Three days ago or so I got a copy of a book. And since it’s been so long since the last time I got to read for pleasure (SO LONG!), I was really happy, a nice novel is probably one of the best gifts someone could give me!
This time it was the turn of a book that made me feel a bit confused when I got it.
(I didn’t get the nice cover though)
From what I heard about it, this book didn’t seem like my kind of book. I’m also unfamiliar with Dan Brown’s work. I haven’t read the famous Da Vinci code, nor I have watched the movie, they never interested me too much. Religious crap, I thought.
However, I started reading. I could never imagine, that three days later, I would have my eyes stuck in the paper reading the last 50 pages of the book without being able to stop until it ended. It was good from start to end. It was like some action movie, without a single dull moment. Action and action and more ACTION and surprising moments, very interesting facts, and a very interesting plot, really interesting. Things were poping out from nowhere to surprise you, and although they almost seem forced sometimes, after a while it all made sense. I didn’t stop enjoying it, not even when it apparently went against my points of view about religion and turned all pro-catholic church. I actually thought it was going to end that way, and I said to myself “oh well, it’s fiction, I didn’t stop reading the Odyssey just because it talks about deities I don’t believe in). BUT later the book surprised me again, but I’m not telling everything to prevent further spoiling… hehe.
The references also surprised me, lots of history, art, scientific and architectural facts making a good scenario for the fiction to take place. When I started reading I thought the author was making it all up, until I happened to google for a couple of things, like CERN and the buildings in rome. It was all there. I assume the author had to go through a lot of research.
It’s a great work. The ending is awesome and the last page is hilarious. I think I’d go as far as to say this is my favorite book now.
I loved the ambigrams. The book was all about them. Words that read the same after flipping them upside down. I never heard about them before. I found them completely enigmatic and curious. Similar to palindromes. But even cooler. I liked them so much that (and being a geek as I am) I made my own.
I pasted the rotated version in inverted colors right above the original and added some effect in the line. It’s sucky. I wanted to get it as an image that rotates showing that “Nessa” is readable both sides, but my image software got messed up really bad. I might try it again later. 😉
If you want to see really cool ambigrams, you can try this page:
If you want an ambigram of your own and don’t want to mess with designs, you can try this page:
If you haven’t read this book. Read it. (I think most people have, it’s relativitely old anyway. But maybe you also are another busy student who only gets time to read cool stuff in vacations. :P)
Hasta la vista.