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Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories (James Bond - Extended Series #8 and 14)

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Many of Ian Fleming's short stories have been the inspiration for the extremely successful James Bond film franchise, and included in this collection are such stories as Octopussy, The Living Daylights, and For Your Eyes Only. The title story, Quantum of Solace, lends its name to the upcoming James Bond film, slated to release in Fall 2008. This collection will be publishe

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Audio CD, library, 7 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Daniel
Oct 23, 2009 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
As the title suggests, "Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories" has everything but the novels -- and Ian Fleming did write mostly 007 novels, so this is a relatively brief collection. While the stories vary somewhat in quality, they do demonstrate that Fleming was a talented writer with a good eye for description, a sharp wit, and strong sense of pacing, even in the tighter format of the short story.

I'm not sure what's suggested by this, but the two best stories in the collecti
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Tosh
Aug 31, 2008 Tosh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: men who read in their bathtub
Recommended to Tosh by: It's a James Bond world, that is imagined
The ultimate bathtub or plane reading book. It goes from the eyes to the brain, but doesn't stay long there. In fact it's pure air with a promise of something else. But that something else doesn't come along.

I was raised with James Bond in the pop culture background, and it's interesting to read the original source. All the short stories here are enjoyable but at the same time it's crap.

The beauty of 'James Bond' is more important than the actual literature by Ian Fleming. But saying that I have
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Marc
Jun 30, 2012 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These nine stories are more realistic and less fantastic than the novels; there are no depraved villains, no evil global organizations, no elaborate plots to take over the world, no futuristic gadgets. Instead the tales are grounded in the geopolitical context of the late 1950s and early 1960s: Castro's incipient revolution in Cuba, the accelerating collapse of the British colonial empire and, most of all, the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Most of the stories follow Bond as he carries out a di
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Becky
Nov 17, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I enjoy the Bond films so much. The Bond of the book world, however, is different in some ways from the Bond of the film world. This Bond, although confident and poised, experiences some inner conflict about the things he must do to serve his country. As in the films, he is a ladies' man. The Bond women are always attractive, with just enough spice to make them interesting bed mates, but in the end, they always end up compliant. I find it an amusing portrayal of wha ...more
Greg Strandberg
Apr 24, 2013 Greg Strandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I enjoyed all the Bond books, and read them at a clip in 2008. This one is just a collection of short stories, but if you've read a few full-length volumes ahead of this, the change of pace will be nice.

Some are a bit humorous and flimsy, others are hard-hitting. If you're just sampling Bond, this might be it, or it might be one to skip. If you're going for the series it's of course a must and I'd read it in the order of publication.

I will say that it's nice seeing how different this story is fr
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Mitch Duckworth
Apr 09, 2012 Mitch Duckworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

That I truly enjoyed these short adventure gems of Mr. Bond in service to Her Majesty came as quite a happy surprise. Decidedly, I am not a fan of the Bond films (although I adore some scenes and marvel at the stunt-fest opening Albert Broccoli committed to film over his years of producing the franchise installments) and have had only limited exposure to Ian Fleming, having read Thunderball as a youngster. (And after nearly fifty-years, that is of no real value at all).

To a greater or lesser de
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Angela
Apr 27, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a few years since I've read any of Ian Fleming's work, and I'd forgotten how enjoyable of a writer he is. His collection of James Bond short stories was a delight to read though definitely not for everyone.

Fleming's 007 should not be confused with the Bond of the silver screen. Readers looking for gadgets or shootouts or wild car chases will be disappointed. Most of these short stories are suspenseful, but not particularly action-oriented. And, in some, Bond is nothing more than a pass
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Sannie
Jan 05, 2009 Sannie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original James Bond stories are an interesting read if you want to see what the character was originally like. Ian Fleming's written style is very easy, but I have to say, the stories are at points hilariously dated due to overt un-PC comments for today's standards. One great example from the short story "Quantum of Solace":

Bond says he wouldn't mind having a flight attendant girlfriend because "...it would be fine to always have a pretty girl tucking you up and bringing you drinks and hot m
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Stina Leicht
Sep 29, 2011 Stina Leicht rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, classics
Don't ask me why I've a soft spot for Bond, but I do. I suspect it's my inner car-geek (mmm car chases) combined with my inner gadget freak. I read my first Ian Fleming long ago while I was in school, but I can't remember which one. I remember being unimpressed at the time. This time around, however, I enjoyed it. The stories weren't as sexist in the ways I'd expected and yet, they were more sexist in ways I hadn't expected. (Same with the racism.) Anyway, fun in a vintage way--in that it provid ...more
S.
May 27, 2013 S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheshire
unfortunately, I had to abandon my copy of this book, but 70% fully read and 30% skimmed revealed, I believe, one very good story full of psychological complexity, and the rest being pretty straight formulaic fiction, including some filler based on Fleming apparently needing to write something and coming up with two or three scuba diving stories that are only incidentally about License-to-Kill #007.

I suppose I could turn this into one of those really clever academic deconstructions of the bond c
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Matt Raubenheimer
Nov 21, 2016 Matt Raubenheimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bond, unlike other characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown, never appealed to me as much in the short story form. However, I felt the time was right to revisit the James Bond short stories, which in 2008 were collected in one volume called Quantum of Solace to tie in with the film release of that name. On re-reading I found that the stories were compact and highly enjoyable snippets of literary Bond. Since it has been a couple of years since I last read any of Ian Fleming's ori ...more
Marvin King
Feb 28, 2014 Marvin King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wavered between 3 and a 4 because the very, very good Quantum of Solace, alone, was enough to make it noteworthy. For students of Bond, those who recognize that the short stories, novels and movies are distinct, but interrelated, you do gain a better understanding of the Bond ethos. That makes it worth reading.
Dave
Jun 12, 2016 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a huge James Bond fan for 35 years. Both the films and the novels.
This is a collection of the Ian Fleming shorts stories.
All of them are very good, and it gives a good look at the "Book" Bond.
Several of the stories have elements that found their way into the Bond films.
Highly recommended for all Bond fans!
Anna
Apr 15, 2009 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories waver between three and four stars...he's obviously working some things out. I must say that my appreciation for the title of the collection, and consequently the recent movie, was increased ten-fold by reading the fantastic short story so named! And so begins my decent in to all things Bond!
Madeleine
WOW - very interesting to read because it is SO dated. Racist, sexist, anti-German, you name it. Really liked a couple of the stories, but I had to keep reminding myself it was written around 1960.
rabbitprincess
May 30, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 007 fans
Shelves: gift-card, 2009
Since there are nine different stories in this collection, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, I shall give each one a review and star rating, then average the ratings out for the collection as a whole.

From a View to a Kill: 4 stars. Top-notch action, definitely kept me in suspense, and left me wanting to know more about the bad guys. I would not be surprised if this were an aborted novel. It seemed to have room for development, but perhaps Fleming was not in the right mindset to finis
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Sarah Lu
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Donald
Jul 07, 2016 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7 good, short stories about my favorite spy, 007! I say 7, because I did not like 2 of them. My other complaint is that the stories in this collection are basically a compilation of "For Your Eyes Only" and "Octopussy". If you already own those two books, as I did, there is no reason to pick this up. As to the stories...

"From a View to a Kill" is a really good read! Super cool rose bush hiding place! And Bond on a motorbike!

"For Your Eyes Only" sees M at his most personal, and dare I say vulner
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Joshua
Sep 14, 2008 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any looking for cerebral spy stories
The rating reflects only the Penguin addition and not the stories contained inside .


In many ways, the literary Bond is quite different from the film Bond, and liking one doesn't necessarily mean one will like the other. Bond on film is the Bond I know best. He is charming, abrasive, over-the-top, and bullets bounce of him. The literary Bond acts more how a spy should act-- unseen, more human and thoughtful, good with the ladies, but with more misogyny. If you thought the Bond from the films is
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Andrew Webb
Oct 10, 2010 Andrew Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are curious about the origins of the most successful film franchise in history but do no have the time or interest to read a spy novel, begin here. It reprints the short stories found in "For Your Eyes Only" and "Octopussy and the Living Daylights," along with difficult to find stories featured in some editions of the latter. This edition captures an amazing range of Fleming's writing and numerous insights into the character of Bond.

(the remainder of this review is shamelessly copied and
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Dane Cobain
Nov 11, 2016 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one might be a little bit difficult for me to review, because I didn’t actually read it. I don’t think this has ever happened before, but there’s a good reason for it – the stories that are included here are exactly the same stories that you’ll find in For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

Still, it’s a decent selection of stories and probably the best introduction to the Bond series that you’ll get, which is a bit of a shame because this is one of the last Ian Fleming b
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Christine
Jul 20, 2010 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'm enjoying listening to this collection of James Bond short stories. It's highly entertaining pulp, full of fast cars, beautiful women, and exotic locations, as well as some quieter (but to me, equally interesting) tales about greed and love gone wrong. In a few stories, Bond is only a minor character. A couple of the stories are set in my homeland, Jamaica, where Ian Fleming owned a home and spent much of his leisure time. Those stories clearly express Fleming's love of my country's beauty, a ...more
Jon Christensen
Dec 02, 2013 Jon Christensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Contained Stories are:

The basic plot of each story is hidden behind spoiler tag, even though I have not given away the endings.


"From a View to a Kill" - (view spoiler)
"For Your Eyes Only" - (view spoiler)
"Quantum of Solace" - (view spoiler)
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Douglas Engle
Jan 06, 2014 Douglas Engle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fanastic-story
I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy James Bond immensely as a character, but can stand Fleming's writing only in smaller doses. The majority of the novels are too much. I read for the exposition, enjoy Bond's charisma, and Fleming's natural talent for elaborating on people, and settings, and subjects of all miscellany, then at the sign of the first trope leading the story into a mire of ridiculousness, in a knee-jerk reaction, I throw the book across the room. Afterward, in between other ...more
Mimi
Nov 24, 2008 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much different from what I expected. Many of the stories in this collection center around characters other than James Bond. The other characters are fairly well developed for stories of this length. The Bond in this collection is not the same Bond represented in the earlier Bond films. He's much more conflicted, especially about assassination assignments. Much of his time is spent daydreaming about the normal life he does not have. Fleming also dedicates a lot of time to setting the scene, thoug ...more
Sean Kottke
What's good about this book is that it collects every short story Ian Fleming ever wrote about James Bond, including everything from For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights. What's not so good is that it's a pretty mixed bag, with some really good mystery stories ("From a View to a Kill" and "Risico") and some fairly ho-hum pieces in which Bond doesn't do anything more than listen to people talk ("Quantum of Solace," for example, in which Bond listens to the story of an unhappy ...more
Becky
I want to first say that I love, LOVE, love James Bond. Okay, let me correct myself. I love, LOVE, love James Bond MOVIES. I've never read Ian Fleming before and since I do enjoy short stories I expected this to be the perfect book for me to introduce myself to 007's creator.
Ian Fleming is very dry. I had to drag myself through this book. After the first couple of stories it became work to finish the book. There are some movie titles you might recognize:
A View to Kill
For Your Eyes Only
Quantum of
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umberto
Not surprisingly I found reading James Bond’s missions in Ian Fleming’s “Quantum of Solace”, a nine-story book, cool, lethal and devastating as his role and action have since been dictated/ordered by M as one of the famous secret agents in fiction. However, I had to be content with its first five stories, namely: 1) From a View to a Kill, 2) For Your Eyes Only, 3) Quantum of Solace, 4) Risico, and 5) The Hildebrand Rarity since the remaining four I had read in another copy entitled “Octopussy an ...more
John
Jun 13, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Fleming was a more creative writer than most give him credit for and he was never afraid to do something oddball with his famous creation, James Bond. From the first book, Casino Royale, whose plot essentially ends halfway through the book, to The Spy Who Loved Me, which is narrated in the first person by its main female protagonist (to call her a 'Bond girl' is probably sexist) and in which Bond doesn't appear until two thirds of the way through, the books repeatedly play with the spy novel for ...more
Sandy Vaughan
Jul 18, 2010 Sandy Vaughan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Do you like Ian Fleming?
I have liked most all the movies based on his novels since I first saw Gold Finger while I was in high school. I had never read Ian Fleming, which of course Scottish born DH had. I didn't want to be left behind, so when I saw Quantum of Solace on special at Audible.com, and read this publisher's summary, I had to get it. About 8.5 hours long, Quantum of Solace is a compilation of several short stories. I listened to one each night before sleeping.
Narrator, Simon Vance, d
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two
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Other Books in the Series

James Bond - Extended Series (1 - 10 of 39 books)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
  • Live and Let Die (James Bond, #2)
  • Moonraker (James Bond, #3)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond, #4)
  • From Russia With Love (James Bond, #5)
  • Doctor No (James Bond, #6)
  • Goldfinger (James Bond, #7)
  • For Your Eyes Only (James Bond, #8)
  • Thunderball (James Bond, #9)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (James Bond, #10)

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