Flashback Friday is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasties, a little weekly tradition in which she picks a book from her reading past to highlight. If you’d like to join in, here are the Flashback Friday book selection guidelines:
- Has to be something you’ve read yourself
- Has to still be available, preferably still in print
- Must have been originally published 5 or more years ago
Other than that, the sky’s the limit! Join me, please, and let us all know: what are the books you’ve read that you always rave about? What books from your past do you wish EVERYONE would read? Pick something from five years ago, or go all the way back to the Canterbury Tales if you want. It’s Flashback Friday time!
This is my first time participating in this, it looks like a lot of fun! =D Here’s my choice for this week:
The Gun Seller
By: Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie concocts an uproarious cocktail of comic zingers and over-the-top action in this “ripping spoof of the spy genre” (Vanity Fair) — the irresistible tale of a former Scots Guard-turned-hired gun, a freelance soldier of fortune who also happens to be one heck of a nice guy. Cold-blooded murder just isn’t Thomas Lang’s cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead — a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femmes fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang’s out to save the leggy lady he has come to love…and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.
This book was published back in 1996. I found out while watching House M.D. that amongst Hugh Laurie’s amazing talents is writing! So I had to check it out (my review can be found over here; apparently I read it some 4 – 5 years ago). Lo and behold this novel, his writing, reflects much of his humour and he has quite the gift for snappy and wry dialogue. I remember greatly enjoying this novel, I love reading books from the spy genre so the missions and the craziness were totally a lot of fun to read but then there’s the hilarious and acute observations that the character makes too, which adds to the fun. Methinks I need to re-read it in the near future ^_~
As a side note, this is Hugh Laurie’s only published novel to date. I remember a few years ago there was talk that he was going to be writing another novel but it hasn’t appeared since. Hopefully sometime in the near future? *fingers crossed*
If you’re planning on participating, be sure to link up over at Bookshelf Fantasties!