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#2172

I agree with all of that. Apart from the defending him part. :slight_smile:

I also read it as a holiday book, it’s a page turner and it keeps chugging along nicely but he’s absolutely nothing special as a writer, and I think his success is in capturing people’s imaginations with the subject matter (which as you say rips off previous works shamelessly anyway). Otherwise he’s indistinguishable from a sea of other authors of ‘airport books’.

Still, he’s inspired some fun mockery. Stewart Lee does a great bit about him, but even better might be this Telegraph review.


#2173

In American Pig Latin, the cypher just has the vowel followed by ay, separated by whats known in phonetics by a glottal stop, the sound in represented by the hyphen in “uh-oh” or how cockneys and Geordies (I think) pronounce the t in Bottle. In America, it’s common to reduce the sound of the word < a > to Uh, so it would be uh’ay, not ay’ay.


#2174

Da Vinci Code the movie is great. Hanks sells Langdon very well, questionable hairstyle and all. But it’s really Ian McKellen’s movie. That’s probably my favorite McKellen performance (maybe Fellowship of the Ring is competition). It’s Howard’s two subsequent Langdon movies that don’t work as well.

Before actually reading Brown, I thought he was a terrible writer. I’ve now read two of his Langdon thrillers. He’s more consistent than Brad Meltzer.


#2175

I said ‘a very very small amount’. :smile: In detail my views align with yours, it’s a page turner with poor prose. I tried one of the others but gave up when the setup was exactly the same as Da Vinci.

No surprise Tony bucks the trend in thinking it’s a great movie! :smile:


#2176

Have you seen his Richard III? If not, do it! Just be prepared to suffer through a Reductio ad Hitlerum of Richard III; ignore it, and let Sir Ian’s performance flow over you (Also, where else can you see Magneto stab Iron Man?)


#2177

I’ll keep an eye out for them. I’m sure there’ll be plenty cheap copies kicking about on eBay.

I’ve made a start on Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s Father Gaetano’s Puppet Catechism tonight after @njerry recommended it ages ago. A few chapters in and it feels a bit Guillermo del Toro-y (mainly due to the WW2 era orphanage setting).


#2178

Ahem… I thought it was a decent movie :blush:

Not a great movie. But I thought it was better than the book, because it spends less time agonizing over puzzles that are so simple you want to slap the charatcers, and just lets the plot rattle along. Nice scenery, too :slight_smile:


#2179

I assume you’re talking about Audrey Tautou.


#2180

If I’m completely honest, I can’t remember what she looks like :expressionless:

I’m sure she was attractive, though.


#2181

I like Tautou a lot, but much of that is down to Amélie where she’s utterly charming.


#2182

I’ll defend Dan Brown a little as well.

Whilst I found Angels and Demons quite hard to enjoy, I read The Lost Symbol a few years ago (pre kids!) on holiday whilst sipping beers on a sun lounger and I rattled through it in a couple of days - which I never do as I’m a pretty slow reader, despite having read pretty much every day since I was able to read on my own.

I found it it really engrossing and ridiculously entertaining.

His books do provide a lot of enjoyment for a lot of people and being so mainstream friendly, anything that encourages people to read - particlulary those who do not read regularly, is a good thing.

Which is why I would always defend JK Rowling to the hilt, despite not finishing the first HP due to the style and over familiarity of the story, she made millions of kids passionate about picking up a book.


#2183

This is a great point and a good argument against the sense of snobbery that you often get from his critics (like me). I might not think he’s a great writer, but getting so many people to pick up books - and books that might teach them a bit about history along the way - is a good thing.


#2184

I admit I haven’t seen that yet. Been working toward it!


#2185

Haha don’t worry, I can be a snob too about certain subjects when it suits me. Don’t get me started on Kanye West or Jay Z…or EDM for that matter


#2186

Yeah, what a kante :wink:


#2187

My posts are getting worse for errors these days


#2188

(After editing it just looks like David was messing with you.)


#2189

I don’t get it.


#2190

Yeah, sorry, I don’t usually call out typos (I make enough of them myself) but that one was too good to resist :laughing:


#2191

I had one the other day in my Hereditary post, that upon reading it yesterday, I actually thought for a minute that one of the folk who don’t like me on here had gone in and edited it somehow.

It read something like

“I’m thick, and with such mind numbing reputation”

This has been happening a lot recently in emails at work as well. I hope it’s just tiredness.