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Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
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Jun 18, 2009

it was ok
Read in November, 2008

Thinking I would see the new James Bond movie, I wanted to read one of the novels to get a sense of how what Ian Fleming did was different than what the movie does. I'll mostly leave that aside except to note that the film is nothing but overblown texture, and the book is nearly lacking in texture of any kind. Fleming was a terrible writer, so bad that I must read another of his books sometime to try and figure out why he appeals to so many. There is virtually no style, his characters are paper thin, and it was fully a quarter into the book before he added anything like a plot point. There is some small energy to the action scenes, and I did find myself curious perhaps twice about what would happen next. If this book had a different protagonist than James Bond, in other words, if it were not part of the Bond series, nobody would read it. The second star is simply because it is part of the series, and so provokes curiosity. I read the old Perma Books edition, not the Penguin edition pictured with this review. Maccbeth reference in chapter 4, and Shakesperae quotation in chapter 9.

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Gary M. I think thousands of people will disagree - including Raymond Chandler who was a huge fan. The Bond books are superb thrillers

Mike Jensen Missions of people voted for George W. Bush. Quantity does not determine quality. You maybe skipped the part where I wrote that Fleming's prose in this book was, "so bad that I must read another . . . to try and figure out why he appeals to so many." It isn't style or well developed characters or a well developed plot. I'll figure it out.

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