Today’s challenge: A book that makes you happy.
Not a great question, because when I’m reading, most books make me happy. But, to pick one in particular, I’d go with Brian Daley’s Han Solo novels — which I pretty much think of as one thing. This one is the first one I read, and I have fond memories of doing so, and so when I pick it up again from time to time, the recollection of those memories make me happy.
Today’s challenge: Your favorite book from your favorite series. I came to the Bond movies first, and became a fan, and then I discovered the books. On my parent’s bookshelves was a paperback edition of a Bond novel that had NOT been made into a movie (at the time, I was unaware of the weird comedy version produced at the height of Bondmania), so I snatched up the opportunity to read a book that had nothing to do with anything I’d seen. (The edition was not the one pictured, but one of the 1960s Signet paperbacks — which I still have.)
It remains, to this day, my favorite Bond novel, and has, in my opinion, the best closing line in a thriller novel EVER. I was ecstatic when the book was finally adapted to film in the Bond series proper — and, modernization aside, became one of the most faithful adaptations of the series.
Today’s challenge: Your favorite series.
This will be an easy one — in fact, I’d be willing to bet that anybody who knows me could answer this one on my behalf. It is a fairly well-established fact at this point.
My favorite series is, without question, the original James Bond novels by Ian Fleming. Reading those is one of the things that made me want to be a writer. Hell, I even named my son Ian.