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Tuesday, March 14, 2006



Hello Carl, Sandra. More coded craziness from Court today. The Judge, Mr. Justice Smith is clearly getting very irritated by Mr. Brown. Called him a liar this afternoon.

Mr. Brown was asked to produce his own copy of HBHG to the court. It was noted that, of all the forty books that he used for his 'research', this book alone was the most used - more battered, highlightings all over the place, underlinings, etc.

The question was put to him; when did he say he used this book? Back came the reply: only near the end, when most of the novel was already written.

So why then all this marking and noting? Dan Brown claims that it was useful for after the book was published, when he had to give talks and interviews to sell the TDVC.

At this point the Judge said: Mr. Brown, I think that this book was your essential source.
Brown denied it, at which point Judge Smith said that Brown was lying to the court.

My feeling on this trial is that Brown/Random House are going to lose big time.

What is the media spin over there? Here it has to be said that almost all the news outlets (except BBC, who seem even-handed) are treating Brown like some kind of literature giant and conquering hero who only wrote the truth (right, fictional truth of course; its only a novel; right?)

Ed Peters

clive rocks.

carl: has DB written ANYthing before? is this sensation about a first time novelist?

Carl Olson

Clive indeed rocks! This is very helpful info, Clive; thank you! I'm going to post your comments and will respond to your question.

Ed: THE DA VINCI CODE is Brown's fourth novel. His first two novels were "techno thrillers." The third, ANGELS AND DEMONS, was set in Rome and was also quite anti-Catholic and featured the same protagonist, Robert Langdon. All three have now sold well, of course, because of the fourth novel. But they initially sold very modestly, around 10,000 copies each.

Ed Peters

figurz. thx.


Ed, believe me when I tell you, ANGELS AND DEMONS makes TDVC look like a kids novel. It was one gorey murder after another. Ofcourse, they were all Cardinals electing a new Pope. I gave up before the second murder and I understand it got worse from there. It is obvious to me this guy has a serious ax to grind.Got any clues as to what that ax may be?


It seems as though most of the commentators are biased. I wonder why?

Mark A. York

"You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt."

Robert M. Pirsig


"When people are fanaticallly dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt."

Perhaps that is why Dan Brown and fans of DVC are "fanatically" maintaining that the preposterous bilge contained in this apology for a novel is based on historical fact.

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