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reckless
10-06-2009, 01:47 AM
My brother calls Dan Brown's work "dead tree TV."
A perfect description. I thought the Da Vinci Code was amusing fluff and the whole Grail myth and use of art was pretty cool. But I grabbed the new book at the airport before going out of town for the weekend, and it is truly dreadful. It's just one WTF? moment after another.

Jenny
10-06-2009, 02:22 PM
A perfect description. I thought the Da Vinci Code was amusing fluff and the whole Grail myth and use of art was pretty cool.

That's why I bought it years ago when it was still in hardcover and before the hype - for the art. I love art crime stories (fact and fiction!), and they are hard to come by.

IceAlisa
10-06-2009, 03:57 PM
I too thought that Brown's idea of the Grail was very interesting. I did get the book at the height of the hype but no one warned me how atrocious the writing would be. Can't he get a ghost writer?

reckless
10-06-2009, 04:15 PM
I too thought that Brown's idea of the Grail was very interesting. I did get the book at the height of the hype but no one warned me how atrocious the writing would be. Can't he get a ghost writer?
This book is even worse. And much of the story seems designed with the inevitable movie in mind. Heck, there is one character in the book who probably could only be played by Linda Hunt.

Prancer
10-06-2009, 04:20 PM
That's why I bought it years ago when it was still in hardcover and before the hype - for the art. I love art crime stories (fact and fiction!), and they are hard to come by.

Have you read The Lost Painting (http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Painting-Quest-Caravaggio-Masterpiece/dp/0375508015)?

Jenny
10-06-2009, 04:56 PM
Have you read The Lost Painting (http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Painting-Quest-Caravaggio-Masterpiece/dp/0375508015)?

Added to my cart!

talulabell
10-06-2009, 10:14 PM
I too thought that Brown's idea of the Grail was very interesting. I did get the book at the height of the hype but no one warned me how atrocious the writing would be. Can't he get a ghost writer?

I guess I just dont see why Dan Browns writing is considered so terrible. No, he's not the best writer in the world, but he's a good story teller (for the most part). I really enjoyed The DaVinci Code and I liked Angels & Demons even better... I thought they were both very compelling stories with pretty good characters. I thought he was very descriptive of the settings and the art and architecture involved... he made it all quite interesting. I've never gone to the internet so much while reading a book as I did with The DaVinci Code. LOL! Angels & Demons has made me want to go to Italy (it was never that high on my "to do" list).

Now, the new one on the other hand.... :blah: . Maybe it's that I had no... connection... with the Masons, but I just found it to be not engaging at all. I found a few of the characters interesting, but Langdon just got on my nerves, whining all the time. It seemed I was at least 1/3rd thru the book when I realized that they really hadnt done anything yet. Ok... enough about the damn hand... How about leaving the Capitol Rotunda and doing something already. :P


This book is even worse. And much of the story seems designed with the inevitable movie in mind. Heck, there is one character in the book who probably could only be played by Linda Hunt.

This made me LOL! As soon as this character came into the story, I thought of Linda Hunt.

shells
10-06-2009, 10:25 PM
That's why I bought it years ago when it was still in hardcover and before the hype - for the art. I love art crime stories (fact and fiction!), and they are hard to come by.

Jenny have you read The Amber Room by Steve Berry? He's been compared to Dan Brown, but personally I think he's a much better writer. Also, I met him at a bookseller event and he's a very nice man.

Jenny
10-06-2009, 10:30 PM
Jenny have you read The Amber Room by Steve Berry? He's been compared to Dan Brown, but personally I think he's a much better writer. Also, I met him at a bookseller event and he's a very nice man.

Another one to add to the cart! Particularly if it's about the same Amber Room I've actually visited :)

shells
10-06-2009, 11:06 PM
My guess is that it probably is. :)

shells
10-07-2009, 10:40 PM
I decided against reading the books I thought I might and went out and bought The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at my aunt's suggestion. I've read about half of it (and it's awfully thick) since I started it on Monday and I am really enjoying it. The thing that worries me is that the second book is only available in hardcover, and since I don't get cheap books anymore, I've sworn off buying hardcovers.

IceAlisa
10-07-2009, 10:42 PM
This book isn't exactly new but has anyone read The Blind Watchmaker? The premise would be preaching to the choir to me but I'd love to hear your opinion. Is it well argued?

4dogknight
10-08-2009, 12:26 AM
I just received "The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf" by Stephanie Barron. I've enjoyed Ms Barron's Jane Austen mystery series so I thought I'd give this a try.

This is a grabber folks from the first page. Disregard everything you've ever, well just about every thing you've every heard about Virginia Woolf and you'll be ready to start. It's a mystery on several levels and I've only read the first chapter.

Holley Calmes
10-08-2009, 02:13 AM
OK, I've started reading "Outlander" and I'm almost halfway through....low on plot but lots of very finely described friggin' in the heather. I mean, what's not to like about a strapping 22 year old redheaded Highlander in a kilt? And my eyes bugged totally out of my head over the chapter at the end promoting the next book....beautifully written soft porn in my opinion. Had to read it 4 or 5 times. :lol:

What kills me is that these books were recommended to me by a sweet little 60-ish lady from my church who owns a bookstore. She's been bugging me to read these books for months! She just gushes over them! And she's a grey-haired, little pudgebucket-a real dear. Knits all day. But she's like, "Holley, you just really need to read these books! They are sooooo goooood!"

I love being an Episcopalian. We can drink alcohol, too.

star_gazer11
10-08-2009, 06:55 AM
I'm about 1/3 way through The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780385341004/The-Guernsey-Literary-and-Potato-Peel-Pie-Society). Yes, it's charming, but I'm not getting all the hype about it.

Okay, I finally finished Guernsey and I enjoyed it - it did pick up after Juliet visits the island.

I've picked up my copy of Diana Gabaldon's latest from the library, An Echo in the Bone. It's been a while since I read the previous book though, I hope I remember who everybody is and plot threads and such. The library also had some new copies of Georgette Heyer books, so I've got Cotillion and A Lady of Quality on the TBR stack as well.