First, I apologize for the lateness of this post. We lost Internet at home Thursday and a chunk of Friday, so I wasn’t able to declare the winner as quickly as I wanted.
I was really pleased by the responses to the first book giveaway, and delighted to see a couple of mysteries I’d never heard of. But I’m picking Elizabeth as the winner for her comment about the spiral staircase in Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe. That was a new one for me, and I can totally see Dan Brown incorporating it into a future novel — tiny, obscure symbols carved in hidden areas, a stranger who seems to know a lot about the original carver but guards his secret…. And “Spiral” is cool name for a novel.
Elizabeth, I’ll need your address to get the book to you. You can e-mail me at email@example.com. I’ll e-mail you this weekend, too.
Thanks to everyone for participating. There will be another book giveaway at the end of the month. Brush up on your Civil War knowledge!
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I was going to wait until next month for the first book giveaway, but I can’t pass this one up. It’s on the best-seller list, it’s gotten great reviews, and even if you don’t want it yourself, surely you know someone who does? It’s a pristine, never-been-read hardback. So pretty!
I admit I’m not a big Dan Brown fan; “The Da Vinci Code” was enough for me. I read it when I was in college and was taking art history at the time. Thus when Robert Langdon was stroking his chin thoughtfully in the Louvre as he tried to name that painting, in my head I was screeching, “Madonna on the Rocks. HOW CAN YOU NOT TELL THE ANSWER IS MADONNA ON THE ROCKS?” I know that’s not fair, and I’m sure Robert Langdon could run rings around me in any art/history competition (with his only problem being he doesn’t exist), but it soured the book for me. I haven’t read any of Brown’s other books.
However, I do respect how Brown uses history and art as a springboard for his stories. History in particular fascinates me, and I do love a good history-mystery combination. So I’m setting up a related competition for “Inferno”:
Which historical/artistic mystery fascinates you the most, and what do you think the answer to it is?
You get points for originality and eloquence. How long the competition runs depends on how many responses I get; the more, the better, and the sooner I’ll pick a winner. So if you’re keen to win a copy of Dan Brown’s best-selling latest, share the competition with friends, just make sure they aren’t as clever as you.
By the way, if you’ve already read “Inferno,” talk about it on the Monday open book stuff thread, or recommend it as a summer vacation read.