As Young Bond fans wait for the for the title of Charlie Higson’s third novel to be announced, the news keeps coming in on many of the other aspects of the book–in this case, the locations.
As Higson has previously revealed that Young Bond Book 3 will be set in the ‘darkest corners of London,’ The Young Bond Dossier has reported on two such places. The first is Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, which is ‘based on the collection of John Hunter (1728-1793), a surgeon and scientist who collected and preserved thousands of biological specimens, mostly in jars of alcohol.’ Rooms filled with such bottles and ‘cross-sections of bones showing healthy and diseased bone formation; the skeleton of a giant [and] cases containing hideous-looking 18th-century medical instruments…’ are just a few things found at the museum.
Another ‘dark’ location is the Highgate Cemetery. Consecrated in 1839, the cemetary is the perfect location ‘for a Gothic thriller… dark visions were created from the crumbling stone angels, lost graves and the tombs ravaged by both time and the elements. As the cemetery continued to fall, trees grew slowly through the graves, uprooting the headstones. Dense foliage and growth gave the place the look of a lost city.’
Fans will just have to wait to see how such locations turn out in the novel, which is due for release in January 2007.
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