Saturday, April 21, 2018

Eight books or series that make great party themes

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and the Ustari Cycle from Pocket/Gallery, including We Are Not Good People. At the B&N Reads blog he tagged eight books that make great party themes, including:
Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming

Finally, it’s easy to forget that Fleming wasn’t just a skilled writer of spy thrillers, he was an inveterate snob who loved good wine, good food, and high living—all of which made it into his books in the details. Naturally, you’ll be serving Martinis at this party, but you can also craft a spectacular menu simply by taking notes while you read: crabs on buttered toast, smoked salmon and Brizzola—and of course, scrambled eggs, which Bond refers to so often in the books, they are quite clearly his favorite food.
Read about another entry on the list.

Casino Royale also made Alan Judd's list of five favorite spy novels, Maddie Crum's top ten fictional characters who just might be psychopaths, Lee Child's list of six favorite debut novels, Danny Wallace's six best books list, Mary Horlock's list of the five best psychos in fiction, John Mullan's list of ten of the best floggings in fiction, Meg Rosoff's top 10 adult books for teenagers list, and Peter Millar's critic's chart of top spy books.

--Marshal Zeringue