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For many Christians, primarily Catholics, the whole notion of a married Jesus–regardless of who the wife might have been–is heresy.
The Catholic Answers website has a page called “Cracking the Da Vinci Code,” devoted to debunking the book, movie, and in a bigger sense, refuting the idea of a marriage between Jesus, “It is irresponsible and offensive for Brown to impugn the faith of countless Catholics in this fashion.”For many Christians, primarily Catholics, the whole notion of a married... more
is this a promo for a Book?
Difficult to sift facts from fiction as in UFO>
http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/illuminati-2012-the-world-doesnt-want-you-to-read/is this a promo for a Book? Difficult to sift facts from fiction as in UFO>... more
“Your Lucky Day” is an amazing short film made for OhHello TV by Dan Brown, a dark, vulgar and disturbing tale of the dynamics of greed. The story centers around a convenience store and its seemingly random mix of customers: an old man, a young expecting couple, a policeman, a thief and an indifferent cashier. When the old man wins the big $156 million lottery drawing, the dynamics inside the store quickly changes and greed takes hold. We watch things turn badly for the one holding the winning ticket, as fate sets off a series of circumstances that, in the end, seem to benefit no one.
This piece includes a number of color photographs, as well as the engrossing short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/your-lucky-day-the-dark-dangers-of-greed/“Your Lucky Day” is an amazing short film made for OhHello TV by Dan... more
WHACKO-TV brings back the Book Nook to prove that we actually still read books. Catch Lumber Jack Bob's cryptic analysis and critique of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, or was that The Lost Cymbal, because without a good cymbal, you can't have an effective marching band.WHACKO-TV brings back the Book Nook to prove that we actually still read books. Catch... more
Dan Brown does it again. Doubleday announced Wednesday that "The Lost Symbol," Brown's first novel since "The Da Vinci Code," has already sold more than 1 million copies after being on sale for one day in the United States, Canada and Britain. That total includes preorders for the book, which has been at or near the top of Amazon.com for months.
An additional 600,000 hardcover copies have been ordered, bringing the total print run to 5.6 million copies. "The Lost Symbol" came out Tuesday.
Brown's book was well short of the all-time debut, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which in its first day sold more than 8 million copies in the U.S. alone.
More @ linkDan Brown does it again. Doubleday announced Wednesday that "The Lost... more
Despite being long derided as one of the worst writers around Dan Brown is still expected to cash in with the release of his newest 'thriller' "The Lost Symbol." The new book catches up with hero Professor Robert Langdon who - during the Da Vinci Code - discovered that Jesus Christ's offspring still walk the planet. Ooh ah!
Anyway, in celebration of Brown's next hit The Telegraph have helpfully compiled a list of Brown's worst written lines to remind us just why we shouldn't rush out to buy "The Lost Symbol", before we all probably go out and do just that.
My favourite from their list comes from "The Da Vinci Code" chapter 4 where Brown writes; "Five months ago, the kaleidoscope of power had been shaken, and Aringarosa was still reeling from the blow." And the Telegraph ask fairly enough; what? Did they hit him with the kaleidoscope?Despite being long derided as one of the worst writers around Dan Brown is still... more
Author Dan Brown may have outraged the Vatican in "The Da Vinci Code," but his new book, "The Lost Symbol," is being welcomed by his latest subjects, the Freemasons.
Brown's novel, released on Tuesday, again features the fictional, mystery-solving Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, with the story taking place over a 12-hour period in Washington.
But while the fictional story lines about conspiracy and the Catholic Church in "The Da Vinci Code" caused an uproar among some Catholics and drew censure from the Vatican, a senior representative of the Freemasons in Australia called "The Lost Symbol" the work of a "terrific novelist."
"We are very pleased, there is nothing in this book that will offend my organization. It does give us the opportunity to open it up a bit," said Greg Levenston, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory for the Freemasons.
Levenston said the Freemasons were so excited about the book that they started a book club which will meet next week. "Of course the first book we are reviewing is The Lost Symbol, I think it's a wonderful start," he added.
Levenston was speaking to Reuters at a launch event in Sydney for the book, which will have a global English language first print run of 6.5 million copies -- the largest ever first print run by Random House, a unit of German media group Bertelsmann AG
Some booksellers are hoping "The Lost Symbol," and other new releases from bestselling authors such as Michael Crichton, will help revive an industry hit by the global economic downturn. Brown's "Da Vinci Code" has more than 81 million copies in print since its 2003 release, topping international bestseller lists.Author Dan Brown may have outraged the Vatican in "The Da Vinci Code," but... more
NEW YORK — The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown's thriller to be released Tuesday — his first since 2003's The Da Vinci Code— includes a scene that Brown says came from his own life.
In the new novel, Brown's recurring hero, Harvard professor Robert Langdon, is recognized by a fan who tells him: "My book group read your book about the sacred feminine and the church! What a delicious scandal that one caused! You do enjoy putting the fox in the henhouse!"
Langdon, who in Brown's fiction writes non-fiction books about symbols and religion, replies, "Scandal wasn't really my intention."
Is that a reference to Da Vinci, which has sold 80 million copies worldwide, and was driven by the idea that the Vatican covered up Jesus' marriage to Mary Magdalene?
"Of course," Brown says and laughs.
Three years ago, facing a British copyright infringement suit over The Da Vinci Code (decided in his favor), Brown says a woman recognized him, and used that phrase: "Putting the fox in the henhouse."
He replied the way Langdon does in the novel. But if scandal isn't his intention, what is?
"To mix facts into a fictional setting and get readers to ask questions about what they believe. But to make it fun to read. Someone said it's like eating vegetables that taste like ice cream. That's a little simplistic."
Brown's thrillers are anything but simplistic. The Lost Symbol, a 509-page puzzle, is set in modern-day Washington, D.C.
It's driven by a Masonic legend: hidden in the nation's capital is a map or portal that leads to a body of secret knowledge, that as Langdon puts it, "allegedly enables its practitioners to access powerful abilities that lie dormant in the human mind."
The map may not literally be a map. And for much of the novel, it's not clear what's real and what's metaphorical symbolism.
But with a first printing of 5 million copies, there's no doubt that Symbol promises to be the publishing event of 2009.
Brown says he knew he had to do two things to appeal to his fans: "They had to immediately know they were back in Langdon's world, but that the story was fresh."NEW YORK — The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown's thriller to be released Tuesday... more
He may have sold more than 80 million copies of The Da Vinci Code but Dan Brown's works are being offloaded to second-hand shops faster than anyone's. Oxfam named him the "most donated" author at its chain of charity shops.
(BBC, 2009, August 21, par.1-2)
Brown is unlikely to lose any sleep over seeing his previous novels given away, with his next novel The Lost Symbol expected to break global sales records when it is released next month.
(BBC, 2009, August 21, par.5)He may have sold more than 80 million copies of The Da Vinci Code but Dan Brown's... more
Thom Geier says it best, so I'll just let him begin:
"There’s been much fulminating in the books world lately that The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, is bad for publishing. This week, former Publisher’s Weekly editor Sara Nelson even dubbed Brown a “Book Killer.” The theory is that Brown’s readers will only troop into stores (or go online) starting Sept. 15 to buy Symbol, probably at a deep discount, and they won’t buy anything else. Worse, the critics argue, the hubbub surrounding Symbol will drown out media coverage of other books — and eat into sales of those books too. So publishers have supposedly been shuffling the release dates of various titles so they don’t have to go head-to-head with the Dan Brown juggernaut."
Thom Geier's analysis:
"It doesn’t take a Harvard symbologist to see that this is mostly sour grapes and a whole lot of hooey."
You hear that? A whole lot of hooey. I like this guy.
"It reminds me of the stink that publishers raised over the Harry Potter series, successfully persuading The New York Times and other outlets to demote the titles from their adult best-seller lists so that J.K. Rowling titles wouldn’t hog up so many slots. Why do we have to compete with a book that appeals to a youth-skewing mass audience, beyond the usual Starbucks-sipping B&N crowd?, the publishers asked. That just isn’t fair! (Imagine if the movie studios tried something similar so they wouldn’t have to compete with the box office returns of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.)"
Mr. Geier goes on to point out that, although Dan Brown's new novel will almost undoubtedly jump to the #1 slot, it's effect on the book purchasing trends of other books will be minimal and, if anything, will draw in and audience that may include many "non-habitual book shoppers."
"The crossover with Jon Krakauer or Jonathan Lethem or Pat Conroy, some of the authors alleged to be “hurt” by Brown, seems infinitesimally small. (I’d love to see the Venn diagram of the overlap in readership, actually.)"
Brownie points if you can supply Master Thom with his Venn diagram.
Booked Wants to Know:
Do you think Dan Brown is a Book Killer? Will you be reading his newest book, Lost Symbol? And which would be worse to meet in a dark alley: the Dan Brown Juggernaut or the J.K. Rowling Youth-Skewer?Thom Geier says it best, so I'll just let him begin: "There’s been... more
Looks like 'Angels and Demons' is already a hit in Italy. 'Da Vinci Code' opened well there too, but this time the church is keeping a low profile.Looks like 'Angels and Demons' is already a hit in Italy. 'Da Vinci... more
There is now an "Angels and Demons" tour in Rome. A guide passes out map of the city, a replica of the one in the movie, and carries around the book for reference. It's a four hour tour on the "Path of Illumination."
Here is my favorite quote from the article:
"Jennifer Carroll, 32, of French Settlement, La., takes pictures at nearly every stop.
"My book club will kill me if I don't," she says."There is now an "Angels and Demons" tour in Rome. A guide passes out map of... more
By Jim Milliot -- Publishers Weekly, 4/20/2009 8:55:00 AM
Publishing in general and Random House in particular should receive a much-needed boost this fall when RH’s Doubleday imprint releases The Lost Symbol, the long awaited next novel from Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown. Random is setting a five million-copy first printing for the book, which will be released in the U.S. and Canada September 15.By Jim Milliot -- Publishers Weekly, 4/20/2009 8:55:00 AM Publishing in general and... more
Whatever you may believe or think of this book and movie, the music score to both The DaVinci Code and now Angels and Demons is very uplifting and mysterious and complements the mood of the film. For me, I am looking forward to seeing how the book has been brought to the screen. To think that the age old battle between science and religion was about to be ended by science finding the "God particle" is very intriguing even if only part of a fictional novel.Whatever you may believe or think of this book and movie, the music score to both The... more
When I first read Angels and Demons, I thought it was great- but my favorite part was the awesome ART! They are called ambigrams; they look the same when held rightside up or upside down!
The artist's name is John Langdon (sound familiar?) and he is awesome, check him out!When I first read Angels and Demons, I thought it was great- but my favorite part was... more
"The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown has finished a new book based on the fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, television show "Entertainment Tonight" reported on Thursday.
Movie director Ron Howard, who made the 2006 film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" with Tom Hanks playing the central role of Langdon, told "Entertainment Tonight" the author's latest work features the same character, but details were scant."The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown has finished a new book based on the... more