Yeah. Hey, people. Not much going on here.
Oh, right...I read a good book. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre, rated PG by my standards. It's a fictionalized account of the Russian mole who infiltrated British Intelligence during the Cold War, and nearly destroyed Europe. Very nicely done, although not quite as enjoyable as the sequel, The Honorable Schoolboy, which - be warned - rates a hefty PG-13 for language and sensuality. If you can look past that, however, it's an excellent tale of a fortysomething spy's "belated coming of age" as he attempts to peice England back together. There's even a character named Lizzie. Doesn't get any better than that. ;)
Forget Bond...these are realistic portraits of the lives of spies. (Hint: they are not fun.) Deceit, betrayal, and death...trusting no one, loving less, and trying their very best not to "let the wrong word slip while kissing persausive lips." There actually is a Bond-like character in Schoolboy: Sam, who wears a white dinner jacket and smokes a brown cigarette constantly. He's overbearing, arrogant, careless, reckless, and womanizing...and everyone in the department of MI5 hates him. :P
Anyway, everyone should go read them and stuff...yeah. There's a great character in there: Connie Sachs, secretary. Her one appearance alone is worth the price of the book. "Aleksander Polyakov, Russian agent...he had a lovely mellow voice, George, just like yours...I used to listen to the tapes twice over just to hear him speak..."