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I have now read two books by Dan Brown. I think I understand how the structure of his books work now. First, pick a topic that is complex and that few people really understand well. Then, create a seemingly impossible scenario that blows all the characters minds, then back it up by "science". Add some high powered people who would kill innocent people in order to keep some secret from being discovered and mix it all together with a couple locations that can capture the imagination of the reader (ie, the Louvre, a glacier on the arctic sea, a data center that houses the largest computer in the world). Finally, cast at least two main characters (preferably a male and a female so we can add some sexual tension) and tada! You've got a best selling novel by Dan Brown.

The first one was Digital Fortress, which I was not impressed with. Dan Brown bloats his books with details, with Digital Fortress being about crypto, computer programing and government spying. The premise was interesting, but has the story started to pan out, the characters were so lame that I had a hard time caring. Plus, the scientific premise behind the story was the the government developed a massive super computer that could crack any encryption within about 3 hours. My suspension of disbelief was pushed a little too much with that one.

The second novel, which I finished last night, is Deception Point. I liked this story a lot more than the other one. It's all about NASA finding a meteor in the arctic, but when the data doesn't quite add up, people start to die to cover up the truth. The buildup of the story and the characters were all pretty interesting, and although some of the science is still a bit on the science fiction side, I had an easier time accepting it. Also, the finale of the book was pretty awesome and I had a hard time stopping once I started to approach the end. It was a fun little thriller.

Now, apparently the two books I haven't read yet, Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code are both better than these two books and if that's true, I look forward to reading them (or listening to them in audiobook form, whatever the case may be). It was a nice short break from the epic story of A Storm of Swords, which I'm about half way through right now.

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patrick
Jun. 8th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
a microchip that can control all the computers in the world? yea, that's also far fetched. I don't remember hating on that movie, though.
carley
Jun. 9th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
dude pat. if you were able to come to the dinner, it'd be just like old times. we could rock it red robin style!
patrick
Jun. 9th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yea, that needs to happen! We just haven't really planned it.
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