‘Inferno’ Tops Bestseller Lists on First Day
Well, the new Robert Langdon novel is out. You know, the historian and ‘famed symbologist’ who runs around solving mysteries that first came to prominence in The Da Vinci Code. Fans have lapped up subsequent stories (and a prequel) making Dan Brown a wealthy man and his books bestsellers. There’s even been a couple movies based on the Langdon books.
Now comes Inferno based on, you guessed it, the works of Dante Alighieri, taking place in exotic European destinations as Langdon "tries to stop the spread of a deadly virus”. Pre-sales on Amazon alone were enough to boost it to the top of their bestseller lists before the book was actually released, and are reported be almost 25% higher than for his last book.
But — and it’s a big ‘but’ for those people who review books like this for living — it may well be his ‘worst book yet’.
Jake Kerridge in the Daily Telegraph said: "As a stylist, Brown gets better and better: where once he was abysmal, he is now just very poor." And he added: "In the end this is his worst book and for a sad, even noble reason — his ambition here wildly exceeds his ability."
That doesn’t seem to deter the fans, however, with a large number queuing to be the first to buy it in London this morning or pre-ordering it for their Kindle devices and getting it delivered at midnight. And the reviewers concur that readers will just ‘lap it up’.
I had to laugh at the way the Daily Mail put it, though, when their critic described it as "bilge, but one hell of a page turner". Will you read it? I probably will, but I can probably wait for second hand or sale copy, rather than shelling out for the full-price product. Particularly if it’s as bad as they’re saying.
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