Book Corner: Paging Disillusions LOST fans

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Jim
I know you're out there. We all know that there were so many cool
possibilities and angles that were ignored or dropped plotwise because
the writers were lazy bastards. I mean, because we failed to see that it
was all about the characters.

But if you want to read one book that touches on so many of these
dropped (or ignored) concepts and theories, consider taking a look at
THE EINSTEIN ENIGMA by Jose Rodrigues dos Santos. I love novels that
revolve around things that would have fit right in to the LOST that I
loved, and this one covers more than any other book that comes to mind.
If you're looking for an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you'll probably be
disappointed, but if you're looking for a serviceable bit of fiction
that covers a *ton* of cool territory (religion, philosophy, physics,
etc.) then look no further. Your inner geek will thank you.
                                            
Jim
Fixing typo in subject line. And here's one link to the book.
                                            
Jim
Jeebus. Why don't I just make a career out of one post? Argh. Here's the
link:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6978063-the-einstein-enigma
                                            
EGK
I'm not sure you're doing the author any favors by comparing it to LOST in
any way. :P
                                            
Jim
Well, I didn't do that on GoodReads. Only here. :)
                                            
Darren
It depends what the comparison consists of.  There were a lot of great
things about Lost.  The fact that the final season was a ridiculous
steaming pile of shit doesn't invalidate the whole show.
                                            
The
It kinda does.

STRATEGY
                                            
number6
I was all set once the final season was over to rewatch the entire
series again ... now knowing the ending and how every little detail
they so carefully placed throughout would fit that ending ... Much
like I watched ... then rewatched every episode at least once in the
previous years ...

I totally lost that desire ... and have neither rewatched nor reviewed
any show from any season ...
So I have to agree ... it did invalidate the whole show ... because it
made all I cared about and wanted more of unimportant ... and all that
was so well planned and so well written inconsequential ...
                                            
Anim8rFSK
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Yep.  I haven't got the slightest interest in watching any of LOST 
again, and it's because the the stupid ending.
                                            
Bob
Same here.  I had the same expectation dashed.  I've thought for a
long time that I'll eventually review the final season to make one
last entry to the Get "Lost" files at http://users.bestweb.net/~robgood/teach
, premised on my having had a stroke that left me deaf & blind before
the last 15 mins., but I just haven't had enough motiv'n.  It's not
just LACK of motiv'n, it's that I'll have to overcome a big ANTI-
motiv'n induced by knowing the conclusion.

Bobbo in the Bronxo
                                            
EGK
I always felt they were just making things up as they went along and never
had any sort of plan.  Still, It was entertaining and I had hopes they'd
retroactively make things fit.   If they had It would have been cool to go
back and see how things fit the finale.   I don't think they even tried and
now I feel embarrassed sitting through seasons worth of it.
                                            
Bob
Unfortunately I see evidence that they DID have a plan, and then
changed their minds -- possibly several times.  The bit that comes to
mind is dialog between Kate and Aaron early in season 5 that makes no
sense unless she knew about the Tunnel Of Light and the Anti-Jacob's
being flushed into it.  But the way things went in season 6, it makes
no sense that she would've known about it.

Bobbo in the Bronxo
                                            
Jim
I agree with all of you, which is why I'm recommending one "fix" for
what we're all missing since the show went off the rails. Namely,
something that will feed our demand for cool ideas, theories, and the
like. And this book has it all in spades.
                                            
Bob
Thanks.  At the library while waiting for one of my tutoring clients I
started on "The Da Vinci Code", which is said to be part of the Priory
of Sion-derived literature, and I've got to resume it some time.
That'll help, considering how many of the allusions in "Lost" were to
"The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" -- and also to other Templars-
derived stuff like "Foucault's Pendulum".  But I also should read "The
Seconds" and see the movie "Suture".  I should also see "Atlas
Shrugged Part 1" for old times' sake, and there was an allusion to the
book by at least one bit in "Lost": Benry's helping Locke with
equipment trouble in the facility that was being used to torture
information from him.

Bobbo in the Bronxo
                                            
Jim
I enjoyed THE DA VINCI CODE (I am not a "book snob" type who trashes an
author just because the literary intelligentsia find it trendy to do so)
and Brown's other works and, by all accounts, Brown is a pretty decent
guy, but his stuff doesn't belong in the same category as Eco's and
Santos's. Yes, he does some research, but when compared to the others,
it's like a high school kid researching a project versus someone doing
post-doc work. There's room for both approaches on my bookshelf, but
neither should be confused with the other.

Beyond that, THE EINSTEIN ENIGMA spends no time on conspiracies and the
sort of secret societies (Freemasons, etc.) that are so popular among
the Dan Brown-type writers. I guess one way to look at it would be to
say that THE DA VINCI CODE et al take a SF-ish approach to things,
whereas THE EINSTEIN ENIGMA is much more along the lines of sci-fi.
                                            
tdciago
I liked all of Brown's books.  Have you read any of Steve Berry's
novels?  I found them very enjoyable as well.  I'm reading some of
Brad Meltzer's stuff now, which is okay, but I like Brown and Berry
better.

Our local library system doesn't have _The Einstien Enigma_, and even
Borders didn't have it at the store.  But I get Amazon gift codes
every so often, and I'll keep it in mind for next time.
                                            
Jim
I've read all of Berry's work, both the standalones and the Cotton
Malone series. I like the way he includes some interesting historical
content, but I find his writing to be uneven and inconsistent. I like
James Rollins and his Sigma Force series a bit more, and he's of the
same mold, but he tends to incorporate science into his fiction, whereas
Berry goes the history route.


Meltzer is also on my faves list, but I'm a couple behind on his
standalones.
 

I don't buy first-time (to me) authors, as I've been burned in the past
in spite of apparently solid references. And this one wasn't available
here, either; I had to go the interlibrary loan route to get it.
Fortunately, Madison came through for me. :)