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    I've had this discussion with droid. Imo eco is by far the lesser artist. I couldn't finish his turgid book but dan browns reads itself. This is because brown is able, if not to believe then at least to suspend disbelief. Eco is a sneerer, a class of man condemned by William Blake as the enemies of art.

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    Popular novels are like conspiracy theories. The unconscious is almost unmediated. Fears and desires appear unvarnished, ugly, naive, taboo and prophetic

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    I've had this discussion with droid. Imo eco is by far the lesser artist. I couldn't finish his turgid book but dan browns reads itself. This is because brown is able, if not to believe then at least to suspend disbelief. Eco is a sneerer, a class of man condemned by William Blake as the enemies of art.
    I found TDVC hugely readable - although droid's description of the prose as 'Stephen King on ketamine' is accurate - but I guess this is all of a piece with your esteem for The Matrix.

    Code is certainly readable, I'm not denying that. But Brown is very much a believer, or was when he wrote the book, at any rate.
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    Yes I think belief is a prerequisite for good art.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...iction_authors

    Quite surprised to see Dean Koontz has overtaken Stephen King

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    I have read the Da Vinci Code but I don't remember anything about it, then I was gonna read the next one but I suddenly thought "why would I do this to myself" and didn't.

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    Though actually maybe I did read it. I truly don't know. I heard in an interview that it was the only book that Noel Gallagher ever read (one more than Posh Spice though).

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    i read "my brilliant friend" by elena ferrante before visiting naples and i enjoyed it. i understand why it's so popular as it addresses universal feelings of friendship, jealousy and how those interact with each other. everybody who reads it will have something he or she recognizes in their own lives i think.

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    Has anyone ever read a Tom Clancy novel? I saw one in someone's house once, but I don't seem to know anyone who's actually read him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    Has anyone ever read a Tom Clancy novel? I saw one in someone's house once, but I don't seem to know anyone who's actually read him.
    I read something like that. Can't remember if it was him or Colin Forbes or whatever but I was arrested and spent a night in the cells and that was the only book they had, I read almost half of it anyway. It was good enough or at least compelling enough that I looked up the ending on wikipedia when I got out.

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    Actually it was Clive Cussler. Ignore me.

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    What were you arrested for?

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    Really nothing too bad. This guy we know here told us about being on trial for "nothing really" which we later found it was actually attempted murder - this was not like that.

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