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  1. Charlie Higson's Australian and New Zealand tour stops announced

    Last month we reported on the various US locations Young James Bond author Charlie Higson would be visiting in May for his forthcoming book tour. Now, thanks to the always up-to-date Young Bond Dossier, we can bring you the details on several more in Australia and New Zealand.

    Featuring book signings, discussions and more, this world tour will support the release of his fifth Young Bond adventure, By Royal Command, the SilverFin Graphic Novel and the non-Bond horror novel The Enemy.

    Specific details follow below:

    Thursday, 13 May

    • 11:00am – Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, ABS Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
      Official website

    Saturday, 15 May

    • 2:30pm – Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, ABS Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
      Official website

    Tuesday, 18 May

    • 9:20am – Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay, Australia
      Official website
    • 4:30pm – The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah St, Beecroft, Australia
      Official website

    Wednesday, 19 May

    • 9:40am – Sydney Writers’ Festival, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Australia
      Official website

    Thursday, 20 May

    • 11:00am – Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
      Official website

    Be sure to stay tuned to the CommanderBond.net main page (and our Discussion Forums) as more stops on Higson’s US book tour are announced.

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-04-29
  2. Higson comments again on Young Bond series 2

    Charlie Higson

    Charlie Higson

    It’s been about six months since the UK publication of Charlie Higson’s Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier, his non-fiction companion to the first Young Bond series. We say first Young Bond series because Higson still hasn’t ruled out returning to the franchise for another go. Last year he was quoted as saying he’d “like to write more Bond books, it’s just a question of juggling time.”

    Yesterday the New Zealand Herald published an interview with Charlie Higson where he reaffirmed that he’s still considering doing a Young Bond series 2. “I always had a storyline that would run over five books and work as a complete series,” he says. “But as the books became more successful, both the Fleming Estate and Puffin were very keen for me to extend it beyond that. I wanted to take a break at that point, not least of all because it would require thinking up a whole new storyline with James growing up and moving to a new school. It’s always difficult to move on from something that’s done really well. I haven’t said I’m never going to do another one but I wanted to establish my own, entirely new series first.”

    Last year saw the release of Higson’s The Enemy, a horror book of sorts for young adults in the UK. Publication of the novel stateside is planned for May 11. A followup sequel, The Dead, is currently planned for release in the UK in October.

    Charlie Higson’s fifth and final (first series) Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, is due for release in the US on May 18th followed by a US book tour beginning on the 23rd.

    Be sure to stay tuned to the CommanderBond.net main page (and our Discussion Forums) for all the latest news from the world of Young Bond.

    Kevin Wells @ 2010-04-24
  3. Bond with Charlie Higson at the Hay Festival on 5 June

    Young James Bond author Charlie Higson will once again be attending this year’s Guardian Hay Festival in the UK.

    Charlie Higson

    Charlie Higson

    The Young Bond Dossier reports that a conversation with the Bond author is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 5 June at 2:30pm.

    The venue for this event is the Oxfam Studio. Tickets are £5.00 per person and can be purchased online here.

    The Guardian Hay Festival runs from Thursday, 27 May through Sunday, 6 June. For complete details on the guests attending and a round-up of all the events, email boxoffice@hayfestival.com or visit the official website.

    Be sure to stay tuned to the CommanderBond.net main page (and our Discussion Forums) for all the latest news from the world of Young Bond.

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-04-20
  4. No plans for a By Royal Command Collector's Edition

    Disappointing news today for Young Bond fans and James Bond collectors.

    Publisher Puffin Books has confirmed to the Young Bond Dossier that there are no plans to move ahead with a Limited Collector’s Edition for By Royal Command.

    After the novel’s original publication in late 2008, many Bond fans expected such an edition would eventually follow as was the case for Charlie Higson’s four previous Young Bond adventures.

    Unfortunately, the less-than-stellar economic situation around the world forced Puffin to reevaluate and they decided not to produce the By Royal Command special edition.

    Perhaps someday…

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-04-16
  5. The Blades Library Book Club: Double or Die

    Welcome back to The Blades Library Book Club – the place for quality discussions of the books of James Bond!

    Charlie Higson's 'Double or Die'

    Charlie Higson’s Double or Die

    Every two months a James Bond 007 novel is chosen for the club members to read. A thread is posted in the CommanderBond.net Discussion Forums listing locations where you can find the novel. Discussions about the book will go on as the book is read and when it is finished. Another thread will be created so that club members can post their review and give a rating on the current book.

    All fans of the Literary Bond are eligible for membership. All you need to do to sign up is register on the CBn Forums (it’s free and only takes a minute) and then post your name in the sign up thread.

    The Book Club’s 38th Book

    We are progressing though the James Bond 007 novels in chronological order, since quite a number of members are using the club as an opportunity to read the books for the very first time. After progressing through the Bond novels by Ian Fleming, Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson the club most recently moved onto Charlie Higson’s Young Bond era and now continues with his third novel: 2007’s Double or Die.

    Obtaining The Book

    Ordering online should be fairly easy. Double or Die can be ordered online from the following sources:

    Discuss other places to buy Double or Die or where you got your copy in this thread.

    Discuss The Book While Reading

    Want to talk about the book while reading it? Post a new thread in The Blades Library.

    Review And Rate The Book

    After you have finished reading Double or Die, you can discuss it with other club members in The Blades Library, and give the book your personal rating out of five in this thread.

    If you have any questions or suggestions just post them in a new thread. Happy reading.

    *New* Archive Of All Past Read Books

    Additionally, club members can review or comment on any of the past read books in the club any time they want. Click here for the full archive of the past read books in the club.

    Previous Books Read

    Devin Zydel @ 2010-04-15
  6. Charlie Higson's By Royal Command published in France

    French 'By Royal Command'

    French By Royal Command

    Young James Bond fans in France can now pick up Charlie Higson’s fifth adventure in the popular series, By Royal Command.

    The Young Bond Dossier reports that the Bond title is released today in the country under the translated title Sur ordre de Sa Majesté.

    This paperback is published by Gallimard Jeunesse and retails for 9.90 €. Literary 007 collectors can order online from Amazon.fr:

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-04-09
  7. Hurricane Gold US paperback now shipping

    The paperback edition of Charlie Higson’s fourth Young James Bond adventure, Hurricane Gold, is now shipping from Amazon.com.

    Hitting bookstore shelves tomorrow, this paperback edition of the 2007 Young Bond novel will also include a preview of the follow-up fifth novel in the series, By Royal Command.

    Charlie Higson's 'Hurricane Gold' (US Hardback)

    Charlie Higson’s Hurricane Gold (US Hardback)

    James Bond is on a much-needed vacation in Mexico at the home of ex-flying ace Jack Stone. But his holiday is cut short when a hurricane hits. As the storm ravages the community, a gang of thieves lies in ambush – they want Stone’s safe, and will kill for its contents. Stone’s children, Precious and JJ, are kidnapped, and James must embark on a perilous chase through the jungle to rescue them and retrieve the stolen items. The clues ultimately lead him to the island of Lagrimas Negras, a haven for deadly criminals, controlled by the ruthless El Huracan.

    James will have to use all of his instincts and cunning if he’s going to outwit El Huracan and escape with his life. But the only way off the island is through a treacherous maze, La Avenida de la Muerte – the Avenue of Death. On this terrifying trail of greed and betrayal, only danger is guaranteed. Survival is not.

    Be sure to keep checking the CommanderBond.net main page and our Discussion Forums for all the latest Young Bond-related news.

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-04-05
  8. April arrival for Charlie Higson's By Royal Command in France

    Literary James Bond fans in France will only need to wait a few weeks more to pick up Charlie Higson’s fifth adventure in the Young Bond series, By Royal Command.

    The Young Bond Dossier reports that an Amazon.fr listing for By Royal Command sets the release date for mid-April. Regular publisher Gallimard Jeunesse will release the book under the translated title Par ordre de sa majeste.

    Cover artwork for this French edition By Royal Command can be viewed online here.

    Pre-order online:

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-03-28
  9. Charlie Higson's 2010 Young Bond tour stops announced

    Charlie Higson

    Charlie Higson

    Back in October of last year, CommanderBond.net reported that Charlie Higson would be embarking on his first Young Bond tour in the US since the launch of Blood Fever in 2006.

    To kick off in May 2010, the tour would support the release of his fifth Young James Bond adventure, By Royal Command, the SilverFin Graphic Novel and the non-Bond horror novel The Enemy, all of which are released stateside the month.

    Now, thanks to the always up-to-date Young Bond Dossier, we can bring you the first set of tour stops so you know when and where to meet up with Charlie…

    Sunday, 23 May

    Monday, 24 May

    Wednesday, 26 May

    Thursday, 27 May

    Saturday, 29 May

    Be sure to stay tuned to the CommanderBond.net main page (and our Discussion Forums) as more stops on Higson’s US book tour are announced.

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-03-18
  10. By Royal Command audiobooks available for Amazon pre-order

    The Young Bond Dossier alerts us today that Young Bond fans can now pre-order the US audiobook editions of Charlie Higson’s By Royal Command from Amazon.com.

    These audiobook editions of the fifth Young James Bond novel will be released by Blackstone Audio. By Royal Command will be made available as a 6 disc CD, a 6 tape cassette, and MP3 and will be read by Gerard Doyle.

    The release date is set for 18 May 2010—the same day By Royal Command arrives in hardback as well.

    Pre-order By Royal Command:

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-03-13
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