The Whitcoulls book list was announced a while ago in New Zealand. I can’t help feeling disappointed, and will attempt to run down the list making criticisms or congratulations as I see fit. Note that if I haven’t read the book and you’d like to add your two cents to this post then post a comment and I’ll attach your opinion (See, I really do care what you think ;P).
1. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
Gah, I’ve had enough of the “da Vinci” code, I refuse to write “Da Vinci” because that’s just damn wrong. Have some respect for Leonardo. Unfortunately I haven’t read the book so can’t comment in an official capacity, but the fact that people are running around saying there is a Church conspiracy because of this book shows how gullible the public can be. I mean, of course the catholic church is involved in conspiracies, but we already knew that.
Actually the main reason this annoys me is that I loved Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific work and art. I even wanted to get the Ventruvian man tattooed on my back.
I wouldn’t do so anymore of course.
Edit: Most people (that read my blog) agree that Dan Brown should leave publishing and become a foot painter, in a cave, somewhere in the Andes.
2. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
Honestly I’m getting a bit tired of The Lord of the Rings, but I certainly would have preferred it to be #1 instead of the da Vinci Code. Movified: yes.
3. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
I have it on good authority from a English graduate that this book is really really average. Hope they don’t waste time and money on making a movie, oh wait… they are. Movified: In the works.
4. The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
Never read the book, but I did see the movie as a kid and was extremely moved (read: cried at the sad parts). Movified: yes.
5. Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
Dan dan dan dan. Go away Dan. Edit: Tatjna informs me that this is entertaining light reading and gets bonus points for a fantastic description of a particle accelerator. Movified: no.
6. Cross Stitch – Diana Gabaldon
A rivetting journey into how to cross-stitch. The plot is intricately woven into a pretty picture. (I haven’t read it). Edit: Fairy Princess informs me this is a romance novel that is not better than Pride and Prejudice. Movified: All attempts have unravelled (bwahahaha).
8. The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
I would suspect that a horseman made of bronze wouldn’t do alot and would make for an absence of plot. Perhaps I am mistaken though. Edit: Again my contact in the know, Fairy Princess, informs me this is a romance novel that is good but not as good as Pride and Prejudice. Movified: unknown.
9. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
10. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1960 novel by Harper Lee, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. A coming-of-age story, it is told from the point of view of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the young daughter of Atticus Finch, an educated lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama, a fictional small town in the Deep South of the United States. She is accompanied by her brother Jem and their mutual friend Dill. Actually, I haven’t read this and that was just taken from wikipedia, my education of this book came directly from the flash overview. Movified: yes.
I will continue down the list with witty comments and silly hijinx when I have the time.