The James Bond Books by Ian Fleming

The book is certainly Fleming’s longest and James Bond doesn’t even make an appearance until about a third of the way in The structure of the book means that by the time 007 is finally introduced we are definitely ready for him as the set-up is often rather ponderous. When they came to making the film, the second James Bond movie by EON Productions, they did away with this long exposition as well as change some smaller details – such as handing the plot over to SPEC TRE rather than SMERSH – and Bond is thrown into the plot without the entire plot being revealed.

James Bond Pan Book Covers7Sent to Istanbul, where Fleming had visited to research the book, Fleming’s writing easily evokes what the city was like in the 1950s, taking Bond on a taxi ride from his hotel across the city to the local secret service man’s headquarters. He is also taken to the spice bazaar, where we get a taste of the local cuisine; and a gypsy camp where another meal is sampled along with plenty of raki, a Turkish liquor similar to ouzo, and where he witnesses and fight between two gypsy girls who are fighting for the same lover. The fight is interrupted when the camp is attacked, apparently by the Bulgarians. Kerim, Bond’s contact in Istanbul, goes in revenge and shoots the leader of his rivals.

All this is a sideline to the real show, which is to meet a pretty KGB cipher clerk who claims to have fallen in love with Bond’s photo from the files they have on him and wants to defect. Of course it sounds far fetched and a trap is suspected. However, the bait on offer is the SPEKTOR decoder, which would allow the British to intercept Russian coded traffic. The SPEKTOR coding device was based on the Enigma machine, which Fleming was familiar with due to his wartime intelligence role and his links with Bletchley park during the war. During that time he had hatched a plot to capture the Enigma – operation Ruthless – to get the Naval machine. Although given the go ahead the plot never took place.

Bond spends a few days in Istanbul waiting for the girl to make her move. When she finally does, he is surprised to find her in his hotel bed dressed in nothing but a black velvet choker; they make love without knowing that behind the mirror of the honeymoon suit are two Russian cameramen capturing all on film as part of their plot.

The girl – Tatiana – has already planned on how to leave Istanbul – aboard the Orient Express. While Bond isn’t so keen to do so, she insists and is fairly unsurprised to find that there are a number of Russian agents on the same train when they leave. On board the train the atmosphere is sometimes claustrophobic as it chugs relentlessly through eastern Europe on its way to Paris.

When Captain Nash joins the train Bond is irritated that he has been sent an assistant, but puts up with him. It is only when it is too late that he finds out that Captain Nash is working for SMERSH and turns out to be their chief assassin, Red Grant. Sat in their carriage while the girl has been drugged, James Bond faces one of the most difficult foes he has had to face. While he has a few tricks up his sleeve, so does “Captain Nash” in the shape book with a built in pistol; when they enter the Simplon tunnel he plans on squeezing the trigger, with the noise from the tunnel disguising the gun’s retort. Of course James Bond comes out on top, but when making his rendezvous in Paris he is poisoned; the last we see of James Bond is his vision fading as he loses consciousness and many readers thought that Fleming had put an end to James Bond.

In summary while many people claim that the book is the best James Bond book, the truth is that it takes too long to get going and the first third of the book just isn’t gripping enough. However, as well as being Fleming’s most ambitious book, it is probably also his most traditional novel as the majority of his books throw the reader straight into the action and then take a look at what had happened to get to that point in time.

My Favorite Book: Coraline

CoralineOne of my favorite books of all time is the Neil Gaiman book, “Coraline” Coraline is, at it’s base, considered a book for young adults, but the story is actually fairly deep for a children’s story and contains themes that are rather adult in nature. To summarize Coraline briefly, it’s the story of a young girl who is neglected by her parents, and discovers a secret door in her house that leads to an “Other” world, with an “Other” mother and father. Although at first this other world seems perfect, it is soon revealed that it has a much more sinister intention underneath.

The reason Coraline is so good, in my mind, is that it follows a story that, while simplistic in nature, is actually fairly emotionally mature and allows readers of all ages to relate to it’s message. In the beginning, Coraline and her family move into their new house, living in one of the flats it has been divided into. Coraline is fairly bored with this house, and grows lonely and sad as time goes on and she is neglected by her parents. So, one day after exploring the house, she discovers a door that’s locked. Being a curious child, Coraline pleads with her mother to unlock the door, only to see that it’s bricked up. She goes to the next door flat to ask the neighbors about the door, only to be warned not to open it. One day, alone and bored as per usual, Coraline goes to unlock the door once again, only to discover that it now opens to something other than the brick wall Instead, there’s a hallway. She follows the hallway and ends up in the “Other” world, meeting her “Other” mother and “Other” father, who are identical to her parents, with the exception that her “Other” parents have big, black buttons instead of eyes, almost like those of stuffed animals.

This “Other” world seems amazing to her, at first: her “Other” parents pay attention to her and life is generally nicer. Of course, with all good things there is a caveat, and this world has no exception: In this case, Coraline can’t stay unless she let’s the “Other” mother sew buttons onto her eyes. Coraline, of course, is horrified and runs back to the apartment, only to find her real parents are gone. And this is the point where the story becomes a classically warped Neil Gaiman tale; Coraline refuses, rightly, to have buttons sewn onto her eyes, and the “Other” mother goes crazy, and locks her into a small closet. Coraline meets three ghosts there, that were all children who wanted to stay with the “Other” mother and let her sew buttons onto their eyes, only to die there and have the “Other” mother take their souls. Coraline, it seems, would need to take their souls back from the “Other” mother in order for their souls to be freed. Eventually, Coraline manages to do so, and barely escapes the “Other” mother in the process. She traps the “Other” mother in the hallway and locks the door, shutting it on the “Other” mother’s hand. She gets back to her apartment and finds her parents are safe, and have no memories of the events that just occurred. However, the “Other” mother’s hand comes back one last time for her, and she manages to to finally trap the “Other” mother’s hand at the bottom of a well.
coralinePart of the reason Coraline is such an appealing book is because it manages to capture so many elements of Coraline’s character in a relatively brief text. She’s relatable to kids, because kids have all experienced being neglected by their parents in some way at least once in their life, and she’s relatable to adults, for feeling annoyed at the world around her and wanting to find some sort of escape. It’s a story that’s rich in metaphors, and it’s a book that I think more people should read. Not only is it an enjoyable piece of fiction, but it also has an important moral: when something seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is. Overall, it’s a great example of a book that’s good for a wide audience, and I hope more people will read it now that IVe introduced it to them.

Recommend A Book To You: Think And Grow Rich

Think-and-Grow-RichFavorite book, being that mind stealing book, no release while reading it and mainly not meeting perfectly my prejudge expectation hence increasing my enthusiasm to go through it. A guess may be given to that book??? Have you ever had that overwhelming ownership of wealth and yet had no guts nor means of knowing where is your start of events, a chance popped out go and have THINK AND GROW RICH by “NAPOLEON HILL ‘ That man from poverty and ending to the wealth of even unlocking wealth acquiring mechanism.

Really much of all earthly or spiritually wealth and even which we admire revolves in our brain and the environ as well only awaiting our calling. To many they had never given a short on thought that. This calling means may seem supernatural but on practice and undertaking all brain question of how events take place usually are narrowed down to normal and enjoyable occurrences, this entails our brain to being on work meaning we are thinking to get that admirable wealth.

This book main story is how we have all needed engines and workable formulas with us on means of acquiring wealth, only awaiting our play. One really to have that wealth he needs, at first it need to be integrated in ones brain as an idea. on having an idea one usually is on begin journey to his or her wealth achieve. it outlines also on one the basic plans to be adapted so that to bring the idea to reality. these basics they are not complex formulas only day to day activities of our norms.

It also touches on real happenings, may it be present or past and examples on them helping elaborate further the way out given on path of richness. persistence and patience being one of the key roles of getting one to wealth as per the book, it argues these usually are manifested in one’s brain and carried further to action by, a driving force of faith which on combination at many occurrence they bring that positive outcome embraced in the society. In example is like that dummy who attained the wealth with ease from mining of gold after the person who was prior working on it search only lost hope few distance from the gold. The book further gives you a morale by encouragement, that a time loss ain’t a all time loss, this help mainly in eliminating the negative sabotage in one’s brain. on its example is that this person who lost on gold mines, ventured in an insurance sales and used this as a mark of encourage hence turning out to be the best sales in years end since he had study of persistence, patience in combination of faith.

Faith also plays that important role in acquiring of wealth, since its like that driving force needed for one to ignite the move of going towards that admired wealth. Faith on spiritual believe also has an elaborative mechanism which on adoption it outlines its working. in simple this is repetitive of ones undertaking till it is that consuming desire you can go without per taking, and enjoy being in it. I quote “All that was in ones nature a time it had nurturing.”

Fear is motivation on area of persue. This being that imaginary act on real occurrence, hence adoption of acting in spite of fear which is main play of many achievers. the best way to be in-assured of the success is by embracing the fear and letting it being that motivating factor. This also ensures that there is positive and comfortable area of operation, by so doing there is increased chance of success and minimal chance of fail By this ingest you will astonish many by your doings, as many will find super normality in your operations but to your surprised is the normality of your revolving. fear usually can create success as one embraces it as a motivating factor or create failure by hindering attempt or attempt with fail in your brain and action. Attempt with fail in your brain or action this usually is known best to maximize negative outcome and minimize positive ones. Fear and success usually are inborn and it is a matter of one’s choice. Choice this usually arises on settled decision as to a given activity, on this critical thinking is encouraged. Thus on every happening and outcome mainly is not as result of fate that leads us there rather the choice we make. This in few words from the book, unto my description “No one chooses the fate to be into but each and everyone has equal chance of creating one.” This your equal chance to meet with Napoleon Hill as he helps your thinking in terms of wealth “GRAB YOUR CHANCE” bravo hill.