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The Amazing Adventures of Professor Know-It-All,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Inferno: (Robert Langdon Book 4) (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
I don't know what it's like for other people to read Dan Brown's books but I always feel the intense need to keep hitting myself over the head with them. (Now that I've switched to Kindle, I try to refrain from doing that, but my hardcover edition of "The Lost Symbol" has some tell tale dents in it).
Why, oh why do I keep reading these books?!, I lament, while plodding through the inane plot, being hit over the head with the same stupid pieces of information over and over and over again, as if Mr. Brown believes his readers have the attention span of a guppy.
It's not a miniscule attention span that makes me go back to these books but, I suspects, a probably some deep-seated need for punishment that makes me come back for more.
Is the plot still formulaic and predictable as ever?
Oh, you betcha!
Is Langdon still his old, Harris tweed wearing self, irresistibly charming to whoever the current cardboard cutout female character is? Still endowed with the most perfect hair ever, still wearing his Mickey Mouse watch (it's a collector's item and lends the professor a whimsical aura) and lastly, still, eternally trapped in that well?
Why yes, of course!
It seems with the fourth iteration of "The Amazing Adventures of Professor Know-It-All" I'm finally able to put my finger just on what irks me so with these books (aside from the formula, but lots of writers use a formula, once they realize it's working for them).
I don't like Langdon.
He's not a good character.
Discounting the fact that he never really evolved over the course of four installments, he was never really that interesting to begin with and the cracks are really starting to show.
He knows pretty much everything he needs to know in order to solve the puzzle. He may not know it right from the start, after all there are pages that need to be filled, but he knows it as soon as he sees the clues. He has eidetic memory, for Pete's sake!
Wherever he goes, panties magically melt off. He is oh-so good looking for his age, he has a mellow voice, he has the perfect hair, he is sensitive and whatever else cliched attributes you can come up with - Robert Langdon's your man.
Even his pre-requisite flaw - small spaces are a big no-no, thanks to that ubiquitous childhood well - is no real stumbling stock to him. We get reminded of his fear of enclosed spaces every time Langdon is in, well, an enclosed space, but it's nothing debilitating. It doesn't make things harder for him in any way, don't really slow him down.
In short: Langdon's too perfect!
Apart from the Teflon-like quality of Langdon's character the book had a lot of problems, most of which jumped at me in the last few pages of the novel.
Bertram Zobrist is a terrorist, plain and simple. He neutered a third of the world's population.
Yet, in the not-so-thrilling conclusion of the book, along comes Sienna, the probably most infuriating and whiny female character Brown has ever written and somehow, in a paragraph of pseudo-moving defense of the dead character, declares him to be a misunderstood and persecuted genius, who went mad because, surprise surprise, people correctly labeled him as the dangerous madman that he is/was.
And the other characters suddenly, magically agree.
Sure, it's a solution to overpopulation. It's still terrorism, for crying out loud!
A fact that, somehow gets completely swept under the carpet, along with all those other morally dubious questions the story raises.
So yes, for the story itself: half a point.
No, just no, on all fronts.
Choices of locations, Florence, Venice and especially Istanbul, the remaining one star.
Maybe Dan Brown should just start writing travel guides.
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Ersteintrag: 05.08.2013 20:07:47 GMT+02:00
I couldn't agree more!
Veröffentlicht am 04.09.2013 07:52:34 GMT+02:00
comment written with masterly skill.
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