One of the things I like the most about working in a bookstore is the multiplicity of opinions that customers and staff have about the books we have on our shelves. Dan Brown, made famous by writing little books such as The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol, has been loved and criticized by the people that frequent this joint. He has a new book out—it's titled Inferno, and I couldn't put it down.
Here are some comments I've heard about the book in the store:
"You want me to read that? Ummmm, no."
"I'm not into conspiracy theories."
"It's pop schlock."
"I loved Inferno, Dante here I come."
"It was incredibly well researched and well thought out."
"I couldn't put it down."
Inferno is about Harvard symbolist Robert Langdon, who is on a quest to decipher the meaning of an altered Botticelli painting. He is racing against time to save humanity from a terrible plague. Bertrand Zobrist, a brilliant scientist with a questionable moral compass and a love for Dante Alighieri, is of the scary but real opinion that due to Malthusian exponential population growth, humanity is on the verge of collapse. To save humanity, he creates a plague to control the population. The book is fast-paced, smart, and very well researched, with lots of twists and turns. Want more information? See this interview Random House supplied to us.
Inferno is, quite simply, the ultimate summer read! If you find yourself on a beach, in a back yard, or lying in hammock over the summer, pick up a copy of this book. Right now, Inferno is on for 30% off in the bookstore!