Which is better–the book or the movie?
Ian Fleming (paperback)
Not content to keep James Bond at the card table, Royale’s scripting trio fleshes out Fleming’s plot with an origin story, a Madagascar jaunt, and Daniel Craig in a snug swimsuit.
The film’s darker take on 007 is a headier cocktail of grit, sex, and suspense. — Hannah Tucker
A GOOD YEAR
Peter Mayle (paperback) The ‘04 novel’s vineyard-inheriting stockbroker (Russell Crowe) gets a fuller romance and more childhood flashbacks. Screenwriter Marc Klein also de-emphasizes a secondary plot about a mystery wine.
Mayle’s sensuous prose is a higher vintage. — Michelle Kung
FAST FOOD NATION
Eric Schlosser (paperback) Schlosser adapts (with director Richard Linklater) his 2001 nonfiction exposé of fast-food corporations, inventing characters and (potentially real) scenarios.
The book’s stories of gross-out animal slaughters and corporate shadiness are more absorbing. — MK