Finished Casino Royale and Live and Let Die, now halfway through Moonraker. Since you can only borrow 1 book per month from the Kindle Prime reading library, I ended up buying Live and Let Die and Moonraker, and have already borrowed Diamonds are Forever (I have it set in my calendar to borrow a book on the first of every month now :p).
Live and Let Die is in some ways similar to the film (it was the first Roger Moore 007 outing) and in other ways very different, and it's interesting that there's scenes in it that were used in different 007 films, License to Kill and For Your Eyes Only immediately spring to mind. The wrap-up on Live and Let Die comes surprisingly late and is quite spartan compared to the rest of the book, but the use of the gruesome death of a major character keeps it from feeling underwhelming. The way the ethnic dialogue is written phonetically borders on racist, but the various characterizations feel boldly ahead of their time, and not all of the racist Harlem dialogue comes from negative stereotypes. It's certainly less jarring than Bond thinking about "the sweet tang of rape" in Casino Royale, holy crap was that an offputting line.
Moonraker is proving to be anything but a short read. It's compelling, but holy crap is it taking its time describing feelings and things. It's only a quarter longer than Casino Royale but it's already spent more time doing very little, and it's on purpose, there's a sense of the mundane portion of Bond's life at work here.
Originally Posted by Bel-Cam Jos
I don't think Kindle prices are directly tied to paperback prices, but Amazon in general is very active in making sure they are competitive in any market down to a minute-by-minute basis, so I'm sure it would have some effect.
Annoyingly, and as I feared, the Bond books went up in price on Kindle from $7 to $7.99 once the 50th anniversary month was over.
Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica by Mick Wall. The title pretty much sums it up, although I'll say its not all good, they show plenty of bad as well. Seems pretty honest, if you're a tallica fan you'll like it.
Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path To Your Fastest Marathon by Luke Humphrey with Keith and Kevin Hanson. The title pretty much tells it all, I used the Hanson method for what was at the time my marathon pr, I liked their method but its tough for me to do based on the coaching I do in the spring and fall.
Moonraker was good overall, and Bond was a real person more than previous books, but the end result was somewhat simple, the excitement came from the thriller aspects.
Now I'm onto Diamonds are Forever, and holy crap is it slow so far. Bond vs the mob, and for the most part Bond hasn't actually done much, he's just been following along as things happen around him. There's a section of the book I just got through last night where Bond gets into some horseracing scheme and it just goes on and on and on despite being such a minor event in the story. But finally we get to Vegas and Bond stops just reflecting on the situation and surroundings to get down to making something happen with a few turns at the roulette wheel (as well as being a silent callback to his Casino Royale reflections on luck). All of a sudden, the internal voice and feelings of Bond come to fruition as he takes initiative and puts the house on its heels against orders.
I tried to read Diamonds several times but, you're absolutely right: it's slow.
Originally Posted by JediTricks
From Russia With Love is one of my all-time favorites. I reread it every couple of years. Read Goldfinger about two years ago.
Lore of Running by Timothy Nokes MD. Yup, yet another running book for this guy.
I may have just read my final book of 2012 (unless the other two I've been sneaking sections over the past few weeks get done), based on having another year with all 26 letters of the alphabet represented by authors' last names. One Man's Bible by Gao Xiangjian, a Nobel Prize winning Chinese writer. I cannot say I enjoyed it (it took about 3 weeks to get through it), but it certainly makes me more sensitive and thankful about living in a free, non-totalitarian society. He traces a life (fictionalizing his own, apparently) over the time period of the Mao revolution to when Hong Kong was freed of British control, both in China and abroad. Confusing (on purpose) point of view switches (from "he," to "you," with some "I" also), graphic descriptions.
I'll figure out my yearly reading stats later (next year! :p ).
Price of Politics by Bob Woodward.
A scathing account of just how broken Washington D.C. is right now, how the fiscal cliff came about and the failure of leadership by everyone involved. Surprisingly the one who came out looking the best was Harry Reid. I gained a new respect for him reading this book. That's not to say I agree with him on much, but I really learned a thing or two about the guy.
Happy this year! :D
In '12, I read 67 total books (about 17,500 pgs., 261 pgs. per); and in the summer, 36 books (about 9500 pgs., 264 pgs. per). I read at least one author for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet (most in one letter: 8, for 'S' ).
Here's to more reading in '13!
A bit late getting to it because of the Christmas hecticness, but I'm mostly through an advance-readers' copy of Scoundrels.
Holy crap, this is an awesome book, even if it has to double-retcon why Lando is mad at Han in ESB. Zahn is so damned good at Star Wars, you totally don't mind that he apparently can't write a single SW book without tossing in one or more of his Thrawn Trilogy characters to a situation where they shouldn't make sense--but he makes it all make sense.
I would be happy only reading new SW books by Zahn and Luceno from this point onward. Truth be told, though, I'd be even happier if Watson and Stackpole were brought back into the fold and the four of them wrote all the SW books. (Okay, maybe an occasional "guest spot" by Salvatore.)