The man with the Midas touch. A spider’s touch.

I’ll start where I am: listening to Goldfinger by Ian Fleming as narrated by Simon Vance. I’m listening to it as part of the Shaken, Not Stirred audiobook challenge, with a discussion to take place on Twitter this Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time followed by the movie Goldfinger. Vance does Bond quite well, but I learned with my first audiobook, Dr. No., in November that I’m not quite as enamored with his female voices. However, it’s not enough to stop me from listening because he does Bond so well and the story itself is engaging enough to continue. Vance also brings out the humor that I think would be lost if I was reading the print edition.

This past Sunday, in the process of talking with a friend, I realized I had forgotten to continue a series he had started me on and immediately ordered the next two in the series that I didn’t have. The series is by Ruth Downie and centers around Roman army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso. I already have read the first two, Medicus and Terra Incognita, but since have forgotten about the series. To correct that, while I was on the phone with my friend, I downloaded the next two: Persona Non Grata and Caveat Emptor to my Nook.

He also talked me into downloading one other book, My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy by Nora Titone. Instead of explain it, I’ll let you browse inside the book for yourself.

Finally, he mentioned two other books to add to my ever-expanding TBR list, one which our library has, the other which it doesn’t. The one it has is The Bridge Over The River Kwai by Pierre Boulle, which I had seen as the movie, but didn’t know it was a book. The other that the library doesn’t have is The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary, another book which was made into a movie, this one starring Alec Guinness.

Of course, who knows when I’ll get to any of these? I already am reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol. 2 during my lunch hours, have started Cover Her Face by P.D. James, the first in the Adam Dalgliesh series, and am listening to Goldfinger. Plus all of my other plans.

Any series that you’ve forgotten about that you need to return to? Of course, if you’ve forgotten them, how do you know you need to return to them? 😉

7 responses to “The man with the Midas touch. A spider’s touch.

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  3. Many years ago, I read the Ian Fleming series of James Bond books. I really enjoyed them. PD James is a writer that I used to love, but then found a little silly when I tried to go back to some of her books. She wrote one that was not set in the UK and I absolutely hated it. I would give James another try though. because sometimes my mood dictates whether I find something outrageously funny or silly.

  4. There are very few series that Im happy with past the third or fourth novel. I’m never surprised when the writing “jumps the shark” or whatever. Of the few I follow anymore: The Andy Carpenter series (by David Rosenfelt; narrated by Grover Gardeber); and the Bond Novels (by Ian Fleming; narrated by Simon Vance.) The Andy Carpenter series have become comfort listens for me and, I just really enjoy the Shaken Not Stirred Challenge. I also like the gn trades of The Walking Dead, Fables and, Hellboy. I recently bailed on The Dresden Files (after six); but I may listen to a couple more to rule out the rare but not impossible anomaly of writing-gone-bad-but-now-the author-has recovered-his-footing. That happened with The Dexter series (by Jeff Linsday): The third one was really terrible; but JL came back with the fourth novel. Overall though, i’m more of a first-in-series and stand-alone reader myself.

    P.S. – LOL, I see it’s too late! (I saw your fictfact post!)

    • I’m a major addict of series…hmmm, I’ll have to find some of these other series: the Andy Carpenter series, for example. I haven’t heard of that one. I tried the first Dexter after seeing the beginning of the TV series and the book version didn’t “grab” me. However, I might have to try it again.

  5. Have you discovered FictFact yet? It is a great way to keep track of all your outstanding series and even prompts you on series that are still being released. Granted, it can be a little overwhelming to see all your series in one fell swoop, but it is a great little website.

    • I only heard of it the other day through another blogger who mentioned it…but I don’t know if I want to go there. I’m already an addict. I don’t want to know more about it.