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Dan Brown: Inferno

Discussion in 'General mystery discussion' started by Meadow337, May 30, 2013.

  1. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Dan Brown seems to have bought into his own hype and written a book to show us how terribly clever he is (and well traveled - just to rub your nose in it). Unfortunately this makes the book read like a travel guide with a plot written by a painful professor who insists on telling us excruciatingly boring details about everything we pass.

    The only thing interesting and worth discussing about the book are the views of the antagonist.
     
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    Not as good as his other four then?
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Its worth a read if you don't set your expectations too high. Think of it like the 3rd or 4th sequel to a movie you loved. You know it isn't going to be great but you will watch anyway.
     
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    Okay thanks.
     
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    Some writers pick up a certain habit it seems. After a few books, you either like the habit or you don't. With Brown you should know what to expect. I like his work because I've been to those places and I find out more interesting things about them. I like Grisham and he has his favorite area to dwell.
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    It's generally called "writing to expectations". People expect a certain style from certain authors and to sell books, they continue to write within that style. And the more best sellers of a certain type they write, the more pressure there is to write more of the same.
     
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    Oh, here you are again. Thank you!
     
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    Implying that the other four were good. :devillook
     
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    Well in a way they were - millions of lemmings can't be wrong :devillook
     
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    I totally enjoyed them, I read them as novels purely for the pleasure of reading and in that way they are more than satisfying.
    I often like popular books, but then again I do not care what others think of books I enjoy, if I like them, then the opinions of others do not really matter to me.
    Am I atypical in this respect?
     
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    Nah, you're not atypical.

    Reading Dan Brown requires the kind of suspension of disbelief that I have saved for getting through movies like Olympus Has Fallen and GI Joe. :p
     
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    :rofl
     
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    :rofl
     
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    :rofl that was really funny! I don't think his writing is as bad as that article though, it was a teeeny bit mean. It was more the 'look how clever I am' feel to Inferno that annoyed me.
     
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    I agree! The only one I can remember reading was Angels and Demons and I remember that it just seemed okay to me. Sort of blah, bestseller stuff. But not that terrible! I think his success has placed his writing squarely under the microscope and I guess under that type of scrutiny his writing really seems to inflame the critics.
     
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    I've never managed to read more than one page of Dan Brown's writing (the first page of The Da Vinci Code, for what it's worth), I couldn't get myself to read the whole thing as I was rather annoyed by the prose. I feel much the same about the Fifty Shades trilogy of which I have plodded through a whole chapter before admitting defeat.

    I like the Telegraph article, gave me a wee chuckle. :D
     
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    Polly Parrot, what about your page 99 rule?
     
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    Cheated on it.
     
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    I disagree and do not understand what the word nah means.
     

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