Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

Sometimes, all you have to do is shift your perspective to see someone else’s truth.

Origin is the fifth book in Dan Brown’s series starring the Harvard professor, Robert Langdon. When futurist Edmond Kirsch gets assassinated during his groundbreaking presentation. It’s up to Robert Langdon and curator Ambra Vidal to disclose to the world Edmond’s discovery, the origins of life.

Origin has all the staple elements that makes a Dan Brown novel. A high stakes mystery, Robert Langdon’s female companion and a rogue assassin that’s after our heroes. Not to mention countless of commentary on art, architecture and several exotic locations. Though repetitive author Dan Brown still manages to keep it entertaining.

The book starts out strong setting up the premise of the story, the topic is intriguing and I found myself invested in the outcome. Like previous books starring Robert Langdon, this follows the same beats with our main character adding his commentary on everything around him. Sometimes it’s relevant to the plot however at times it feels tedious.

The novel touches on a lot of themes from religion to science to technology even to the ever growing topic of artificial intelligence. And though far fetched, there’s a level of plausibility on the concepts and ideas presented.

The book drags a bit and there are plot points presented at the start that were completely forgotten as the book goes on. At times it’s predictable and at times it’s hard to care about some characters, right around the middle the story got convoluted and by the third act it becomes a muddled mess.

Overall Origin isn’t one of the better Dan Brown books but it still manages to be entertaining. The ideas presented are interesting and I found myself researching on the history behind it. If you’re a fan of these books, you might find to your liking but if you’re not it’s not recommended.

Rating: 3/5

 

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Movie Review: Inferno

The greatest sins in human history were committed in the name of love

Inferno reunites Ron Howard and Tom Hanks once again adapting a Dan Brown Novel, Inferno. The movie also stars Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy.

Billionaire Bertrand Zobrist believes human life is near it’s extinction due to overpopulation. In return, he’s invented a plague, Inferno. In the meantime Robert Langdon, wakes up in Florence with a head trauma and for reasons unknown he’s being chased by a secret society who believes he’s got the key to Inferno.


The Good

It has been 7 years since the last Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons, and even though negatively received it still made a ton of money. It was only a matter of time till the latest Dan Brown novel gets a movie adaptation. To Ron Howard’s credit the film looks great.

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We get to see Tom Hanks solve puzzles once again and it’s entertaining. As ridiculous as the puzzles are they are fascinating. One character that stole the movie is Irrfan Khan, who plays Harry Sims and it is an incredibly impressive character, it’s very James Bond like and Irrfan Khan is great in the role.


The Bad

Unfortunately apart from Irrfan Khan and the minor entertaining moments. The movie falls apart on it’s story telling, majority of the movie is dull and apart from Tom Hanks you’re never really invested in it’s characters.

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It tries to be an action movie through it’s pacing and cinematography but it didn’t resonate well in the screen and some parts does become boring.


Rating

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Overall Inferno had some great moments here and there but it never really took of. Majority of the characters are uninteresting and it feels as if everyone just did it for the paycheck. The trivia were interesting and the movie has some several intriguing twists in the end it’s still a dull movie. It is fun at times but it’s better off being watched at home rather than in the cinemas.

Good Bad 2.5/5
  • Irrfan Khan
  • Fun Trivia
  • Dull Storytelling

Book Review: Inferno By Dan Brown

Inferno is Dan Brown’s fourth latest installment to the adventures of Robert Langdon. Now as bad as that sounds, this adventure is a huge step up from The Lost Symbol . In Inferno, Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Venice, experiencing anterograde amnesia. At the same time he finds himself being hunted down by assassins and discovers that once again, he is racing against time to save the world, this time, from a devastating plague.

Now all of these really does sound a typical Dan Brown Novel but one might think, what makes Inferno unique? Well to begin with, the subject surrounding this whole novel is not a part of a conspiracy theory. Angels & Demons having theories on Catholic Church and The Illuminati. The Da Vinci Code having the works of Da Vinci and The Lost Symbol having the Freemasons. Inferno on the other hand, was inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, Dante’s Inferno . In which is an imaginative poem from the mind of Dante.

Apart from the formulaic structure that Brown has going on with his symbologist. The book is an exhilarating read with the threat completely magnified compared to the last book. The effect if successful is truly devastating, thus you hope for Robert to save the day. Another positive aspect of the book is the usual banter of Robert Langdon on art, sculpture, buildings and of course on Dante’s poem. Once again, these were truly intriguing and like before, it gives you that urge to go see these objects for yourself. Although to many readers this would definitely seem as another “did you know” moment and no doubt would completely disregard it’s input.

Not only is the threat improved but also instead of just running around within a city. The protagonist goes country to country. Traveling from Italy to Turkey. And like before both countries are written exceptionally well, highlighting the major landmarks within the countries. Another familiar concept in Brown’s books is the twist. Although Inferno have some very shocking twist and reveals. Some may be predictable and could be somewhat disappointing.

To conclude, Inferno should just feel at home for readers who loves Brown’s works. You can definitely see Brown hoping to get a film adaptation of this book and he may very well succeed if not he already have. It is a high paced thriller that would keep you turning page until the very end and it is a great improvement from Brown’s last book.

Book Review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol is Dan Brown’s follow up to The Da Vinci Code. Once again the Harvard educator Robert Langdon is featured as the knowledgeable symbologist. This time, he is deceivingly planted in Washington DC and as he seeks the truth about why he is there, he dives into the world of the Freemasons and uncovers secrets and mysteries involving the the enigmatic society.

The Lost Symbol is Dan Brown’s third book that involves the character Robert Langdon. Having not read the earlier books by Dan Brown, I did not know what to expect in this book, other than the fact that it involves another intriguing subject in the form of Freemasons and freemasonry. That said, I was completely overwhelmed about the information that is inserted in the book about the subject. Now whether that is a good or a bad thing, really falls onto the reader. If you enjoy trivia about the subject then you might find this thoroughly enjoyable, otherwise it might be a tiring and long journey to the finish.

However, with the amount of trivia and information that is being fed to the reader about the Freemasons. The story was easy to take in as it is a pretty linear one at that. The story does, take you on a tour to different places within Washington DC and it’s famous landmarks such as the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Museums and more. This of course gives you the urge to travel to these places and observe them for yourself. On the other hand the story does become quite predictable as you read through. And if you are familiar with Brown’s work, there’s no doubt you will see twists and turns from a mile away.

Character wise, it was a mixture of good and bad. The antagonist, which is a strong component of the book was explained very well. His back story was very satisfying and even though he is the bad guy, at times I found myself rooting for him and no doubt he will be one of your favorite characters. Nevertheless one might see that his motivation for his actions were weak. Robert Langdon was also written exceptionally well apart from his usual banter of trivia on arbitrary objects, he was written in a very charismatic way.

To conclude, The Lost Symbol is a great addition to Dan Brown’s series. With this one tackling the world of Freemasonry it is an informative book as it was thrilling. Of course with the information and research put in to the book, one can’t help to research on his/her own. That said, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and even if you’re a long time Brown reader you might find this a disappointing addition but for readers seeking for an informative thriller. They would find this an enjoyable read.