January 9, 2016 at 8:43 am #203340
Wha…? A new year already? But 2015 just started!
Ah well..on to the books!January 9, 2016 at 8:49 am #245837
An entertaining tale that starts slow, but then picks up steam as you go along. The main character is not a bumbling fool like the later Bertie Wooster though there are some similarities in expression. The whole only has a trace of the humor that Wodehouse is known for but the story works well and holds itself together.April 8, 2016 at 4:28 am #245838May 6, 2016 at 6:00 am #245839
The original James Bond story that started it all. Reading takes you to a time with different mores and values well away from the movies, though some of them still contain a trace of Fleming’s original creation. The story is simple enough, but well executed and with interesting characters. James Bond is not presented without flaw, nor is he the epitome of the indestructible spy. He actually waxes philosophically at one point in the novel though he can be brutal in his attitudes and manner.
Although clearly dated, it still resonates today and reading makes you understand why the character has endured as long as it has.May 6, 2016 at 6:02 am #245840June 17, 2016 at 6:02 am #245841
A good establishing book of a series, with many characters to follow each with different motivations and developed stories. The world is well established without going though long exposition to explain all of its features and details. The pace is good with an ending that is not so much a cliff hanger as it is wetting your appetite for the next book in the series.
Overall an entertaining fantasy novel with good ideas and characters. I look forward to see how the story ends.July 9, 2016 at 8:27 am #245843
A rather touching tale about how an unexplained event makes a man reconnect with his past in an unexpected and to a certain extent surprising manner. The story is told simply with little embellishment giving insight into the tapestry of characters that are part of the tale. An uplifting tale in the end that may be a little sappy for some, but will feel warm to others.July 13, 2016 at 4:52 am #245844August 7, 2016 at 3:44 am #245845
Although the novels and the movies sometimes only bear a tenuous relationship, this is one book that certainly makes you understand why they became a popular source for the films. There are some cringe-worthy, for the current times, moments where you can clearly see the prejudices and biases that Ian Fleming had but that is true of most every writer. At the same time, you can also feel his love for Jamaica in this novel. Much like the movies took some time to become the “James Bond” movies, the novels so too are the same way, with this second novel much more “Bond” than the first.August 7, 2016 at 3:49 am #245846
An entertaining mystery that takes you back and forth between the past and the present and end in a final solution that is satisfying. This is the first of the Charlie Parker series that I have read and based on my enjoyment of the story and writing, I definitely plan to pick up more of these to read in the future.August 20, 2016 at 8:08 am #245847
A Rincewind (and of course luggage) story from Discworld that is short, but as with all the novels replete with references to our own mythology and world view in amusing and unexpected ways.
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