Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”

No doubt I’m a big fan of Dan Brown and that’s why I decided to read The Lost Symbol:
This is again a thriller whose main character, a rather eccentric Harvard profesor is summoned to help and start his search – in all cases involving a mystery – of a lost or hidden object or secret he’s got to tackle with.

All of Brown’s stories I’ve read follow the same pattern: Robert Landon, a Symbolism professor has to start a journey to a diffferent country or city, where he encounters an evil character of sorts and, one reason or the other, he is being chased by the police or other security forces. On his way to sort out these mysteries, he has to follow some enigmatic clues, he comes across some other characters to rely on and some difficulties to face up to. All of a sudden, there is always a twist in the story so that things are not what the reader presumes.

All of Brown’s stories are gripping; the kind of books you can’t put down until you’ve
gone through the last page. Their evil characters are always harrowing while as
Langdon is an admirable character: a helpful, wise, handsome scholar who practises sports and has extraordinary common sense. An example to new generations.

In this particular book, the author analyses the relationship between religion and science and let his readers know about Masons, their customs and traditions and explains how most people have the wrong ideas about this organization and others. Brown’s analyses in detail what the philophy was when the US was born as a contry. There are many other topics as for example, the newborn science of Neoetics and its breakthroughs so far, the controversial discussion between science and religion and the existence of god, and so on.

I would strongly recommend anyone to read this book. The downside is that at some point, the situations were quite inconsistent or I thought some of the events were not following a logical pattern. For example, Peter Solomon ushers Robert to a guided tour to The Washington Capitol the same day he got his hand cut – or maybe I misunderstood the whole thing – Most importantly, you acquire a lot of knowledge by reading this stunning story.

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World War Z. Movie review.

This movie, starred by Brad Pitt us a macabre and chilling story based on the eponymous novel by Max Brooks. Even thouh the script doesn’t fit in with the novel’s timeline or events, the story is so thrilling and compelling that it keeps you stuck to your chair until the end.

The story combines the idea of the always fearful and apocalyptic end of the world with the traditional and eerie zomby tales. This product of its time, takes one step further for a number of reasons: on the one hand, monsters are not depicted as the sluggish creatures shown in The Walking Dead series, on the contrary, they behave in a quite intelligent way and this is why they look even more scary. On the other hand, for example, the story turns out to be more realistic since it includes real scenarios, like different countries and places and how the situation would be faced up to in different backgrounds and locations.
Special effects were not great though, especially when trying to show massive amounts of monsters moving forwards at the same time. I don’t think that would have been possible without the use of technologies, but it doesn’t look realistic anyway.
I would definitely recommend to spend a rainy afternoon watching this exciting movie, but be careful and get ready to dwell in a realm of creepy creatures for almost two hours.

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Passengers’ review

This definetely a sci-fi story of a spacecraft heading for a far away planet. Apparently, the one hundred and twenty year flight at half light speed, takes five thosand passengers and a crew of over two hundred to a place which, in a subtle metaphor of the New World, resembles the early days of America. In an atempt to colonise a planet called Hamstead II, and due to some technical failure, two of the passengers awake from a life suspended sleep that should have taken the whole time span of the journey and thus, they end up coming round eighty eight years earlier.
The movie with the outstanding performance of Jeniffer Lawrence, who starrs the main character in a futuristic but logically well organised film, convincing script and special effects, shows a deep insight into human feelings and relationships. The movie is somehow, a research on the pros and cons of extraterretial voyages in terms of human psychological endurance, use of artificial intelligence and time and space limits.

Needless to say I’m really keen on sci-fi films but this one is thrilling and exiciting and it also tells a genuine romantic story. I watched the movie with the original soundtrack in English with the Spanish subtitles. When I became quite hard to understand I simply read the script under the screen. That was only yesterday in the afternoon and I think it was an awsome film.

You can follow this link below and check out what film I was talking about.

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The Element

The Element is one of the best, not to say the best essay I have ever read. As a teacher who tries his best and elbows his way through the daily difficulties of everyday teaching, I do really appreciate what I learned from this book.

It makes you think about all school methods and approaches in a way that you hesitate whether the ways you have been taught and you try to teach others are appropriate.

Is it questionable? Yes, indeed, because our societies are dramatically changing. As the author asserts, we are preparing our students for professions that probably still don’t exist. The use of computers and new technologies is also changing the ways young people get their access to knowledge.

How does he do that? In a very amusing and entertaining way, I’d say.  He presents examples of people who became famous, each in their specific fields, but they had been turned down or looked down on by school or colleges.

In my opinion, this essay turns up-side-down the whole phylosophy of education in our days. Our politicians and education representatives should bear in mind Mr. Robinson’s ideas so that our education systems keep working in an effective and satisfactory way.

I strongly recommend everyone to read this book, particularly if the reader is a person related to education.

The Element presentation on Youtube

 

 

 

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The Martian

Reading The Martian has really been an unforgettable experience. The story set in Planet Mars at some point in the near future. Would would you do if someone proposed you to be among the first explorers to reach Mars? This is what I sometimes tell my son it might happen to his own descendants. What if you got stranded there for a long period of time? You ought to be a genious to survive in such a place with a limited set of food, air and water.

I would not spoil the end of the story because, of course I strongly recommend anyone to read the book. To be sincere I haven’t watched the film yet, but I am not really looking forwards to it. I want to keep it the way I imagined it is supposed to come about.

The main character tells us the story as though he was recording messages in a digital diary. He is struggling to survive and looking for solutions to any survival issues that might arise. It reminds me of other adventure novels like Robinson Crusoe , Huckelberry Finn or Don Quixote as the main character has to tackle with the inconveniences of a very long and dangerous journey.

Is is relevant what we say or think if other people are not listening? Is is important what we say or think when our own survival is at risk? These are some o the phylosophical topics this book comes up with and indeed, it makes you feel responsible for your own thoughts, opinions and actions.

It took me about a month or so to read the book: between May and June 2016. I read it on my Sony digital reader and I bought my copy on Google Books. This is no longer the old experience, is it?

 

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