceivable, even - to equate "The Princess Bride" with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an "abridged" retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to "beasts of all natures and descriptions; pain; death; brave men; coward men; strongest men; chases; escapes; lies; truths; and passions."

Quick note: I suggest, as you procure your copy, to try and find the 30th anniversary edition. We'll be discussing (in part) what can be found in these introductions. If you already have/can only get your hands on a different version, no worries! But if you're planning on purchasing a copy, I would try to find a copy with those introductions/conclusions.

(You can always pick up the book at Park Road Books for 20% off this month, but we welcome any version during the book club - do not be ashamed if you want to bring in your reading device!)

As usual, we will probably go down to Sir Edmund Halley's restaurant (in the same shopping center) for more conversation (& food & drinks) after the book club. Everyone is welcome!

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  • Megan

    awww crud I completely lost track of time and dates :/ I was actually reading the book again for the meet up.

    August 14, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Always a fun time and good book pic. Can't wait to read the NDT book for next one.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    lively discussion; great evening

    August 14, 2013

  • Elizabeth Ellie P.

    Well I'm sitting in my car waiting for police to come. I just scraped someone's rear bumper with my car & their insurance requires a police report even though it will be taken care of by my insurance. Such is my life... Hope I can stay accident free & make it to the next meetup. Loved the book, btw :-)

    August 13, 2013

    • Caroline W.

      So sorry you couldn't make it but glad that you're safe!

      1 · August 13, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Arg. Probably can't make the book club tonight, got people coming in from out of town... and I was so curious to know what everyone thought of what I saw as a somewhat bitter commentary on the publishing industry (and the average reader, really). If they get delayed maybe I'll still make it, but otherwise hope it's a good discussion and I'll catch the next one.

    August 13, 2013

  • Megan

    So excited. One of my favorite books of all time!!

    August 12, 2013

  • Darin K.

    Didn't get the book read in time. It's been in the TBR pile for some time...

    August 11, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    This will be on my Boyfriend's birthday and I am pretty sure I can't be there and it makes me so sad. This is my favorite book. One of the books I own extra copies of so I'll still have one if I have to loan one or two out. I will be there in spirit.

    August 3, 2013

  • Torey

    I am hosting a book swap at Starbucks on South Tryon July 31st with another group http://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-book-swap-and-chat-meetup/ . Please, come by if you can either to swap some books or just to talk books. Hope to see you there.

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Rachel

    Hey everyone, I just got home from work. The first shipment of Princess Bride arrived today! & we have more coming in later this week.

    Thanks for you patience. :)

    2 · July 15, 2013

    • Nicholas S.

      Sweet! Will be in tomorrow to snag my copy! Thanks!!!

      July 15, 2013

  • Margaret H.

    I just received a call from Park Road Books. (Because I had reserved a copy). The books have arrived!

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Homer

    Will I have to turn my geek card if I say I wasn't really interested in this book/movie?
    -cringes-

    July 15, 2013

    • Margaret H.

      LOL One of the most wonderful things about book clubs is that you get to read books you might not otherwise try, or even know about. Some of my favourite books have been the result of book club selections that I never would have read if left on my own. Give it a whirl--borrow it from the library... and join us next month. Also, you can put it in a brown paper cover if you don't want anyone to know the title! Good luck.

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Frankie Efrain Sanabria I.

    I'm a bit confused. The original story is by S. Morgenstern yet every copy I've found has been the abridged version by William Goldman. Upon investigation I discovered that S. Morgenstern is a pseudonym for Goldman so don't be confused.

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • Demi M.

      I was in today and they haven't come yet--but then again, Fedex doesn't run on Saturdays! I know Rachel will be sure to let everybody know when they are in at the bookstore.

      2 · July 13, 2013

    • Elizabeth Ellie P.

      <hides face in shame> Thanks & sorry for badgering!

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Huge fan of the movie...haven't tried the book!

    July 13, 2013

  • Elizabeth Ellie P.

    Does PRB have any copies yet? :-)

    July 13, 2013

  • Nicholas S.

    Is the book in at the book store? I really would like to purchase the book there if I can.

    July 11, 2013

    • Josh

      What he said...

      July 11, 2013

    • Tamara P.

      Exactly! Holding out on buying so I get get it a Park Road :P

      July 12, 2013

  • Margaret H.

    This is not relevant to The Princess Bride, but it is to Ready Player One. I caught this article today, and found it to be eerily similar to the IOI. Any comments? <http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/07/big-cables-plan-for-one-infrastructure-to-rule-us-all/>;

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Rachel

    ALSO IF YOU SO DESIRE: watch the movie too! ...like you need a reason.

    5 · July 10, 2013

    • Melinda

      Thanks for twisting my arm Rachel, lol, I love that movie

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Frankie Efrain Sanabria I.

    I shall ascend the Cliffs of Insanity and attend this meetup.

    2 · July 11, 2013

  • Christopher Van V.

    this has been one of my favorite movies for years and years... I've allways meant to read the book but there's allways 10 others I'm going through... welp, my list is just about cleared and it's High Time I sat down w/ this treasure!!!

    3 · July 10, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I never knew this was a book!

    3 · July 10, 2013

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