"Men of few words are the best men." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene II

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

QMBC XXI: Inferno


Dan Brown

The Bull and Castle, Lord Edward St, Dublin.
26th June 2013

One Sentence Summaries

Ramius Valderón: An infernal damnation of monochromatic text.

William Clay: Dantexpect a good book.

Whitby Syme: I felt as though I were running on foot through the Florentine streets of Florence with pursuing military-trained soldiers in hot pursuit.

Mycroft Webb: (1) What grade will I give this book? H+
(2) Would I read another Dan Brown book? I'm Inferno more.

Tiger McGavin: Unfortunately I couldn't find the secret passage to escape this book.

Carl Jameson: Not so much an Inferno as a hot steaming pile.

Guisseppe Wellman: Overpopulated with nothing iconic.


Whitby Syme: 43/83
Characters: 4/20
Execution: 10/20
Food for thought: 6/10
Plot: 14/20
Extra points: 3/13

Ramius Valderón: 35/83
9 Circle of Hellness: 9/9
Ocean's 11: 0/11
Better than Big: 5/15
Speed of Read: 10/18
Eideticness: 1/30

Tiger McGavin: 46/83
Action: 9/13
Well writtenness: 2/13
Sexiness: 4/8
Quincey Morrisness: 10/14
Interestingness: 6/15
Unputdownableness: 15/20

William Clay: 25/83

Mycroft Webb: 40/83
Well writtenness: 5/15
Action: 10/20
Unputdownableness: 8/20
Characters: 4/15
Art Historyness: 13/13

Carl Jameson: 32/83
39%: 32/83

Guisseppe Wellman: 39/83
Page Turnability: 19/27
Plot: 14/28
Characters: 6/28

Inferno earned a QMBC rating of 37.14 / 83.


As a change of pace, the nomination process was run differently at QMBC XXI. The titles and authors of the nominated books were undisclosed, and the gentlemen of the QMBC were privy only to the contents of page 99 of each nominated book (taking the idea inspiration from The Page 99 Test).

Below are the notes which were minuted during the readings of each page 99, followed by the identities of the books which were revealed after voting was concluded and the winner known.

Ramius Valderón:
Notes: Hawthorne. BJ. Skull. Three way? Showers. Earpiece. Military? Garden. Family discussion.
Book: Hawthorn and Child by Keith Ridway

Tiger McGavin:
Notes for nomination 1: Pyjamas. Bed. Girl-woman. Cock. Virgin Mary.
Notes for nomination 2: Camel toe. ROFL. Charlie Sheen. Daddy. Ronan. Northside accent. Cigar.
Book 1: Women by Charles Bukowski
Book 2: The Shelbourne Ultimatum by Ross O'Carroll Kelly 

Whitby Syme:
Notes: Cats.
Book: Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin

William Clay:
Notes for nomination 1: Toilet. Piss. Guts. Eggs. Jamie. Pub. Walk.
Notes for nomination 2: Fire. Omi-san. Blackthorn. Barbarian. Boy fainted. Samarai. Hai. Piss.
Book 1: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Book 2: Shogun by James Clavell

Mycroft Webb:
Notes: Fear. School. Exists. Panic attack. Boy. Sweaty.
Book: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Carl Jameson:
Notes: Filthy hands. Trapped. Turd. Plunger. Dinner parties. Easter.
Book: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Guisseppe Wellman:
Notes: Humiliation. Hebrew. Rome. Herod census? David.
Book: The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago

The Voting

Hawthorn and Child--100---300400
The Shelbourne Ultimatum-----200-200
The Wasp Factory100------100
Tuf Voyaging300--200---500
The Pale King--300100200-100700
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ200200--100--500
Me Talk Pretty One Day-1002003003003002001400

Next: Me Talk Pretty One Day
Nearly: The Pale King

Theme for next meeting's nomination: Books which were originally published in a language other than English.

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