On the surface Casino Royale by Ian Fleming seems dated. The tales of an aged Cold War spy who loves material and sexual excesses told in outdated narrative seems cliché and naïve. In fairness, however, it is a cliché the author himself created. That being said, I thought the plots and themes of the novel have stayed current.
I liked the stories of the women and the found the characters to be affable and smart. The author can certainly write and engaging story and I found myself to be sympathetic to the storyline.
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eturning to Denmark, Mrs. Blixen pulsed Seven Gothic Tales in 1934. The book was written in English, under her nom-de-plume Isak Dinesen and was critically acclaimed.
The book will make you look at Disney features in a new light, weather artistically, cinematically or just because you knew the hard work and drama that went behind the scenes.
About: All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a Japanese science fiction story. The novel was made into a movie called Edge of Tomorrow, rebranded to Live, Die, Repeat when released in DVD format, but it looks like they changed it back. 230 pages Publisher: Haikasoru; Original edition Language: English ISBN-10: 1421527618 My rating for All You Need is Kill— 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format* More Books by Hiroshi Sakurazaka Thoughts: I wanted to read All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka because I really enjoyed Edge of Tomorrow and thought it would be fun to read the book. I was not disappointed, while the movie is, in general terms, much like the novel they are still different enough to enjoy both. The story came out of the author’s idea of living in a video game, when you fail you try again but this time with the knowledge of what will happen. If you fail again, you get to try again with more knowledge, this cycle repeats until you finally defeat the game. Once the protagonist gets over the shock and realization that he keeps dying, he realizes that what he does…
I thought this book was the funniest of the bunch and I really enjoyed the illustration. Mr. Doescher wrote a witty book which made me laugh. I got some of the Shakespeare puns but not as many as I did in other books – I’m not much a Shakespeare scholar.
The novel read as if the author had access to old KGB files (maybe he did) deciphering the bureaucratic code used to hide atrocities and turn it into an amazing, gripping tale. Another outstanding work from an outstanding scholar which is well worth reading.
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In his book A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1828) Washington Irving gave birth to the myth that people during Columbus’ time thought the Earth was flat and Columbus set out to prove them wrong. (Inventing the Flat Earth by Jeffrey Russell) In the 1490s people argues about the size of the Earth, not its shape, in fact in 1492, when Columbus set sail, the first globes were produces.