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With a bit of sun,sea and sand. How about Thunderball ?  I have some happy memories of
Doing a bit of snorkeling, then drying out on the beach reading TB  ajb007/smile

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Well I finished off the Bond books.  I'm still not sure what to make of some of the later books.  TMWTGG wasn't too bad, but wasn't too exciting either.  And by that point Jamaica was becoming an over-used location.  YOLT I didn't like, I wasn't surprised as I don't care much for the movie either, but I had hopes the book would be better.  But I think I prefer the movie.  OHMSS was pretty good, more or less like the movie only the plot seemed more plausible when explained by Fleming than when shown by EON.  Octopussy and The Living Daylights was hit and miss, like the previous book of short stories.  Some good, some I didn't care about.

Now I'm onto the original trilogy Star Wars novelizations.  I never read them, or really felt the need to (I like Star Wars books but I've seen the movies so many times I never felt the need to read the novelizations), but my brother bought me this really nice leather-bound (with Vader's mask in gold trim) Barnes & Noble special edition of the trilogy novelizations.  So I figure I'll read through them real quick, and Ep. IV has been a pretty fun read so far.  After that I think I'm going to do the Gregory McDonald "Fletch" series, I've only read the first book and have been wanting to read them all for a while.  After that I'll probably check out some of the Bond continuation novels.  What are some of the better ones?

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Lee Child's "The Affair". I see Racher as a mix of Sherlock Holmes and a classic western hero.

"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari. Very interesting if you want a overview of the big changes in human history.

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I have read a lot of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. I like them especially the earlier ones.
Currently reading The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr. It's a locked room murder mystery and I have absolutely no idea how the killer did the murder. I am about halfway through and looking forward to the big reveal at the end.  ajb007/martini

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Reading WIN, LOSE OR DIE by John Gardner. I've always enjoyed the Gardner Bond novels ( most of them anyway).

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I'm busy reading 'Uncle Dynamite' by PG Wodehouse at the moment, but I seem to have mislaid my copy of the book. What a plonker! I think I left it in someone's car. Hopefully I can locate it, because I was really enjoying it!  ajb007/crap

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I've been reading the Flashman books, by George MacDonald Fraser
up to the fourth one, ...At The Charge (of the Light Brigade), got at least four more sitting in a pile waiting their turn

I like the comedy and the well researched history, I'm learning lots of bits not usually told in the standard histories, but a bit of online factchecking shows Fraser knows his stuff
the whole conceit is an elaborate forgery too, a persuasive insertion of a modernday fictional character into 19th century history and literature, supposedly a few reviewers were fooled and thought these "newly discovered memoirs" were authentic! bonus points for that

so far, the one I liked best was Flash for Freedom, about the slave trade ... the scene where the English ship purchases the slaves from another African tribe is nightmarish, and the whole ongoing question of slavery's legacy in America makes some of the "hero"'s actions more reprehensible than usual

the ending of ...At the Charge resembles our film The Living Daylights: Flashman is captured by the Russians during the Crimean War, and a rogue Russian Count transports Flashman towards the Afghan border, as part of a secret plan to invade India while Britain is otherwise occupied. a pair of locals sharing his prison cell help Flashman escape, and involve him in their war of resistance against the Russian army ... sound familiar?
since we know Fraser was somehow involved in the screenplay for Octopussy, two films earlier, maybe the producers had been reading his books and borrowed a plot thread?

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^ absolutely love the Flashman... novels...I had them recommended to me to by an old AJB stalwart, Willie Garvin...a true gentleman  ajb007/martini

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+1. They're very enjoyable.

Also +1 re Willie Garvin.

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I love the Flashman books too. I think HBO should make a miniseries based on them,  perhaps starring Dominic West,  Gerard Butler, James Purefoy  or  Hugh Laurie.

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Call me crazy but I think that I'm going to get the Die Another Day novelisation. Is it dreadful like the movie, or was it softened out when rewritten as a novel?
Moments ago I ordered Live and Let Die, and it will be interesting to say the least. After reading some spoiler-free reviews, which focused in a worrying amount on the racism of the novel. Of course, something I was expecting but is it truly that...extensive? I have read Casino Royale and Diamonds Are Forever by now (both of which, I enjoyed). Will this pale in comparison to them?

"...I have the oddest feeling we will be meeting again sometime..."
-Roger Moore's James Bond. RIP.
I have a YouTube channel on all things Bond (amongst other things, coming soon™).
The name's Beyond, Bond and Beyond

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No, I don't think so. LALD is a better novel than either of those two (but I don't want to discuss why until you've read it, and hopefully you'll agree).
As for the racism in this book: it definitely exists and there are already threads on that so I won't go into it here.

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I'd agree with Barbel. Fleming hits some highs with LALD, particularly the pacing and 'sweep' which are an improvement on those in either DAF or Casino Royale, and you just have to get past the racism.

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I wasn't overly struck by racism,  it's there for sure but we are looking at it now in a more enlightened age.  I don't know as I'm not old enough but id guess when it was written it wouldn't have raised many eyebrows.
I've just started colonel sun,  it's my first time with this one.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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Really? Well I guess we will see until it gets here and I read it  ajb007/biggrin. About the pacing, Casino Royale only appeared to be slowing down towards the end but I read it in about 3 sittings on the time span of about 1 week. Diamonds started losing me by the time he got on the plane to Vegas, I mostly enjoyed the moments with Leiter and Tiffany. I also found the horse racing bit a bit weary for my tastes, which A View To A Kill no doubt borrowed. I read Diamonds on a span 2 months, on and off. I'm not that struck with racism etc. as I know what to expect from Fleming by now. I will now try to not "break" from the order of the novels. Chriscoop, Colonel Sun also sounds intriguing and I could make an exception for my "out of order" rule  ajb007/embarrassed.

"...I have the oddest feeling we will be meeting again sometime..."
-Roger Moore's James Bond. RIP.
I have a YouTube channel on all things Bond (amongst other things, coming soon™).
The name's Beyond, Bond and Beyond

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Dirty Punker wrote:

Really? Well I guess we will see until it gets here and I read it  ajb007/biggrin. About the pacing, Casino Royale only appeared to be slowing down towards the end but I read it in about 3 sittings on the time span of about 1 week. Diamonds started losing me by the time he got on the plane to Vegas, I mostly enjoyed the moments with Leiter and Tiffany. I also found the horse racing bit a bit weary for my tastes, which A View To A Kill no doubt borrowed. I read Diamonds on a span 2 months, on and off. I'm not that struck with racism etc. as I know what to expect from Fleming by now. I will now try to not "break" from the order of the novels. Chriscoop, Colonel Sun also sounds intriguing and I could make an exception for my "out of order" rule  ajb007/embarrassed.

I think colonel sun is the book that has the inspiration for spectres brain drilling chair, though I could be wrong.

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Yes it is, you're right CC.

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I'll look forward to that part then, I'm enjoying it so far.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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Chriscoop wrote:

I'll look forward to that part then, I'm enjoying it so far.

Said no-one, ever about a torture scene  ajb007/lol. Only joking around, of course. Spoiler, I've read that they had gotten the inspiration for M's kidnapping in TWINE from Sun. They could've also roughly been inspired by that for the torture chair in TWINE. Also, Colonel Moon (DAD), Colonel Sun (Novel).

"...I have the oddest feeling we will be meeting again sometime..."
-Roger Moore's James Bond. RIP.
I have a YouTube channel on all things Bond (amongst other things, coming soon™).
The name's Beyond, Bond and Beyond

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I just finished Lee Child's "A wanted man",  one of the Jack Reacher books.  These books are always good reads. This one is a slow burner,  counting on tension and not action most of the book. For a change it's not Reacher,  but a policewoman who does most of the investigation. But the last few chapters is a massive shoot-out.  This exchange between Reacher and a FBI agent who he had just saved gives you an idea (my translation) :

"Do you know how many they are?" asked Reacher.
"Twenty four tonight,  not including me," replied McQueen.
"Then there are six left. "
" Is that all? My God! "
" I've been here for at least twenty minutes. "
" Who the hell are you? "
" Just a guy who hitch-hikes. "

ajb007/biggrin

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The Devil in Amber: by Mark Gatiss.
Truly entertaining action story. A mix of the occult and espionage, defending the empire. Set in the
1920s Mark Gatiss has a  great descriptive style, some beautiful and witty turns of phrase. The story
Has elements of Fleming ( a spy/assassin working for the secret service ) and Dennis Wheatley ( The
Devil rides out etc )  this is the second of three books with Gatiss's hero Lucifer Box. I'll definitely be
Checking out the others.
An abridged version is available on the BBC radio player over five half hour episodes read by Mark Gatiss.

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Conan the Barbarian
I found a nice fat two volume set that compiles every Conan story written by Robert E Howard
this is awesome stuff, great storytelling, outrageous imagination
it's a bit like Tolkien, there's a map at the back and a twenty page history of The Hyborian age at the front
but lacks all the fine intellectual and moral values of Tolkien, instead being a lot more graphically gory with lots of naked wenches running round
actually there is a moral value here: city folk are weak and decadent and inherently corrupt, only barbarians from the frontiers are rough and tough enough to survive
the stories are very episodic, as Howard wrote a couple dozen short stories and novellas over the span of a couple years, with no chronological logic, and some of which Conan is only a walk-on character ... later generations of Howard fans have pieced together the clues to arrange the stories into something following Conan's career from thief to king

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Funny story, I thought it got lost in transport (no shipping number) and requested a refund, which I got.
It arrived today after...bloody hell...almost two months since I said that I had ordered LALD but here it is. The James Bond Library copy. Loving its artwork but its too early to judge a book by its cover. I will...dive right in and let you know how I get on.

"...I have the oddest feeling we will be meeting again sometime..."
-Roger Moore's James Bond. RIP.
I have a YouTube channel on all things Bond (amongst other things, coming soon™).
The name's Beyond, Bond and Beyond

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Rereadin Dr No. I last read it a long time ago. I remember the edition. It was the Pan paperback one with the blue cover and the spider's web. I read the first couple of chapters. The murder of Strangways. Fleming was such a CAREFUL writer. He leads you along with exacting detail. It is a technique which draws you in. (I know some find it slow). But it pulls you into the action. He was also a very visual writer. If you take your time reading the 1950's Fleming Bonds, he really shows you what the world is like.

I know it will never happen, but I'd love to see a 1950s Bond. Take away some of the 1960s elements and go back to the 1950s. I reread Moonraker, and I'd love to see that as a faithful adaptation. No Rio, no Space Shuttles.  Just Blades Club, the Kent countryside and the white cliffs at St Margaret's Bay. It could be done, just like they're doing it next as a BBC radio adaptation.

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Something like this?  ajb007/lol

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