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Octopussy and the Living Daylights by Ian Fleming

Published August 11, 2021

Octopussy and the Living Daylights by Ian Fleming

This felt like the most random of the James Bond books, like a sweeping together of previously unpublished stories following Fleming’s death. Of course it’s fine to do that, but it just makes it hang together a little oddly. As with the previous couple of books, Bond’s growing antipathy to his work shows here too - being reluctant to shoot a female assassin, and letting someone decide their own fate rather than arresting or killing them himself. The last story wasn’t really a story at all, but more of a search by Bond for good eggs in the city of New York. Odd, but still quite fun.

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

Published December 22, 2019

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

A super short story from Roald Dahl, somehow I know of this one but I don’t know if I’ve ever actually read it before. I was aware of the concept of the Magic Finger, but had no idea of the story that unfolds around it. In short, a girl takes revenge on a family that goes hunting and they learn their lesson the hard way.