Double O by Kim Sherwood

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  • Posts: 9,669
    A spy like me sounds like a weird title but curious
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Risico007 wrote: »
    A spy like me sounds like a weird title but curious

    I'm sure it will be a-maze-ing.
  • CharmianBondCharmianBond Pett Bottom, Kent
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    I love that cover design, I just hope the UK edition is equally as good.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    I wonder if we'll get character bits like this again.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Nice to see the US fans getting a promotion for once as they sadly always seem to get a raw deal with these Bond continuation novel releases.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Nice to see the US fans getting a promotion for once as they sadly always seem to get a raw deal with these Bond continuation novel releases.

    Yes, thank you.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    For this one I'll need more than 25% off to be honest.

  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    For this one I'll need more than 25% off to be honest.

    I feel you. As a traditionalist, I much prefer adult Bond continuation novels where Bond actually features in them. Fancy that?
  • edited February 4 Posts: 985
    I'm up to chapter ten.
    let me get this right. . . James Bond is missing and the story's about three other 00 agents. One is an action-woman who is an expert fighter, another is a Muslim who says "may Allah bless your family" on missions, and the third is a bloke who just happens to be black, gay and disabled.

    Okay . . . .
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    I'm up to chapter ten.
    let me get this right. . . James Bond is missing and the story's about three other 00 agents. One is an action-woman who is an expert fighter, another is a Muslim who says "may Allah bless your family" on missions, and the third is a bloke who just happens to be black, gay and disabled.

    Okay . . . .

    Looks like the book is cheaply trying to follow certain trends. I doubt many fans will enjoy it. I don't have time to read many Bond novels beyond Fleming's golden works anyway, so I'll take a pass, especially reading what @ColonelAdamski just posted.
  • edited February 4 Posts: 985
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Looks like the book is cheaply trying to follow certain trends. I doubt many fans will enjoy it. I don't have time to read many Bond novels beyond Fleming's golden works anyway, so I'll take a pass, especially reading what @ColonelAdamski just posted.

    I'm being a little bit unfair, because it's well-written and I'm enjoying it. But the whole diversity thing does come across a bit jarring. They've just been to Q branch, and the new characters working there are called Aisha and Ibrahim.
    At the risk of coming across as a steaming, mouth foaming racist . . . it all seems a bit forced.

  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    edited February 4 Posts: 23,323
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Looks like the book is cheaply trying to follow certain trends. I doubt many fans will enjoy it. I don't have time to read many Bond novels beyond Fleming's golden works anyway, so I'll take a pass, especially reading what @ColonelAdamski just posted.

    I'm being a little bit unfair, because it's well-written and I'm enjoying it. But the whole diversity thing does come across a bit jarring. They've just been to Q branch, and the new characters working there are called Aisha and Ibrahim.
    At the risk of coming across as a steaming, mouth foaming racist . . . it all seems a bit forced.

    No, you nailed it, @ColonelAdamski. Diversity is a thing, and it makes sense that not all characters are lily-white, heterosexual, and male. But it happens that things feel forced, and then I'm taken out of the story of a film or a book. I like characters, no matter how diverse, that play in a story where the arrows are pointed at the story, not at the diversity of the characters (unless that is the story, of course.) Diversity, sadly, can easily be politicised. Obviously, I don't know if Sherwood or the book's publishers were pushing an agenda. Most likely not.
  • edited February 4 Posts: 985
    It does take me out the book, unfortunately.

    There's even a bit where Bond is told
    there's a bloke who wants to shag him, as part of his mission
    and he doesn't utter a single word of complaint about it. And I've read that bit a few times, just to make sure I haven't got it wrong, but I can read it any other way. But I've not finished the book, so I might be being unfair. That issue might be addressed later on.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    An updated synopsis of A Spy Like Me, from Kim herself.

    MI6 have received a vital clue telling them James Bond – missing for over a year – is alive. Meanwhile, a bomb has detonated in BBC Broadcasting House, London. 003, 004 and 000 must smash a smuggling network funding terror. As they move through the world of diamond dealing and art and antiquities looting, from Venice to Crete, Australia to Dubai, they find themselves unexpectedly inching ever closer to Bond, James Bond…

    Six days. Three agents. One chance to find James Bond.

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    I could if he was on Octopussy's island.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    I could if he was on Octopussy's island.

    Or making love to Honey Ryder on the boat, at least for a day or two.
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    How long was he gone in Skyfall? And he vanishes off the face of the earth in YOLT, the novel. He's in a risky job!
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    I could if he was on Octopussy's island.

    Or making love to Honey Ryder on the boat, at least for a day or two.

    Even Craig David managed longer than that. To say nothing of Sting...
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    How long was he gone in Skyfall? And he vanishes off the face of the earth in YOLT, the novel. He's in a risky job!

    There's also his extendwd imprisonment in DAD @Agent_99.

    I was more kidding about the gaps between films to be honest.

  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    How long was he gone in Skyfall? And he vanishes off the face of the earth in YOLT, the novel. He's in a risky job!

    There's also his extendwd imprisonment in DAD @Agent_99.

    I was more kidding about the gaps between films to be honest.

    Oh, duh, that went over my head!

    I wonder how long he was actually missing in DAD and how long MI6 knew where he was but just left him to stew?
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    Agent_99 wrote: »
    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    How long was he gone in Skyfall? And he vanishes off the face of the earth in YOLT, the novel. He's in a risky job!

    There's also his extendwd imprisonment in DAD @Agent_99.

    I was more kidding about the gaps between films to be honest.

    Oh, duh, that went over my head!

    I wonder how long he was actually missing in DAD and how long MI6 knew where he was but just left him to stew?

    It's open to debate of course but it was long enough for the world to have changed (9/11) while he was away.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    edited February 19 Posts: 3,960
    Agent_99 wrote: »
    Agent_99 wrote: »
    As if one could imagine James Bond disappearing FOR A YEAR.

    How long was he gone in Skyfall? And he vanishes off the face of the earth in YOLT, the novel. He's in a risky job!

    There's also his extendwd imprisonment in DAD @Agent_99.

    I was more kidding about the gaps between films to be honest.

    Oh, duh, that went over my head!

    I wonder how long he was actually missing in DAD and how long MI6 knew where he was but just left him to stew?

    M more or less said she knew where he was. She also seemingly forgot that Bond had recently helped her. He saved from her poor job choices with Elektra King. Then, after almost all of DAD, she claims that she always trusted him. I don’t think Kim Sherwood/Moneypenny (who is M here) will make the same EON writing mistake/trademark. If Bond is found, of course. Also, Kim said she basically has book 3 done, just making some edits. We should see the marketing for ASLM start up soon. I like the idea of diamond smuggling again.
  • Posts: 9,669
    Much like the moneypenny diaries and young bond books I have little interest in bond universe books..
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Risico007 wrote: »
    Much like the moneypenny diaries and young bond books I have little interest in bond universe books..

    Same here. Like you, I'm a literary Bond continuation traditionalist at heart.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Risico007 wrote: »
    Much like the moneypenny diaries and young bond books I have little interest in bond universe books..

    Same here. Like you, I'm a literary Bond continuation traditionalist at heart.

    I know we all want a modern day literary Bond book. But Bond has great characters that deserve some time to shine. At least this is modern day, and Bond is around.
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