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Daily Dials: The Princess Bride and Gunship-II

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High AdventureToday Amazon offers The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman just for $1.99

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. Passions.”

Some words about the Author

William Goldman has been writing books and movies for over forty-five years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men) and three Lifetime Achievement awards in screenwriting. He lives in New York City.

 

Gunship-IIGunship-II is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can download from Amazon for free today only.

War is raging in Vietnam between the Communist forces of North Vietnam and the Republican forces of South Vietnam. You’re an ace helicopter pilot thrown into the fray of Vietnam’s toughest air battles. It’s time to dust off and get your chopper in the air in Gunship II.

Enemy sighted! Fire!

Fly the actual gunships that saw action in the Vietnam War. Play five realistic and deadly missions. You’ll fly a different bird in each mission.

Get in the cockpit into legendary aircraft such as the H-34 Choctaw, H-13 Sioux, UH-1D Huey, UH-1B Huey Gunship, and AH-1 Cobra. You’re part of the new air mobility tactic where helicopters were heavily used to insert troops into battles, transport supplies and weapons to remote outposts, hover and pick up downed pilots under fire, and fly dangerous low level Hunter-Killer missions.

Rough and Tumble Missions

In Rescue Dawn (inspired by the real-life adventures of pilot Dieter Dengler), you embark on a daring mission to retrieve a downed pilot. In Thunder Road, you’re escorting a supply convoy that encounters a terrible ambush. In Search and Destroy, you’re flying a Bell-47 scout helicopter to discover and mark enemy positions with smoke grenades.

Realistic Gameplay

Fly with an intuitive combination of touch-screen and accelerometer controls. Get briefings before each mission, and view actual photos of the chopper you’ll fly. Take off from land bases and aircraft carriers, and fly over realistic terrain. And remember, flyboy–failure is not an option.

Please note that this game requires a Wi-Fi connection to download.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice by Lisa Genova is a fictional account of a 50 year old Harvard psychology professor with early onset Alzheimer’s.  It is available in both Kindle and paperback editions.  This book has won numerous awards and had a long run on the New York Times Bestseller List.

I discovered this book while searching through Goodreads recommendations.  Goodreads has introduced me to a lot of different authors and genres I would never have heard of otherwise.

It is simple, yet poignant.  The book is written from the perspective of the Alzheimer’s patient as opposed to the more common caretaker viewpoint.  So, the reader gets a first hand glimpse into the daily tasks and emotions from the patient herself.

Most people think of Alzheimer’s as affecting only the elderly.  In a majority of cases those people are beyond retirement age.  Before Alzheimer’s struck, Alice held a jam packed schedule full of lectures, research, and teaching.  The aggressive disease took all of that away from her.  It not only takes a toll on her life, but on her family and friends as well.

The writing itself is really direct, with no frills.  Sometimes there is a bit of disorganization in the flow of the plot, but in a sense, it represents Alice’s train of thoughts.

Still Alice has glowing reviews.  Many of the reviewers suggest that everyone affected by Alzheimer’s in some way should read it.  I also saw multiple reviews saying how accurate Genova’s depiction of the disease is. The fictional account has a loose connection to the author because she is a Harvard educated neuroscientist herself.

Vicki Evans

“Wow! This book is so realistic and, for me, a real tear-jerking read. I teach high school and I have always told my students that if a book can draw you in, make you live vicariously through a character, and somehow help you with life experiences, then it’s a good book. This book did that for me and so much more.”

Genova has another bestselling novel: Left Neglected out, and will release Love Anthony on September 25th.