FRiction FRiday | Tom Clancy Redux | Dead or Alive
What have I gotten myself into? Lately, Dead or Alive
Don’t forget that I’ve just forged through two, 1,000 page books, Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, and now Clancy’s tome
Gimme a break this time, okay?
You’re in the right place
I’m glad you’re here, though
and don’t worry if it seems like you landed on the wrong planet
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com”>FRiction FRidayto have a little fun and settle in for the weekend by uncovering a few more of our favorite Mystery-Thriller-Suspense novels
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John le Carre’s last interview
Some of you may have seen The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), and thinking, wow, that’s some spooky sh**
But did you know that John le Carre is a pseudonym
for David John Moore Cornwell? He was actually a spy for MI5 and MI6 in England and left the service to write novels once this blockbuster hit
Next on my shelf will be his latest, Our Kind of Traitor, which reportedly is the “old” John le Carre
I’m not what that means to everyone, but it does confirm my sense that his novels got increasingly obtuse over time, with his George Smiley character as inscrutable as ever
You’d like all of those books if you liked If you love the clarity of James Bond, leave out the le Carre spooks
But, you couldn’t play solitaire and watch it at the same time, that’s for damn sure Too much subtlety, nuance, innuendo, misdirection
But, you couldn’t play solitaire and watch it at the same time, that’s for damn sure
Too much subtlety, nuance, innuendo, misdirection
like George Smiley
If you read or watch the interview, you’ll see that le Carre rejects the James Bond formula where it’s eminently clear who’s wearing the white or black hat
He prefers the uncertainty, and in his last several books, achieved it
If you’re paying close attention, great
If you’re reading in bed with your faculties flagging, it’s hard to keep it all straight
What do you think of John le Carre’s novels? If you love this genre, you must have read at least a few of these?
If you haven’t heard of it, you might want to check out
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org/2011/02/coming-february-28th-to-march-6th-what-is-your-favorite-thriller-sub-genre-why/” target=”_blank”>Thriller Roundtable, which during February 28th to March 6th, examines “What is your favorite thriller sub-genre?
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1944px;”>What’s your favorite?New Amazon Widget
Just so you know, I’m trying out an Amazon widget
and maybe some others down the road
to see how it works
I’ve updated it this week to include Ken Follett’s novels along with The Judas Gate and Dead or Alive mentioned above, and a few of the recent favorites that I’ve mentioned on Let me know what you think
Do you care? Does it bug you? Is it helpful at all?
and arriving on the bookshelf
- John le Carre, Our Kind of Traitor, his 22nd novel in 50 years
- Dead Zero, the 17th book in the Bob Lee Swagger series from Stephen Hunter
- Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle, is finally here
- Three Stations with Arkady Renko, the Moscow detective from Martin Cruz Smith
So much more to say
so little time
What are you reading? Who do you like?
See ya next week!