I read this book about 1-Jan-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1941, 1965. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:31:42 PST.
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I'm reading this very slowly, as it turns out. It's too big to carry around much at all. And while it's my first read of this book, I've encountered a number of the stories before. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make any coherent comments, and I don't think I'm going to talk about stories individually.
Finally finished reading the book in August 2002.
The stories have definite similarities. He writes a clear, distant, view of characters. Emotions aren't a major factor for them. Sometimes I rather like that. There's also a set of stories all about prisoners or subject populations outwitting their captors, which are rather neat. I understand Russell worked with Ian Fleming during WWII planning dirty tricks and such, and that these may be things they didn't let him use for real.