20) Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Read: 29 June - 6 July
The characters of Digital Fortress are cryptographers, computer techs and professors who are supposed to be among the sharpest brains in the US, yet I, a humble linguist, had the "code so ingeniously complex that if released it will cripple U.S. intelligence" figured out ages ahead of them. This is usually a sign of a poorly written book, and Dan Brown's debut novel is no exception. As with many other books, the initial idea is good, but sadly the plot is so predictable and the characters so stereotypical that you get the feeling you have read the book many, many times before. I didn't care what happened to the characters at all (except the assassin, he was actually a tad interesting), and throughout the book I kept wondering who were supposed to be the good guys and who were the bad guys. Maybe Brown intended for the book to be morally ambiguous, but I was just confused. And if the NSA is as secret an organisation as Brown claimes, why do I know about them? I'm not even American.
Thankfully Dan Brown has become a better writer over the years (yes, I know many people will disagree with me, but at least he has learned how to write suspense), because I can understand why Digital Fortress never became a success when it was first published. Not completely useless as a novel, but it certainly leaves a lot to be desired.
21) Tsarens juveler av Tormod Haugen
Lest: 7. juli - 15. juli
Dette var en av favorittbøkene mine som tenåring, og den tålte godt en gjenlesning 12-13 år senere.
22) Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
Read: 16 July - 26 July
This was a very entertaining book. You can't help cheering for Abagnale, even though what he did was wrong. I like the fact that despite him being a con artist, he never swindled an indiviual (unless they deserved it). I'm amazed at his imagination and observation abilities, and how easily he seemed to pull off all the scams - and how lucky he was. I loved this book, and it was so much better than the movie.
23) Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Read: 26 July - 29 July
My first Debbie Macomber book, but it won't be the last. This was a sweet and heartwarming tale that would have felt even better closer to Christmas.