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Old 09-16-2009, 12:15 AM   #1
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The Serpentine Cipher - Dan Brown's next book

I found the blurb for Dan Brown's next book:
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When celebrated Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to the William Penn statue on top of City Hall to analyze a mysterious ancient script—drawn on a calling card next to the mangled body of the head docent—he discovers evidence of the unthinkable: the resurgence of the ancient cult of the Lucifori, a secret branch of the Apache tribe that has surfaced from the shadows to carry out its legendary vendetta against its mortal enemy, the Vatican.

Langdon's worst fears are confirmed when a messenger from the Lucifori appears at Citizen's Bank Park to deliver a deadly ultimatum: Deposit $1 billion in the Apache tribe's off-shore bank accounts or the exclusive clothier of the Swiss Guards will be bankrupted. As the city braces for disaster, Langdon joins forces with the firm-thighed and mysterious daughter of the murdered docent in a desperate bid to crack the code that will reveal the cult's secret plan.

Embarking on a frantic hunt, Langdon and his companion follow a 700-year-old trail through Philadelphia's most historic libraries and venerable monuments, pursued by a near-sighted assassin the cult has sent to thwart them. What they discover threatens to expose a conspiracy that goes all the way back to Geronimo and the very founding of the Apache tribe.
Okay, I'm kidding. What I actually found was the Dan Brown Plot Generator on www.Slate.com
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:52 AM   #2
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Damn! It actually looked more interesting than his other stuff...
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:42 AM   #3
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Ick!

Everytime I hear his name, I suddenly develop a rash!


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Old 09-16-2009, 07:49 AM   #4
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A long-forgotten cipher whose key is somewhere in Washington.
A nefarious cult determined to protect it.
A desperate race to uncover the United States Postal Service's darkest secret.

The Invisible Tomb

When renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to the Library of Congress to analyze a mysterious geometric form—imprinted on a gold ring lying next to the disfigured form of the head docent—he discovers evidence of the unthinkable: the resurgence of the ancient cult of the Quintinistas, a secret branch of the United States Postal Service that has surfaced from the shadows to carry out its legendary vendetta against its mortal enemy, the Vatican.

Langdon's worst fears are confirmed when a messenger from the Quintinistas appears at the Capitol to deliver a macabre ultimatum: Turn over the archbishop, or one cherub will disappear from the Sistine Chapel every day. With only three days to foil their plot, Langdon joins forces with the dewy and mysterious daughter of the murdered docent in a desperate bid to crack the code that will reveal the cult's secret plan.

Embarking on a frantic hunt, Langdon and his companion follow a 900-year-old trail through Washington's most historic libraries and exalted statues, pursued by a rented assassin the cult has sent to thwart them. What they discover threatens to expose a conspiracy that goes all the way back to Benjamin Franklin and the very founding of the United States Postal Service.
Thank you for the linky Nate... even if I did have some reservations before clicking on it, one to many rick'roll

That was one really hilarious thing! But they could have randomized it abit more
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:55 AM   #5
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Thank you for the linky Nate... even if I did have some reservations before clicking on it, one to many rick'roll

That was one really hilarious thing! But they could have randomized it abit more
No, I don't think they could. He's too formulaic. It would be wrong for the plot generator to be more inventive than the author.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:57 AM   #6
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No, I don't think they could. He's too formulaic. It would be wrong for the plot generator to be more inventive than the author.
Didn't think about that... You are however correct in that statement
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:07 AM   #7
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Must ... try ... to ... breathe... between .... laughs....

Thanks for the laugh, it was actually out loud
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:17 AM   #8
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #9
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No, I don't think they could. He's too formulaic. It would be wrong for the plot generator to be more inventive than the author.
Nate, that's great! I'm laughing my head off.


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Old 09-16-2009, 12:06 PM   #10
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No, don't move it to that other Forum.

Let's talk about Plot Generators and the efficacy of using one to improve overall readability and general interest of texts.

Does anyone think they really work? Does that "author" actually use one? If he did use one, would his "work" be improved?

So: What's the thinking on Plot Generators?


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No, don't move it to that other Forum.

Let's talk about Plot Generators and the efficacy of using one to improve overall readability and general interest of texts.

Does anyone think they really work? Does that "author" actually use one? If he did use one, would his "work" be improved?

So: What's the thinking on Plot Generators?


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Old 09-16-2009, 12:26 PM   #12
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What was it like, JSWolf, when you were a moderator?

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I'm still not a 100% fanatic of Dan Brown.

His clunky prose still irks the hell out of me (Go read the excerpt) and I want to throw my Kindle half the time.

But, when he is good - he's good. And when he's bad...he's bloody terrible. But, he does do a decent job of keeping the tension up. I've always been a fan of his 2 page chapters that end on sort-of cliffhangers to make you want to turn the next page.

I remember the first time I read Angels and Demons. I was definitely younger, but the frustration of not 'knowing' what happened next made for a crappy end of commute sometimes. But I actually found myself looking forward to the next day's commute, just to see what the hell happened
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I'm a little sick of the bash Dan Brown threads, but I have to admit this was pretty funny.
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