Swagbucks Book Club – Oscar Inspirations

Thanks to everyone who voted in the great romance race last week. After more than 4,000 votes were cast, the winner by a very slim margin was The Princess Bride.  You can purchase your copy of William Goldman’s telling of S Morgenstern’s classic at amazon by clicking here.  Use your Amazon Gift Cards or Barnes & Noble Gift Cards from the Rewards store or check your local library.  Join us for the discussion of The Princess Bride on Friday, February 22nd at 10am PST here in the blog.

The Princess Bride by S Morgenstern (William Goldman) – S. Morgenstern’s timeless tale—discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman—pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime.



Today, in honor of the upcoming Academy Awards we take a look at the book that inspired one of the Best Picture Nominees, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, as reviewed by swaggernaut JollyRogersSwag. If you have a book you want to review send 2-4 paragraphs with your swagname to bookclub@swagbucks.com.  If you review is featured in a future post you will win 500 Swag Bucks.

“Life of Pi” by Yann Martel as reviewed by JollyRogersSwag

There have been many stories of sailors who find themselves trapped out at sea in a life boat, with nothing but the ocean as a horizon, and limited with very few supplies. Challenges arise which requires quick thinking and problem solving. But suppose we change the stranded sailors into a young boy and several different zoo animals. The odds of survival are slim.
A zookeeper’s son finds himself in exactly that situation. Pi Patel and his family are moving across the world, and they’re bringing their zoo with them. As the ship makes way for a better land and a new life, it’s struck by a tragic storm, taking everything along with it. Pi manages to save a handful of the animals in a single long boat, only to realize they’re lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no sign of land.
Stranded with a Bengal tiger, zebra, orangutan, and hyena, Pi is tested not only by the extreme conditions, but also by his own self and new friends. Survival is key, and saving the animals comes with a big surprise. This book will take you on a sea filled adventure.


Several of this year’s Academy Awards nominees are based on books.  Besides Life of Pi there is Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio and of course, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  For those of you who have read the books and seen the movies, how do they compare?  I will admit that I’m woefully behind on my movie watching but with the bad weather in the forecast for this weekend (it’s only going to be 57 in LA!)  it might be time to catch up.  I look forward to your recommendations.