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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Currently Reading ....

Inferno 
by 
Dan Brown

****

'Seek and ye shall find.'

Amazon.com Review:
INVOKING THE SPIRIT OF TOM HANKS 
With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.

A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon's knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.

With only a few lines from Dante's dark and epic masterpiece, The Inferno, to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the most celebrated artefacts of the Renaissance - sculptures, paintings, buildings - to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat.

Set against an extraordinary landscape inspired by one of history's most ominous literary classics, Inferno is Dan Brown's most compelling and thought-provoking novel yet, a breathless race-against-time thriller that will grab you from page one and not let you go until you close the book.


P.S.:  This book is clear proof, if any was needed, that Ireland's foremost contrarian-elitist gentleman's book club can still slum it with the best of them! I wonder will the learned Professor Langdon finally manage to unravel the mystery of the runes and at last come to know his own one-dimensional nature. We can but hope....

Yours etc,

Mycroft Webb QMBC

Monday, May 27, 2013

QMBC XX: A Confederacy of Dunces



Reading


A Confederacy of Dunces
by
John Kennedy Toole

Kennedy's, Westland Row, Dublin.
27th May 2013

One Sentence Summaries


Mycroft Webb: Dem guys and gals from Pulitzer loved this here book - and so did I. Ooo-wee! I guess that's Boethius.

Carl Jameson: What mongoloid created this abortion?

Ramius Valderón: Its nauseous humour releases the valve.

William Clay: Penguin hardly essential.

Whitby Syme: He's a Paradise gas man.

Tiger McGavin: I hope Iggy and Mizzy get busy.

Scores


William Clay: 50/83
Jack Reacherness: 0/10
Quincey Morrisness: 1/20
N'orleansness: 49/53

Tiger McGavin: 72/83
Action: 9/13
Well writtenness: 13/13
Sexiness: 5/8 (the scene with the dog)
Quincey Morrisness: 10/14
Interestingness: 15/15
Unputdownableness: 20/20

Carl Jameson: 60.5/83
(=The Gingerman)

Whitby Syme: 66/83
Characters: 20/20
Execution: 18/20
Food for thought: 5/10
Plot: 16/20
Extra points: 7/13

Mycroft Webb: 66/83
Well writtenness: 17/20
Interestingness: 18/23
Discussableness: 5/10
Characters: 18/20
Unputdownableness: 8/10

Ramius Valderón: 67/83

A Confederacy of Dunces earned a QMBC rating of 63.58 / 83.

Nominations

Ramius Valderón
- The Dinner by Herman Koch

William Clay
- Inferno by Dan Brown ("Tom Hanks in Inferno by Tom Hanks")
- Hell's Angels by Hunter S Thompson
- Broken Harbor by Tana French

Whitby Syme
- The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
- The Night of the Gun by David Carr

Mycroft Webb
- The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Tiger McGavin:
- The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
- Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Carl Jameson
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman
- The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

The Voting


BookMcGavinWebbSymeClayValderónJamesonTotal
The Wasp Factory100-200-100-400
The Orphan Master's Son200-----200
Inferno300300---100700
Lady Chatterley's Lover-100300---400
The Dinner-200---200400
The Magicians--100200300-600
The Night of the Gun---100--100
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet---300-300600
Hell's Angels----200- 200

Next: Inferno
Nearly: The Magicians / The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet