#Bookreview ‘Angels&Demons’ by Dan Brown #ccbookreview

Today I’m reviewing “Angels&Demons” by Dan Brown translated from American into German (‘Illuminati’) by Axel Merz. Another part of my ‘50 Classics Challenge’

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Blurb (via Amazon):

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church. Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church. Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival. Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair…a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

 

Did I like it?

It is quite complicated to judge this book without comparing it to the one I’ve read before. I do not think it is fair to judge Dan Brown in comparison to Jane Austen. Even if you forget that these are two completely different works. Austen work of art, Brown work of ??? commerce. With Dan Brown’s book I couldn’t help but constantly thinking the book is written to be sold. And that is the only reason it was written. Like one of the courses ‘How to write the next bestseller’ Dan Brown sold a sh..load of this book. So who am I to judge

 

What I didn’t like

See above. The book reads like an article in a magazine. Not a bad one but like a long article in a magazine

 

Would I recommend it?

If you haven’t read it and you are interested by conspiracy thrillers, by the Vatican. A bit by medieval art (architecture in the widest sense this time) and you’re not looking for literary merit (for whatever that may mean). Why not? 15 out of 20 points

THE ALCHEMICAL DETECTIVE by @KirstenWeiss #Paranormal #Romantic #Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

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The Alchemical Detective (Riga Hayworth, #2)The Alchemical Detective by Kirsten Weiss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Alchemical Detective is book #2 in the Riga Hayworth paranormal romance mysteries. The book is easily a stand alone read.

Metaphysical detective Riga Hayworth has come to Lake Tahoe for some rest and relaxation as she works on regaining her lost magical abilities (from book #1, but it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read it). Urged to consider alchemy by a French stone gargoyle, Riga finds her studies disrupted by a reality TV show offer; to investigate into tales that the lake is home to Tessie, an unknown monster.

Peace and quiet is also shattered when a local palm reader is found murdered. Riga finds herself “a person of interest” to the police and suddenly she’s asked not to leave town. Her own investigations lead her to daemon involvement in the murder and as the body count rises Riga…

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Ausone’s notebook, 73.rd instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, Humans. Still not much going on in my little corner of the blue marble. Thus the constant problem. What, by Odin’s beard, shall I rant about today? And if you have no idea what to rant about. Use your pet themes. Politics, aka, ‘human follies’ and cat food, aka ‘human folly’

Let’s start with politics. Although I’ve already said that I won’t complain about the outcome of the presidential election in the US of  America. Sounds funny, ‘United states’. Don’t know but a Union is in my dictionary something else. Just one little thing about that. I’ve read (had to read) someone quoting one of those who voted for the ‘president elect. “He’s a successful business man he must know what’s good for the economy.” Pardon? If he’s apparently successful. 1. Please define what successful means and 2. Let’s imagine he is successful what gave you the idea that he will do something for YOU?

Enough with that. I’m living in Belgium and there are enough politicians to complain about. We do not need to look to the “US of A” for that.

So, Belgium is legally split in three regions. Flemish (Vlaams speaking, kind of Dutch, sorry to all those in the Netherlands), Wallonia (French speaking) and Bruxelles. Officially there’s a fourth part, the German minority. But you NEVER hear them complain. At the moment there’s a bit of a struggle between the Flemish part and Bruxelles. Next to Bruxelles is the airport and the starting and landing aeroplanes make a lot of noise. This is apparently disturbing the inhabitants of Bruxelles. (Who are using these airplanes to go on holiday. But then the planes don’t disturb THEM) There is a noise/pollution reducing law in the Bruxelles region. And the government of Bruxelles decided that they will enforce this law from Wednesday on. Heavy fines to the air companies who are not respecting this law. Companies are menacing to leave the airport of Bruxelles (Zaventem or Bruxelles national) if they will be fined. Bruxelles said: “OK, we will freeze the law if the Flemish government accepts that the landing corridors will be altered.” Flemish government replied: “No way. This is an insult. If Bruxelles continues, we will go to court.” Conflict of interest, they call it. That’s Belgium. We want the advantages but would someone else please take the disadvantages.

Cat food. I prefer my dried food, one single flavour. Chicken. OK, it’s called ‘volaille’. Which doesn’t necessarily mean chicken, could be pigeon or something else with wings. But in general it’s chicken. Rashid prefers his food wet thus 4 different tastes. Chicken (not at the moment), Beef (not really at the moment) Salmon (half a package may work, depending on his mood) and Rabbit (several packages a day). OK, Rashid doesn’t hunt but even if. Beef? Salmon? Who had this idea of feeding a cat with something the cat NEVER EVER hunts? I’m weighing slightly more than 4 kilos. An idea how much weighs a cow? And no, we are not scavengers. Felines hunt, kill and then eat what they’ve killed. So, where does this idea come from? Feeding cats with something they never hunt. Could it eventually be that we are fed with leftovers from human consumption? You humans eat beef and a lot of. And what you don’t think is suitable for human consumption you feed to us. Do you think we like that? You are using a lot of mice in your laboratories. If they are healthy we would hunt and eat them. Not the crap that you’ve infected with diseases, the healthy ones. So why, please, is cat food not mouse flavoured? Could even be rat. If anyone who’s reading this knows why. Please, please let me know. I just want to know

Photo again from the stock. Milady seems to be on strike. If it concerns me or even Rashid. Other cats, no problem. But not us.

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See you next week

Yours

Ausone

When Chris Marker Freely Photographed, and Briefly Fell in Love with, North Korea

By Colin Marshall Even though I live there, I still only with difficulty perceive Northeast Asia through any lens not borrowed from Chris Marker. This owes mostly to the influence of dozens of viewings of Sans Soleil, his 1983 fact-and-fiction cinematic travelogue through places like Iceland, Cape Verde, San Francisco, and especially Japan, a feature-length […]

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT DCI JONES CASEBOOK: CRYER’S VIEW by @KerryJDonovan #Crime

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Today’s team review is from Noelle, she blogs at http://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle has been reading The DCI Jones Casebook: Cryer’s View by Kerry J Donovan

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This the first book I have read by Kerry Donovan and I was definitely not disappointed. There are three other books in this series, and I plan to read them all.

The murder of Detective Sergeant Richard Juno at the end of a long solo tail of a low-level suspect is the latest in a series of police operations in southeast England that have ended in disaster. Juno is a member of the Organized Crime Task Force.

Detective Philip Cryer, recovering at home while his smashed femur knits following two surgical procedures, is asked to replace Juno in the OCTF by Chief Superintendent Knightly, a senior office from the National Crime Agency. Detective Chief Inspector David Jones, an old friend of Knightly and Cryer’s immediate…

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Of Exports, Envoys, Boxers, and Books — Midwestern Links to the Middle Kingdom

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom The first English language publication to include a detailed profile of Mao Zedong, Edgar Snow’s Red Star Over China, was by a man born in Kansas City. The historian often described as the doyen of Chinese studies in America, The United States and China author John King Fairbank, hailed from South Dakota. […]

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