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Monday, December 7, 2015

Angel and Demons

A Book Review (on CD)
By Dan Brown

            Everybody I talked to when I was reading The Davinci Code said this book was better. I have read both now. Neither one really made its mark on me. Neither one was some thing to wrote home about. Neither one was worth waking up early for. They were both good, both excellent in fact. We are here to date to discuss the first book though. (Second in popularity) Was it second in value too?

            Angels and Demons was a story I could relate to more. Secret artwork reveling mysteries was one thing. Killing Cardinals and finding a new pope was an entirely different topic. I didn’t even care how much time the Vatican had to live. I was caught up in the action and suspense from the beginning. I was hooked from disk one.

            If you read carefully the above two paragraphs you now the plot of this particular book. The Pope is dead and they must choose a new Cardinal to take his place. Unfortunately for our lead character (Robert Langdone) however The Cardinals are dropping like flies. Now if that’s not a plot that will grab you in Catholic or not I don’t know what will.

            The story is told well. I was ready to move on from one CD to the next with lighting like speed. I wanted each chapter to end and another to begin like nobody’s business. The pacing was fantastic action intense until the last quarter of the book when it seemed to come to rather simple solution but drag on the ending for ever and ever.

            After the main action ended. The main character still had yet to come to safety. That was what dragged the book down. There were two full disks left and only about a quarter of that time it seemed needed to tell the appropriate story. Mr. Langdone’s fall to Earth, was much to drawn out and took to many words to tell.

I think if you dropped off the last quarter of the book and summerized it more quickly it all would have ended perfectly and we’d all end up living perfectly ever after, But no, Dan Brown is a writer and we (the readers) must get our moneys’ worth.

            What am I talking about you ask. What happens at the end the seemed to drag on too much. What fall to Earth do you say? You’ll have to read the book to find out. I’d be a horrible critic if I gave it all away.

Grade C+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

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(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

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3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

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