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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week the spotlight is on an Ian Fleming classics, ‘Octopussy and The Living Daylights’. I’m not a big fan on espionage thrillers, but since this clocks in at about just over 100 pages I thought I’d give it a try. And it’s turning out to be quite good. Here’s a tidbit from pg. 007 (and no, I didn’t pick the page number on purpose. It was totally random!)

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“Part of Major Smythe’s mind took in all these brilliantly coloured little ‘people’, but today he had a job to do and while he greeted them in unspoken words – ‘Morning, Beau Gregory’ to the dark-blue demoiselle sprinkled with bright-blue spots, the ‘jewel’ fish that exactly resembles the starlit fashioning of a bottle of Worth’s ‘Vol de Nuit’; ‘Sorry. Not today sweetheart,’ to a fluttering butterfly fish with false black ‘eyes’ on it’s tail and, ‘You’re too fat anyway, Blue Boy’,’ to an indigo parrot fish that must have weighed a good ten pounds – his eyes were searching for only one of his ‘people’ – his only enemy on the reef, the only one he killed on sight, a scorpion fish.”

This is taken from ‘Octopussy’; just one of the short stories in this collection. I love how Fleming evokes the colours and brings the tropical paradise to life. At a time where the Bond films (to my opinion) aren’t living up to expectations, it might be well worth a visit to the original stories that made it what it is.

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