Tag Archives: novels

James Bond

Ever since I was a kid, I’d always enjoyed watching James Bond movies.  My cousin and I often watched them whenever I stayed over at his house.  When they were on TV, I made sure I watched them.  At that time, Roger Moore was the current 007, so he was the Bond in my young mind.

I enjoyed Moore’s portrayal of James Bond quite a bit.  He was the humourous Bond, though his movies were a bit corny.  I also enjoyed Sean Connery, of course.  He defined the role.  Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby never left an impression on me, because I can’t even remember their movies, though I have seen them.  When the movies restarted in the 1990s, Pierce Brosnan was the new Bond, and he seemed to be the suave, smooth James Bond.  Daniel Craig is the complete opposite, gritty and darker.  Of all the movies, I haven’t seen the last one, Skyfall. However, for some of the movies, I barely remember them as I haven’t seen them since I was a kid.

As for the novels, I have never read one.  I would like to, though.  I’m surprised they’re so short.  They’d be easy to finish reading, I think.

So, I have two questions for you.

1. Who is your favourite James Bond actor?

2. What is your favourite James Bond novel?

Leave your answers in the comments.

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Reading in 2013

Last year, I reached my Goodreads goal of 12 books read, surpassing it with a total of 14.  This year, my goal is 25.  I wonder if I can do it.  So far this year, I have finished 1!  That’s 24 to go.

What’s on my list to read?  In the past, I’ve done polls to ask my readers what I should read next.  I’m adding to the list with my own choices.  So for now, my list is as follows:

  1. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien (reading now)
  2. Dune – Frank Herbert
  3. His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
  4. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
  5. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  6. Ringworld – Larry Niven
  7. A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin
  8. Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
  9. Wheel of Time 2: The Great Hunt – Robert Jordan
  10. 2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke
  11. Eric – Terry Pratchett
  12. The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion – Peter F. Hamilton
  13. A Knight of the Word – Terry Brooks
  14. Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  15. Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik
  16. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
  17. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
  18. 2061: Odyssey Three – Arthur C. Clarke
  19. Angel Fire East – Terry Brooks
  20. Xenocide – Orson Scott Card

That’s not 25 books, but I am also reading some non-fiction books at home.  They are:

  1. Hi! My Name is Loco and I Am a Racist – Baye McNeil (reading now)
  2. The World of Robert Bateman
  3. An Artist in Nature – Robert Bateman

Also, when I have only a short time or I’m standing on the train, I’ll take out my phone, start up Kindle, and read an ebook.  Here’s what I’ll be reading:

  1. MoonRush – Carolyn McCray and Ben Hopkin (reading now)
  2. The Arrival – J. Thorn
  3. Terrene: The Hidden Valley – Eric Liu
  4. The Deliverer – Jason D. Morrow
  5. The Flute Keeper – Ashley Setzer
  6. The Gateway – Glenn G. Thater
  7. The Kingdom and the Crown – S.R. Ford
  8. Scavenger’s War – Jack Sheppard
  9. The Annihilation of Foreverland – Tony Bertauski
  10. The Sword and the Dragon – M.R. Mathias

And there we have it.  Of course, there will be more.  I wonder if I can finish all of the above books this year.  I’ll try to exceed the 25 books I have planned for 2013.

Important question to myself: Short stories or novel?

I have a bit of a problem. Maybe it’s not a big problem, but it’s got me thinking.  As you may know, I’ve got a short story and novels planned for a science fiction world I’ve created.  I also have ideas for stories within the same universe.  This is where my problem is.  I have three stories in mind, yet they are all connected.  At this point in time, I don’t have an overall plot in mind, but three separate plots.  These stories aren’t long enough to constitute entire novels, yet they may when put together.

In many novels I’ve read, there’s an overall story, but also some subplots, each with its own beginning, middle, and ending.  But they flow together very well.  My three story ideas have no flow.  They’re related, but the characters have no connection with each other.  In essence, they are completely separate stories, though they are connected.  One story leads to the next one.  The second story is a result of the first, while the third is a result of the second.  I may get novellas out of one or two of them, but the third one may be a bit short.  I may just bundle them together as a compilation of short stories with an overall theme.  Or I can release them one at a time, making them available at a low price.  I guess I have a lot of thinking to do.

These stories are very important in establishing some fundamental aspects of this world.  They provide a basis for why things are the way they are.  They also give the world a whole group of characters that’ll make things more interesting.

I think short stories are important, especially for someone who is starting out with self-publishing.  It gives readers something quick and easy to read, and hopefully wanting more.

What do you think?  Do you like reading short stories?