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Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
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May 20, 12

Read in May, 2012

Very exciting. Surprisingly better than any James Bond film I'd seen. I didn't read Casino Royale first because I remembered how depressed the movie made me. However, the Bond portrayed in the original Fleming novels, insofar as I've seen, isn't nearly as stupid and jokey as Pierce Brosnan, but is far less broody and depressed than Daniel Craig. Perfection in that regard, as to be expected from the original Bond creator.

My only complaints with this book are as follows:
-A bit racist in some parts, as the villains are mostly Black Voodoo practicioners, with the stereotypes of their race used to make them into charicatures more so than the white characters. Also, unafraid to use the N-word. That's to be expected in pieces written in this period, but it's still a bit disconcerting to my liberal eyes.
-Fleming likes to describe everything Bond eats and his daily toiletries. Adds character to him, sure. But it's not necessary half the time.

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