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The Lost Symbol once more

You probably know by now that I’m not totally impressed with Dan Brown, but the ad campaign for his new book must even annoy the greatest fan. Some months ago they revealed the long awaited book cover. Needless to say there are two covers, not as in Harry Potter two covers – one for kids, one for adults – but rather one for Americans and one for Europeans. What the rest of the world will be getting I don’t know. The European cover looks a bit more unobtrusive, whereas the American one has this big red seal on it that for some reason makes me think of Scarlet Pimpernel, don’t ask me why. Supposedly the seal has something to do with the Freemasons. Now we know the cover of a book that’s going to be released in exactly 33 days, 3 hours, 9 minutes and 47 seconds (countdown courtesy of The Lost Symbol).

Next is the Facebook approach. When the official facebook page of Dan Brown reaches 100.000 fans Random House will announce the name of Robert Langdon’s next adversary. Wow, the name of the adversary. OK, so what if his name is Tom Smith? I don’t know anything about him, even if I know his name. Obviously not many people are interested in the name, the facebook page has only 66.000 fans so far.

Now his new website is launched, a website that looks quite good admittedly. I haven’t looked closely at its contents, though. According to Random House “the website includes information about all of Dan Brown’s books, bizarre facts, secrets and games.” I wonder how much advertising a book that has yet to come out can take before the potential readers get sick of it. I certainly am already.

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Update on Dan Brown’s new book

Obviously I need to keep up with things better. Today I read on the Read Street blog about Dan Brown’s new book. Contrary to what rumours said earlier the book is now called “The Lost Symbol”, instead of “The Solomon Key”, and it will be released on September 15 according to Publishers Weekly.

The book is taking place during 12 hours in Robert Langdon’s life, so I’m not sure my forecasted plot can all happen as projected. Maybe I’ll have to reconsider some of the locations and move them all to one continent. Bummer, I really liked my story!

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Dan Brown has finished his new book

Aren’t I glad to hear this? According to an article at Seacoastonline his book – working title "The Solomon Key" – is rumoured to be released on Sept 18, since that date has some connection to Freemasonry. The Solomon Key will feature the Freemasons and is set in Washington D.C. I’m going to take a guess now as to some details of the book. I’m pretty sure that the scavenger hunt (and there will be one undoubtedly) will lead Langdon and his female sidekick along the whole east coast, all the way across continents to the Peruvian coast (Nazca lines!), then on to Rennes-le-Chateau until they end up in Munich. There they will find the grimoire in the Löwenbräukeller where it was hidden by the Nazis only to have it snatched away by a descendant of a Rosicrucian leader who wants the book for his own evil purposes. The exotic or homely locations will deceive the reader into believing they read a completely new book when in reality they just forked out whatever it costs for a warmed-up version of Langdons earlier adventures.

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Stephen King on Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer “can’t write worth a darn”. This is Stephen King’s opinion on her Twilight books in a nutshell. Oh boy, I suppose he can expect some fan mail from Meyer’s fans in the next few days.  Celebitchy then goes on about Dan Brown. I wholeheartedly agree here. Read one Dan Brown book and you’ve read them all. I’ve never read anything like it ( and I don’t mean that in a good sense).