Book Review: Inferno

Posted September 18, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 0 Comments

Book Review: InfernoInferno by Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon #4
on May 14th 2013
Genres: romance, Fiction
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

I can’t exactly rate Inferno or discuss it to great lengths all the way through because to be entirely honest, I haven’t finished as of this very moment while writing this… but I’ve finished a good chunk and I intend to wrap-up by the end of tomorrow at least. Since my draft had been on the calendar, and I’d already pushed it back once or twice, I figured the least I could do was go on and put up a short note. Probably better than continuing to delay. LOL. And it’s making me mentally kick myself. :p

That said, I have my moments here and there where I pick up the a book from the adult section, rather than always sticking to YA. There are preferences for me. I’m extremely picky. I fell deeply into the Dan Brown hype though those number of years ago when The Da Vinci Code had released, but not because of all of the conspiracy theories or anything like that… I just fell for the whole hype of “get the book, it’s going to be the biggest book of the year” type thing, and then later heard the ‘theories’ slowly starting to whisper around. In fact, I don’t think they’d even quite started yet when I bought it and read, it was still that new, and he hadn’t made it on any big shit-list yet. It’s strange that I can sit here and read his books now some years later, enjoy them, but know that so many people make endless amount of fun of him. Ha.

If you don’t know who Dan Brown is by now, you’ve probably been living under a rock.

I get it though. The guy has seriously flubbed when it comes to a lot of his “writing” and “research.” Personally, for me, I think it was because I started out reading many of his books before the news broke on how off he was by accredited historians that I was able to just enjoy it all as entertainment by the end. I’ve thought the stories were interesting, the characters–Robert Langdon’s development especially–have been entertaining, chaotic, mind-boggling, and completely un-put-downable since the first page of the first book. I’d always hoped he would write more for Langdon, and when he did, I got super excited to find out what kind of adventure I would find him getting into.

Here’s my biggest problem with Brown though: He has the same pattern and can’t seem to pull himself out of it. I understand comfort zone when it comes to writing, I do. But sometimes, as authors, we need to really learn our patterns because they can become noticeable, tiresome to readers, and if we learn to pull away from them we can eventually build stronger scenes/relationships/characters/etc. His pattern? Langdon wakes up somewhere. Confused. Told info. Object. Woman sidekick.

Bam. It’s Dan Brown.

His name doesn’t even have to be on the cover. The character name doesn’t have to be on the back. Hand me the synopsis with “Anonymous” in place of Robert Langdon and I would still know it’s a Dan Brown title.

But over all, I don’t have anything major to complain about with the book in general. It is nice to pick up something different and outside of my usual reading style from time to time. I think I’ll do it again soon. 🙂

 

 

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