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    NYT Bestseller Lists (as of 8/24/05)

    HARDCOVER FICTION
    Top 5 at a Glance
    1. THE DA VINCI CODE, by Dan Brown
    2. LIFEGUARD, by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
    3. THE HISTORIAN, by Elizabeth Kostova
    4. THE MERMAID CHAIR, by Sue Monk Kidd
    5. THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING, by Terry McMillan

    HARDCOVER NONFICTION
    Top 5 at a Glance
    1. THE FAIRTAX BOOK, by Neal Boortz and John Linder
    2. 100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA, by Bernard Goldberg
    3. THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman
    4. 1776, by David McCullough
    5. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
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    Long after humanity has been enslaved by intelligent apes who rule the planet, DVC will still be in the NYT best seller lists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phat32
    Long after humanity has been enslaved by intelligent apes who rule the planet, DVC will still be in the NYT best seller lists.
    Ain't that the truth. It's NUMBER ONE again?

    I asked this in the old thread (thanks for posting the new list, phat! ) but I might as well ask here: Has anyone read The Historian? I browsed through it in a bookstore today and liked what I read. However, I saw someone describe it as "The Dracula Code" which kind of put me off a bit. Not the Dracula bit, of course, but the bit about the book that will be on the bestseller list long after humanity has been enslaved by intelligent apes It seems unfair to Kostova, who seems to have written a more cerebral, literary novel. Incidentally, I didn't get the Da Vinci comparisons with The Rule of Four either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geek the girl
    Ain't that the truth. It's NUMBER ONE again?

    I asked this in the old thread (thanks for posting the new list, phat! ) but I might as well ask here: Has anyone read The Historian? I browsed through it in a bookstore today and liked what I read. However, I saw someone describe it as "The Dracula Code" which kind of put me off a bit.
    re: "The Dracula Code"

    I keep picking it up and putting it down. I'll probably get to it, eventually.

    As for how or why so many books are being marketed as "The next Da Vinci Code," I suppose that's just corporate America. I see it all the time, whether it's books, or television ("The next Sex and the City!"), or films ("The next Titanic!").

    At best, marketers are either too lazy to come up with something better than "The next [so-and-so]!", hoping to play off someone else's success, I suppose. At worst, marketers don't realize what they're dealing with and struggle (and fail) to come up with something original to say about what they're trying to market. Just my $.02.
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    Hmmm my friend and I are considering reading The Historian but I heard its a little complex. We are 17 but pretty intellectual, we hope lol. So does anyone know anything about it?

    I just finished Freakonomics and that was pretty good. A lot of "mind boggling" theories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geek the girl
    Incidentally, I didn't get the Da Vinci comparisons with The Rule of Four either.
    Geek, I think that every publisher/p.r. person will invoke the name of Dan Brown to sell books, whether or not their particular book resembles DaVinci Code in any way. IMO, this does a disservice to those new books. I bought Rule of Four expecting one kind of book and found it to be something completely different. I still enjoyed it, but it was more like Eco, than Brown.

    The only real benefit I see to this whole DaVinci Code phenomenon is that better authors and better books may get more readers as the interest in hisorical fiction (probably my favorite genre) increases.

    I haven't read The Historian yet. I just can't afford to pay that much for a book - or at least one that isn't a text book! I'll check it out in paperback, or used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical
    The only real benefit I see to this whole DaVinci Code phenomenon is that better authors and better books may get more readers as the interest in hisorical fiction (probably my favorite genre) increases.
    hmmm, Historian Fiction does sound like an interesting genre. Any specific recommendations??
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    One of my favorites from the genre is Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks. It's much closer to "literature" than Dan Brown entertainment books, but it had me turning the pages nonstop. Beautifully written - will make you question a lot. It's a fictional autobiography of John Brown's son who helped him in his abolitionist fight. I heard it recommended so many times and just didn't think I would find it interesting, decided to finally get it anyway, and I fell in love with it.
    I hate the da vinci code bandwagon.

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