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Sense and Sensibility

January 28th, 2016 · No Comments

My politics tend to lean libertarian/anarcho-capitalist but when I watch Downton Abbey I want to get my Bernie Sanders on real bad and hang the Crowley family. The same goes for the characters in Sense and Sensibility. That doesn’t bode well for my 2016 reading goal of working my way through all of Miss Austen’s […]

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2015 Reading Goal – The Old Testament

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

When I was young, my grandfather told me he had read the Bible cover to cover when he was young. I was impressed by that and had a desire to do it myself. But never did. I mean. It’s the Bible. Who wants to read that for pleasure? Finally, in 2015, I did. And not […]

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2015 in Review – A Year of Tolkien. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

My reading goal in 2015 was to really get to know Tolkien. I wanted to read the Hobbit, LOTRs, and the Silmarillion. I almost did it. When I read the last page of the Return of the King in early December and started looking at the Silmarillion, I just couldn’t. I debated but I’d had […]

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The Fellowship of the Ring

August 14th, 2015 · No Comments

One of my reading projects for 2015 was to read the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion. As I wrote about The Hobbit back in January, I’m not a fantasy guy. Wizards, magic, dragons, elves and the like make me go running. But I read the books incompletely as a teenager and knew […]

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Observations on The Hobbit

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s the thing: I’m not a fantasy guy. I never got it as a young reader. I was more practical minded. A story had to be real. Dragons and wizards and elfs were…well, they were silly. And not a road to go down for a teenager looking to lose his virginity. But I had friends […]

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Octopussy and The Living Daylights

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The last Fleming Bond book I read was the collection of previously published short stories called Octopussy and The Living Daylights. I like shorter fiction. It’s more direct and immediate. And, let’s face it, it requires much less commitment. Contrary to what the title says, the book contains four stories. The first, Octopussy, has Bond […]

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Ian Fleming’s The Man with the Golden Gun

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Wikipedia says this was Fleming’s last book not quite finished before he died. Compared to You Only Live Twice, I’m thinking impending death made him better. That action-less, plot-less somewhat contrived novel paled compared to this simple, straight-forward narrative. Bond is sent to kill an assassin who has killed several British agents. It’s a simple […]

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My thoughts on Ian Fleming’s You Only Live Twice

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

This wasn’t a boring book, nor was it exciting. Bond, washed up and despondent, after the murder of his wife Tracy is barely hanging on with the Secret Service. To challenge him to snap out of it, he is sent on an almost impossible misson to Japan. Once there, he talks. And talks. And talks […]

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Review of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s the one where James Bond gets married. That’ll make for something different, I thought. Unfortunately, you can just feel Fleming run out of steam. Or is it interest? The cold assassin is gone. There’s more emotion here. Its’ the emotion of a middle aged man, it seems. Fleming was 55 when he wrote it. […]

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My thoughts on Ian Fleming’s The Spy Who Loved Me

July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

“If only someone would come, someone to stay with me, someone to tell me that this was only a storm! But it wasn’t! It was catastrophe, the end of the world! And all aimed at me! Now! It would be coming again! Any minute now! I must do something, get help!” Well, help does come […]

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