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Old 03-05-2009, 12:17 PM   #16
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Aren't both Ludlum and Crichton now dead?
Yes, but if you haven't read all their books you could have some stuff to read while you are waiting. I think they write in a similar style and topics. (Or I could be way off).

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Well, to sound a contrary note, I thoroughly enjoyed "DaVinci Code". Not great literature, certainly, but a cracking good thriller, and sometimes that's all that one is after.
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Well, to sound a contrary note, I thoroughly enjoyed "DaVinci Code". Not great literature, certainly, but a cracking good thriller, and sometimes that's all that one is after.
My father calls it the best book he's ever read.

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Old 03-05-2009, 02:42 PM   #19
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Associating Brown with Ludlum is an insult to Ludlum. I'm sensitive there only because he's one of my favorite authors. Eric Lustbader did an excellent job carrying on in the Bourne series (Lustbader has a better grip on describing physical confrontations).

I can see suggesting Eco for the mysteries in those books but you're suggesting a double-diamond downhill run to someone who skies on the bunny slopes. A satisfied Dan Brown reader would get badly hurt. Oh, I did read and mostly enjoy Dan's books but they are fodder. I have low-brow taste.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:55 PM   #20
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Associating Brown with Ludlum is an insult to Ludlum. I'm sensitive there only because he's one of my favorite authors. Eric Lustbader did an excellent job carrying on in the Bourne series (Lustbader has a better grip on describing physical confrontations).
All I said was that they wrote is a similar genre and topics. I didn't mean to equate the quality of one with the other in any way.

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Try Umberto Eco: you'll forget Dan Brown before the end of the first page...

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Loved 'The Name of the Rose'
Ooo, I loved The Name of the Rose with Sean Connery. Didn't know it came from a book. I'll have to look for it!
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Well, to sound a contrary note, I thoroughly enjoyed "DaVinci Code". Not great literature, certainly, but a cracking good thriller, and sometimes that's all that one is after.
As I said, it's a fun book to read. He certainly has a way with words. I guess you have to when you sell so many books. But he's a one trick pony; I never read two books so alike as ' The Da Vinci Code' and ' Angels & Demons'.

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Ooo, I loved The Name of the Rose with Sean Connery. Didn't know it came from a book. I'll have to look for it!
That's the one
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:33 PM   #23
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Ooo, I loved The Name of the Rose with Sean Connery. Didn't know it came from a book. I'll have to look for it!
The book, typically, is better than the movie. It is a real page turner but, once you've read it, Dan Brown doesn't look too good!
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Now you guys and gals have done it! After reading your comments, you are correct and I hadn't really noticed that DaVince Code and Angels and Demons were the same book! Explains why Angels & Demons was my favorite of the two. I thought Digital Fortress was pretty good too.

I'm the type of reader that likes to basically go "Brain Dead" while reading, meaning I don't want to really think I just want to be entertained, authors don't have to get too crazy to impress me. The only thing that drives me crazy is when they botch up anything to do with airplanes (note the pic) because I notice it. A good example was in Angels and Demons when Langdon jumps out of the helicopter and uses a blanket or something like it as a parachute. (It's been a while since I've read it) I just about retched, and if I hadn't really enjoyed the book up to that point and about to finish it I would of deleted it quick.

You have to admit though, that Dan Brown started a whole new "Genre" of book subjects, I wonder how many books written recently were inspired the success of DaVince Code and A & D... (But I must admit, I am getting a bit bored with the whole Templar/Lost Document that will change the world/What does the Bite in the Apple of that picture really mean thing!)

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That's okay -- I've already read all 5 of Dan Brown's books. The last 3 did start to indicate a pattern. I thoroughly enjoy the first two I came upon, which were DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. (Which starts out at a co-accelerator 'rival', Cern. I'm at Fermilab. That part was specially fun!)

But -- bunny hill vs high-speed-slope. Ulp. I hope I'm not in trouble here! Bunny hill is frequently my speed. (but not on skis. Tried it once, on the bunny hill, and hated it!)

Don't suppose Eco "Name of the Rose" is available in ebook format anywhere? Not at amazon, anyway. I looked there.
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Hmm. You mean the blanket wouldn't have helped, even a little? His explanations sound good, from a lay-person physics level. Well, ok, BS in physics level. But not in aviation!
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Associating Brown with Ludlum is an insult to Ludlum.
I'll have to disagree a bit there... I love Ludlum's books and own most of them in hardcover, but he *did* write the same book over and over. In that he was no better or worse than Brown. 'Single hero against shadowy group hell-bent on world domination' pretty much describes the plot of all of them, with just the names changed.

Still, thrilling stuff :-)
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Dan Brown started a new genre? With a book published in 2004?! Say hello to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" filmed in 1981, based on what George Lucas started writing in the 1970's!

I would agree his commercial success spawned a bunch of copycats, as did other successes such as Harry Potter.
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Dan Brown started a new genre? With a book published in 2004?! Say hello to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" filmed in 1981, based on what George Lucas started writing in the 1970's!

I would agree his commercial success spawned a bunch of copycats, as did other successes such as Harry Potter.
Eco's The Name of the Rose was first published in 1980.
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I must admit, too, that I enjoyed all of Dan Brown's books, and I'd like to see him continue to write.
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