Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Over the Hump....Day 112 of Bond 365

Happy Wednesday one and all and welcome back to Spyfi & Superspies. I feel like I've packed a five-day work week into three days and I still have two more days to go..

In my research, I haven't found a Bond alum or event for April 22, which leads me to a "free day" with regards to covering something with links to Bond.

My first post, which if you happened to stop here at the right moment, then you might have noticed that I was continuing my Toby Stephens theme from yesterday by providing links to all of his BBC 4 radio broadcasts of the various James Bond stories. I meticulously built my page with five glorious Youtube links as I listened to James and Tracy meet in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Stephens was doing a splendid job voicing Bond and I found it fun to listen to the story unfold. However, I hit a snag, a big snag -- sadly, all five Youtube links failed to appear on my published post! I tried to figure out the problem and in the end, I whimpered as I had to delete the post.

New books for my collection
Round two on this evening's post, which is lackluster in comparison to my first effort. Instead, I'm going to dazzle you with my tale of going to two bookstores this past weekend and scoring a couple of books.

The first was at Barnes & Noble and I came across William Boyd's Solo (2013) for the bargain bin price of less than $6.00! Yep, not even two years on the shelf and it dropped drastically from the original $26.99 price. I have heard good and bad about the currently released James Bond novel, so I am anxious to read it and give my assessment in an upcoming post.

My second book was found at Bookmans, a treasure trove of used books here in Orange, California. Now, if you know your James Bond writers, then you will recognize John Gardner's name. He wrote 16 Bond novels from 1981 through 1996. The Secret Generations (1985) is not about our British secret agent, but I was drawn to this novel because it involves a story set prior to World War I through 1935. I'm a huge history buff of the 1910s and 1920s, so I was instantly enamored. Anyway, the book sleeve describes a sweeping epic story with the chaotic tension fueled European theatre as an appropriate backdrop to this espionage novel. I'm looking forward to reading it, so again, I'll share my assessment in a later post.

Well, that's it from me this evening. I'll be back tomorrow with historical facts in Bond 365. Hope to see you then!

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