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Inferno, by Dan Brown

Recently I read my first Dan Brown book. The book I read was Inferno, which is one of the Robert Langdon books (the same main character in Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code).

Apparently Dan Brown’s character Robert Langdon is known for a few things:

  • Stirring up controversy with “facts” that are included in the books
  • A page-turning action story
  • Annoying amounts of descriptions of buildings and history in the middle of scenes where it makes no sense (which is basically the entirety of the book because the story is fast-paced but the narration is not)

Here is a paragraph from the book (this could be considered a spoiler so … feel free to skip this):

Langdon hurried toward them, although as an architecture enthusiast, he found it almost unthinkable to rush a trip along the Grand Canal. Few Venetian experiences were more pleasurable than boarding vaporetto no. 1 – the city’s primary open-air water bus – preferably at night, and sitting up front in the open air as the floodlit cathedrals and palaces drifted past.

Meanwhile someone is chasing him with a gun or he’s on fire or whatever, something is happening that makes this kind of reminiscing normally associated with coffee and lazy days slightly out of place.

This book is an example of something enjoyable that is wrapped a coating of annoying. I remember a quote from The Office where Michael Scott has an interesting story for once and Pam says that Michael realizes this and is taking even longer to tell the story because he knows he has everyone’s attention.

To me, that is Dan Brown.

Quotes of the Day!

My buddy Katie, over at hereiamstillintact.blogspot.com did a pretty fun book review where she talked about a few books she just read. Wellllll, inspired by Miss Katie I decided to throw in a little ‘review’ section for this book.

The book? Fight Club. You know … like that movie, Fight Club. Honestly, if you’ve seen the flick, you’re set. That said, I enjoy the movie and there are some interesting differences in the book … but overall I’d say the book is VERY similar. There are a few good lines (of the snarky, darkish variety) which weren’t in the movie, so I’ve got them here for you …

Fight Club (Novel) Quotes

Now, according to the ancient Chinese custom we all learned from television, Tyler is responsible for Marla, forever, because Tyler saved Marla’s life.

Besides, I’m enlightened now. You know, only Buddha-style behavior. Spider chrysanthemums. The Diamond Sutra and the Blue Cliff Record. Hari Rama, you know, Krishna, Krishna. You know, Enlightened.

Tyler lies back and asks, “If Marilyn Monroe was alive right now, what would she be doing?”
I say, goodnight.
The headliner hangs down in shreds from the ceiling, and Tyler says, “Clawing at the lid of her coffin.”

The door to my boss’s office is always closed now, and we haven’t traded more than two words any day since he found the fight club rules in the copy machine and I maybe implied I might gut him with a shotgun blast. Just me clowning around, again.

I look at God behind his desk, taking notes on a pad, but God’s got this all wrong.
We are not special.
We are not crap or trash, either.
We just are.
We just are, and what happens just happens.
And God says, “No, that’s not right.”
Yeah. Well. Whatever. You can’t teach God anything.

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The BEST part of the book, to me (and maybe I was having a downer-day), was the afterword (written in 2005). In it the author talks about what inspired Fight Club and his attempts to get it published. Sometimes I enjoy the story of, say, Dr. Seuss being rejected 27 times before being published, kind of story.

Also, it’s just fun to see how someone thinks. Especially if that someone has managed to entertain you through written word.

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