This week, as part of my "finishing a book a week" reading challenge, I read Casino Royal by Ian Fleming. Published in 1953, it's the worlds introduction to James Bond. Now, whilst I'm not really a fan of Bond, I put this down largely to the Pierce Brosnan Bond character, where he would have a wristwatch that turns into a helicopter at the push of the button. It was always so unrealistic that it never sat particularly well with me.
I really enjoyed the Casino Royal book however! It took me a little bit by surprise quite how much I enjoyed it. Also taking me by surprise were the sexist nature of some parts of the book, which although I knew about, I'd never actually read for myself.
“These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men.”
Apart from that though, it had none of the nonsense of the Pierce Brosnan era gadgets, and the first 12-13 chapters were pretty much just talking about a game of high-stakes baccarat, thankfully explaining enough that I could follow along as someone who has no idea how to play the game.
My personal site (this very one) is definitely creaking under the extra pressure of these weeknotes. All sorts of styling is breaking all over the place. I fear that I'll need to attend to it sooner rather than later.
It is my daughters birthday today. It's a truly wonderful privilege watching her grow up, I love her to bits!
Finished reading: Total Recall - Arnold Schwarzenegger