My Thoughts Exactly...
Dan Brown does it again with another Robert Langdon action-mystery extravaganza. Taking on yet another pillar of literature (Dante's Inferno), art (Botticelli's Map of Hell) and tying it in to the beautiful, historical landscape of Italy, it's like you're running through the streets in a haze of puzzling tragedy.
Trigger Warnings and Ratings
THIS BOOK CONTAINS MATURE THEMES
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Inferno is recommended for ages 14+.
The book includes mature language and themes such as violence and mature language.
Bloodsucking Fiends contains a lot of heavy themes that may not be suitable for all ages, and may be triggering to readers. To help our fans decide if this book is right for them, we have included this trigger warning list as there are topics that readers may find disturbing.
- Physical and mental harm
- Biological warfare
🚨 SPOILERS 🚨
Time to crack this code!
The Inferno Codex
Inferno left me wanting to go explore Italy even more than I already did. And on top of that wanderlust, it made me ponder the human existence and overpopulation issues with our world. Brown has yet again found a way to introduce political hot points tied in to puzzles and cyphers. This book is an exercise of your mind and soul, figuring out where your opinions lie on the political spectrum while trying to solve all the historical references and puzzles constantly swirling around in the pages.
The imagery and detailed knowledge of literature, art, and landscape in each of Brown's books are always next level, but in Inferno it was like reading and seeing all of these pieces in one place. Brown has an incredible talent for teaching these history lessons wrapped up in an adventure while questioning societal issues and this book shows his mastery of such. I truly enjoy how much I learn about cultures and history in each of his books, but with Inferno it's even more intriguing to me as I've always wanted to learn more about Italian history and art. Including pieces from Dante, Botticelli, Vasari, and various architectural masterpieces throughout Italy and Turkey, the adventure leaves the reader with heightened knowledge of integral pieces of Italian culture, yet it doesn't feel like a lesson or work, but an engaging way of exploring far away lands and arts.
And with the backbone of the story being a modern-day bio-engineered "plague" set to genetically target the population at random as a way to tackle overpopulation blends futuristic science with a backdrop of some of the oldest landscapes of the word. This ideology leaves each reader with the question of how they feel about modern day issues and the ways society will tackle them in the future, and where their opinion lies among the lines presented. We all know overpopulation is an issue, but to which extent does each reader feel society should go to mediate the issue?
Devil's in the Details
- 3oz Prosecco
- 3oz Aperol
- 1-2oz Sparkling water (Flavored or unflavored)
- Orange Wheels
- Fill glass with ice and add Aperol
- Add Prosecco
- Top with soda
- Garnish with orange wheel
- Enjoy the bitter and sweet of this drink to pair with the Devilish undertones of this read!
Hey Hot Stuff - Creme Brulee
Let's get as warm as the inner rings of the Inferno and make some brulees! For a New York Times Best-Seller, we'll make the New York Times' 5-Star recipe!
Yield: 4 servings
- 2cups heavy or light cream, or half-and-half
- 1vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛teaspoon salt5egg yolks
- ½cup sugar, more for topping
- Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan, combine cream, vanilla bean and salt and cook over low heat just until hot. Let sit for a few minutes, then discard vanilla bean. (If using vanilla extract, add it now.)
- In a bowl, beat yolks and sugar together until light. Stir about a quarter of the cream into this mixture, then pour sugar-egg mixture into cream and stir.
- Pour into four 6-ounce ramekins and place ramekins in a baking dish; fill dish with boiling water halfway up the sides of the dishes.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until centers are barely set.
- Cool completely. Refrigerate for several hours and up to a couple of days.
- When ready to serve, top each custard with about a teaspoon of sugar in a thin layer.
- Place ramekins in a broiler 2 to 3 inches from heat source. Turn on broiler.
- Cook until sugar melts and browns or even blackens a bit, about 5 minutes. Serve within two hours.
How many of these fun facts did you know? Did we miss any? Let us know when you submit your review!
Inferno was adapted in to a movie as the 3rd movie adaptation in the Robert Langdon series. It was released in 2016, following the DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons.
Brown's book The Lost Symbol was adapted in to a TV series in 2021.
Dan Brown has written eight books, five in the Robert Langdon series.
The DaVinci Code is the second book of the Robert Langdon saga, becoming a New York Times best-seller within the first week of it's release, and is one of the most popular books of all time.
Brown has said that reading Sidney Sheldon's The Doomsday Conspiracy inspired him to start writing thrillers.
Brown's first book, Digital Fortress, was written in 1998 and explores the collection of private data of citizens.
Dan Brown never ceases to create a thrilling adventure exploring the best cities in the world and playing mind games of puzzles and conspiracy!
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