Chilled-out Sunday round-up

It’s another Tequila sunrise…

(For Ken & Teela, the Dude, Brian Wilson bartender, and especially Owen… )


* Check this out. One-eighth Vulture is an online writing mag publishing, promoting and linking writers in two of the UNESCO cities of literature – Melbourne and Edinburgh (my two favourite cities!) The site is very new at the moment, but check it out, and think about what you might send them. They’re also on Twitter.

* My film buff bud Gerard has let me know that John Marsden’s Tomorrow When the War Began is going to be a movie!

* So, let’s have ‘that’ Dan Brown conversation. Who is going to read The Lost Symbol come September? Why or why not? I am! Honestly, because I’m curious. He’s taken many years to write it. And if it’s a steaming pile of shit, I’ll write about it here in a timely fashion. If I do end up liking it, I’ll be honest about it too! I read The Da Vinci Code and Deception Point when they first came out, before I studied literature (before I analysed the death out of everything, is what I’m saying). I remember racing through them and having fun with them. I do remember the characters being horribly one-dimensional, but I liked a blockbuster book that tackled religion, and concepts of the divine feminine etc. Don’t know what I would think of it now, though many trustworthy friends tell me the writing is florid and shithouse. What say you?

* The Booranga Writers Centre is accepting submissions for fourW, due on 30 June.

* And finally, Mr Grog of Grog’s Gamut, wrote a far better Bloomsday blog post than I. Have a read.

I’ll be posting my thoughts on Miles Franklin winner, Tim Winton’s Breath, tomorrow…

13 thoughts on “Chilled-out Sunday round-up

  1. Cheers for praise Ange!

    Have to say I haven’t read The Da Vinci Code, and have no desire. But that’s because I am a horrible book snob!!

    In my time I have read plenty of blockbuster novels – (a lot of Jeffrey Archer especialyl in the 80s) but now I generally don’t bother. The last of that type I read was probably Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth (and I should get around to reading the sequel). I also enjoyed McCullough’s Masters of Rome series – but that was a while ago.

    I tried to read The Bourne Identity last year, but it was so different in tone and story to the films that I stopped.

    I always mean to read some old Len Dieghton or John Le Clarre spy novels, but never seem to get around to them…

  2. I was ‘with’ the Da Vinci Code all the way up to about the last 1/4. Then it died for me in the conclusion. As a narratology girl from my MA days, I do appreciate the power of a story that can suck in most of the reading population of the planet. Same with Harry Potter.

    I’m an ex-CSU girl, so the Booranga link interested me. I don’t remember it being around when I was there- and if it was I wished I knew! (although I was at a different campus)

  3. Grog – I used to enjoy a bit of Clive Cussler too. Mainly due to the charismatic Dirk Pitt character. But again, haven’t read them in a while. They were corny but fun.

    Karen – I’m a Harry Potter fan. I think the books are much more layered and clever than they’re often given credit for, especially since the film plotlines are so sparse compared to the books, and many people know them through that.

  4. Clive Cussler is pretty fun – the epitome of throwaway fiction.

    I also read a lot of the early Tom Clancy stuff.

    Have to admit I like a bit of fast food fiction, but only in moderation!

  5. I’ve never touched a Dan Brown novel, nor do I host any curiosity or desire to. The subject matter just doesn’t piqué my interest.
    I’m all for blockbuster books- they have their own place and value in the scheme of things, but I do get turned off by en masse enthusiasm. I find I enjoy things more when I’ve discovered them for myself- you start with no expectations and there’s that guilty little thrill of it being your “secret”.

  6. “and especially Owen…”

    Hehehe, touché. Just so you know, I did give that video a go. I made it 23 seconds. I tried, I really did.

    But hey, we could disagree about The Eagles all day and all night. Instead may I present as a counterpoint: Comfortably Numb.

  7. What I remember most about the ‘Da Vinci Code’ was the descriptions of the Louvre: a copy and paste job that sounded much like the Lonely Planet. Hmmm-

    But I do agree with your liking ‘a blockbuster book that tackled religion, and concepts of the divine feminine etc.’ Anything that challenges the status quo. 🙂

  8. Da Vinci code annoyed the bejezus out of me. I’m a big fan of the divine feminine, but I had read “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” in the 1980s where the theory was originally laid out. I spent the whole first half snorting and muttering darkly about rip-offs. But what really irked me was my inability to stop reading the damn thing. It was like scoffing a large bag of jaffas, alone, in the dark. Disgusting, but impossible to stop. I still can’t look at a Dan Brown novel without feeling sickened by how easily I was manipulated over something that wasn’t even original. If I want a page turner these days, I get me one of them Lee Child novels. His man Reacher makes Dirk Pitt look like a wooz.

  9. Re-he-heally… perhaps I’ll have to add a Lee Child to my pile. One of the ladies I used to work with at Dymocks just loved Reacher. Actually, I have a Lee Child hat somewhere. Good ol’ promos.

    I hadn’t heard of Holy Blood, Holy Grail until after the Da Vinci code, so I suppose I didn;t bring that to the table with me. I did find it on my parents’ shelf later though. Love that description of reading it being like scoffing jaffas in the dark 😉

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