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#1396    DancingCorpse

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 12:33 AM

I think The Da Vinci Code is Brown's worst book, it is like a freaking essay or something with a few action scenes mixed in. I still think Deception Point is his most enjoyable. The problem with Langdon stories is Brown's insistance on bombarding every page with know-it-all reams and reams of specific knowledge related to the setting. It's difficult to keep yourself in the realm of the story when you have so much to take in. The facts are very intriguing but it isn't an encyclopedia, it's supposed to be a story! It's a shame cause Dan is pretty competent in his writing when he has isolated moments of concentrating on establishing a scene.

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 12:36 AM

Another problem w/ Davinci code is points where the story hinges on a specific historical thingy.

and the history he references is just....wrong. you know?  I finally just accepted this was an alternate universe, and it made it more easy to deal with.

The giant albino monk came across as the most sympathetic character, and he barely gets any time in the story.

Then theres that, in this story, it turns out that the badguys, were right all along.  Just made it all seem pointless

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 02:47 AM

Yeah he takes a lot of liberties and links them together interspersed with lengthy explanations of historical fact, whilst impeccably researched it all just falls flat and after a while you just want it to stop so the story develops!! The albino monk, Silas if I remember correctly, is the most intriguing character but also the most obvious plot vehicle. I really didn't even care when it came to the ending, there are so many twists but it is like five too many! He over complicates it all, far better than any other writer in the religious/historical suspense genre though.

Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air and deep beneath the rolling waves, in labyrinths of coral caves, The echo of a distant tide comes willowing across the sand and everything is green and submarine...

You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 02:52 AM

Ive liked some of Peretti's work a little better just because he tends to embrace supernatural aspects of it.  But as far as being based in reality, Brown's my first foray into it.

Though i would like to read holy blood holy grail now

Right, SIlas, had forgotten his name.   Yeah, there wasn't much subtelty in him just being there to move things along occasionally

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:55 AM

"The Kingdom of Gods" by N.K. Jesimin. It's a fantasy novel about a god who builds a relationship with mortals.


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:11 AM

I'm about halfway through Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey.

It's the second book in a series called The Expanse, that started with Leviathan Wakes.

The basic setting for both books is that mankind has spread out into the solar system with colonies on Mars and mining operations on various moons, but still can't travel to other stars. There aren't exactly aliens... but if you read the books you'll see why I said "not exactly". Good stuff in my opinion.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:49 AM

View PostSkepticalB, on 04 August 2013 - 12:36 AM, said:

Another problem w/ Davinci code is points where the story hinges on a specific historical thingy.

and the history he references is just....wrong. you know?  I finally just accepted this was an alternate universe, and it made it more easy to deal with
That's the problem I had with Dan Brown as well. The Da Vinci Code had been done to death for historical inaccuracy but his other Langdon novels have equal issues. A massive plot point in Angels and Demons revolved around made up history. I liked this book better then the Day Vinci Code, but the historical inaccuracy was jarring.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:06 AM

Just finished up Halo Effect by MJ Rose, reading Dragon and The Bear by Tom Clancy (jeeeeeesus is it dry and long.....much like highschool), and also starting a book called Blasphamy by douglas preston.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:09 AM

The Enemy Within, a history of Witch hunting, and The Founder of Christianity  by C.H. Dodd.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 02:35 PM

Glad I'm not hunted anymore. That would make life a little... painful.


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 04:14 PM

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 04:20 PM

"Fun with Dick and Jane" - I've almost made it through... I need to finish it so I can take it back to the library...
It's only 57 years over due!

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:30 AM

Sin City by Frank Miller

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:09 AM

i finished reading titus groan, and moved on to gormenghast.

these books are pretty dang remarkable, and i can't believe i never tried to read them before


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:09 AM

View PostTaun, on 19 August 2013 - 04:20 PM, said:

"Fun with Dick and Jane" - I've almost made it through... I need to finish it so I can take it back to the library...
It's only 57 years over due!

("Look look. See Spot.")
I'm sure I saw a video called something like that recently. I didn't know they'd made it into a movie  .... :innocent:

Edited by Colonel Rhuairidh, 20 August 2013 - 07:10 AM.

Life is a hideous business, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous.

H. P. Lovecraft.


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