Somehow I missed your comebacks the first time around.(1) Uh?
(1) I say so far, because how you feel about your first reading the book will change as time goes by. There is how you feel about it when you just finished it, how you feel about it after you slept on it, how you feel about it after you talked about here, and how you will feel about it a week, a month, a year, a decade, from now.
(2) I did a lot of reading of the secondary sources related to Bond....the Bedside Companion by Raymond Benson, the Essential Bond, The James Bond Encyclopedia, etc. From them, I got a very good sense of the Fleming and didn't think I needed the Fleming to complete the experience.
(3) Don't get me wrong, the book is not bad at all.
(4) It's a great read, but Fleming's style doesn't necessarily dovetail with my own creative process.
(5) Mind you, as I continue to work on my craft, that could change, but right now those parts of Fleming that annoyed me are when he (Fleming) breaks the flow of the story to go into long descriptions of scenery and characters at times when it doesn't necessarily work.
(6) It's never supposed to be pleasant for girl when she looses her virginity, but I must admit, Mr. Fleming was kind with me. It didn't hurt at all. It was even entertaining, but we have a long way to go before we are completely comfortable with each other.
(2) Oh come off it. Really? How on earth is that possible? You're kidding, right?
(3) Big of you
(4) Must be rubbish then
(5) Hmm. Absence of laundromats, I guess.
(6) Isn't it? And as for the final sentiment; what makes you think you were the target audience? At all?
The below should be read with tongue firmly implanted in cheek.
1) I was anticipating the person you are now, and the person you will be as time goes by. Someone has to do that now that Crossing Over has gone off the air.
2) There is no excuse for my feelings except to say I was young and delusional. OK, I am just delusional.
3) I am quite big actually; some men consider that to be a good thing.
4) Yes, my writing is rubbish. But hey, the public likes it, and it's all about them.
5) Laundromats are key to any story. The metaphors they can produce by simply being there, are magical.
6) I'd like to think that Fleming thought that somewhere some woman might read his work and be seduced by it. It would be an easy score for him, no?