Saturday, October 15, 2005

Done with Dan

I have now read all 4 books authored by Dan Brown. The enthusiasm started off with the hoopla surrounding 'The Da Vinci Code'. Natural expectations drove me to get my hands on 'Angels and Demons'. The book was good enough to make me buy my own copy of 'Deception Point'. After reading that, I decided that I would rather rent 'Digital Fortress'

In the order of my liking (descending) ..

Da Vinci Code : Deifinitely, this was the best of 'em all. Dan's way of writing was very impressive and enchanting. He would make a wonderful Bollywood (even better Kolly/Tolly wood) director.
The way he mixed the facts with fiction was amazing.

The plot begins with a 2-page murder, followed by a phone-call to a professor at an unearthly hour. As usual, the plot thickens to involve a beautiful partner (It always has to be a beautiful partner !!!). Was a trail-blazer in setting the pace from Page 1.

Angels & Demons : Same theme. Murder, phone call, professor, heroine ... but it was still captivating. En effet, there were a few points during the course of the novel when I felt that it deserved more success than Da Vinci Code. But Dan does seem to give away the suspense a bit too early.

Deception Point : The name says it all. Truly deceived by Dan's theesra (a la Saqlain's doosra). Pathetic novel. Sets the pace well, but the book gets monotonous and Shankarish (same plot for most of his movies). The final 100 pages were like watching a 3-hero 'subject' movie starring Vijaykanth, Sunny Deol and Balakrishna. PLEASE AVOID IF POSSIBLE, EVEN IF YOU GET THE BOOK FOR FREE ! Can't be more subtle than that !!!

Digital Fortress : The Final Frontier it was ....
Story begins the same way. An urgent phone call ... hero and heroine meet during a Mission Critical. Being a techie, could relate a lot of jargon spewed out in the novel. Nice one, this book.

I felt the simplicity of the pass code was a bit too shallow though.

All said and done, am now eagerly waiting for Dan's next book.

Till then, it is Been there , Dan that !


Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Umm Lucky you..!! I haven't read any...though people swear by Da Vinci code.!!!

Sun Oct 16, 12:28:00 PM 2005  
Blogger monu said...

i do the same too...i read all those books..i liked the digital fortress..incidentally my final year project was in encryption too....

but me no fan of dan brown...hyped up plots..dumbed down endings..thats my summary of dan brown..

Sun Oct 16, 08:37:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Ram.C said...

trying to get hold of 'DVcode' from my friend.. need to start and finish off in one go..

Mon Oct 17, 09:58:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Snehal said...

I liked Da Vinci Code.
But I agree with Monu about the dumbed down endings.
And somehow did not feel like reading any of his other books.

Tue Oct 25, 05:04:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Nirek said...

Hello Sai,
Jus tripped to your blog!
Cool one da!

keep going

Wed Oct 26, 06:50:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Jayan said...

@Narayan : Going by the number of tourists who visit The Vatican with a copy in their hands.. shouldn't be tough for you to get your hands on one :)

@Monu : Totally with you ! But I yet to come across an author who I will stand by throughout the bookworm's life!

@Ram : It will give u a lot of dream works ;-)

@Snehal : Welcome ! Loooooooooong time, I guess

@Sateesh : Welcome da machi! Dropped by @ your blog too !

Wed Oct 26, 09:26:00 PM 2005  

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