Reviews tagging 'Gun violence'

Inferno, by Dan Brown

3 reviews

laurajones's review

Go to review page

adventurous informative mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.5


Expand filter menu Content Warnings

welllovedspines's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

TL;DR: If you're looking for a fast-paced thriller based in the real world, then this book (and the entire series) might be right up your alley. (The following review is spoiler-free).
_____

This is the 4th book in Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series. Now, I know there are a lot of strong opinions on Dan's writing, but I've personally always found the books extremely entertaining and quick to read. They've been a pretty consistent companion on long commutes on the subway and plane rides. 

Thrillers are one of my favorite genres. Does the writing leave something to be desired? Yes. It's not lyrical or metaphorical in any way. But I find the books to bring a great sense of balance between history (often art history) and fictional conspiracy. Add a healthy dash of suspense, and ta-da! 

If you're a fan of this genre and like contemporary works that are grounded in the real world, I definitely recommend checking this out. Another bonus is that you don't need to read the whole series or even start with the first book in order to fully enjoy them! I'm already looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

Expand filter menu Content Warnings

tiemzahra's review against another edition

Go to review page

challenging dark informative mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

My second Dan Brown, and already I found a template of his story. 

This book was intriguing, too intense for my mild self. But towards in the middle, I simply couldn’t stop reading. Twists here and there,
Spoilercouldn’t appreciate what they did for the movie, that Sienna was the bad guy after all, because in the book, what Sienna believed is more complicated.
I love that for a fact, this book features ambiguity in morality. What’s right and wrong, you could never say which one’s which. 

I might wait for a while before starting another Dan Brown. His books were well-crafted, but sometimes books of the same author with similar template put me off (eg. Murakami). But you could appreciate the intricacies of his story, like I was reading nonfiction in a fiction, if that makes sense. This book features the poet Dante and I learned so much of his life history.

Expand filter menu Content Warnings
More...