пятница, 16 октября 2009 г.

Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol




The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown


Let's start with the question every Dan Brown fan wants answered: Is The Lost Symbol as good as The Da Vinci Code? Simply put, yes. Brown has mastered the art of blending nail-biting suspense with random arcana (from pop science to religion), and The Lost Symbol is an enthralling mix. And what a dazzling accomplishment that is, considering that rabid fans and skeptics alike are scrutinizing every word.
The Lost Symbol begins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell too much would ruin the fun of reading this delicious thriller, so you will find no spoilers here. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love). Again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The setting, unlike other Robert Langdon novels, is stateside, and in Brown's hands Washington D.C. is as fascinating as Paris or Vatican City (note to the D.C. tourism board: get your "Lost Symbol" tour in order). And, as with other Dan Brown books, the pace is relentless, the revelations many, and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.
Nothing is as it seems in a Robert Langdon novel, and The Lost Symbol itself is no exception--a page-turner to be sure, but Brown also challenges his fans to open their minds to new information. Skeptical? Imagine how many other thrillers would spawn millions of Google searches for noetic science, superstring theory, and Apotheosis of Washington. The Lost Symbol is brain candy of the best sort--just make sure to set aside time to enjoy your meal. --Daphne Durham

среда, 14 октября 2009 г.

Умберто Эко - Таинственное пламя царицы Лоаны



Умберто Эко

Таинственное пламя царицы Лоаны

Умберто Эко, крупнейший современный писатель, ученый-медиевист, семиотик, специалист по массовой культуре, автор интеллектуального бестселлера "Имя розы" (1980), представляет нам роман совершенно нового типа. Текст в нем опирается на иллюстрации, причем каждая иллюстрация - это цитата, извлеченная из контекста не только личной истории героя, но и истории целого поколения. Лопнувший кровеносный сосуд, пораженный участок мозга, начисто стертая личная память. О своем прошлом шестидесятилетний торговец антикварными книгами Джамбаттиста Бодони не помнит ничего. Он даже забыл свое имя. Но сокровищница "бумажной" памяти остается неразграбленной, через нее и лежит путь к себе - через образы и сюжеты, средневековые трактаты и повести для подростков, старые пластинки и программы радиопередач, школьные сочинения и книжки комиксов, - туда, где брезжит таинственное пламя царицы Лоаны.