Friday, July 25, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: July 2014: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks

I've seen all of the Bond movies and read a great deal of the "re-boot" books from the 1980s and 1990s.  I've never read a Bond book by Ian Fleming.  Sebastian Faulks claims to have written this book "as" Fleming.

Nan once told me she had read a Fleming Bond book that took place in Lake Placid, NY, where bond was in the story for all of two chapters.

I'm not sure what I expected.  I came close to abandoning this several times.  I actually completed three other books at the same time.

This book picks up from where Fleming left Bond...I'm not sure which book was Fleming's last but the setting for this one is the late 1960s.  There is some interest in reading a "period" Bond book but overall this one left me...unsatisfied.


The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.  Please join us:

1.The Armchair Squid2.mainewords
3.Stephanie Faris, Author4.WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME
5.Cherdo on the Flipside6.Romance Under Fire
7.Trisha @ WORD STUFF8.StrangePegs -- Secrets
9.I Think; Therefore, I Yam10.Life of a Writer
11.Katie @ Read, Write, Repeat12.StrangePegs -- The Shadow Lamp


  1. That's a shame, but I don't think it works for an author to take over someone else's series. Unless it's The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew, of course.


  2. I had a collection of Fleming's Bond, but I'm not sure I have it anymore. I still want to know what that's like, though.

  3. Unsatisfied? Oh no! I hate it when that happens. Could it be too dated for your taste? Or probably what Janie said about another author taking over. Nice to meet ya. :)

  4. I still think that even in "an actual author's" series (meaning a single author writing a unique series) there are weak books, so this ghost author being a let-down doesn't surprise.
    Shame, though!

  5. I've only read one Bond book: Doctor No. It was alright. The movies are really all I need.

    Hey, you got a shout out over on my blog today. Please stop by to read the nice things I said about you:

  6. I have seen Bond movies- but never read one of the books. I guess if I read one I shouldn't start with this one. Thanks for sharing!


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