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Devil May Care - those who have bought the book

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#91 David_M


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Posted 12 August 2008 - 12:13 PM

Well, here I am at last. Bought the book the day it came out and it took me three months to finish it, if that's an indication of how much it thrilled me. LOL

Here goes:

1. No. That would have been my cherished Signet paperback Dr No in about 1975 (bought new for a whopping 60 cents!)
2. No. License Renewed in 1981 (or so).
3. No. Read most of the Gardners, three Bensons and Amis/Markham.
4. Yes, but so is most everything (sorry, Raymond).
5. Most of them. I like License Renewed about the same.
6. Not a chance.
7. No.

For me, the book starts promisingly but quickly descends into too-familiar territory. It's a cookie-cutter Bond adventure with few thrills, too many coincidences and none of the weight of real Fleming. Faulks borrows so many elements from the other books I could almost imagine him working from a checklist rather than an outline.

Nice jacket on the US version, though.

#92 clinkeroo



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Posted 20 December 2008 - 07:37 AM

1) Is this the first original James Bond novel you have bought?
No, I actually have all of the Glidrose/IFP productions, and few that weren't.

2) Is this the first original James Bond continuation novel you have bought?

3) Is this the only continuation Bond novel you have read?
Nope. As Wilt Chamberlain said, "I've done them all."

4) Is DMC better than the Benson books?
No. Too bad Raymond didn't get to do period pieces. I'd take passion and interest over skill any day of the week.

5) Is DMC better than the Gardner books?
As a Bond adventrue, yes. As a novel, some Gardner's hold up well.

6) Is DMC better than Colonel Sun?
Hell no.

7) Is DMC better than James Bond: The Authorised Biography?
Yes. But then again, I think Alligator is better than Pearson, so it isn't saying much.

*including Young Bond, Moneypenny Diaries, Benson, Gardner, Pearson, Amis etc but excluding novelizations