22 April 2008

I started reading 'Dead Man's Handle' by Peter O'Donnell last night. It is the last Modesty Blaise novel. There is a further volume, 'Cobra Trap', which is a collection of short stories.

I wish Tarantino would do a Modesty Blaise film. He had indicated interest previously.


Wilfrid said...

Is this a fantasy book? The cover looks interesting. Kind of retro eh?

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

No, it's adventure. It's espionage and adventure.

Modesty Blaise is pulp fiction which was written from the 60s to the 80s. She's basically a female James Bond though in many ways, she pre-dates James Bond, for instance, she did drive the Aston Martin before he did.

Modesty Blaise is also a comic strip for about two decades. It once ran in the Straits Times in the seventies if I recall. Great fun, great art.

The covers? Indeed. Retro.

In fact, new ones issued in shiny bright colours by Penguin India has Retro printed on them! Those covers are very different.

Tarantino has spoken of doing a Modesty Blaise film for years. He has featured a Modesty Blaise book in Pulp Fiction, rather fitting.

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

And there are also eccentric, megalomanic villains too.

And villains with incredible combat abilities.