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Good news Tom Hanks fans - the man is returning as Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of Dan's most recent book, Inferno:
Cameras are set to roll on Ron Howard's third big screen Dan Brown adaptation in April 2015, Deadline reports. Tom Hanks will reprise his The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons role of Professor Robert Langdon for Inferno, which has been given a tentative release date of December 18, 2015.
The book itself marks the fourth novel to follow Langdon. David Koepp is providing the adapted screenplay.
Last week I updated my eBook Inside Dan Brown's Inferno to be a 'post-publication' guide to Inferno, rather than the predictive treasure hunt version that was released in February. There's a lot of common material between versions (the tour of Florence, Renaissance history etc) but also a new chapter and many updates to smaller sections. It should come out as a free update to anybody that bought the pre-publication version - can any readers confirm that this has in fact happened?
Also, for those that would like both pre- and post-publication versions of the book, I left a note at the end of the updated edition on how to get in touch with me about getting the original release sent out as a standalone book.
Thanks for all your support, and the fun and games trying to track down the material in Inferno before it hit the streets! Hope you enjoyed 'the chase' as much as I did.
So, Inferno is out! Have you read it yet? What are your thoughts on the novel? Over at my other blog The Daily Grail, I've posted a feature going through my own thoughts on the book, and also looking at how I went offering readers a primer to the content in DB's new novel with my little ebook Inside Dan Brown's Inferno.
As mentioned in that feature, I think my chapters on Dante, Florence and Renaissance history all would have provided an excellent grounding for Inferno readers. The 3-headed Satan symbol, the Vasari painting with the 'Cerca Trova' message, Dante's mask, and locations such as the Vasari Corridor, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni - readers of my book would have known exactly what Dan was referring to. I even discussed the Black Death and how it may have helped trigger the Renaissance, not realising how crucial a part this analogy would play in Dan's new book. On the downside, my chapter addressing esoteric and hidden history was pretty much a complete bust, as Dan (surprisingly) seemed to avoid this topic as much as possible, even on topics like Dante as an initiate that he's covered in previous novels. A shame I thought, but hopefully readers still learned plenty from that chapter, regardless of it being non-Inferno material. Likewise, all the hints to Pythagoras, Fibonacci, the Voynich Manuscript and Il Tesoretto on Dan's website, book cover and publication date seem to have been complete red herrings. But again, by exploring those topics I hope readers learned a bit more about 'off the beaten track' history.
I am in the process of updating my book to a post-publication guide - if you've already purchased the ebook this will come out as a free update. If you want to keep some of the 'irrelevant' material that I'll be expunging (Pythagoras etc), I'll be providing an email address so that you can request the original pre-publication version as a separate (free) ebook as well.
What were your thoughts on Inferno?
The New York Times' Janet Maslin has gone off a day early with her embargo-breaking review of Dan Brown's latest novel Inferno (though given her close relationship with Brown on his previous releases, I'd imagine it was done with permission to get some 'buzz' happening). There are some spoilers in there, so beware, but overall Maslin's summation was positive:
Dante’s nightmare vision becomes the book’s visual correlative for what its scientific calculations suggest. And eventually the book involves itself with Transhumanism, genetic manipulation and the potential for pandemics. Just as Mr. Brown’s “Lost Symbol” tried to stir interest in the noetic sciences (studying mind-body connections). “Inferno” puts the idea of a plague front and center, invoking the black plague, its casualty count and its culling effect on mankind. Mr. Brown is more serious than usual when he invokes Dante’s dire warning: “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
But the main emphasis here is hardly on gloom. It is on the prodigious research and love of trivia that inform Mr. Brown’s stories (this one makes mincemeat of all those factoid-heavy wannabes, like Matthew Pearl’s “Dante Club”), the ease with which he sets them in motion, the nifty tricks (Dante’s plaster death mask is pilfered from its museum setting, then toted through the secret passageways of Florence in a Ziploc bag) and the cliffhangers. (Sienna: “Don’t tell me we’re in the wrong museum.” Robert: “Sienna, we’re in the wrong country.”) There is the gamesmanship that goes with crypto-bits like “PPPPPPP.” (Sienna: “Seven Ps is ... a message?” Robert, grinning: “It is. And if you’ve studied Dante, it’s a very clear one.”)
Ebook company Kobo are running a competition related to Inferno title 'The Descent". I haven't had much time to check it out myself, but for those of you who like solving puzzles, $5000 is up for grabs. More details:
The company I work for - Kobo - has launched a game themed on Dante's Inferno leading up to the Inferno release.
We've commissioned eBooks with various imagery, mythology and historical references where players of the game need to unveil clues to proceed to further steps. The first to complete the "game" gets prize money and an eReader signed by Dan Brown:
This is the first time we're building a narrative beyond just the words in a story so we're excited about the experience.
Sounds like a fun way to spend the weekend waiting for DB's new book to drop?
Dan Brown's publishers have released the prologue and first chapter of his latest novel in the Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which I've embedded above for your reading pleasure. The book begins with the usual (sometimes controversial) Brownian statement that "all artwork, literature, science and historical references in this novel are real", and mentions a pseudonymous organisation known as 'The Consortium' which will apparently feature in the novel (saying the name has been changed for "considerations of security and privacy".
The book opens by referencing Dante's Inferno and a few of the famous locations in the Italian city of Florence. If you've checked out my primer to the new novel, Inside Dan Brown's Inferno, you should be well aware of the significance and details of each of these - if you don't have it, you can grab the eBook for just $2.99.
The title of Dan Brown's new book has been revealed after a 'puzzle' was completed by fans just hours after being posted to social media. Brown's code-solving historical investigator Robert Langdon will return in the new novel, Inferno, set to be released on May 14.
The title – Inferno – was revealed soon after the announcement by readers, who had been invited to use social media posts to help expose a digital mosaic. By posting on Facebook, or tweeting using the hashtag #DanBrownToday, readers' profile images were added as tiles in a web graphic, with the title – alluding to Dante's 14th-century poem – becoming clear as more images were added.
"Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said.
"With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm … a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."
"Dan Brown's enthusiasm for puzzles, codes and symbols is a passion shared by his readers," said Suzanne Herz at Brown's US publisher Doubleday, saying that the marketing stunt was intended "to harness that passion and use it as a catalyst to reveal the new title."