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One of my absolute favorite movies in the entire world is The Princess Bride. I don’t remember when I watched it for the first time, but I’ve watched it probably a dozen times since then and I still love it. Little did I know, the movie is based on a book! I’m not sure why this surprised me so much!

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is a bit different from the movie, but nonetheless a great read. For once, I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book! This is a rare occurrence. In the movie, a grandfather is reading a book (the movie) to a young boy. The book is not like this at all. In fact, it’s more like a manuscript with which the author explains to you why parts of the original book are no longer included because the original goes on and on and on about the history of the two cities that hate each other so much. Buttercup and Westley are pawns in the feud between the two sides. This is true in the movie as well, I suppose. It’s perhaps also because I’ve seen the movie so many times that throughout the book, whenever it included a part not in the movie, I had a hard time imagining the scene. What a fail I was in reading this book! If only I had read it first then seen the movie!

The Year of the Flood is the second book in Margaret Atwood’s trilogy that started with Oryx and Crake. The interesting thing about Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood is that the two books are actually happening simultaneously. From what I understand, the two story lines (which are already somewhat connected( become one and the same in the last book: MaddAddam.

Most of this book is told in flashback (similar to Oryx and Crake). At first, it’s difficult to know what kind of situation the two main characters: Toby and Ren, are in, but soon you realize that it is much later. The dystopian society that Atwood has created is already at a horrible state (as it was in the first book), but the reader learns about the God’s Gardeners religious group. They certainly are a strange group, but when an entire society is falling apart and practically resorting to cannibalism, can you really blame them? At least they value the Earth, education, and community. At the story goes on, you realize more and more of the connections between the God’s Gardeners and the characters in the first book. I wonder how they will come together in the last book!