Thursday, 3 October 2013

What Turns Your Page? Dan Brown?


I do like a good thriller filled with suspense but Dan Brown's latest, "Inferno", is not doing it for me.  I enjoyed very much, "The Da Vinci Code" because it was so different but his later books increasingly follow too much of a formula, although they are well-researched.  Several of our book club ladies enthused about this one, so I am giving it a go. I have read about 3/4 and have enjoyed it so far as an art history lesson, with my i-pad at my side and the wonderful Google Images as an instant manifestation of Brown's evocative descriptions of art works in Florence and Venice. However, the plot is too straightforward and I do frown at the red herring of our hero suffering from amnesia, a silly device here, I feel, and although the pace is hotting up (yawn),  I have never found stories which depend on the main characters constantly on the run from the bad guys to be very gripping. (I have found a soul-mate in one of our lady columnists who, when reviewing an action film asked, "Am I the only female who falls asleep during a car chase?"). Also, it seems to me to be heading for a predictable ending and why would the bad guy leave so many clues which would enable his scheme to be defeated?  On the other hand, we all have to read a Douglas Kennedy for Book Club this month.  He comes highly recommended although I am ashamed to say I had not heard of him before.  I got "The Job", about the cut-throat world of the Advertising industry in Manhattan.  I was quickly appalled by the hectic pace of the high-fliers in the first couple of chapters, but I can't wait to see what happens to the central character, who so far has bounced back from the massive ups and downs of his career.  He is a salesman - a breed which has always fascinated me (something I could never be myself) and so I need to understand what makes him tick.  Considering what has happened to him so far, I am amazed that he has not offed himself  (I would have). I shall also finish "The Inferno", it's been good for my general knowledge and anyway, I want to see if I have guessed correctly about the end.

6 comments:

  1. The Inferno has been popular at our library so I have not had the chance to check it out. That is okay because I have a long list of books I would rather read anyway.

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  2. I liked the Da Vinci code and was totally amazed at how many bad reviews it got. I have not read the Inferno.

    The greatest car chase of all time...it probably pure crap by today's standards:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lbs_nYW3-o

    Absolute non-sense but a great chase. The only one I like better was Peter Falk driving backwards on a busy Central American highway in the 70s version of the In-laws.

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    1. Nah, the only one that did it for me was the chase with the four minis in The Italian Job. So cute.

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  3. I am hopping over from Olga's blog because I saw the title of your post on her sidebar. My husband and I both just finished Inferno and thought it was just OK. It's very much Dan Brown formula writing, but felt like it was a travelog of Florence and.... I'd better not say since you're not done reading. The ending just didn't work for us.

    I'm now reading Micro which was started by Michael Crichton and finished by Richard Preston after Crichton passed away. Even though you had to suspend belief with this one, I couldn't put it down. Well... it's also set in Hawaii where I'm living so that made it extra fun. I understand Spielberg has bought the rights so I hope he really does make it into a movie.

    Anyway, thank you for your post because it was really fun reading your opinion.

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    1. How great to have another comment! Thank you so much. I've now finished The Inferno. I wasn't quite correct about the end and it was confusing as to who the good guys were but the idea about a cure for over-population in today's world was intriguing to say the least.

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  4. Oh, and I can't get that right-angled graph out of mind.

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