9:30am: Yes I am up and about this early! Yes, I am writing a blog post already. I feel good this morning, it’s only 4 weeks until I fly to Thailand! I am going to plough on with reading with both Mr Darcy and Mr Bond, y’know, just to keep my options open.
4pm: Well, it’s been a busy day. My Vietnamese visa has arrived, huzzah! I have cleaned the patio and help clean the front path, although my brothers have slaved much harder in that department than I have. I have a job interview next week, my new Harry Potter book (my Order of the Phoenix had shed its cover) has arrived, along with my globe that I received as a graduation present from my parents arrived just after my visa. And finally, I am now at page 361 in P + P, the end is in sight, and I am now sitting pretty at 403 pages, having furthered my book polygamy and read some more of Casino Royale!
11:30pm: Went to the local pub quiz, we only won the picture round, the normal quiz was difficult this week. I have finally finished Pride and Prejudice. It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I really enjoyed it so it was definitely worth waiting for. My favourite books are usually high octane thriller style novels, so I wa ssurprised that the relatively sedate nature of the story was as gripping, and relatively quick moving as it was. Definitely worth putting on my TBR and read-a-thon list as well. So that puts me at 441 pages, which isn’t great, but it’s not bad. Going to have some monogamous time with James Bond before bed, see if I can get Casino Royale done and dusted before my friends arrive. Might be a bit ambitious, but oh well.
Today’s challenge comes courtesy of the lovely Writing my own fairytale. The challenge is as follows:
- You must recommend a book based on another book, movie, tv show, etc similar to this: “If you liked _____, you should try _____ because _____.”
So here goes:
If you liked:
Then try these:
The Double Eagle and The Plantation are in keeping with the fast-paced, more real-time narratives depicted in Disney’s National Treasure, and created in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
The Plantation is of a similar vain to The Da Vinci Code, in which an official person (Prof. Michael Langdon) assists with a problem which only his knowledge and skill set could be of any benefit. The Plantation is the first in a series of novels about Payne and Jones, a pair of elite military officers (MANIACs, the most elite of all the American forces), whose retirement plans consist of running Payne industries and an private detective company. They complete daring missions and rapidly moving plans which, through their unique bond, and the craftsmanship of Kuzneski’s writing, make them an exciting pair to read about. Definitely worth checking out!
The Double Eagle is of a similar theme to National Treasure, where a man (Nicholas Cage) steals the declaration of independence ‘for the good of it and the country’. Morally ambiguous and thoroughly enteraining, Twining’s character Tom Kirk, an art dealer who dabbles in intricate robberies, is an anit-hero whom you can’t help but root for, despite his extra-curricular activities.
Like The Plantation, this novel introduces the lead and side characters who are represented in further novels. Twining’s novels about Tom Kirk take all the elements of a daring adventures in the Indiana Jones’ and National Treasure mould, and create a story, which although sometimes questionable in practicality, are a delight to get lost in.
But beware, both of these novels have that horrible ”I need to know what will happen next and so I must finish you now” vibe that can cause a day to flash by before you realise!