New books, from 007’s brilliance to Palin’s not-so-much

First read: New books, from 007’s brilliance to Palin’s not-so-much
By Anne Bendheim
We grew up reading James Bond novels. Really grew up. These were the first books we had come across that actually had people having, um, well, you know (sex. Shhh). But more than that, we loved the gadgetry, the urbanity, the Britishness of it all. We even liked the movies. So now, to our first choice.

CARTE BLANCHE: 007: A JAMES BOND NOVEL By Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster, $26.99

Well finally! Someone finally got their brain out of park and hired an actual thriller writer to continue the adventures of Ian Fleming’s hero. Deaver has a fine career of writing non-Bond novels. He’s rather famous for it, in fact. He’s just the guy to take on our favorite spy.

NO REST FOR THE DEAD By 26 Bestselling Authors (Touchstone, $24.99)

This is not the first time that a bunch of mystery writers got together to co-write a mystery novel. Way back in the 1930s, The Detecting Club – with such luminaries as Dorothy L. Sayers, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie and many others – wrote “The Floating Admiral” together. And a few years ago, humorist Dave Barry gathered famed friends to co-write “Naked Came the Manatee.” Now, the likes of Jeffery Deaver, Lohn Lescroart, R.L. Stine, Kathy Reichs, J.A. Jance and many, many more have penned their own serial mystery. You decide.

THE SILENT GIRL By Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, $26)

Would that the TV series based on Gerritsen’s novels were as good as the source material. But TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” series is all Rizzoli, almost no Isles, and badly written to boot. So turn off the tube, light the lamp and dig into the original. The book about the cop and the medical examiner starts with a severed hand and moves chillingly forward from there. Good read, bad viewing.


We think that Satchmo was wonderful no matter what part of his life you look at. But the author (No, not Lucy’s Ricky Riccardo!) delves into the master’s last quarter century, a time when some thought his best was well past.

NOT AFRAID OF LIFE: MY JOURNEY SO FAR By Bristol Palin (Morrow, $25.99)


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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WakeUpAmerica
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 00:01:26

    “Seriously?” BWAAHAAHAA! Perfect review, honest and succinct.


  2. climber357
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 02:09:05

    I once felt deep sympathy for Bristol Palin. I imagined she endured unthinkable pain and humiliation for being exposed on the national stage as an unwed and pregnant 17-year-old. The father in me gave her a reflexive ¨pass¨ and the benefit of doubt whenever she said or did something offensive. She was always off limits.

    That changed when Bristol started giving interviews on her book tour. I was wrong about her. I began to suspect she was one of those teenagers who tragically view pregnancy as some sort of shortcut into adulthood. She may even have been proud to show off her pregnant belly on the national stage, something inconceivable for me in ´08. In addition, I know she is lying. We all know she is lying. Her interviewers know she is lying. She looks like an idiot. Everyone involved, including us, are older, wiser, and more compassionate than Bristol. Is it cruelty to let her go on? Yes. Do I want it to stop? No. The more Bristol talks, the less I like her. Some people are just plain not nice and get what they deserve.

    She is just like her mother.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Jul 10, 2011 @ 05:25:39

      I totally agree. I felt the same way about her in the beginning. Not now. She’s a lying, grasping grifter just like her mommmy.


    • anAlaskanAlsoII
      Jul 10, 2011 @ 05:34:48

      Climber357 – Yes, since Bristol actively sought to become pregnant while in High School, I doubt she was ever embarrassed much. We all saw the way the Party embraced and heralded her ‘choice’ to be an unwed teen mother, it was mystifying to watch them lovingly fold her in their arms and pimp her situation with a “Life Happens” meme.

      They don’t have what it takes to be a “First Family,” to lead by example, or have the grace to be embarrassed by situations created by their own recklessness and irresponsibility. In fact, they cash in on it in a way that degrades our nation’s Exceptional status.


  3. Mo Inkslinger
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 04:36:32

    I have little hope for any of the Palin children. I am afraid Sarah Palin has left her mark on all of them and I expect continued bizarre behavior from the children. These children would have been much better off if Sarah had passed on the VP nomination or had kept her family off the national stage. Live by the media, die by the media.


  4. Syrin
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 11:37:45

    Seriously?!? is what I’ve been saying to myself for years! For every incompetent and unethical and totally unGodly move that this ‘scandal factory family’ has made! It’s still curious to me that this idiot and politically inept individual has been given great ‘worldly’ wealth ( Hmm, I’ll say it again-Do you think sarah has ever even read the WORD of GOD? Matthew 19:24 -it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”) She’s instead given a place to submit Op-Ed’s, talking heads look for her quotes . She really has no true relevance, but Sarah Palin is the one with the most name recognition. And, is it for being a liar, cheat and fraud?
    No! When has msm come out and said that Palin is NOT qualified to be spewing anything associated with policy making. PERIOD! When has the msm ever questioned her on her ridiculously thin inept record? They’ve not held back with with others who want to be something!! But more curious, she’s been given unprecedented power of manipulation over the media and a strange kind of prestige..All this with absolutely NO credibility.. she’s a quitter, incompetent and mentally unstable and clearly her and her 20 year old has no accountability for personal actions and words.
    Whats up with that?


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