|Category||Politics and Sociology|
I've read a couple of the books, always been a big fan of the movies. This book influenced at least 3 of the movies, but the perspective and the times when this was written makes Ian's handling of race issues cringeworthy. If you're willing to ignore that, the Bond character in the books seems to get hurt more frequently, it even impedes his lovemaking occasionally. There's also a bit of travelogue and cooking channel in here. All of that is in the movies, but when Bond offers a culinary critique in the movies it's a one liner, and when he travels to exotic locations it's a visual stimuli; however, in the book you learn about ingredients, recipes, and techniques, and you get a description of the type of grass blowing in the wind while the characters sleep on the train. Definitely a different experience, but I shall continue on. Proceed according to your palate.