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I would agree with this principle as all the continuation authors are left wanting when compared directly with Fleming's work, but taken on their own merit they all are worth reading at least once. I would start with Colonel Sun and then work through the Wood's, Gardner's, Benson's, Faulk's and then Deaver. You probably won't like all of them, but at least you will of expanded your own Bond world and made the decision for yourself rather than relying on other members views.
I really enjoyed 'Carte Blanche' of the more recent ones.
As for Gardner...the early ones, he's clearly going for it and the likes of 'Licence Renewed' and 'For Special Services' are solid reads. The middle period are ok as solid thrillers with a bloke called Bond in them and the later ones..well, the schedule has clearly caught up with him. I often think they'd make good graphic novels as the plots can sometimes be inspired but I find his writing a bit flat.
Yet to read Benson, so can't comment.
Charlie Higson's Young Bond novels are brilliant though. Whatever your reading age!
What? Simple novelizations over the truly amazing Fleming original CR? And QOS isn't even a book by itself. Clearly, @hullcityfan, you don't know what you're talking about. Have you even read a serious Bond book?
Then I try Gardner.
I get half way through For Secret Services and frankly I just give up.
This charatcer is not James Bond 007. He a nerdy, swotty good good who is rude to people, has no fun, is studious, wears horrible clothings and gear, drive a granny Saab and make referendce to old literature and theatre and also stage. He eat bad cuisine, an Apple johnson. I realise after the Harvester ant attack I wonder "Why am I even reading this? Frankly I no care?" and I put it down and read DAF...
Basically I recommand stick to Fleming :)
All too often have we had trolls and spammers claim physical limitations. No-one believes this to be true. And since it couldn't possibly be an excuse to spam the place up, don't even bother brining it up.
Furthermore, the latter comments clearly show you are not on the level of the rest of us in terms of being a Bond fan. This post of yours, @Recipe, makes no sense. Expect a PM.
Then go back and read the7 movie-tie in novels. Then the 5 Young Bonds in order followed by the 3 Moneypenny Diaries. And then you are all caught up, but for a handful of Benson, Weinberg and Higson short-stories.
i completely agree with @DarthDimi here. Plus Hull City? *shakes head* Sooo the wrong team to support!
The character is called James Bond is he not? He is James Bond then. Simple.
IFM time! Don't give @Recipe the oxygen, friend. Look at his avatar picture. that tells you all you need to know, I think.
If you look past your arrogance you might learn something. Any gimp can write a blog
Does that include yourself? Where's your blog? Talk of arrogance!
No need for name calling.
If it's so easy, why don't you write the blog that you were referring to?
Any gimp can write a blog after all. How hard can it be?
It's easy to troll and be uber-critical. it's much harder to be creative.
Come back to me when you have a successful blog all of your own. Until then, zip it. I've had enough of your baiting other proper MI6 members on here, as have others.
Hey Rik, just wondering how you are getting on with Licence Renewed, I have so far read the first two gardener novels and I am rather enjoying them. I don't like bonds over reliance on gadgets, they are way too convenient and I didn't think for special services really picked up until the second half but apart from that they are good reads.
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I've read Ghostman by Roger Hobbs and it is absolutely dire.
I will probably give Ratlines by Stuart Neville a go. I've read his previous stuff and he is quite excellent. As for the rest of it - there's nothing that interests me.
Back to the thread.
With other Bond reading there is only one route to follow:
1) Colonel Sun - As good as any Fleming excluding OHMSS & FRWL
2) Young Bond - read them chronologically. They are all fabulous and are definitely for
readers of all ages.
3) Moneypenny Diaries - Again, read the trilogy in the order they were written. These
fabulous books are so under praised on this site it makes me want to cry.
4) Gardner - first five are worth a read.
5) Gardner - the rest only if you are desperate.
6) Benson - only for the lobotomised.
7) DMC - read the first 60 pages and ditch the rest. Faulkes did!
8) CB - OMG no under any circumstances.
9) Boyd - fingers crossed.
4) Gardner - first five are worth a read. - Agreed
5) Gardner - the rest only if you are desperate. - Agreed
7) DMC - read the first 60 pages and ditch the rest. Faulkes did! - Passable, ludicrous villain
8) CB - OMG no under any circumstances. - Tedious
9) Boyd - fingers crossed. - Yep
And 6) @007InVT?
I do like his JB Bedside Companion by the by.
@007InVT, you are clearly a discerning aficionado and I would strongly recommend you attack 2) & 3). Mark my words - you won't regret it!
Now for the first time I feel like reading a non-Fleming novel.
I've gone through the previous posts in this thread but except for that Colonel Sun that seems to get recommended I'm lost.
Can you recommend the book I should read first, so I can see if a non-Fleming novel works for me?
Or should I read them chronologically?
How many authors have written James Bond novels, and I guess they are all official?