The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown
Finished: December 3, 2005
Yep, this was a cool book. I’d been meaning to read it for ages. Basically this is a book that combines fiction and history, though the history part is debatable. You’ve got this centuries old secret sect that hides the revealing truth about Christianity. DaVinci was supposedly part of this sect and hid all sorts of clues and whatnot in his paintings. In this lovely tale, all the top dogs of the sect are wiped out and the Grandmasters estranged granddaughter must follow the clues to find the location of the Holy Grail and learn the truth…
Good book. I suppose you could call it a page turner. After reading this I watched all this stuff on the history channel about some of the facts behind this book and another show on DaVinci’s life. Interesting shit.
At the same time I was listening to:
Paranoia, by Joseph Finder.
Finished: December 8, 2005
I have a new author! This book rocked, and I was surprised—it was just one of those random books I grabbed from the audio section of the library. Great reader, interesting story.
Adam Cassidy is the sort of guy who has sort of coasted and bullshat his way through life, until his corporation nabs him for embezzling funds to throw a retirement party for a buddy of his. The CEO of the corporation, Nick Wyatt, is so impressed with Adam’s ability to bullshit when he is caught that he blackmails him: either go to prison, or go to work for his competitor as a ‘mole’ and find out their secrets.
So Mr. Cassidy is trained and polished up, and pretending to be this hot-shot engineer marketer type guy, he works his way up the ladder at Trion Corp, sneaking around and whatnot, until he is the executive assistant to the CEO himself. Of course, the CEO, Jock Goddard, turns out to be a real nice guy and Adam Cassidy is wracked with guilt.
The ending had a great twist, but since the CD was so fucking scratched, I couldn’t hear it. I had to take the actual book from the library to read the end.
But good book. Now I’m going to read some other books from this guy.
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Finished: December 9, 2005
Damn, what a great book. I last read this in 10th grade for English class. Totally didn’t appreciate it at the time, partly because I HAD to read it and was spoon-fed all the symbolism and whatnot, and partly because I was 15 and had a different brain back then. *lol* Sort of.
Anyway, this time around I was blown away—what a great book. Great writing. Much more disturbing than I had remembered it.
You know the story. Bunch of kids stranded on an island. At first it’s fun and games but next thing you know they’re running around naked and painted and killing one another and shouting about pigs and blood and whatnot.
I started reading it last night and got sucked into finishing it in the wee hours of morn. Quality. Go read it again for the first time. ;o)