I'm afraid you'll be subjected to a fresh comic today. Sorry about that.
I'm currently reading Goldfinger. I've always loved the movie, so I figured I'd give the original novel a shot. I'm 25% of the way through it and it is breathtakingly slow. Here's a synopsis of the story so far.
Bond sits in Airport. His flight is canceled.
Bond meets someone he knows. They share a big crab dinner, about which Bond feels guilty.
Friend tells Bond he's being cheated at cards. He offers Bond money to find out how.
Bond meets Goldfinger, and watches him cheat his friend at cards.
Bond figures out how Goldfinger is cheating and foils him by intimidating a woman.
Bond spends lost weekend with the woman. We hear about it after the fact and get no details.
Bond goes back to London and is assigned a desk job he finds boring. He considers writing a book about beating people up.
M assigns bond to investigate Goldfinger. First stop, the bank of England for a chapter long speech about gold. Turns out it’s quite valuable!
Bond goes to Goldfinger's favorite golf course, which; coincidentally, Bond spent a whole summer playing at when he was a teen. There he has a long conversation with a caddy.
That's where I am right now. At first I found the book confusing, after all it's a James Bond adventure and the closest thing there's been to action is Bond remembering killing a Mexican while he sits in the airport. Now I see that my mistake was in approaching it as an adventure book. I have started seeing it as a comedy, where the joke is to plunge Bond into a series of situations, each more stupefying boring then the last. Approached this way, the book is a masterpiece.
I’ll let you know how it ends.