28. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, 259 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/26/2015

as you wish Cary Elwes, better known to The Princess Bride fans as Westley, shares his experiences filming the cult classic, The Princess Bride. He shares behind the scenes stories and quotes and comments from other actors as well as directors and stuntmen. Much more of a personal story than a technical making of the movie tale. I had forgotten that The Princess Bride was made without any kind of green screen or CGI affects. The story holds up well and carries you along perhaps in part because of the lack of modern special affects.

01. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, 214 pages, read by Tammy, on 09/20/2012

First let me say that this is not like the movie. Some of the characters are the same, but some are the same in name only. Still it was a fun story of how one young viking starts out as the village joke and becomes a hero and becomes known as “the Dragon Whisperer”. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. To become a member of the tribe each young boy must capture a dragon and on Thor’s Day show that he has trained his dragon or face exile from the tribe and their island.

02. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

The Garner Files: A Memoir by James Garner, Jon Winokur, with an introduction by Julie Andrews Edwards, 273 pages, read by Tammy, on 06/29/2012

Best known to people of my generation as Jim Rockford a detective with a big heart and a since of humor, here’s his life story from Garner himself. He left home at the age of 14 after suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother and tried a lot of jobs and served in the Korean War before trying acting. He was part of the end of the studio system where actors “belonged” to a studio and were paid a weekly rate no matter how many movies, tv shows, appearances etc., you were doing that week or how much the studio made from your work. He worked alongside Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Audrey Hepburn and Steve McQueen. Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression. He relates his acting career, family life and shares his personal beliefs including that he’s  “a card-carrying liberal—and proud of it,” and much more. Interesting stories from a man who overcame a poor homelife as a child … because what’s the alternative … and became a well-known movie and TV star.