FF: Modesty and More

The Novel Is Peeking Out At The Top

Until recently, it was more common to see a novel series adapted or expanded into graphic novels rather than the other way around.  Modesty Blaise anticipated the trend.  Interestingly, both were written by Peter O’Donnell, rather than one being farmed out to someone else as is common today.

I’ve featured a cover from a collection of the newspaper strips here because, frankly, the novel had a trashy cover that misrepresents the novel entirely.

Oh…  And if you miss the usual pet portrait, go to the end for a photo of our cat Ogapoge taken about a year ago…

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Swordheart by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursual Vernon).  One review called this a screwball comedy with serious undertones.  That’s a good description.  Laugh out loud sometimes, edge of the seat at others.

In Progress:

In An Absent Dream: Wayward Children 4 by Seanan McGuire.  Audiobook.

Modesty Blaise by Peter O’Donnell.  Novel.  Re-read, but it’s been a long time.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, this week volumes 6-11.  Manga.  Re-read.  The story is moving from slice of life, romantic comedy into something far darker and outre.

Also:

Writing, writing, writing….

Ogapoge Amid Towels

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10 Responses to “FF: Modesty and More”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed:

    Discount Armageddon, the first in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. Verity Price is a member of a family which once hunted “monsters” but now sees Cryptids as a vital part of the ecosystem – but all she wants to do is be a competitive ballroom dancer.

    No, really, that’s what she wants.

    But when the ancient organization her family left comes to NYC hunting Cryptids (in the form of a handsome young man), and someone or SOME THING else is ALSO hunting Cryptids, the family business will have to take precedence over her own desires.

    I rather liked this one. It’s the first in a long series which starts with Verity and then apparently branches out into stories about other family members. I’m planning to read the next couple of books and then we’ll see.

    Other than that, I’ve been reading short stories, mostly.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Horror or humor? The only McGuire series I’ve been following is the “Wayward Children.” Mileage varies.

      • James Mendur Says:

        “Discount Armageddon” has sentient mice who have religious festivals for everything and celebrate the events of the lives of the Price family.
        Definitely more of a light-hearted book.
        There’s peril and romance and such but this is very much NOT grimdark. I’m glad I found it.

        The short stories I’m reading are all over the map.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Thanks, James. I could use light-hearted right now.

  2. Alan Robson Says:

    James — you have a lot of good reading ahead of you. The Incryptid series is absolutely superb.

    Jane — Modesty Blaise was a large part of my teenage life. You have thirteen more novels to go… 🙂

    What am I currently reading? Ben Elton’s new novel “Identity Crisis” which takes political correctness as far as it will go and then just one step further. Like all Ben Elton’s novels, it’s not for the narrow minded. It’s rude, crude, funny and fabulous and definitely not for the humour impaired. LGBTQABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ+ people really shouldn’t read it…


    -Alan

    • janelindskold Says:

      Hi Alan… I’m not sure I have all thirteen, but I have quite a few. I think I’ve read them all. I’ve definitely read a bunch of the newspaper strip collections.

  3. Beverly Martin Says:

    Discount Armageddon is already on my TBR list, but I have now bumped it up to the top. Thanks for mentioning it.

    I finished Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett. Funny and I enjoyed but I am going to take a break from him for a while.

    I am still reading Morning Star by Pierce Brown. I am beginning to wish he would get to the end already!

    I just started The Sorceress and the Cygnet by Patricia A. McKillip. I can already tell I will need to slow down and savor each sentence.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    I’m very proud of all of you. You’ve managed to complete reading a number of books or stories I’ve only heard about. I’ve never come across a copy of Modesty Blaise, but I’ve heard of her. One of these years I may have time to actually read one of the stories.

    I was going through some of the boxes of books (removed from my bookcases & boxed for “elsewhere” when I came across a couple of Terry Pratchett stories. Now I’ve removed them so I can read them.

    Not many books read, but one series I enjoyed was by Tara K. Harper; this is the “Wolfwalker” series. Pretty enjoyable read.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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