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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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My Review of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball

June 19th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve waited three weeks after finishing this novel to get my thoughts down so this will be incomplete. I’ll probably just bullet point some thoughts as I flip through the novel and review my high lights. I think this is the second or third novel in a row that begins with Bond feeling bad. In […]

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

June 19th, 2014 · No Comments

I read this years ago in college, I think. It may have been high school. I’d no interest in reading it again but did so for a book club. Why no interest? Simply put: I thought it’d be boring. Yes, it’s a terrible story about a horrific time in history but I’d heard it all […]

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Review of Ian Fleming’s For Your Eyes Only

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

For Your Eyes Only is not a Bond novel. It’s a collection of short stories based on outlines for a CBS TV series Fleming was going to sell but that was scuttled. The first,  second and fourth stories, From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only and Risico are pure action stories. Bond investigates […]

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My Review of Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger

May 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Goldfinger’s structure if based on the aphorism (said by Auric Goldfinger in the novel) “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.” In Goldfinger, we find Bond sitting in a Miami airport slowly getting drunk. He’s feeling sorry for himself. He had to do some dirty work in Mexico. He killed […]

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My Review of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No.

May 7th, 2014 · No Comments

I had the recent misfortune to find the 1985 film A View to a Kill on Netflix. I’d never seen it before so, curious, I hit play. Oh, brother, does that film stink of a combination of ld man Bond, a worn out premise and a crappy script. The film suffered even more by comparison […]

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Book Review: Kia Heavey’s Underlake

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Katie Welch has become unmoored from our culture. While her friends hurl (or are they being hurled?) headlong into pre-mature adulthood, Katie is growing uncomfortable. She has that most horrible of teen angst: She doesn’t ‘fit in’. She worried for her friends: “They were in such a rush to grow up that they were losing […]

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Book Review: Ian Flemings From Russia, With Love

March 7th, 2014 · No Comments

I feel a little silly writing this but this was a very compelling book…until James Bond appeared. I can almost sense Ian Fleming running out of steam in this fifth Bon novel. Maybe Fleming was losing interest in the genre or in Bond himself. I write that because Bond doesn’t even appear until 36% of […]

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