Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming


Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming, 1954

My favorite quote: “The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.”

Notable characters: James Bond, agent 007; Felix Leiter, Bond’s friend in the CIA; Mr. Big, the Voodoo Baron of Death; Solitaire, Mr. Big’s fortune-telling employee

Most memorable scene: The note pinned to Leiter’s chest: “He disagreed with something that ate him.” Ha, ha, Mr. Leiter … ha, ha 

Greatest strengths: The way it just gets right to the point. All these books are like that. No real foreplay, just … BAM! — right to the point. Which is cool with me 

Standout achievements: Its clear view of the Harlem jazz clubs of the 1950s

Fun Facts: While I’m probably one of the last people on the planet to get one, I do have a Kindle now, but I put off using it for a long, long time. I have enough technology in my life, you know? When I finally decided to give it a try, I decided on Casino Royale, the first book in the James Bond series, as my maiden ebook voyage. I picked that one for two reasons: first, it’s short, and second, I didn’t think I’d like it very much, which would give me the perfect excuse to stick to paperbacks. But that’s not how it turned out. It turned out that I liked it. A lot. So much that I completely forgot I was reading it on an electronic device. I promptly bought the others in the series, and the rest is history. Now I use my Kindle all the time, and am even further enslaved to technology. So, yeah. Thanks, James Bond  

Other media: The 1973 film of the same name, starring Roger Moore as Bond … among others

What it taught me: All about jazz clubs in the 1950s which, when you write about ghosts and vampires and other creatures from various time periods, is likely to come in very handy one day

How it inspired me: This, along with a patchwork of other works of fiction and non-fiction, helped me get a solid understanding of voodoo, Obeah, and other such practices — information that came in handy when I was writing The Black Wasp 

Additional thoughts: I noticed a few improvements in this book from the first one — especially regarding the characters. Even James Bond feels a lot more well-rounded here than he did in Casino Royale. And villains seem more … well, villainous  

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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