Tuesday, September 15, 2009

fill in gaps

Must play.
I used to think that the Da Vinci Code was a gap in my reading because it was so incredibly popular. But I made the mistake of looking at the first page and couldn't deal with it, and then I found out that the albino monk was not a joke, so I let it go.
Dan Brown keeps writing more and the gap seems to be getting bigger, but Slate has the solution:

4 comments:

Oscar said...

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Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

I have read two of his books: 'Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons'. He really keeps writing. The Lost Symbol is one I want to read.

Emily Cross said...

hahaha i love it!!


Completely agree with you, loved the 'idea' behind his novel (i might just read the nonfiction book) but the writing. . . wasn't one of my favs.

Rachel said...

I finished The Lost Symbol on Friday night, and wow, that guy needs a copy editor in the worst way. He used "disorientated" TWICE! The dialogue is pedestrian, the exposition is pandering, the foreshadowing is obvious, the tropes are repetitive (from The Da Vinci Code), the the ending is anticlimactic, and the reader figures out the clues well before the characters (especially if you've ever been to DC).

But: If you scrape away all the crap, then a lot of what he was talking about was interesting. I can't verify the truth of the history and symbol interpretations that the main character put forth -- it's fiction, after all. But it was a page-turner, in spite of its flaws.

I have the illustrated editions of Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, and those are fun because you can see pictures of the paintings, sculptures, landmarks, and symbols that Brown is describing.