The Boston Globe sounds the warning: Dan Brown is working on a new novel. The acclaimed pulp fiction peddler has this to say:
I can tell you there is another book in progress. I am having a great time with it. I cannot share with you the subject matter or the location, but it’s another ROBERT LANGDON THRILLER in the world of symbols and codes. It opens in a much different way than my other books, and Langdon is in a very different situation than he’s ever been in and has to use a different set of tools to extricate himself.
Hmmm. A “different set of tools”, eh? How about one or more of the following, Mr. Langdon:
1. A brain. For someone who is so smart, you ain’t too smart
2. Real books by real scholars. Margaret Starbird is not a good source for anything but nonsense.
3. Humility. I know, I know; arrogance is your essential personality trait. Still…
4. Laryngitis. It would cut down on the painful, embarrassing dialogue. And shorten the book by 88.438%.
5. A thesaurus. On second thought…
Brown adds the following: “Once I pick a topic and location, I have to read a lot to educate myself.” I agree! He has to. But does he? The evidence doesn’t speak well for the level of his self education.
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