The author, William Goldman, had taken the original book (by Florinese author, Morgenstern) and edited out all of the "boring parts". Throughout the book he comments on which parts he is skipping.
I thought Goldman's comments were irritating but the story was very well written. It was easy to read and faced paced with lots of action, romance, and humour.
I saw the movie first, when I was a kid, and it has been my favourite ever since. It's not the type of genre I usually read (fantasy), but, because the movie follows the book so closely, I liked it before I even read it (yes, this review is a bit biased).
I give this book a THUMBS UP! If it doesn't seem like the type of book you would read, I recommend at least watching the movie.
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