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text 2018-06-09 18:20
Summer of Spies - Tracking Post
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Stephen Crossly,Emmuska Orczy
N or M? - Samantha Bond,Agatha Christie
The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel - Kate Westbrook
Secret Asset - Stella Rimington
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carré
The Looking Glass War - John le Carré,Michael Jayston
Smiley's People - John le Carré
The Cutout - Francine Mathews
Collection: The Tailor of Panama / Our Game / The Night Manager - John le Carré
Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5 - Stella Rimington

Memorial Day Weekend -- Labor Day 2018

 

Finished, to Date:

Emmuska Orczy: The Scarlet Pimpernel (revisited on audio, narrated by Stephen Crossly) ****1/2

Agatha Christie: N or M? (revisited on audio, narrated by Samantha Bond) ***

Ian Fleming: Quantum of Solace (short story only; new / audio, narrated by David Rintoul) *1/2

Kate Westbrook: Guardian Angel (new / audio, narrated by Eleanor Bron) ***1/2

Stella Rimington: Secret Asset (new / audio, narrated by Rosalyn Landor) ****

Francine Mathews: The Cutout (new / audio, narrated by Trini Alvarado) **1/2

John le Carré: The Tailor of Panama (revisited on audio, narrated by the author) ****1/2

 

John Le Carré: George Smiley Cycle

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (revisited on audio, narrated by the author) *****

The Looking Glass War (new / audio, narrated by Michael Jayston) ***1/2

Smiley's People (revisited on audio, narrated by Michael Jayston) *****


 

Currently Reading:

Stella Rimington: Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5 (new / print edition)

Jane Thynne: Black Roses (new / audio, narrated by Julie Teal)


 

 

 

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review 2018-05-26 23:02
Paddington at Large - Michael Bond,Peggy Fortnum

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Another adorable and charming Paddington book. Whether its making toffee or appearing on a game show, Paddington is so endearing in all of his adventures. This is a nice continuation of the Paddington series. Great for fans of the previous books. 

The old favorites make their appearances (Mrs. Bird, Mr. Gruber, even mean old Mr. Curry) and Paddington makes plenty of new friends along the way as well. Silly, fun, and entertaining, this book full of new adventures is such to delight Paddington fans. 

Note on the illustrations: In Chapter Four: Paddington Hits the Jackpot, there are two illustrations of Paddington with what appears to be a cigar (one at the beginning and one at the end). There is no mention in the text of Paddington smoking, but for whatever reason the illustrations include it. The book was written in the 60s, so different time and all that, but it's good to know going into it. It doesn't take away from the story, but it may be useful for parents to know about an adorable talking bear depicted smoking beforehand. 

Overall, a wonderful story about a friendly bear making his mark on the world in pure Paddington fashion.

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text 2018-05-19 11:35
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies - Roger Moore

I started Bond on Bond last night.

This is going to be the least interesting one of the Moore books for me. I think it's the subject matter. Turns out, I'm not all that interested in the behind the scenes of the films.

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text 2018-05-10 19:15
This is what happens...

...when I'm on my library's website and am not paying attention. Instead of "save to my wishlist", I may have clicked the wrong button. It probably was the "I WANT THEM ALL AND I WANT THEM NOW!" button. I'm sure you all know which one I mean...or maybe that is a secret button that I have just found?

 

 

Anyway, the two librarians who handed me this lovely little pile weren't even trying to suppress their smirking, so I had no choice: I surely couldn't hand the books back and admit to accidentally ordering them. I simply had to pretend the erroneous mouse action never happened and I needed all of these lovely books right away...and on purpose.

 

The moral of the tale, my good people, is that ... well, there is no moral, but I'm giving you a heads up that most of my near-future-reading will be about Sir Roger, and more Bond, and stuff.

 

So, yeah, not much change from the regular programme.

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review 2018-05-08 01:29
Paddington Abroad - Michael Bond,Peggy Fortnum
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Another fantastic Paddington adventure. This is such a fun series. I love reading about all of Paddington's shenanigans. In this book, the Browns go to France and unsurprisingly, things do not go as expected. From rough roads to the Tour de France, Paddington is always sure to delight. 

A fun story that proves Paddington can make friends anywhere he goes. Very funny and heartwarming. 

Great read.
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