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Book Review: Inferno

Book: Inferno

Author: Dan Brown

Recommend: Not in a million years would I suggest this one to anyone…

Okay, there is not great love lost between myself and author Dan Brown. I keep an eye on his books mostly because of how much I disagree with the man. This one is the most recent book in his Robert Langdon series and is the worst I’ve read. The action is completely predictable, the scenarios stale and the supporting cast of characters are flimsy. Not to mention the theory behind the book is completely illogical. Proponents of the idea that we are going to outgrow what the earth can support is using only half the facts. they focus on birthrates and ignore the impact of disease and death completely.

The only reason I finished this  one was because I wanted to write a review for it. This one was completely phoned it and so formulaic that it was painful to read, feeling the bones poking through what thin story there was. This is a far cry from the first two Robert Langdon books. Don’t waste your time.

Final Rating:

TRASH IT!!

TRASH IT!!

 

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books that are on the Top of My Summer TBR List

Top Ten TuesdaysOkay, anyone who knows me understands that I have a reading list that will never be completed in my lifetime and so this list could be really really long if I let it. I’m going to go the simple route and let you know what books I think I’ll be reading in the next few days (or week on the outside). Mind you, my mind changes easily and so this could be completely inaccurate as fast as tomorrow morning.

1. The Overton Window by Glen Beck – I just finished reading a Glen Beck novel a few minutes ago and can tell you right now that this one just jumped to the top of my reading list. Sorry mom, I should have listened and read it sooner – you were right.

2. The Eye of Memnoch by Glen Beck – This one is the sequel to The Overton Window which I will read as soon as I can pry it from my mom’s hands for a few hours. (Sensing a theme here?)

3. Inferno by Dan Brown – I was sorely disappointed with his last book so here is to hoping this one is much much better or I might be done with Robert Langdon.

4. Lost by Gregory Maguire – I started this one and was pleasantly surprised to find the writing interesting for once instead of his dull tasteless prose that he normally spouts off. I think I’m going to have to get back to this one very soon.

5. Splintered by A. G. Howard – This is a modern YA retelling of Alice in Wonderland – well one of the descendents of Alice at any rate. I have been putting this one in the middle of my pile in order to motivate me to get to some of the ones above it.

6. The Shack by Paul Young – A friend of mine gave me a copy of this one when she was shocked to find I hadn’t read it. So I have to read it soon because I know she’s going to ask me about it the next time I see her. So I’ve got to get to this one soon.  (For the record I also haven’t read Heaven is For Real yet either)

7. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson – I an a huge L. M. Montgomery fan and found out about this book recently which chronicles Anne’s early life which is only hinted at in the books.

8. Amped by Daniel Wilson – The idea behind this one really caught me and so I think I’ll be diving in soon.

9. The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson – Yep. I’m a big Superman fan. That’s the only defense I have for this one.

10. The Black Opera by Mary Gentle – I’ve had this one sitting on my shelves for a while and keep wanting to dive in. Hopefully soon, although the length on this one is a bit lengthy.

What is currently on the top of your to be read list?

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Book Review: Comes a Horseman

Book: Comes a Horseman

Author: Robert Liparulo

Recommend: It’s a fun, fast-paced read for the most part…

I have been holding off on this book for far too long. A friend of mine lent it to me ages ago and I just couldn’t seem to get the time to get into it. I actually started reading it once before but was not in the mood for a story like this at the time and so I put it aside again. I have been trying to get through quite a few of my reading commitments lately and realized that this book was still sitting on my shelves, waiting patiently to be read. So finally last night, I picked it up and got going.

This book begins with a murder scene. I found it to be an interesting way to open the book and a great way to grab the reader’s attention. Then the scene abruptly shifts to following a FBI agent around. Eventually you realize that you are going to be moving back and forth through two and three parallel story lines that, as an experienced reader, you know must intersect eventually. The book was a blend of something written by Dan Brown and a serial killer novel with some Biblical undertones that didn’t attack Christianity, unlike Brown’s famous books.I was thoroughly sucked into the book and enjoyed it.

I would say that there was one big negative for me with this one. As you reach the third and final act of this book. As the stories begin to come together, the book for some reason just seems to slow down. The author reaches this frenzied pace in the second section that he just doesn’t quite live up to in the third. This doesn’t mean that the book isn’t interesting, it just lacks the sparkle of the middle which felt like a bit of a let-down after the blood pumping, fabulous middle section of the book. The climax of the book ends a bit awkwardly in my opinion as well and feels anticlimactic in comparison to everything that has come before it.

While this was a great read, the ending kind of left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I am interested to read more by this author but I think I would want to read some reviews first so I don’t get another ending like this one.

Final Rating:

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Dan Brown strikes again

Book: The Lost Symbol

Author: Dan Brown

Recommend?? If you are not easily swayed by seemingly intellectual arguments…

Okay, I picked this one up not long after it came out in paperback (there are very few books that I’m willing to pay full price for). I decided to read this because one of the teens at my church was assigned to read it and I knew I had it on my shelves, waiting to be read. I figured it was as good a time as any to pick it up.

I honestly enjoyed reading it. The plot was engaging, fast paced and kept my brain working, although i had figured out rather early the truth about Mal’akh. The rest of it was quite a bit of fun to read. The only issue I had with it is the one I always have with Dan Brown’s writing. While this one did not attack Christianity like his last ones did, it went for a much grander scale and attempted to invalidate every religion (including Christianity).  It honestly makes me wonder where Mr. Brown’s hostility towards Christianity and other religions stems from.

I would say that his books are beginning to feel phoned in. The formula is there and I think in some ways he has stopped trying. The drowning for me was ridiculous. I know that it is possible from a science standpoint but honestly where would the CO2 go?? The final answer felt contrived and like he was attempting to placate the Christians that he had upset with his previous books, even though this one honestly is more sophisticated in it’s argument against God than the first two. I won’t even get started on my issues with his validation of the masons. I think that honestly at this point he is trying to sell books instead of writing something worth reading.

Would I read this again? The plot was enjoyable but the ending made me mad. I might read it again and just NOT read the end.

Final Rating:

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