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My Christmas shopping is done! Presents will be sent out this week… - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
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normandie_m
My Christmas shopping is done! Presents will be sent out this week and the following week.

Finished the Da Vinci Code. And I really enjoyed it. Like I said, Maryke knows me too well. :p I recommend that any easily-offended Catholics avoid it though....the portrayal of the church is not particularly kind. But the theories and such presented in there are speculation and it's all quite plausible. The twists and turns were excellent though and I anticipate that a sequel is being written. And if it isn't, I will write to the author Dan Brown and demand that one is written because there just has to be one of some sort.

I saw Richard E. Grant's novel in Borders today, 'By Design'. *want want WANT* I have read it, but I had to borrow it from the library that time and I'd like a copy of my own. It was pretty cheap and it was the only copy left, so I'll see what happens. Need more holiday reading....though I promised myself I'd read those Grahame Greene books. mmm.

Hoping to see Master and Commander sometime soon. Depends on whether Steven is coming to visit. Which reminds me.....should call him now.

...Ok, Dad's on the phone with Uncle Peter. Have to wait a bit. :-p

Hrrm....might do a quiz.

Or two.


You look frantastic.
You are Fran Katzenjammer, you need a man,
or many men, rather. Voices are important to
you, as are nice arses. In series 2 your shop
will seem to have disappeared.


Which Black Books Character Are You?
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You are fran
You are Fran
Overworked and overfrazzled, you spend all of your
time chasing after men or trying to sort
Bernard out. Your longest relationship was
three days, and even then he'd left you the day
before. You like Manny and dispair at the way
Bernard treats him, but you are perfectly happy
with exploiting him if the need be.


Which Black Books Thing Are You?
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Fran!


Which Black Books Character Are You?
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Oh, and a Hornblower one. Just because.

Pellew
Your name is Captain Sir Edward Pellew, of course!
You always seem to know exactly what you are
doing and are a brillant inspiration to your
crew. (Even though you put Bunting through the
Gauntlet for stealing food from the hold!) Even
though you may seem like a chiseled old man,
you are really nothing but a big softy who
likes to pretend. Older women love you,
especially my mom. :P


Which Character from Horatio Hornblower Are You?
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Do I qualify as an older woman already? Bah. :-p I know a few people that'll vouch for the Pellew fancying who are around my age group. Hrm.



Well, two quizzes became four. What do you know? Dad's still on the phone. Perhaps I'll just watch That 70s Show until he gets off the phone.

Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: Mozart- Dies Irae

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From: threeoranges Date: December 3rd, 2003 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Da Vinci Code

***SPOILERS - ALL WHO HAVEN'T READ IT PLEASE LEAVE NOW***





There were elements I didn't quite 'get' in it; the albino assassin for one. How did he know to be at the chateau to "collect" the cipher *before* Our Hero had explained to Rubber Tubing (or whatever his name was) what he had on him and its importance? If Tubing already knew, why did he change his entire plan upon hearing OH's words, overcome the assassin and stick with OH and the girl instead? (Why not just call off the assassin, or set the assassin on the police who are pursuing OH and the girl?)

Also, the albino assassin was a ridiculous and unbelievable plot device. The Bishop was a tired red herring. (And why would the Church be dealing with someone who declared openly his belief that the "San Grail" was the "Sang Real", anyway? "Oh look, there's a heretic, but he says he's not really and it's just a front, so we MUST give him plentiful Vatican funding!") The mirror writing would have been obvious to a backward child of five and yet it stumps OH and everyone else? And, since these riddles are being set by a FRENCHMAN, why does he ensure that they're all in English? And why did Sophie have to be parted from her mother and brother and go through unnecessary trauma anyway, why couldn't they *all* have gone to Scotland when the family staged the "accident"?

Also, if I knew anything about Opus Dei I'd be able to comment properly, but I am pretty shocked at the vague accusations of corruption Brown throws in their direction. Has he proof? And by proof I mean REAL proof, not the erroneous stuff Our Hero is prone to coming up with like "the word 'villain' comes from the French for 'villager' which proves that in the old days villages were hotbeds of Devil worship!" (In fact "villain" meant "of low birth"; Shakespeare uses it with this meaning, and "of low birth" became equated with "evil" in the Renaissance when low-born men began to rise in society through their merit and ambition, thus threatening the established order. False etymology is not cool, Brown.) Anyway, I'm not saying that the Church is not capable of corruption, we all know that's far from being the case *sigh* but the "Catholic = Evil!" stance he adopts is just tired.

I also have a whinge about Dan Brown's wholesale theft of the Sang Real theories; steal all you like, mate, but give proper credit to the people who thought of it first! And that's what he's failed to do: he pillages books like THE HOLY BLOOD AND THE HOLY GRAIL wholesale but packages it as "My Very Own Theory"! I bet that most people reading the DVC will think Brown thought up the whole deal when all he did was a few stitches with other people's profuse and colourful yarns.

I liked ONE thing about this book, and that was the "Apple" riddle. That was class. The rest of it was Jeffrey Archer standard: not actually awful, but one had better not look at it too closely or the contrivances threaten to overwhelm everything else.
From: warholicfactory Date: December 3rd, 2003 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, read Angels and Demons. Its sooo much better than Code. (not to mention it takes place in the Vatican and Rome and such and involves the pope and everything...).

~B
carolinebishop From: carolinebishop Date: December 3rd, 2003 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! Here at the Centro our favorite book of the semester is Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons", which is a prequel of sorts to the Da Vinci code. It has Robert Langdon in it, and it's set in Rome. In fact, I know several of us (including me), think it's even better than the Da Vinci code. You should read it!
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