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Dan Brown foreshadows…

1. …subtly:

[Kohler said] “One square yard of drag will slow a falling body almost twenty percent.”

Langdon nodded blankly.

He never suspected that later that night, in a country hundreds of miles away, the information would save his life. (Dan Brown, Angels & Demons, p. 29)

I actually laughed out loud after that paragraph.  Also, it reminded me of this:

“‘Little did he know.’ That means there’s something he doesn’t know, which means there’s something you don’t know, did you know that?

POP NAME THAT MOVIE!  I haven’t awarded a Pilcrow in some time.  No cheating.

2.The Da Vinci Code:

“This morning,” Kohler challenged, “when I typed the word ‘Illuminati’ into the computer, it returned thousands of current references.  Apparently a lot of people think this group is still active.”

“Conspiracy buffs,” Langdon replied.  He had always been annoyed by the plethora of conspiracy theories that circulated in modern pop culture.  The media craved apocalyptic headlines… (p. 51)

Cashed in on that one, didn’t ya, Dan?

Also, what kind of brilliant scientist with all sorts of computer technology at his fingertips would refer to a web search as “typing the word into the computer”?  None.  That’s the answer: none brilliant scientists.

Seriously, though, I loved The Da Vinci Code.  One of the few “unputdownable” books I’ve read in my life.  Great fiction.  Dixie tells me Angels & Demons is just as good.

Also true


I usually order books from Amazon.ca.  I’m not sure why.  I should really order from Chapters.ca as a general rule, since they’re a Canadian retailer with a CEO that cares about reading.  Randall has told me several times that Chapters.ca is sometimes cheaper than Amazon.ca.  I recently placed an order at Chapters.ca and he was right—it’s a margin of only a few dollars or less, but still.

On the Saturday before last I ordered some books from Chapters.ca.  Some time after I had checked out, I decided that maybe this wasn’t a good time to order all of those books, so I attempted to cancel 60% of my order.  The site said that cancellation within 50 minutes of placing the order was possible, but because more time had elapsed I would have to request the cancellation and would receive word within 5 days.  So I requested the cancellations. This was Saturday evening.

Monday morning I received two emails from Chapters.ca: “your orders have shipped”, was the long and short of them.  4 days later (last Thursday) and the day after that I received emails, each regretting to inform me that my orders could not be canceled.

Strange policy.  I can’t imagine that there wasn’t enough time to cancel those orders.

Monday morning, 8a.m., the Chapters warehouse:

Supervisor: OK fellas, we’ve got a bunch of weekend orders we have to get shipped pronto.  The sales department needs to get back to some clients, so lets ship these items out as fast as possible and then I can let them know whether or not the orders can be canceled.

One of the fellas: Wait—what?

Supervisor: Just shut up and ship ’em.

The books arrived today and they’re all books I want, so…no harm no foul.  I just don’t recall having a 50 minute cancellation window at Amazon.ca, especially on a weekend.